Dr. Manjula Julka-Medical Director of Family Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas TX

Manjula Julka, M.D.

Associate Professor
Family & Community Medicine

Q&A with Dr. Julka

Q:

What do you enjoy about Family Medicine?

A:

Primary care is the most impactful place to work in the delivery of health care. I really enjoy caring for the whole family: grandma to grandchild. If everyone has access to a primary care physician for appropriate medical care, health care costs will decrease.

Q:

What is your philosophy with patient care?

A:

Comprehensive, coordinated, compassionate care describes the three pillars of good patient care. To be a successful physician, it’s important to provide good customer service. Patients have options and physicians need to cater to their needs and be available in different ways, such as communication through secure server services like MyChart. Also, empowering patients by educating them about their health conditions to take charge of their own health helps me do my job well.

Q:

What kinds of cases do you find interesting?

A:

I find chronic diseases, including diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, and asthma interesting. If they are well taken care of and controlled well, it can significantly reduce disease progression and several complications in the future. 

Q:

Why should a patient come to UT Southwestern to receive primary care?

A:

UT Southwestern provides the perfect blend of clinical care and research advancement. Patients receive very comprehensive care here for their specific medical problems and also improve overall wellness. Using a team-based approach, our Family Medicine physicians coordinate care with our subspecialists and share one of the most advanced electronic health systems. 

Q:

Is there a specific kind of patient that stands out in your mind?

A:

Being a physician and caring for my patients is a privilege and very gratifying experience. Having practiced for 10 years, what makes my day is to see a patient take ownership of their health and partner with me in making informed decisions regarding their care.