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'Specialist Types Of Doctors Working In The NHS'

Your most regular contact with a doctor will be with your own general practitioner, but you may also come across hospital doctors with specialist names. These are some examples:-

  • Cardiologist - specialist in the heart. There are also cardiac (or cardio-thoracic) surgeons.

  • Endocrinologist - specialist dealing with hormones.

  • ENT surgeon - specialist in ear, nose and throat (may also be called otorhinolaryngology).

  • General surgeon - general surgery includes operations for hernias, varicose veins, haemorrhoids etc. There are specialties within general surgery eg. vascular surgery.

  • Geriatrician - specialist in the health needs of elderly people.

  • Gynaecologist - specialist in women's reproductive health.

  • Neurologist - specialist in the brain and nervous system.

  • Obstetrician - specialist in pregnancy and childbirth (usually combines with Gynaecologist).

  • Oncologist - cancer specialist.

  • Ophthalmologist - specialist in the eye.

  • Oral surgeon - specialist in surgery of the mouth and face.

  • Orthopaedic surgeon - surgeon dealing with bones and joints.

  • Paediatrician - specialist in child health.

  • Plastic surgeon - specialist in reconstructive and cosmetic surgery.
Plastic surgeons have an important role in the treatment of burns and accident victims.

  • Psychiatrist - medical specialist in mental health.

  • Radiologist - doctor specialising in X-rays, nuclear medicine and other imaging techniques for diagnosis and treatment.

  • Rheumatologist - specialist in the joints and muscles.

  • Urologist - specialist in the bladder and urinary system.

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