Specialty Descriptions

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Anesthesiology

Anesthesiologists administer drugs that render the patient insensitive to pain during surgery and other painful procedures. They also contribute to monitoring patients' life functions and in managing problems in cardiac and respiratory resuscitation. In addition, they are actively involved in diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic pain.


Bariatric Surgery

These physicians specialize in procedures that decreases the size of the stomach, including Lap Band and Gastric By-Pass procedures. The purpose is to limit food intake, which therefore enables the person to lose a significant amount of weight. These procedures are performed at Marshall Medical North, certified as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence.


Cardiology

These physicians specialize in diagnosing and treating heart problems and diseases of the heart including vascular disease, hypertension, congestive heart failure and other blood vessel diseases. Cardiologists also provide evaluations of chest pain with treadmills, stress tests, echocardiography, thallium stress tests, holter monitoring as well as blood pressure monitoring.


Dermatology

Dermatologists specialize in diagnosis and treatment of hair and nail disorders, diseases of the skin, skin cancer surgery and allergic diseases.


Emergency Medicine

This physician is specially trained to treat patients with conditions requiring immediate medical care such as sudden illness or trauma.


Family Medicine

Family Medicine physicians diagnose primary illnesses or diseases and treat patients with nonsurgical as well as surgical methods. They deal in preventive medicine by providing physicals and check-ups for the maintenance of good health. Some of these physicians also perform obstetrical and gynecological services and care for newborns as well as older children and adults.


Gastroenterology

Gastroenterology is the medical specialty devoted to the study, diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the digestive system. These disorders may affect the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, rectum, liver, gallbladder, or pancreas.


General Surgery

These physicians use surgical methods to diagnose and treat illnesses, injuries and diseases. Surgeons also perform endoscopy, i.e., colonoscopy, gastroscopy and remove colonic polyps.


Gynecology

Obstetrician/Gynecologists are physicians who have the special knowledge and skills to provide medical and surgical care of the female reproductive system and associated disorders. They care for and treat women during pregnancy, in childbirth and after a baby is born. They also treat diseases of the genital tract in women, provide preventive cancer tests such as pap smears and breast exams, and diagnose and treat various infertility problems.


Hematology

Hematology is the specialty that deals with the blood and blood-forming organs.


Hospice

Hospice is designed to provide palliative care and emotional support to the terminally ill in a home or homelike setting so that quality of life is maintained and family members may be active participants in care.


Hospitalist

A physician who specializes in providing and managing the care and treatment of hospitalized patients.


Internal Medicine

These physicians treat adults with chronic illnesses including diabetes, high blood pressure, emphysema and other pulmonary diseases. They also treat gastrointestinal tract diseases, liver disease, disease associated with stroke and some neurological diseases. They may perform a variety of procedures such as gastroscopy, proctoscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy and pulmonary function studies. They are available for consulting in any of the above areas.


Medical Oncology

This physician provides and coordinates cancer treatment, including chemotherapy, other medical therapy or arrangement for surgery or radiation treatment.


Nephrology

A physician who treats disorders of the kidney, high blood pressure, fluid and mineral balance, and dialysis of body wastes when the kidneys do not function.


Neurology

This physician is skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the nervous system.


OB-GYN

Obstetrician/Gynecologists are physicians who have the special knowledge and skills to provide medical and surgical care of the female reproductive system and associated disorders. They care for and treat women during pregnancy, in childbirth and after a baby is born. They also treat diseases of the genital tract in women, provide preventive cancer tests such as pap smears and breast exams, and diagnose and treat various infertility problems.


Ophthalmology

Ophthalmologists specialize in diagnosis as well as medical/surgical treatment of diseases of the eyes and related areas to include refractive defects of the eyes.


Orthopedic Surgery

These physicians specialize in treatment of musculoskeletal problems which include injuries and diseases of the spine, bones and joints as well as the extremities, tendons, muscles and nerves. They are concerned with preserving and restoring the proper functioning of these areas of the body.


Otolaryngology

These physicians are specially trained in medicine and surgery of the ears, nose and throat. This practice also includes treatment of hearing problems, nasal allergies, sinus problems, head and neck surgery and facial plastic surgery.


Palliative Medicine

Palliative Medicine improves the quality of life of patients and their families by relieving the pain, symptoms and stress of a serious or debilitating illness.


Pathology

Pathologists provide results of diagnostic examinations of tissue removed at surgery enabling the attending physician to properly treat patients. Tests are performed on various body fluids by the pathologist and the data are reported to the patient's physician to assist in proper treatment of the patient.


Pediatrics

These specialists are associated with the develop-ment, care and treatment of childhood diseases from newborn to adolescence. They also deal with the pre-vention of childhood disease through administration of planned immunizations and well-baby/child check-ups.


Podiatry

Podiatry is devoted to the study, diagnosis, and medical and surgical treatment of disorders of the foot, ankle, and lower extremity.


Psychiatry

Psychiatry is the branch of medicine that deals with mental, emotional, or behavioral disorders.


Pulmonology

Pulmonology is the branch of medicine concerned with the anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the lungs.


Radiation Oncology

Radiation Oncology is a therapy using radiation, generally as part of cancer treatment to control or kill malignant cells and normally delivered by a linear accelerator.


Radiology

Radiologists are physicians who use radiant energy and substances to photograph parts of the body. The results aid physicians in diagnosing and treating medical conditions.


Rheumatology

A Rheumatologist deals with any of various conditions characterized by inflammation or pain in muscles, joints, or fibrous tissues.


Urology

These physicians concern themselves with the scientific, clinical and surgical aspects of the urinary tract in both males and females. In addition, they treat diseases in the genital organs of men. Through routine visits, men and women can identify or stop at an early stage cancer of the kidney, bladder and other urologic organs, including the prostate in men.


Vascular Surgery

Vascular surgery is a surgical subspecialty in which diseases of the vascular system, or arteries, veins and lymphatic circulation, are managed by medical therapy, minimally-invasive catheter procedures, and surgical reconstruction.


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