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Specialist Services Definitions

Specialist services usually require a referral from your primary care physician … make sure to check with your insurance carrier prior to your visit to see if a referral is required, so you are not surprised and billed at full price!

In the coming months this website will post referral links to Rhode Island doctors, dentists and specialists of all kinds as well as questions YOU should be asking when selecting a specialist, doctor, or dentist or asking for a referral from your primary care physician.

Demystifying the language of the medical world.

Allergist or Immunologist – conducts the diagnosis and treatment of allergic conditions
Anesthesiologist – treats chronic pain syndromes; administers anesthesia and monitors the patient during surgery.
Cardiologist – treats heart disease
Dermatologist – treats skin diseases, including some skin cancers
Gastroenterologist – treats stomach disorders
Hematologist/Oncologist – treats diseases of the blood and blood-forming tissues (oncology including cancer and other tumors)
Internal Medicine Physician – treats diseases and disorders of internal structures of the body
Nephrologist – treats kidney diseases
Neurologist – treats diseases and disorders of the nervous system
Neurosurgeon – conducts surgery of the nervous system
Obstetrician – treats women during pregnancy and childbirth
Gynecologist – treats diseases of the female reproductive system and genital tract
Nurse-Midwifery – manages a woman’s health care, especially during pregnancy, delivery, and the postpartum period
Occupational Medicine Physician – diagnoses and treats work-related disease or injury
Ophthalmologist – treats eye defects, injuries, and diseases
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon – surgically treats diseases, injuries, and defects of the hard and soft tissues of the face, mouth, and jaws
Orthopaedic Surgeon – preserves and restores the function of the musculoskeletal system.
Otolaryngologist (Head and Neck Surgeon) – treats diseases of the ear, nose, and throat,and some diseases of the head and neck, including facial plastic surgery
Pathologist – diagnoses and treats the study of the changes in body tissues and organs which cause or are caused by disease
Pediatrician – treats infants, toddlers, children and teenagers
Plastic Surgeon – restores, reconstructs, corrects or improves in the shape and appearance of damaged body structures, especially the face
Podiatrist – provides medical and surgical treatment of the foot
Psychiatrist – treats patients with mental and emotional disorders
Pulmonologist – diagnoses and treats lung disorders
Radiation Onconlogist – diagnoses and treats disorders with the use of diagnostic imaging, including X-rays, sound waves, radioactive substances, and magnetic fields
Diagnostic Radiologist – diagnoses and medically treats diseases and disorders of internal structures of the body
Rheumatologist – treats rheumatic diseases, or conditions characterized by inflammation, soreness and stiffness of muscles, and pain in joints and associated structures
Urologist – diagnoses and treats the male and female urinary tract and the male reproductive system