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Internal Medicine

Internal Medicine

The Department of Internal Medicine at Shanghai United Family Hospital and Clinics (SHU) specializes in the prevention, detection, and non-surgical treatment of diseases in adults. In addition to being your primary care physician, an internal medicine physician is also trained to care for critically ill or medically-complex adult patients. He/she is also trained to coordinate your care, if your condition requires you to be seen by physicians of various sub-specialties.

Internal Medicine Services

Our department offers regular clinic hours, and emergency and inpatient care for a wide variety of medical conditions. The following is a sample list of conditions for which we provide diagnosis and treatment services (please contact us for other service inquiries):

Preventive healthcare

  • Health checkup
  • Vaccination
  • Travel medicine

Infectious diseases

  • Bronchitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Infectious diarrhea and food poisoning
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Meningitis
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Fever of unknown cause
  • Parasite infection

Cardiology

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Coronary artery disease and heart attack
  • Irregular heart beat
  • Heart failure

We offer the following diagnostic tests on site: ECG (EKG), Echocardiography, cardiac stress test, Holter test, and ambulatory blood pressure monitoring.

Endocrinology

  • Diabetes
  • Thyroid diseases
  • Nutrition issues

Gastroenterology

  • Gastritis and peptic ulcer disease
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s disease or Ulcerative colitis
  • Liver and gall bladder diseases
  • Acid reflux disease and indigestion

Our endoscopy suite provides painless gastroscopy and colonoscopy procedures for both diagnostic and therapeutic purposes.

Pulmonology

  • Asthma
  • COPD (chronic bronchitis and emphysema)
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Lung function test

Hematology & oncology

  • Anemia
  • Blood coagulation disorders
  • Platelet disorders

Rheumatology

  • Gout
  • Arthritis
  • Autoimmune diseases

Nephrology

  • Kidney failure
  • Electrolyte and fluid disturbance

Neurology

  • Stroke
  • Dementia
  • Epilepsy
  • Parkinson’s disease

For information on conditions not listed here, please call (o21) 2216 3941.

What's an "Internist?"

General internal medicine doctors (internists) are trained to prevent, diagnose, and treat a vast variety of diseases that affect adults. Internists are sometimes referred to as the “doctor’s doctor,” because they are often called upon to act as consultants to other physicians, helping to solve puzzling diagnostic problems.

Although internists may act as primary care physicians, they are not “family physicians,” nor are they “family practitioners,” or “general practitioners,” whose training is not solely concentrated on adults and may include surgery, obstetrics and pediatrics.

Unlike many internists who are destined to become cardiologists, pulmonologists, or a specialist in one particular internal medicine subspecialty area general internists trained in countries like the United States or the UK are capable of handling diagnosis and primary treatment for adult illnesses in a wide array of medical fields. Areas of care that internists trained in these countries deal with daily include: Cardiology (coronoary artery disease, hypertension, arrythmia,etc.); Pulmonology (asthma, COPD, pneumonia, etc.); Gastroenterology (gastritis, peptic ulcer, hepatitis, diverticulitis, etc.); Hematology (anemia, platelet disorder, etc.); Endocrinology (diabetes, thyroid disease, etc.); and Rheumatology (arthritis, gout, vasculitis, lupus, etc.). They also deal with common neurology issues and kidney problems, as well as infectious diseases, to name only a few of the common areas of a patient’s health that internists manage. In addition, general internists also take care of preventive health tasks like annual checkups,  vaccinations, as well as addressing patients’ urgent care needs such as cold/flu, food poisoning/diarrhea, and other issues. Many patients come to the hospital with an ailment whereby they do not know which doctor is the best to see first. For these patients, general internists are perfectly suited to act as their own personal private detectives due to their broad exposure to all areas of adult medicine. Internists can best investigate, provide patients with answers, and create plans for treating their illnesses. One important job of the general internist is to take care of sick inpatients in the hospital. This ensures that the patient enjoys  continuity of care between the clinic and the hospital. Some family medicine doctors may also check in on patients in the hospital, but often family medicine doctors prefer to see patients in their outpatient clinics only.

To summarize, general internists handle the broad and comprehensive spectrum of illnesses that affect adults, and are recognized as experts in diagnosis, in treatment of chronic illness, and in health promotion and disease prevention – they are not limited to one type of medical problem or organ system. General internists often care for patients over the duration of their adult lives – in the office or clinic, during hospitalization and intensive care, and in nursing homes – providing the physician an opportunity to establish long and rewarding personal relationships with their patients. When other medical specialists are involved, such as surgeons or obstetricians, internists coordinate a patient’s care and manage difficult medical problems associated with that care.

Internists are equipped to deal with whatever problem a patient brings — no matter how common or rare, or how simple or complex. They are specially trained to solve puzzling diagnostic problems and can handle severe chronic illnesses and situations where several different illnesses may strike at the same time. They also bring to patients an understanding of wellness (disease prevention and the promotion of health), women’s health, substance abuse, mental health, as well as effective treatment of common problems of the eyes, ears, skin, nervous system and reproductive organs.

Portions of the above include quotes from the American College of Physician’s website www.acponline.org