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Anesthesiologists administer drugs that render the patient insensitive to pain during surgery and other painful procedures. They also contribute to monitoring patients' life functions and in managing problems in cardiac and respiratory resuscitation. In addition, they are actively involved in diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic pain.

Bariatric Surgeons

These physicians specialize in procedures that decreases the size of the stomach, including Lap Band and Gastric By-Pass procedures. The purpose is to limit food intake, which therefore enables the person to lose a significant amount of weight. These procedures are performed at Marshall Medical North, certified as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence.


These physicians specialize in diagnosing and treating heart problems and diseases of the heart including vascular disease, hypertension, congestive heart failure and other blood vessel diseases. Cardiologists also provide evaluations of chest pain with treadmills, stress tests, echocardiography, thallium stress tests, holter monitoring as well as blood pressure monitoring.


Dermatologists specialize in diagnosis and treatment of hair and nail disorders, diseases of the skin, skin cancer surgery and allergic diseases.

Ear, Nose & Throat (Otolaryngologists)

These physicians are specially trained in medicine and surgery of the ears, nose and throat. This practice also includes treatment of hearing problems, nasal allergies, sinus problems, head and neck surgery and facial plastic surgery.

Emergency Medicine

This physician is specially trained to treat patients with conditions requiring immediate medical care such as sudden illness or trauma.

Family Practice

Family Practice physicians diagnose primary illnesses or diseases and treat patients with nonsurgical as well as surgical methods. They deal in preventive medicine by providing physicals and check-ups for the maintenance of good health. Some of these physicians also perform obstetrical and gynecological services and care for newborns as well as older children and adults.

General Surgeons

These physicians use surgical methods to diagnose and treat illnesses, injuries and diseases. Surgeons also perform endoscopy, i.e., colonoscopy, gastroscopy and remove colonic polyps.


These specialists offer a type of care as well as a philosophy of care that focuses on the palliation of a chronically ill, terminally ill or seriously ill patient's pain and symptoms, and attending to their emotional and spiritual needs.

Internal Medicine

These physicians treat adults with chronic illnesses including diabetes, high blood pressure, emphysema and other pulmonary diseases. They also treat gastrointestinal tract diseases, liver disease, disease associated with stroke and some neurological diseases. They may perform a variety of procedures such as gastroscopy, proctoscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy and pulmonary function studies. They are available for consulting in any of the above areas.

Medical Oncologist

This physician provides and coordinates cancer treatment, including chemotherapy, other medical therapy or arrangement for surgery or radiation treatment.


This physician is skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the nervous system.


Obstetrician/Gynecologists are physicians who have the special knowledge and skills to provide medical and surgical care of the female reproductive system and associated disorders. They care for and treat women during pregnancy, in childbirth and after a baby is born. They also treat diseases of the genital tract in women, provide preventive cancer tests such as pap smears and breast exams, and diagnose and treat various infertility problems.


Ophthalmologists specialize in diagnosis as well as medical/surgical treatment of diseases of the eyes and related areas to include refractive defects of the eyes.

Orthopedic Surgeons

These physicians specialize in treatment of musculoskeletal problems which include injuries and diseases of the spine, bones and joints as well as the extremities, tendons, muscles and nerves. They are concerned with preserving and restoring the proper functioning of these areas of the body.

Pain Management

This physician specializes in the treatment of pain as a result of cancer, shingles, headaches, nerve injury, poor circulation, arthritis, disc disease and surgery. He also treats neck, back, arm, leg, facial and rib pain.

Palliative Care

A multidisciplinary approach to specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. It focuses on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain, physical stress, and mental stress of a serious illness—whatever the diagnosis.


Pathologists provide results of diagnostic examinations of tissue removed at surgery enabling the attending physician to properly treat patients. Tests are performed on various body fluids by the pathologist and the data are reported to the patient's physician to assist in proper treatment of the patient.


These specialists are associated with the develop-ment, care and treatment of childhood diseases from newborn to adolescence. They also deal with the pre-vention of childhood disease through administration of planned immunizations and well-baby/child check-ups.

Plastic Surgeons

Plastic surgeons offer comprehensive care for patients sustaining traumatic facial injuries, upper extremity and head injuries, and complex lower extremity injuries. They also treat congenital deformities including cleft lip and palate, craniofacial anomalies, congenital hand deformities, burn reconstruction, cosmetic and reconstructive breast surgery and aesthetic surgery.


This physician is specially trained in diagnosing and treating mental illness. This practice includes treatment of depression, anxiety, nervous disorders, behavioral problems, substance abuse, eating disorders and psychotic disorders. A psychiatrist also is available for consultation and assistance for people that are being emotionally affected by chronic illness or losses.


A pulmonologist evaluates and treats all diseases of the lungs and respiratory system. This physician also performs pulmonary function studies and invasive diagnostic procedures, including bronchoscopy.

Radiation Oncologist

This physician provides cancer treatment by means of x-rays or radioactive substances.


Rheumatology is a subspecialty of internal medicine devoted to patient care in the areas of arthritis and autoimmune disease, which affect nearly 20 percent of the American population. There are more than 200 types of autoimmune diseases including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, lupus, back pain, osteoporosis and tendinitis.


Radiologists are physicians who use radiant energy and substances to photograph parts of the body. The results aid physicians in diagnosing and treating medical conditions.


These physicians concern themselves with the scientific, clinical and surgical aspects of the urinary tract in both males and females. In addition, they treat diseases in the genital organs of men. Through routine visits, men and women can identify or stop at an early stage cancer of the kidney, bladder and other urologic organs, including the prostate in men.

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