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New physician joins Spring Creek practice

Posted on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 11:45 am

Dr. Andrew Hawkins goes over his schedule for the following day with Sharon Martin, LPN.

Dr. Andrew Hawkins goes over his schedule for the following day with Sharon Martin, LPN.

Martha Jefferson’s Spring Creek Family Practice in Zion Crossroads recently welcomed a new primary care physician, Andrew Richard Hawkins M.D., to its staff.

After having worked in Pittsburgh for the past decade, Hawkins said he and his wife, Cara, who is a gastroenterologist at Martha Jefferson Hospital, wanted to move to Central Virginia to be nearer their families.

“I guess we kind of felt lonely up there,” he said.

Hawkins completed his undergraduate studies at James Madison University and earned his medical degree at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. He completed his residency at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and at Shadyside Family Medicine Residency Program in Pittsburgh.

While in Pittsburgh, Hawkins also served as a rotating physician and medical director at Lawn

St. Free Clinic, caring for

underserved patients’ acute healthcare needs. He also was a weekly physician for patients at a local soup kitchen in that city with Healthcare for the Homeless.

Hawkins was a visiting physician at Pittsburgh area homeless shelters, seeing patients for both acute health concerns as well as providing health maintenance advice at Wood Street and Salvation Army Shelters.

“I found it to be a really gratifying experience in the sense that a lot of these people were really appreciative,” Hawkins said.  “Primary care needs to be strengthened across the board.  I felt that there was a real need for that.  It ended up being kind of like a mission for me.”

To read the entire story, see the Sept. 19 edition of The Central Virginian.