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Once your child receives their stroke diagnosis there will be a flurry of information being bombarded at you.  One thing you will notice is that your child will be getting referred to several other medical professionals for evaluations or treatments.  Here is a list of medical providers your child may need to see in their future.


Audiologist: A medical specialist who evaluates and assists with rehabilitation of those whose communication disorders affect the ability to hear.

Cardiologist:  Physician that specializes in heart diseases and blood vessels.

ENT/Ear SpecialistA physician who specializes in the ear and its diseases

Family Practitioner: A physician who specializes in the well being and care of people of all age ranges, specializes in family medicine--frequently.  An internist or general doctor for things like check-ups, viruses, colds, etc.

Gastroentenology Doctor: Physician of the digestive system

Hematologist: A medical doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of blood and blood-forming tissues.

Neonentologist:  Physician who specializes in the care of newborns.

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner:   A registered nurse with clinical expertise in neonatal nursing.

Neuropsychologist:   Psychologist that specializes in dysfunctions of the mind and mental workings that have been caused by disease of the nervous system.

Neurosurgeon:  Surgeon who has specialized in the brain, spinal cord and other nervous tissue.  May also practice neurology

NICU: neonatal intensive care unit--where they send newborns for special care following delivery without ever having left the hospital

Nurse Practitioner a registered nurse (RN) with advanced training in diagnosing and treating illness.

Occupational Therapist:  A medical specialist trained to assist people learn how to manage daily activities of living and regaining vocational skills.

Ophthalmologist: A physician specializing in care and treatment of eye disorders.

Optometrist:  Physician who deals with sight�not actual internal eye dysfunction

Orthopedic Surgeon:  Surgeon who specializes in the medical and surgical treatment of disorders and injuries to the bones, muscles and joints.

Pediatrician:  Physician who treats only children and infants.

Pediatric Hematologist: Physician who specializes in diseases of the blood and blood-forming organs

Pediatric Nephrologist Physician who specializes in the kidney.

Pediatric Neurologist: Physician who specializes in the nervous system and the disorders affecting it.

Pediatric Neurosurgeon:   Physician who does surgery on the nervous system (especially the brain).

Pediatric Ophthalmologist Physician specializing in surgery and diseases of the eye.

Physical Therapist:   A specialist trained to improve the level of activity a patient may perform through education of exercise and physical activities.

PICU Physician:  A physician who cares for children in the PICU

PM&R Doctor:  See rehab doctor

Public health nurse:  Provides care to community members

Radiologist: Physician who specializes in the use of imaging to diagnosis or assists in treatment.

Rehabilitation doctor:  Physician who oversees a rehabilitation program and the therapists.  Usually has caseload of patients.  Specializes in physical medicine and rehab.  AKA a physiatrist or a specialist in PM and R.

Rheumatologist:  Physician specializing in treatment of arthritis.

Social worker: An individual who provides aid to families in need.  May refer families to programs like Medical Assistance or Early Intervention.

Speech therapist:   A medical specialist that assists in restoring lost vocal communication and oral issues.









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