Internal Medicine includes all general medical care from adolescent medicine to geriatrics. Through extensive hospital training, the internist develops expertise in many specialty areas including cardiology, pulmonary, gastroenterology and neurology. Internists manage the care of many common disorders such as diabetes, arthritis and high blood pressure, as well as more exotic conditions and infections.
The internist is the patient’s advocate in the health care system from the office to the intensive care unit, and personally manages everything from the common cold to cardiac disorders.
The value of an internist is not only to diagnose and treat a variety of illnesses an ailments, but also to coordinate patient care with other medical and surgical specialties.
Dr. Blum is connected to many prominent specialists at NorthShore LIJ and St Francis Hospitals.