From routine doctor visits to the most advanced procedures, we’re here for you.
A family doctor is a primary care physician who can care for the entire family, from an infant to a grandparent.
Family medicine at Aria hospital is based on personal relationships and a model of care that puts our patients — you and your family — at the center of our health care system.
By emphasizing communication, shared decision-making, accessibility and continuity of care, your family doctor’s office can become your medical home, where all aspects of care can be coordinated in a warm, welcoming and familiar environment.
In many ways, our approach to family medicine re-establishes the traditional importance of the family doctor, but within the modern context of a highly advanced, complex medical system.
To deliver the highest quality of care, we offer services that help simplify and clarify each person’s path for health and well-being. These services include:
- Helping you obtain appointments to see medical specialists
- Reviewing test results and notes from appointments with specialists or diagnostic and laboratory results with you
- Charting a strategy with you for managing a chronic condition, “getting to the bottom” of an unresolved health concern or staying the course to maintain good health
- Helping you keep current with routine examinations, immunizations and screening
- Encouraging patient education and involvement in their care
- Ensuring that patients have timely access to physicians and may communicate with medical professionals through the secure online tool, or by phone
This model of family medicine is known as a Patient-Centered Medical Home practice. In studies, it has been shown to improve patient outcomes while reducing health care costs. Both patients and doctors also report higher satisfaction with the patient-doctor relationship. Mostly, we believe it is the best way to take care of you and your family.
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Our internal medicine physicians offer you:
- Chronic disease management
- State-of-the-art care
- Acute-care treatment
- Appointments for urgent problems within one business day
- Health maintenance and preventive care
Internists specialize in preventing, diagnosing and treating disease in adults. At Aria hospital, we offer general internists as well as medical subspecialists with training in fields such as cardiology, endocrinology or hepatology who together can provide our adults comprehensive and coordinated care in a welcoming environment.
Researchers have developed a melanin-enhanced cancer immunotherapy technique that can also serve as a vaccine, based on early experiments done in a mouse model. The technique is applied via a transdermal patch.
“Melanin is a natural pigment that can efficiently transform absorbed sunlight energy into heat,” said Zhen Gu, PhD, corresponding author of a paper in Science Immunology and associate professor in the joint biomedical engineering program at UNC Chapel Hill and NC State. “We demonstrated that melanin, which is found at high levels in melanoma, can actually be used to help treat melanoma. We do this by shining near infrared light on a therapeutic skin patch, which promotes the systemic immune response that fights cancer.”
Yanqi Ye, lead author PhD student in the joint biomedical engineering program, said, “There are a lot of immune cells in the skin, and the fundamental concept here is to train the body’s immune system to respond effectively to the presence of melanoma cells, which could both limit the likelihood of developing tumors and help the body fight off tumors that are already established.”
What Do Primary Care Doctors Treat?
Primary care doctors treat most health problems—from removing a mole to treating thyroid disorders. Some family medicine providers even treat more specialized conditions, including:
- eating disorders,
- sports medicine conditions (like sprains and injuries), and
- Hepatitis C.
Depending on the doctor, some primary care providers also offer LGBTQ care, including care for transgender individuals.