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DeWitt:: Physician honored at fundraising event

Dr. Carl I. Austin, a long time veteran of internal medicine and pillar of the Syracuse medical community, was this year's honoree for the 2007 Eldercare Celebrity Open at the Links, a fundraising event that surpassed last year's amount by $7,000. Eldercare Foundation, Inc., the fundraising branch of Home Aides of Central New York, raised $35,000 in support of the agency's mission of providing home health aides for elders to live at home with dignity and independence.

Austin, who has been a DeWitt resident for 53 years, began his medical career at a naval hospital in Key West during the Korean War. After returning from the service, he moved to DeWitt where he has since lived with his wife Mary, raised six children, and has held positions at a number of medical institutions in the Syracuse area.

Austin is an internist, meaning he specializes in internal medicine. Not to be confused with "interns," internists are primary care physicians who specialize in adult health issues. They can be described as the "doctor's doctor," as they are often called upon to act as consultants to other physicians to help solve puzzling diagnostic problems.

Austin said while he did start his own office practice, most of his private practice work was hospital-based at St. Joseph's where he did a lot of consultation.

In addition to his private practice work, Austin was chairman of the Department of Medicine and Medical Director at St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center, previous attending physician at Crouse Community Health Center, and was Clinical Professor of Medicine at the SUNY Health Science Center from 1983 to 1996.

Austin is the former chair of the Eldercare Foundation Board, and was an active board member of both Home Aides of Central New York and the Eldercare Foundation for six years. Sandra H. Martin, director of Eldercare, Inc., said that Austin's involvement was a large part of why the event was so successful, and that his good name made for a great improvement in the four-year-old event.

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