Doc Hollywood

West Hollywood Pediatrician

A pediatrician is a child's physician who provides:

Preventive health maintenance for healthy children.
Medical care for children who are acutely or chronically ill.

Pediatricians manage the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of their patients, in every stage of development - in good health or in illness.
Generally, pediatricians focus on babies, children, adolescents, and young adults from birth to age 21 years to:

Reduce infant and child mortality.
Control infectious disease.
Foster healthy lifestyles.

Ease the difficulties of children and adolescents with chronic conditions.
Pediatricians diagnose and treat the following:

Genetic defects
Organic diseases and dysfunctions

However, pediatricians are concerned with more than physical well-being. They also are involved with the prevention, early detection, and management of other problems that affect children and adolescents, including the following:

Behavioral difficulties
Developmental disorders
Functional problems
Social stresses
Depression or anxiety disorders

Pediatrics is a collaborative specialty - pediatricians work with other medical specialists and healthcare professionals to provide for the health and emotional needs of children.
Following graduation from medical school, primary care pediatricians complete three years of education in an accredited pediatric residency program.

Pediatric residency training emphasizes care of the whole infant, child, adolescent, and young adult. Following the pediatric residency, the pediatrician is eligible for board certification by the American Board of Pediatrics with successful completion of a comprehensive written examination. Recertification is required every seven years.

Although most pediatricians are involved in the provision of primary care for their patients, many others choose to continue their education in pediatric subspecialties such as the following:

Adolescent medicine
Critical care medicine
Emergency medicine
Infectious diseases
Neonatal/perinatal medicine

Pediatricians will perform the following:

Routine physical exams; immunizations; pre-employment, school, sports, and camp physicals; routine health screenings; illness treatment for conditions such as colds and flu; treatment of minor injuries, including cuts and sprains; treatment and management of chronic diseases such as diabetes or asthma; and wellness and disease prevention.