Different types of specialists stand side-by-side against a blue background.

When It's Time to See a Specialist

David Hopper
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David Hopper

David comes from a writing and reporting background. He earned a master's degree in journalism from the University of Mississippi. After working at several newspapers, David was an editor of a boxing website for five years. In addition to writing for Giddy, the Austin, Texas, resident writes about music for 360degreesound.com. In his spare time, his favorite thing to do is play basketball.

For the most part, consulting with a general practitioner about medical conditions should always be your first move. However, if after diagnosis, your healthcare provider suspects you have a specific systemic illness or health issue, you'll likely be referred to a specialist. You might also see a specialist if you're struggling with a condition that isn't improving with treatment.

Specialists are doctors who have completed advanced education and training in a particular branch of medicine. They have the skills to diagnose and treat you, and they have equipment necessary for specific diagnoses. Some can perform surgery, too.

During the month of October and beyond, Giddy will interview the following specialists: cardiologist, endocrinologist, gynecologist, hematologist, neurologist, plastic surgeon, psychiatrist, psychologist, radiologist and urologist. We'll discuss the work they do and what patients should know to empower themselves to better health.

We hope you can join us.

Specialist Q&A: What Can a Cardiologist Do for You?
Caitlin Giesler, M.D., explains what it means to diagnose and treat diseases of the heart.
Specialist Q&A: What Can an Endocrinologist Do for You?
Elizabeth Pearce, M.D., explains what it means to diagnose and treat endocrine disorders.
Specialist Q&A: What Can a Hematologist Do for You?
Mohammad Maher Abdul Hay, M.D., explains abnormal blood counts and treatment for blood diseases.
Specialist Q&A: What Can a Psychologist Do for You?
Britney Blair, Psy.D., explains what it means to diagnose the way you think, feel and behave.
Specialist Q&A: What Can a Urologist Do for You?
Seth Cohen, M.D., explains what it means to diagnose and treat men's ED and sexual disorders.
Specialist Q&A: What Can a Plastic Surgeon Do for You?
Anna Pavlov, M.D., explains what it means to repair, reconstruct and replace physical tissue.
Specialist Q&A: What Can a Psychiatrist Do for You?
Tom Xia, M.D., explains what it means to focus on mental, emotional and behavioral disorders.
Specialist Q&A: What Can a Neurologist Do for You?
James Conners, M.D., explains what it means to treat conditions affecting your nervous system.