What Is a Hematologist

What Is A Hematologist?

A hematologist is a medical doctor who specializes in blood disorders. They are experts in treating various types of blood diseases such as: hemophilia, thalassemia, sickle cell disease, leukopenia/lymphoproliferative disorder (Lupus), erythropoietic stem cell deficiency (HIV) and many others.

The term hematologist comes from the Greek word “hematos” which means blood. The Latin word “logistro” was used because it had been observed that physicians were often called upon to treat patients with blood disorders.

Hematologists have different specialties like: transfusion medicine, hemodialysis, bone marrow transplantation, platelet therapy and many more.

In addition to their expertise in blood disorders, they are also experts in other areas like: infectious diseases, immunology, oncology and cardiovascular disease.

Hematologists may work at hospitals or private practices. Most of them practice out of academic institutions. Some even work outside the United States. Hematologists usually specialize in one specific type of blood disorder; however there are some who specialize in multiple conditions.

What Does A Hematologist Do?

A hematologist usually provides medical care and advice to people who are suffering from various blood diseases. They also perform tests in order to determine the cause of the person’s condition. When a certain disease is detected, they can provide the correct treatment to help the patient fight the disorder.

In order to perform their job, hematologists use lab experiments, medical imaging, and other diagnostic tests. They are also required to consult with other medical professionals in order to create a treatment plan for their patients.

Hematologists may work with other physicians, nurses, physician assistants, and specialists from other fields of medicine. They provide training to these people so that they can also understand the specialized knowledge it takes to treat blood diseases.

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