Diagnosing, treating and managing health care for all members of the family from prevention to complex illnesses.
Primary care physicians are trained and experienced in meeting the healthcare needs of all members of the family from newborns to geriatrics.
These physicians may be board certified in Family Medicine or in Internal Medicine. Primary care physicians are a trusted member of the healthcare team as they are the first contact for a person with a health concern. They work in close partnership with patients and other clinicians to improve their health and well-being.
Primary care physicians:
- Diagnose and treat common and complex illnesses and medical conditions
- Oversee diagnostic testing and other evaluations
- Manage chronic diseases and conditions such as heart problems and diabetes
- Refer and coordinate care by other medical or surgical specialists which may be required to manage all aspects of the patient’s health
- Emphasize prevention, by encouraging healthy living and recommending appropriate prevention tools/behaviors and medical screenings
- Provide support and guidance for weight management, nutrition and exercise and mental health issues