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New Primary Care Practice Opens in Old Town

Step into the new Primary Care Old Town office at the corner of S. Washington Street and Franklin Street and you will see that the traditional doctor’s office has been reinvented. Everything about the office enhances patient care, comfort and convenience. Staffed by an experienced patient care team, the practice provides state-of-the-art medical care, including same-day urgent appointments, extended hours and in-house lab services.

“We are bringing the experience and excellence of Virginia Hospital Center—named one of the 100 Top Hospitals® in America for 2015 by Truven Health Analytics—to Old Town Alexandria,” says John Charalambopoulos, MD, MSc.That’s especially important to Dr. Charalambopoulos, or Dr. “C” as his patients call him, because he is also a member of the Old Town community. He lives only a few blocks from the office and walks his kids to school on his way to work.

Formerly with the VHC Physician Group – Primary Care Arlington practice since 2009, Dr. C is board certified in internal medicine and completed his training at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Northern Virginia Magazine has named him a Top Doctor the last three years running.

That’s not surprising because of his approach to medicine. “A physical is not just a quick once over,” says Dr. C, whose clinical interests focus on preventive care and complexities of adult medicine.

“We are looking at recommended screenings based on age and family history, vaccinations, making sure weight, blood pressure and glucose levels are normal. Patients are very interested in their health, but have a lot of misinformation courtesy of ‘Dr. Google.’ My role is to help guide them through the healthcare system with education as well as care.”

Above all, Dr. C says, “I try to put myself in the patient’s role. I respect the time my patients take off from work or home to come to the doctor’s office. I want to make their appointment as productive and educational as possible.”

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