Physicians who focus on treating a particular organ or disease are called specialists. Your primary care physician is a generalist who is dedicated to treating every aspect of your health. At Northwell Health, our primary care physicians work as a team to provide expert care for patients at any stage of life.
Primary care physicians at Northwell Health
Primary care physicians care for you as a whole person, regardless of age or sex, in the following ways:
- Diagnose and treat acute and chronic illnesses
- Provide annual check-ups and routine health screenings
- Counsel on lifestyle changes to prevent disease
- Coordinate care with other physicians and specialists as needed
- Provide age-appropriate immunizations
Our highly experienced primary care physicians have board certifications and have completed residencies and fellowships in primary care. Some of the medical areas that they are trained in include:
- Bone and joint care
- Care for patients of all ages, from newborns to elderly
- Care for chronic conditions, such as diabetes, asthma and heart disease
- Ear, nose and throat care
- Emergency care
- Eye care
- Minor surgical procedures
- Mental and behavioral health care
- Reproductive system care for men and women
Find the PCP that's right for you
As you look for a primary care physician, some issues that you should consider include:
- Location: Choose a physician who is close to you to make it easy to visit. Northwell has primary care physicians throughout the New York metropolitan area and Nassau, Queens and Suffolk counties. View our locations to find a facility near you.
- Philosophy of the practice: Ask if the physician and others in the practice are focused on preventing disease and promoting wellness. Physicians at Northwell emphasize patient education, preventive medicine and chronic condition management.
- Standards of excellence: Look for a physician in a practice or network that requires board certifications, fellowships, residencies and other designations. At Northwell, our physicians are held to these standards as well as positive patient outcomes.
Why is it important to have a PCP?
A primary care physician can make a big difference in your and your family’s health through continuity of care. That means you and your primary care physician establish a partnership over time to achieve the best possible health outcomes.
With the goals of maintaining your health and preventing disease, continuity of care provides:
- One person to manage your and your family’s health concerns: Your primary care physician can diagnose and treat almost any common condition.
- One point of contact to coordinate care: If you develop a complicated condition that requires specialized care, your primary care physician refers you to and works with other specialists.
- Your key resource for preventive care: Your primary care physician can help you make the right lifestyle choices for better health and can identify health problems before they become major.