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Physician Specialist Glossary

Abdominal Radiologist

Radiologists are certified by the Board of Radiology. Abdominal Radiologists specialize in evaluating imaging tests of the abdomen (belly), including CT, MRI, ultrasound, X-ray, and other tests.

Abdominal Surgeon

Abdominal Surgeons specialize in surgery of the abdominal cavity and its organs. Most practitioners are board-certified in General Surgery, and may have additional certifications.

Acupuncturist

Guided by the traditional practices of Chinese medicine, acupuncturists insert thin needles into the skin to reduce pain and other symptoms believed to be influenced by disruptions in the flow of energy through the body. A medical degree and board certification are not required.

Addiction Medicine Physician

A subspecialty certification by the American Osteopathic Board of Anesthesiology, Family Physicians, Internal Medicine or Neurology & Psychiatry. Practitioners have extensive training in the care of any person who abuses drugs. Additional training in the branches of pediatrics, internal medicine, psychiatry, surgery, and OB/GYN are of special concern to the addiction medicine physician.

Addiction Psychiatrist

A subspecialty certification by the Board of Psychiatry & Neurology; practitioners are trained to understand addictive disorders and the emotional and behavioral consequences related to addiction and substance abuse.

Adolescent Medicine Physician

A subspecialty certification by the Board of Family Practice, Internal Medicine, or Pediatrics. Practitioners treat the unique physical, psychological, and social characteristics of adolescents and their health care needs. These specialists also coordinate the planning and supervision of their patients' transition to adult health care.

Advanced Surgical Oncologist

Advanced Surgical Oncologists specialize in surgery to treat cancer that is advanced, or technically difficult to remove. They are board-certified in a primary surgical specialty and have completed additional training in Surgical Oncology.

Aerospace Medicine Specialist

A certification by the Board of Preventive Medicine. Also known as flight medicine, aviation medicine, or space medicine, aerospace medicine focuses on the physical and psychological conditions associated with flying and space travel.

Allergist
Allergy-Immunology Laboratory Specialist

Allergy and immunology diagnostic laboratories perform tests to diagnose allergies and other disorders of the immune system. Physician-managers must be certified in a specialty such as pathology, pediatrics, internal medicine, or allergy and immunology, and complete additional training and testing on laboratory processes and management.

Anatomic and Clinical Pathologist

A certification by the Board of Pathology. The pathologist plays a central role in the diagnosis of surgically removed tissues and acts as a consultant to the clinician, defining appropriate tests and interpreting their results.

Anatomic Pathologist

A certification by the Board of Pathology. Practitioners analyze the gross and microscopic structural changes caused by disease in tissues and cells removed during surgery or at autopsy.

Anesthesiologist

A certification by the Board of Anesthesiology. Practitioners provide pain relief and maintenance or restoration of a stable condition during and immediately following an operation.

Asthma & Allergy Specialist

A certification by the Board of Allergy & Immunology; practitioners are experts in the evaluation, diagnosis, and management of immune disorders.

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