to prevent, diagnose and treat a wide variety of infectious diseases when the circumstances surrounding the patient's condition require additional, specialized care. Dr. Stemer is also trained to educate patients traveling to places around the world that have a high rate of infectious diseases.
The study of infectious disease, also called communicable disease, is a subspecialty of internal medicine focused on the identification, study, transfer, diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases. In some cases, infectious disease may be considered a subspecialty of pediatrics. Futhermore, some infectious disease specialists may concentrate on one type of disease, such as those studying and treating HIV/AIDS.
Because these physicians are trained to identify communicable diseases caused by fungi, parasites, bacteria and viruses, they are often involved in cases where primary car providers require specialized assistance. This may include assistance for verification of the diagnosis when the infection is unusually severe, or due to intolerance or resistance to antibiotics or other types of treatment.
Infectious disease specialists are able to diagnose and treat a variety of diseases such as recurring infections, HIV/AIDS, pneumonia, infections to wounds, hepatitis B & C, chronic fatigue syndrome, unusual or recurring fevers and many other diseases. Infectious disease specialists often work as part of a multidisciplinary medical team when confronted with overarching or overly complex conditions. These physicians are trained to review medical history and tests, perform their own diagnostic procedures and treat patients on their own if and when necessary.