What is Endocrinology?
Endocrinology is a subspecialty of Internal Medicine that
focuses on disorders of various glands and hormones.
Such clinical problems include diabetes and disorders of
the thyroid, pituitary and adrenal glands. Testosterone
deficiency and osteoporosis are also common problems
treated by an Endocrinologist.
What are the goals and philosophy of the clinic?
The Washington Endocrine Clinic's primary goal is to provide
consultative subspecialty medical care for adults to create a
complete endocrinology health care solution.
The clinic's philosophy is that optimal health and performance
can be attained through the proper balance of medical
treatment, preventive care and education. Education is an
important element in maintaining a good understanding of
what disorders a patient has, how they happen, and how
we can treat them.
What should you expect at your first visit?
The Washington Endocrine Clinic aims to focus on each
individual case with specialized care. The first visit will begin
with your check-in and vital signs measurement. A brief
discussion will take place about why you are here and your
medical history. A physical exam will be done with special
attention to the problem area. A plan will then be formulated
which may include blood/laboratory tests, imaging tests by a
radiologist, prescription medication to treat your disorder, and
appropriate timing for a followup visit to monitor your progress.
You will be given contact information for making contact with
your doctor and followup appointments.
Where appropriate, each patient will be offered education in
nutrition and exercise as it relates to each particular case. Our
goal is to create the most well-rounded experience for each
patient in order to optimize their endocrinologic health. The
Clinic maintains privacy according to HIPAA rules.
Will I need a follow up visit?
For most patients with endocrinologic disorders, the answer is yes, although the frequency of such visits will vary by the condition and patient. Once the endocrinologic problem has been treated successfully and no longer requires active monitoring by an Endocrinologist, the patient is typically discharged to the care of his or her primary provider and can make a followup appointment with the Endocrinologist as the need arises.
What is the overall focus of the clinic?
The Clinic provides evaluation and therapy for the following disorders as well as others not mentioned:
• Pituitary hormone deficiencies
• Pituitary hormone excesses
• Multinodular goiter
• Thyroid cancer
Adrenal Gland Disorders:
• Tumors, Adrenocortical cancer
• Cushing's syndrome
• Adrenal Insufficiency (Addison's disease)
• Multiple endocrine neoplasia (MEN) syndromes