Like many people who move to Coastal Delaware full-time, Dr. Norman Koval is semi-retired. After coming to the beach since the ’70s, he and his wife decided to build a home in the area to enjoy their golden years. In February of 2008, shortly after moving to Delaware full-time, he joined the practice of Dr. Jose Pando in Lewes and is now available in Millville two days, on Wednesdays and Thursdays, at the Millville Medical Suites, just east of Miller’s Creek Antiques, off of Route 26.
“It’s striking distance to our kids – one that lives in Maryland, and it’s a short drive to the airport for the other one, who lives in the Southwest,” said Koval, of their decision to live at the beach.
Koval is a rheumatologist, board certified in internal medicine and rheumatology. He got his start in medicine after reading the novel “The Egyptian” in the early 1950s, about an Egyptian physician.
“It piqued my interests,” he explained. “My father would have rather me be an engineer, but I couldn’t draw a straight line with a T-square,” he added, laughing. He said he was always interested in the biological sciences in school and ended up with his undergraduate and medical degrees from George Washington University. The rest, as they say, is history.
He founded and is the former president of the Arthritis and Rheumatism Associates PA in Washington, D.C., and is a former clinical professor of medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine. It is his love of teaching that still transcends the work he does today.
“My drive is … doctor means teacher. I want to continue to teach patients and spend time with them to provide them with as much information as possible,” Koval explained.
While rheumatology was a young sub-specialty when he was just starting out, like all of medicine, it has evolved over the years. There are now more than 100 different types and sub-types of arthritis. Much of the work he deals with now has to do with osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, Lupus, vasculitis, gout and tendonitis, as well as back and neck pain.
At Delaware Arthritis, they also diagnose and treat peripheral neuropathy. Patient evaluation and treatment for peripheral neuropathy are available in the Millville office. For infusion services, clinical trials, electrical stimulation and bone densitometry, patients can go to the Lewes office.
On his off days, when he is “retired,” Koval said he enjoys traveling with this wife and visiting with his children and grandchildren. He has spoken around the country about various medications and still serves as a consultant to the pharmaceutical industry in the field of osteoporosis.
He plans to keep those lines of communication open to the general public, as well as to other physicians. Once the South Coastal Library is back up and running, he has plans to provide lectures and in-depth discussion sessions about the processes of arthritis.
“I have been involved in medicine for over 40 years,” said Koval. “And I taught for many years. I bring a vast amount of experience, and I am here to help the general physician population in helping to make diagnosis, and, in turn, to help more people.”