John E. West, MD, FAAFP is a Family Physician and Clinical Lipidologist practicing in Gwinnett County since 1988. He is Board Certified in Family Medicine by the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians (FAAFP).
As a family physician, Dr. West places emphasis on maintenance of health and wellness with regularly scheduled medical evaluations. In addition, the practice emphasizes the ongoing management of hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, diabetes, gastrointestinal, endocrine, and many other chronic medical conditions. Routine screening and early detection of medical disorders is the hallmark of successful health maintenance and wellness.
Dr. West is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Clinical Lipidology (ABCL) since 2008. With this additional certification, his medical practice focuses on cholesterol and other lipid disorders for early detection and treatment to reduce atherosclerosis and fight coronary artery disease.
Dr. West is one of a very small number of physicians nationally with certification in this field of medicine and has been recognized by his peers and the public with awards for his expertise.
Dr. West received his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia (MCG) in 1985. He completed his Residency in Family Medicine at MCG in 1988.
Dr. West is a third generation physician, continuing a legacy of medical care. Robert M. West, MD, Sr (Dr. West’s grandfather) graduated from the Medical College of Virginia in May 1900. He practiced General Medicine in Salisbury, N.C. Robert M. West, MD, Jr. (Dr. West’s father) graduated from the Medical college of Georgia in June, 1955. He practiced General Medicine in Forest Park, GA, where Dr. West grew up, until his death in 1997. To date, Dr. West and his father and grandfather have practiced medicine for over 120 years (and still counting!).
In over three decades of service to the community, Dr. West’s medical practice has received numerous awards of excellence, including Best of Gwinnett by Gwinnett Magazine consecutively over the past many years.
Dr. West has been cited for excellence individually with his highest honor to date as the recipient of the 2017 Physician of the Year Award presented by the Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce in recognition of his service to the community, in particular regarding his expertise in Clinical Lipidology and the management of Lipid Disorders. Other awards and citations include Top 10 Family Physicians in Gwinnett (as voted by his medical peers- Accent Gwinnett Magazine), America’s Top Family Doctors Award, Compassionate Doctor Recognition Award, and Patient Choice Award.
“It is an honor and a privilege to serve our patients’ medical needs,” says Dr. West. “Many of our patients have been with us for 10-20 years, and some for over 30 years. Even when they move from the area, many return yearly for their annual physical exam. The trust these patients place in us is humbling.” Several patients come from out of state, and a few from as far away as Nigeria and England. “My staff and I are dedicated to giving our patients the best medical care and each patient has my pledge that they will be treated with dignity, compassion, and respect.”