Frank Charles Alario, MD is our resident specialist for internal medicine. Internal medicine is the medical specialty dealing with the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of adult diseases. Physicians specializing in internal medicine are called internists, or physicians. The specialty of internal medicine covers a wide range of conditions affecting the internal organs of the body – the heart, the lungs, the liver and gastro-intestinal tract, the kidneys and urinary tract, the brain, spinal column, nerves, muscles and joints.
Although some diseases specifically affect individual organs, the majority of common diseases – arteriosclerosis, diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer may affect many internal organs of the body. The internist must then be trained to recognize and manage a broad range of diseases and, with the aging population, many patients with chronic and multiple disorders.
Also remember a family physician is a doctor who has completed a residency in family medicine, whereas an internist has completed a residency in internal medicine. Family medicine and internal medicine have a lot of similarities but also a lot that separates them into two different fields of medicine. Family medicine doctors see all ages of babies, from birth to death. Some family medicine doctors choose to deliver babies as well. Internal medicine doctors only see adults, usually aged 18 and older.
Family medicine training tends to focus more on out patient, for example, a clinic services, whereas internal medicine training tends to put a lot more emphasis on inpatient (hospital) services. We are lucky to have Dr. Alario on board.