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Your primary care physician is the doctor you see to care for your general health needs and those of your entire family, from giving the annual physical to diagnosing an illness that may turn out to be a serious problem. Primary care doctors are trained in every major area of medicine. They provide comprehensive care for health wellness, disease prevention, patient education, and diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illnesses in a variety of settings
Loyola primary care physicians will partner with you to encourage your good health. They also will serve as a coordinator of care should you require more specialized treatment.
Primary care practitioners -- which include family physicians, internists and pediatricians -- are the main providers of health care for people at every stage of life. The one you choose often is involved in your care over many years.
Who is a primary care doctor?
Primary care doctors may specialize in one of four areas: family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, or internal medicine/pediatrics. Though obstetricians/gynecologists may be considered primary care, their specialty is more narrowly focused on the female reproductive system.
Family Medicine: Family medicine doctors provide continuing comprehensive primary care to your whole family. They see patients of all ages.
Internal Medicine: Internal medicine doctors, also known as 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 health-care needs of the elderly.
Pediatrics: 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 illnesses.
Internal Medicine/Pediatrics (Med/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 both adults and children.
Primary care near you
Loyola offers many primary care physicians s at locations throughout the Chicago area. Call (888) LUHS-888 to speak with a trained representative and choose your primary care physician. To choose a primary care physician by location, go to our Visit Us page and find a location near you.
When appropriate, your primary care doctor may refer you to one of our specialists.