What Doctors Do What

At Premier Community Health, we are focused on providing you with the tools necessary to be an advocate for your own health. The following chart is a great reference to determine what type of doctor you or a loved one might need for a specific medical condition.

Type of Doctor Specialization
Allergist Allergies
Anesthesiologist Pain prevention in, and sometimes outside of, surgery
Cardiologist Heart
Dentist Teeth
Dermatologist Skin
Endorcrinologist Problems with the thuroid, ductless glands, and diabetes
Family Doctor Primary care needs, such as ongoing general care and referral to specialists as needed
Gastroenterologist Problems with the colon, stomach, and digestive system
Geriatrician Treatment of patients aged 65 or older
Gynecologist Women's reproductive health
Hematologist Diseases of the blood
Hepatologist Liver
Hospitlists General care in a hospital setting
Immunologist Diseases of the immune system
Interventional radiologist Radiology for special procedures
Nephrologist Kidney
Neonatolgist Infant care up to six weeks of age
Neurologist Brain and nerve
Neurosurgeon Surgery involving the brain, nerves, and sometimes the back
Oncologist Cancer
Ophthalmologist Diseases of the eye
Orthopedist Bones and joints
Otolaryngologist Ear, nose, and throat
Pathologist Examination of tissues from the body to discover what diseases a patient may have (often in a laboratory)
Pediatrician Medical issues focusing on children
Psychiatrist Mental health
Pulmonologist Lung and sleeping problems
Radiologist X-ray and other body scan readings
Rheumatologist Arthritis and diseases of the joints
Urologist Bladder and urination problems
Surgeon Performs operations
Surgeon, Plastic Changes to physical appearance for cosmetic (face lift) or reconstructive purposes (repairing damage from an injury)
Surgeon, Thoracic Operations to the chest
Surgeon, Oral/Maxillofacial/Dental Operations on the teeth, mouth, and jaws
Vascular, Surgeon Operations on the vascular system, or the veins and arteries