An endocrinologist is a specialist physician who helps to diagnose and treat issues that deal with the human endocrine system. These systems in the human body, such as the pancreas and thyroid glands, regulate hormones and control many vital processes. Many of an endocrinologist's patients are persons who suffer from diabetes, and a doctor who makes this initial diagnosis will typically refer his patient to this specialist's care. The endocrinologist will also work with patients that are referred for thyroid problems and will treat aging patients with osteoporosis.
In many cases, an endocrinologist sees a patient if a primary care physician suspects that he or she is suffering from some deficit in endocrine system function. The endocrinologist will typically order tests, speak with the patient, and form a formal diagnosis. This diagnosis is then carried forward into a treatment plan. Many of the treatments this specialist works with involve working with patients to manage hormone and enzyme production within their bodies.
Endocrinologists are medical doctors who have completed medical school and a certification process. These specialists typically pursue this area of specialty in school, and they may continue with research work and certified continuing education after graduating. Most endocrinologists work in a doctor's office or clinical lab setting during regular business hours of the week.
Diagnose and treat hormone imbalances, disorders and diseases.
Collaborate with other medical professionals to provide treatment across multidisciplinary fields of expertise.