Doug Brooks returns to Parkersburg as a physician
Begins local practice on Tuesday
PARKERSBURG — Dr. Doug Brooks has returned to his hometown of Parkersburg to practice family medicine.
Tuesday is Brooks’ first day as a physician with Camden Clark Medical Center-WVU Medicine at 2012 Garfield Ave., Suite 1 in the Garfield Medical Complex in Parkersburg.
Brooks, a 1989 graduate of Parkersburg High School, obtained a bachelor’s of arts in biology in 1993 from West Virginia University and a medical degree from West Virginia University School of Medicine in 1997.
For the past 17 years, Brooks has been a physician in Tampa and Charlotte.
Brooks, 46, said he is looking forward to making an impact in his hometown, something that was lacking at times while working in larger cities.
He found it “not as meaningful, not as personalized” working in big cities.
Brooks has friends in the Parkersburg area and his father, Dr. Paul Brooks, is a retired family doctor in Parkersburg who graduated from the WVU School of Medicine in 1966.
From 2000-2006, Brooks was a family physician with Morton Plant Mease Primary Care, the largest medical corporation in Tampa, Fla., he said. From 2007-2012, he practiced as a family physician for Carolinas Health Care system, the largest medical corporation in North Carolina.
From 2012 to early 2017, Brooks practiced with several companies in North Carolina, including a men’s center, nursing homes, urgent care and occupational medical centers, and a primary care center that focused on anti-aging medicine.
Brooks considers his 17-year journey through multiple disciplines of medicine to have made him a more knowledgeable and experienced physician with expertise in many different areas.
Brooks noted he has expertise in evidence-based medicine, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, diabetes, premature coronary artery disease, obesity, anxiety and depression, dermatology, and sports medicine.
Brooks said he has taken a special interest in men’s health and wellness, hormone therapy, erectile dysfunction, anti-aging, and skin care.
Men, in general, often don’t want to see a physician about their medical issues, Brooks said.
“Men are more reluctant, embarrassed to bring up problems,” Brooks said.
“I want to create an environment on a personal level,” where patients will feel comfortable and want to seek his medical advice and expertise, Brooks said.
Wanting to see a physician is not a sign of weakness, he said. Instead, being proactive in one’s health care is a sign of strength, Brooks said.
Brooks has served as a preceptor for 17 years, teaching medical students, residents, nurse practitioners and physician assistants from the University of South Florida, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Wake Forest School of Medicine, respectively.
Brooks wants to help in the community by possibly becoming a team physician at a high school.
Brooks was a state champion wrestler (at 125 pounds) his junior year at PHS in 1988 and finished second in the state at 130 pounds his senior year in 1989.
Brooks is a WVU football fan. He has season tickets to Mountaineer football games and used to attend games in Morgantown when he lived in the South.
Besides his father, other members of his family are, or have been, involved in the medical field. His mother, Ann Brooks, who lives in Hickory, N.C., was a nurse at Camden Clark Memorial Hospital. His stepmother, Nancy Brooks, is director of organizational development at Camden Clark Medical Center and his brother, Dr. Gregory Brooks, is a physician in Hickory, N.C.
“WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center is delighted to welcome Parkersburg native and WVU School of Medicine graduate Dr. Doug Brooks back home!” the hospital said in a release.
Brooks plans to attend the Camden Clark Community Health and Wellness Day from 9-3 p.m. Saturday at Grand Central Mall.
He is accepting new patients at 304-865-5140.
Brooks is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and has an unrestricted license with the West Virginia Board of Medicine. He is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the West Virginia Academy of Family Physicians.
Brooks’ resume notes he is a 5-star physician on vitals.com and has received the Patient’s Choice Award, given to only 5 percent of physicians, and the Most Compassionate Doctor Award, given to only 3 percent of physicians.