What is an "Internist?"
Puzzled by the question, "What is an internist?" some assume the medical professional must be a first year student -- like an intern. Actually, an internist is an internal medicine physician who is sometimes referred to as the "doctor's doctor," since they are frequently consulted to help when another physician is puzzled by a diagnosis.
An internist has a very important job in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of adult diseases. Citizens Memorial Hospital has a board certified internal medicine physician Edemekong Bassey, M.D., who completed a residency in the specialty at Cleveland Clinic, renowned for its innovative approaches to medicine. He also completed an infectious disease fellowship at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Mich.
An internist should be your first stop for most undiagnosed, non-emergency health concerns. “If you have something bothering you but don’t know what it is, see your internist,” says Dr. Bassey. “Internists are experts in diagnosing illnesses.”
Internists also diagnose and treat common adult illnesses and diseases like hypertension, type II diabetes, asthma/COPD, high cholesterol, and chronic conditions. Dr. Bassey accepts self-referring patients and new patients at the CMH Infectious Disease and Internal Medicine Clinic, 1300 N. Oakland, Bolivar. Most major insurance is accepted. To make an appointment or for more information, call 417-328-7985 or 888-328-6010.