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you did not select a St. Joseph Hoag Health regional hospital as your
preferred admitting hospital.
What is an allergist?
What is an allergist?
An allergist specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of allergy-related conditions. These include seasonal allergies, sinus infection, stings, bites, food allergies, and allergy-induced asthma. If you experience allergy symptoms, such as itchy and watery eyes, sneezing, or hives, an allergist will perform tests to determine what causes this reaction.
What is cardiology?
Cardiology is the branch of medicine dedicated to the study of the heart. This field is devoted to understanding the anatomy of the heart, diagnosing heart diseases, and developing treatment for these conditions. Cardiology treatments include comprehensive heart care, from diagnostics, to interventions, to cardiac procedures, to rehabilitation.
What is colorectal surgery?
Colorectal surgery is the branch of medicine devoted to surgical procedures involving the rectum, anus, and intestinal tract. These procedures are performed to correct or repair damage to these areas caused by diseases and conditions such as cancer, diverticulitis, and obstruction. This surgery may remove blockages, repair tears, tighten sphincter muscles, or remove parts of your intestines.
What is Dermatology?
Dermatology is the study of the skin. This branch of medicine includes the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases of your skin, hair, and nails. Common concerns in this field are acne, moles, rashes, age spots, nail discolorations, and hair loss.
What is Endocrinology
Endocrinologists are specially trained physicians who diagnose diseases related to the glands. The diseases they are trained to treat often affect other parts of the body beyond glands. Common conditions treated by an Endocrinologist include: Diabetes, Menopause, Metabolic Disorder, Thyroid Diseases, Osteoporosis, Hypertension and more.
What is family medicine?
Family Medicine is a specialty that combines several branches of medicine to provide comprehensive care for all members of your family. Care encompasses preventive medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, surgery, and psychiatry. Family physicians manage patient care in each of these areas to treat all body systems and diseases, coordinating total health care for each family member.
What is gastroenterology?
Gastroenterology is the branch of medicine concerned with the stomach and intestines, also known as the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Included in this area of study are the structure and functions of the intestines, stomach, liver, pancreas, and esophagus. This specialty of internal medicine covers diagnosis and treatment of diseases that attack these areas of your body.
What is genetics?
Genetics is a branch of biology devoted to the study of heredity, or the passing of traits from one generation to the next through genes. Genetics is concerned with how these characteristics are passed along, their variations, and effects. Your genetic make-up determines features such as your hair color, eye color, height, intelligence, and predisposition to disease.
What is geriatrics?
Geriatrics is the branch of medicine concerned with the elderly and aging. It focuses on diagnosis and treatment for both the physical and psychological health of those advanced in age. Common geriatric concerns are senility, incontinence, mobility, and healthy social interaction.
Infectious Disease Specialist
What is infectious disease?
Infectious disease occurs when bacteria, viruses, parasites, or fungi enter your body and disrupt normal processes or trigger an immune system defense. Because they can be spread through direct or indirect contact, frequent hand washing and other healthy hygiene practices are your best defenses against infectious diseases. Treatment, typically involving antibiotics and hospitalization, is overseen by an internist specializing in infectious disease.
What is internal medicine?
Internal medicine is the medical specialty of treating adults across the full spectrum of health needs, providing comprehensive care for adults from adolescents to the elderly. Physicians practicing internal medicine specialize in preventing, diagnosing and treating adult diseases. Doctors can also specialize within internal medicine, choosing sub specialties such as cardiology or oncology.
What is neonatal medicine?
Neonatal medicine is the branch of pediatrics concerned with the care of newborns. Usually practiced in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), this sub specialty focuses on the medical needs of premature infants and those born with critical illness. It involves the diagnosis and treatment of newborn birth defects, life-threatening medical issues, and surgical needs.
What is neurology?
Neurology is the branch of biological medicine that specializes in the nervous system, which includes the brain, spinal cord, and nerves. Neurology consists of the study, diagnosis, and treatment of all parts of this system and the diseases that affect them. A neurologist would treat you for disorders such as stroke, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, spinal cord disorders, and epilepsy.
What is oncology?
Oncology is the branch of medicine devoted to the study and treatment of cancer and tumors. Cancer is a disease that is present when the normal process of cell growth, division, and death has broken down, often resulting in the formation of tumors. Treatment for cancer is provided by an oncologist, who may recommend chemotherapy, radiation, and/or surgery.
What is orthopedics?
Orthopedics is the branch of surgical medicine concerned with the skeletal system, which consists of all bones and their associated joints, muscles, and ligaments. This specialty focuses on preventing and correcting problems with this system, including deformities, injuries, and disorders. Examples of orthopedic diagnosis and treatment methods include x-rays, injections, and surgeries to repair torn ligaments and tendons.
Obstetrician, Gynecologist, OBGYN
What is obstetrics/gynecology?
Obstetrics and gynecology are the branches of medicine devoted to the study of the female reproductive system. While gynecology focuses on routine care and the treatment of diseases affecting the reproductive system, obstetrics is concerned with childbirth. Generally, a doctor in this field is both a gynecologist and an obstetrician (an OB/GYN), treating women who are not pregnant as well as providing care and treatment for pregnant women and their babies.
Pain Management Specialist
What is pain management?
Pain management is a cross-discipline approach to prevent or alleviate pain. Drawing on various medical disciplines and alternative healing methods, pain management focuses on your entire person, with the goal of discovering the cause of your pain and developing the most effective treatments. These include medication, physical therapy, chiropractic care, activity modifications, and surgery.
What is pediatrics?
Pediatrics is the medical discipline that specializes in the care of children, covering patients from infancy to adolescence, up to 18 years of age. Because the physical, mental, and developmental needs and processes are different for children than adults, physicians specialize in treatment targeted specifically for children and their diseases.
Plastic Surgeon, Reconstruction Surgeon
What is plastic/reconstructive surgery?
Plastic or reconstructive surgery is performed by a plastic surgeon to repair, change, or enhance a part of your body. This division of medicine is highly specialized and includes a variety of procedures. Typically, plastic surgery is sought if you would like to remove skin blemishes or treat birth defects, while reconstructive surgery restores your body to its previous condition if you suffer damage from an injury or surgery.
Sleep Medicine Specialist
What is sleep medicine?
Sleep medicine is a specialized field of internal medicine concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders and disturbances. The goal is to understand your sleep-wake functioning and restore it to a healthy balance. Common methods of treatment include continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines, light box or sunlight treatment, and cognitive behavioral therapy.
Sports Medicine Doctor
What is sports medicine?
Sports medicine is the field of medicine specializing in the care and treatment of sports-related injuries and concerns. It involves a team of professionals across multiple disciplines, including trainers, physical therapists, physicians, and surgeons, offering preventative and rehabilitative treatment. You might seek the help of sports medicine professionals to get better results from your workouts, if you sustain an injury, or have a disability and want to increase your mobility.
What is urology?
Urology is the branch of medicine concerned with the study, function, and treatment of the urinary system. Specialists in this field detect, diagnose, and provide treatment for disorders and diseases affecting these systems, which includes both male and female urinary tracts as well as male reproductive organs. Common urological concerns include urinary tract infection, prostate cancer, and kidney stones.
Women’s Health Specialist
What is women’s health?
Women’s health involves the various and changing health needs of women over the course of their lives. It is dedicated to illness prevention and the treatment of conditions that are more common or serious among women. Women’s health advocates empower women to partner with their obstetrician/gynecologist, to take an active role in their health management and care.
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