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Stephen D’Amico, M.D., recently started as the first-ever on-site physician at Life Care Center of Hickory Woods in Antioch, Tennessee.


In his new role, D’Amico enhances physician accessibility to patients and families. He aids in hospital transitions and pharmacy communications, and being on-site allows him to personally respond to medical changes or emergencies in a timely manner.


D’Amico comes to Life Care Center of Hickory Woods from Cornerstone Medical Group in Franklin, Tennessee, which he founded and where he served as a private-practice physician for 26 years. He was also on staff at St. Thomas Midtown Hospital and Southern Hills Medical Center in Nashville, as well as serving as a certified medical director at several local senior care facilities.


“I’ve been working in geriatrics for a long time, and I felt that this position would allow me to be more accessible to my patients,” said D’Amico. “The interaction with the residents, their families and the staff is rewarding.”


Board certified in geriatrics, D’Amico earned his doctor of medicine degree from the Universidad Centros de Estudios Technologicos School of Medicine in the Dominican Republic in 1983. He completed his residency in internal medicine at The Griffin Hospital at Yale in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1986.


D’Amico is the founder of Geriatric Research and Evaluation, Inc., and a co-founder (along with his wife, Dr. Annita Kerr-D’Amico) of the Center for Older Adult Health Care, LLC. He has been a health care consultant, a public speaker, a clinical preceptor and instructor and a member of the Tennessee Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators. He was even featured in “When Your Parent Becomes Your Child” by Ken Abraham as the physician who cared for the family’s aging mother.


"Dr. D’Amico is a wonderful asset to our medical team here at Life Care Center of Hickory Woods,” said Ashley Borja, executive director. “His focus on education and ensuring patients, families and staff have the knowledge they need to be successful is paramount to excellent clinical outcomes.”


A diplomat of the American College of Geriatric Specialists, D’Amico is a member of multiple professional organizations and has led or participated in international medical relief tours to Ukraine, the Bahamas, Haiti, Bosnia, Kenya, Uganda and the Congo.


D’Amico currently resides in Franklin. He and his wife have four children.