Memphis pediatrician brings back the house call

By , Daily Memphian Updated: July 02, 2024 1:36 PM CT | Published: July 01, 2024 4:00 AM CT

With her doctor’s bag in hand, Memphis pediatrician Dr. Katie Barger travels to her patients’ homes for house calls. 

Unburdened by waiting room formalities, insurance processes and check-in procedures, Barger typically greets her patients in their own bedrooms. 

“It’s funny because in medical school, I was actually in the rural medicine track, and we did house calls,” said Barger, who studied medicine at Quillen College, part of East Tennessee State University in Johnson City. “I just love the idea of a country doctor who really knows their patients and sees them in their homes.” 

House calls fell out of favor in the latter half of the 20th century, as practices grew larger and health care became more hospital-centric. And although Barger’s approach may be reminiscent of a bygone era, the care she delivers is decidedly modern, with a focus on urban and suburban patients. 


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Aisling Mäki

Aisling Mäki

Aisling Mäki has spent the better part of two decades writing about Memphis. A former digital journalist for WMC Action News 5 and staff reporter for Memphis Daily News, her work has also appeared in The Commercial Appeal, High Ground News, I Love Memphis, Inside Memphis Business, The Memphis Flyer, Memphis Parent, Memphis Magazine and Tri-State Defender. 


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