Our specialty groups offer a seamless approach to medical care. They work together to treat patients with compassion and skill. All physicians are located in proximity to one or more Baptist Health hospitals.
Physical Medicine (Physiatry)
Physiatrists are physicians with specific training in the medical specialty of physical medicine and rehabilitation. Specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of pain, Physiatrist help their patients recover from illness or injury to achieve their highest level of physical functioning. Back pain is one of the most common ailments in America, and our physiatrists are affiliated with
Baptist Health Neuroscience Center, a multidisciplinary team of neurologists, neurosurgeons, pain management specialists and physical therapists with extensive training in the most advanced and effective treatments for chronic back pain.
A primary care physician, sometimes called a family physician or internist, is a doctor who emphasizes health and prevention, often providing a full range of services necessary for a patient’s “annual” checkup. He or she also treats a wide range of medical problems, provides vaccinations and will refer patients to a specialist when more advanced care is needed. Your primary care physician often follows you for years, getting to know you and your medical history.
Breast surgery may be needed for a variety of problems, including breast cancer. A breast surgeon may perform a biopsy on a tumor or a lumpectomy or mastectomy to remove a tumor. Some breast surgeons and plastic surgeons also perform breast reconstruction after a mastectomy.
When the digestive system is involved, you’ll most likely see a gastroenterologist. These physicians have special training in internal medicine and in problems of the digestive system. They diagnose and treat conditions involving the gastrointestinal tract, including the esophagus, stomach, large and small intestines, gall bladder, liver, pancreas and more.
Abnormal or damaged structures in the heart need repair. This may be to fix or replace heart valves, a hole in the heart, to implant a pacemaker, coronary artery bypass grafting to fix blocked arteries or another procedure that helps your heart function better. Sometimes, heart surgeons need to perform traditional open-heart procedures where the chest must be opened. When possible, they may do minimally invasive procedures, making small incisions to reach the heart.
Baptist Health Medical Group offers patients complete surgery services for the treatment of thoracic cancers. Our specialty services include an innovative robotic surgery technique designed to remove lung cancer without cutting or spreading the breast- bone. Baptist Health's thoracic surgery group is comprised of leading experts who have pioneered thoracic surgery methods.
A cardiologist specializes in diagnosing and treating conditions that involve the entire cardiovascular system, in addition to the heart, including the blood vessels that run through the heart and body. Cardiologists also counsel patients on prevention and wellness. You may see a cardiologist because of your risk factors for heart disease or to receive medications to lower your cholesterol or blood pressure. Some cardiologists have expertise in electrophysiology, the heart’s rhythm, or other areas.
Common operations that general surgeons perform are hernia repair, gall bladder removal, the removal of cysts, appendectomy and procedures on the stomach, intestines, thyroid, spleen and liver. Some procedures can be done using minimally invasive techniques, such as laparoscopy or robotic-assisted surgery, allowing for precise control of surgical instruments through small incisions. These procedures generally reduce blood loss, speed healing time and reduce the risk of infection.
The nervous system includes the brain, spinal cord, the peripheral nerves (bundles of fibers that send information back and forth from the spinal cord to other parts of the body) and the extra-cranial cerebrovascular system. Neurosurgeons perform operations on the brain for aneurysms, tumors, stroke, epilepsy, head trauma and more, as well as the spine.
Orthopedics & Sports Medicine
Whether you’re a professional athlete, desk jockey or couch potato, there may come a time when you need to see an orthopedic or sports medicine physician. These doctors are experts in both surgical and non-surgical care of the bones, joints and ligaments throughout the body. They perform hip and knee replacements, fracture repair, bone grafting ankle and hand surgery, rotator cuff repair and surgery for traumatic injuries. Often, they use arthroscopic techniques, which allows for small incisions.
These physicians have the same ability to care for the bones, joints and ligaments throughout the body as orthopedic specialists for adults. But because childrens’ bodies are growing and changing, their response to injuries, deformities and infections can be quite different. Pediatric orthopedic specialists are able to care for infants, children and adolescents. Some of the conditions they treat are scoliosis, club foot, hip dysplasia, fractures, limb length discrepencies and hand disorders.
Internal medicine practitioners focus on adults with a variety of problems. Often, they find themselves piecing together a diagnosis or treatment plan for someone who has several illnesses at the same time, or for someone with a chronic illness. They care for a wide range of health issues, from diabetes and infectious diseases to mental health problems and arthritis. They also promote wellness and disease prevention.
Sometimes called hospitalists, physicians who are dedicated to caring for hospitalized patients are also known as practitioners of hospital medicine. As experts on inpatient care, they not only serve as the leader in clinical areas, but they help coordinate communication between the many medical specialists and other healthcare professionals who care for patients in the hospital.