New Physicians Join Harbin Clinic Cardiology and Rheumatology

Harbin Clinic welcomes two new talented physicians to Floyd County this August. Daniel Grant, MD joins Harbin Clinic Rheumatology Rome and will begin seeing patients Aug. 4, and Justin Tanner, MD joins Harbin Clinic Cardiology Rome and will begin seeing patients Aug. 9. Though specializing in different areas, both doctors share a passion for strong communication with patients and their families, adding to Harbin Clinic’s culture of caring completely. 

Get to know the stories and inspirations of Dr. Daniel Grant and Dr. Justin Tanner.

DR. DANIEL GRANT:

Dr. Grant’s journey to medicine began early. He was 11 years old when he found out he had high blood pressure. During his treatment, he was inspired by the care and dedication of his pediatric nephrologist. A few years later, the same doctor offered his young patient the opportunity to shadow him and experience the provider side of medicine.

As the child of two engineers, Dr. Grant was first drawn to mechanically-oriented medicine. In undergrad, he majored in bioengineering, but when he came across rheumatology in medical school, he was immediately intrigued. During rotations, he loved seeing doctors’ continuity of relationships with their patients. It reminded him of his experience with his pediatric nephrologist.

Dr. Grant describes himself as a listener first and foremost. He believes the first step to care is really understanding why a patient is there, and he achieves this by active listening.

“From there, it’s about educating patients. I describe what I believe is going on and how best to treat it,” he explains. “But it’s not just me telling them what to do. It’s coming up with a treatment strategy together that they are on board with from the beginning.”

When one speaks with Dr. Grant, his enthusiasm for care is immediately evident. “It is so rewarding to help patients get their hobbies back, their lives back,” he says. “It is a unique part of rheumatology. I can treat a patient and, in a month or two, they come back telling me what a joy it is to play with grandchildren again.”

Outside of the office, Dr. Grant enjoys hiking and photography, a great combination for enjoying life outside the office in the Rome community. His family also has a goal of visiting every National Park.

Dr. Daniel Grant received his medical degree from the University of Missouri School of Medicine in Columbia, MO., and completed his residency at the University of Missouri Department of Medicine Residency Program. He completed his fellowship in Rheumatology at the University of Missouri as well.

DR. JUSTIN TANNER:

Dr. Justin Tanner is excited to join the cardiology team in Rome and come home to Northwest Georgia. Dr. Tanner recently finished his fellowship in Tampa, FL. at the University of South Florida, but originally grew up in Adairsville, GA. 

When describing what drew him to cardiology, Dr. Tanner expresses the deep satisfaction in seeing cardiology treatment impact a patient almost immediately. He explains, “I love getting to watch someone get well quickly. We treat chronic situations as well, but there are some procedural things we can do to make life better immediately.” 

He experienced the immediacy of cardiology care firsthand as he was starting his fellowship. While he was working at James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa, FL., one morning there was a patient in the parking lot who was unconscious. He stopped by the situation to see if he could help, and the patient was quickly moved to the Cath Lab as it was discovered he was suffering a heart attack.

In the Lab, Dr. Tanner’s team quickly began treating his heart attack. The patient was moved into the hospital, and in just a few days, he was off life support machines. Although he didn’t remember anything that had occurred, he was alert and soon left the hospital feeling fine.

Dr. Tanner explains, “It was one of those situations where I was more of a bystander at that point in my career, but it was still so impactful. Things don’t always work out that way, but when we can help, it is a pretty amazing experience.”

When describing his philosophy of medicine, Dr. Tanner talks about clear communication. For him, communication is more than just the doctor-patient relationship, which he, of course, said is also important. But it is also about communicating clearly with whomever the patient has invited into their circle of care. Making sure families understand what’s going on and why things are happening is a very important part of getting better. “I like to establish a trusted rapport with families. We want them to feel completely cared for.”

After time in Tampa, FL., Dr. Tanner, his wife, and his two girls are excited to be back close to family, and they are looking forward to exploring Northwest Georgia again.

Dr. Tanner received his medical degree from Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon, GA., where he also completed his residency in Internal Medicine. He then continued his education with a fellowship in cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology at the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL.