Doctor Bacon is from Fort Worth, Texas. He attended Austin College for undergraduate studies in biology with a special emphasis in ornithology. His medical education was at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, where he was a member of the national honors fraternity Sigma Sigma Phi. While in Fort Worth, he completed his internship in the field of psychiatry at John Peter Smith Hospital. He subsequently completed a residency in internal medicine and a rheumatology fellowship at Plaza Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas.

 

Specialty Training:

Rheumatology Fellowship, University of North Texas Health Science Center

 

Board Certification:

Internal Medicine, American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine

Rheumatology, American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine

 

 

Dr. Bacon moved with his wife to Bakersfield in 2011, after completing his rheumatology fellowship, to join the well-established practice of Martin Berry, M.D., Inc.. In January 2013, he and Dr. Berry formed a partnership, Rheumatology Services Medical Group.

 

He has drawn on his medical and psychiatric training by performing research involving alcohol consumption in rheumatologic conditions. He has presented at regional, state, and national conferences and has given lectures to medical students and residents. Dr. Bacon is a clinical assistant professor of internal medicine for Western University of Health Sciences. He is a member of the American College of Rheumatology, the California Rheumatology Alliance, the American Medical Association, and the American College of Osteopathic Internists. In service to his community, he has served as an educational speaker to state-level allied medical groups, volunteered as a patient educator for arthritis foundation activities and support groups, served as a counselor in smoking cessation group therapy, and testified as an expert witness in civil commitment hearings. Dr. Bacon is looking forward to becoming more involved in our community and to growing his practice here. He enjoys the challenges and successes of caring for patients with rheumatic illnesses and is always looking to the future and advancement of rheumatology as a whole.