Doctors for Adults or Internists focus on adult medicine. You may see us referred to by several terms, including “internists,” “general internists” and “doctors of internal medicine.” But don’t mistake us with “interns,” that is a term referred to doctors in their first year of residency training! We act as primary care physicians that solely concentrate on adult care; we do not do general surgery, obstetrics or pediatrics. We are distinguished from “family physicians,” “family practitioners,” or “general practitioners,” based on our focus on adult medicine. Think of an internist as the adult equivalent to a Pediatrician.
We are equipped to deal with a multitude of medical problems — from the common cold to a myriad of complex and rare illnesses no matter how simple or complex. We are specially trained to solve puzzling complex diagnostic problems, and can handle chronic illnesses and situations where several different illnesses may strike at the same time.
We are focused on providing our patient’s an understanding of wellness, both disease prevention and the promotion of health are important to us.
Because we are involved with many aspects of medicine we, as an Internist, are acutely aware of the ways that different parts and systems of the body interact. With this broad clinical knowledge we try to encourage my patients to become personally involved with and responsible for their own good health practices, while we deliver cost effective patient-centered medical care with compassion and concern.