Internal Medicine is a specialty of medical science which encompasses diagnosis and long-term treatment of common and complex illnesses of adolescents, adults, and the elderly, as well as prevention, wellness, and mental illness. Physicians who are trained in Internal Medicine are skilled in diagnosis and treatment of cancer, diseases of the lungs, heart, kidneys, skin, eyes, intestines, and blood.
Dr. Natasha Fuksina use scientific basis to provide direct care to their patients, ranging from health and wellness to chronic disease and mental illness.
For Dr. Fuksina, Internal Medicine is not only a specialty training and a knowledge base but a lens through which she views and assesses patient. Regardless of the patient’s complaint or a symptom, it is important to assess the impact and interplay with all other organs and systems. “Internal” diseases can have “ external” manifestations and vice versa. For example, if someone is complaining of dry eyes, the best approach would be to listen to the person and gather all the details associated with this complaint, examine him or her and then formulate differential diagnosis, listing possible diagnoses based on this particular presentation and science. The list of possibilities can include the problem related to allergic, inflammatory or infectious processes in the eyes, but it could also be secondary to a systemic illness or involvement of a particular organ system. A systematic approach to the diseases of internal structures allows for a thorough and comprehensive care of a patient.
Some internists are also called “primary care doctors” because they are involved in providing primary care to their patients over a long term and collaborating and referring them to other specialists when required. Many work in ambulatory outpatient settings, while others work as internists in the hospital, some work in both.