Who is an Internist?

Internal medicine is the diagnosis, treatment and management of both common and complex illnesses of adolescents, adults and the elderly. An internist has special training in diagnosing and treating infections and diseases of the kidneys, heart, joints, blood, respiratory, vascular and digestive system, as well as cancer.

Internal medicine physicians are called internists and provide complete, long-term care in the hospital setting or office. These internists help in managing complex and common illnesses in adolescents, adults and the elderly, while creating an awareness regarding the prevention of diseases and health management. They also help patients in understanding other areas such as mental health, substance abuse, women’s health and provide treatment for common problems of the ears, skin, eyes, reproductive and nervous systems. The internist may practice as a general internist or may specialize in any one therapeutic field.