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Your first level of contact at Loyola University Health System is your primary care physician – a doctor trained in every major area of medicine – who can care for your general health needs and those of your entire family. Primary care doctors also may specialize in a particular area such as family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, or obstetrics and gynecology and provide primary health care for people at every state of life.
Family medicine doctors provide continuing comprehensive primary care to your whole family. They see patients of all ages.
Internal medicine doctors, internists, specialize in the study, diagnosis and treatment of non-surgical diseases in adult patients. An internist is trained to diagnose and treat complex illnesses, as well as manage the prevention of illness. Some internists, geriatricians, specialize in the health-care needs of the elderly.
Internal Medicine/Pediatrics (IM/Peds)
Doctors who specialize in internal medicine and pediatrics have completed a combined residency program in internal medicine and pediatrics. They are able to provide preventive care as well as care for the complex medical problems of adults and children.
Obstetrics and Gynecology
General obstetricians and gynecologists specialize in providing health care to women. Obstetricians care for the woman before, during and after a pregnancy, while gynecologists deal with disorders and diseases of the female reproductive tract.
Pediatricians specialize in the treatment of newborns, infants, children and adolescents. It is their role to plan and carry out a medical care program for children – from birth through adolescence. They provide preventive health care as well as care for acute and chronic illness.
When appropriate, your primary care doctor may refer you to one of our specialists.