about us

Our practice is devoted to providing the highest level of healthcare to persons who place their diagnosis and treatment in our hands. Doctor and Nurse, husband and wife, each day we strive to do right by our patients. Patients and their families need guidance and support when dealing with diagnosis and treatment — we are passionate about fulfilling those needs. Call today to experience a higher caliber of care.

Rheumatic Diseases can affect the internal organs, skin, and bones. Subsequently, rheumatologists need to pay attention to multiple parts of the body because many of the diseases we treat are characterized by multi-system manifestations; in many ways we operate like detectives. We enjoy a hard-earned reputation of being persistent and providing high quality diagnostic and therapeutic services to patients. A proper diagnosis and comprehensive treatment plan comes only after thorough examination of the patient, and review of laboratory data and imaging studies. We continue to strive to provide the most up to date, compassionate care to people affected by Rheumatic Disease throughout the Southern Jersey Shore Region.

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Dr. George J. Halko
DO, FACP, FACR

Meet Dr. Halko

While serving a Medical Clerkship in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of The National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD, I found myself struggling with a difficult clinical situation concerning a patient. Seeking a more experienced perspective, I shared my dilemma with the ICU attending and asked what he thought I should do — he told me, with a knowing smile, to do what was right. This interaction continues to linger in my memory as new and varied clinical situations present themselves within my practice.



After graduating from The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1985, I went on to complete an Internal Medicine Residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. Residency is often the first time young doctors gain hands-on exposure to not only the intricacies of the diagnostic process, but the effective provision of care. Einstein proved to be one of the most formative experiences of my career; it was there that I established long-lasting professional relationships, learned more about my own ethics and values, and, most importantly, met my wife, Pat. She had been working at Einstein as a Critical Care Nurse for three years before we met in the ICU. I found her unwavering tenacity and patient advocacy intriguing, both personally and professionally; within three years, we married. Ultimately, the high ratings our patients afford our practice on Healthgrades would never have been able to be attained without her clinical background, administrative support, and attention to detail.



Upon completing my residency, I prepared to serve a four year US Navy Active Duty commitment through the Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program. The first year of my military service brought us to The Submarine Base & Naval Hospital in Groton, CT. I served as a General Internist while Pat took a job as a visiting nurse. Afterward, naval needs brought us overseas to the U.S. Naval Hospital in Rota, Spain. Over the remaining three years of my tour, I became Board Certified in Internal Medicine, received a promotion, and was placed in charge of the hospital's Special Care Unit. I went on to be appointed to the Southern Europe U.S. Navy Medical Response Team and served as an instructor for Advanced Cardiac Life Support. My exemplary service resulted in a letter of commendation from the Commanding Officer of the hospital upon conclusion of the tour. Perhaps the most thrilling aspect of our time in Spain was the birth of our daughter, Carolyne, who can occasionally be spotted at the office visiting Mom and Dad when she's in town.



Upon resolution of the Persian Gulf War, I resigned my commission in favor of pursuit of a civilian career. I began this endeavor with a two year Rheumatology Fellowship at The University of Connecticut School of Medicine in 1992. Once Board Certified in Rheumatology, Pat and I relocated back to New Jersey to raise Carolyne closer to her extended family. I worked with Mainland Internal Medicine Associates for many years before committing to the enterprise of opening a private practice, only choosing to do so after encouragement from my wife and fellow physicians. Our goal was to concentrate solely on the delivery of high quality subspecialty care in Rheumatology. In 1996, Pat and I hung up our shingle in Somers Point, NJ. Since then, the neighborhood has changed, but our mission has not. My wife and I continue to do our best to provide efficient and effective diagnostic precision and patient-centered care.

Testimonials

"Dear Dr. J. Halko, Thank you so very much for the wonderful medical care you have provided me. I thank you for your continued care. Thank you again and and again. God bless your hands!"

Judy M.

Somers Point, NJ

 

 

 

 

"Dr. Halko, Thank you for recognizing my problems and saving my life. I will always remember your kindness. The words "thank you" are just not enough.

Sally A.

Linwood, NJ

 

 

 

"Dr. Halko, I want to thank you for the care you have given my mom... ( nobody really wants to go into a nursing home those places smell and bad things can happen to people you love). Mostly I want to thank you for the care you have given her the last few years. Not just the physical pain that you treated, but you also treated her with respect, kindness and patience. You are a very special person Dr. Halko and I pray God will bless you richly."

Andrea I.

Somers Point, NJ