Arthritis and Osteoporosis Treatment Center of Orange Park is a leading care center for those with arthritis, rheumatologic diseases, systemic autoimmune diseases, and osteoporosis. In line with our mission to provide outstanding and personalized patient care, we are thrilled to welcome Dr. Adam Bagley to our team of talented providers.
Adam W. Bagley, M.D., F.A.C.R, completed his internal medicine residency and rheumatology fellowship at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and will be a great asset to our practice at AOTC. We sat down with Dr. Bagley to learn more about his background, experience, and how he plans to contribute to AOTC’s state-of-the-art patient care.
Q: What are your goals coming into Arthritis & Osteoporosis Treatment Center?
A: My biggest goal is to spend more time with patients. If I need to stay late or come early, I will. I want to get my patients exactly what they need without being confined by scheduling restraints. At AOTC, we can provide care the way we want.
Q: What is your approach to patient care?
A: I focus on getting to know my patients and their families and make an effort to connect with their referring physicians. I know how important trust is, and I want patients to know that I make informed decisions with their best interests in mind. I like to be accessible even in the evening or on weekends so patients always feel like they can get in touch with me when they need to.
Q: Tell us about your specialties in rheumatology.
A: I specialize in everything, including arthritis, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, as well as less common auto-inflammatory diseases. We see patients on a 3-6 month basis at minimum, which is more often than their primary care doctors in most cases. I don’t shy away from anything – I see it all.
Q: Why did you choose to specialize in rheumatology?
A: Initially, I envisioned a career as a hospitalist, dealing with acute care patients. However, the lack of follow-up and time away from home led me to explore rheumatology. During a clinical rotation in rheumatology, I saw the positive impact of biologics and treatments on patients. The satisfaction of helping them regain their lives and seeing their enthusiasm for appointments convinced me that rheumatology was the right fit.
Q: What does it mean for you to find the right treatment for your patients?
A: Seeing people get better in front of your own eyes is remarkable – it’s a great feeling when you can go home and know you helped someone feel better. You don’t get a lot of instant gratification in medicine, but in rheumatology, patients want to be seen and take their medication. I love getting to see them become completely new people who feel better, walk better, and have their quality of life back.
Q: What new advancements in treatments are you most excited about?
A: The development of new drugs is promising, and I look forward to new advancements in treatments, especially biologics. I’m also excited about the use of AI in healthcare – I believe it can help us reduce trial and error with different treatment options and free up more time for us to spend with patients instead of being tied up with notes.
Q: What has been your greatest professional achievement so far?
A: In my first week of an internship with the Denver VA, I saw a veteran patient in the clinic who had just been discharged from the hospital. He had uncommon vasculitis, but it hadn’t been diagnosed, and something seemed off to me. I called the doctor, they contacted the patient and put him back in the hospital. Years later, I was able to keep caring for him, and he gave me one of his VA medals in appreciation.
Q: What is the most satisfying part about your career?
A: The most satisfying part of my career is helping people feel better. Every day is productive – I love knowing that we are putting some good out into the world. Getting to work with patients long-term and seeing how they evolve over years and decades is very fulfilling.
Q: Tell us a little more about yourself.
A: After completing my residency and fellowship in Colorado, I moved to Florida in 2015 and have called Jacksonville home ever since. Prior to joining AOTC, I practiced at a local hospital system for 8 1/2 years where I also served as the infusion center medical director and as a member of the physician board of directors.
My wife, Christine, and I have three children – Asher (9), Bear (4), and Colette (2). They keep us busy, but in my free time, I enjoy coaching their youth sports teams, fishing with my sons, golfing, and riding bikes with the kids.
Schedule an Appointment With Dr. Adam Bagley
Dr. Bagley works in-office at our location in Orange Park. He is dedicated to excellent patient care and is known for his compassion and attention to detail. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Bagley, click here or call (904) 276-0001.