An internal medicine physician specializes in whole-body care for adults. Also called internists, primary care physicians (PCPs), or general practitioners, these doctors focus on the interactions of all your body systems and know how to help you with just about every complaint you may have: from asthma to arthritis, headaches to high blood pressure, and dizziness to diabetes.

A MedStar Southern Maryland PCP is your best asset when it comes to living a strong, healthy life. Each provides routine preventive care, diagnosis, and treatment for problems from the common to the not-so-common. MedStar internists also teach healthy lifestyles choices, emphasizing wellness rather than illness. With education and assistance on diet, exercise, mental health, and stress reduction, among others—plus the compassionate attention of a doctor every step of the way—the MedStar Health community can be healthy from head to toe.

PCPs are specially trained to serve as a patient's main doctor over the course of many years. Although your health plan may not require you to have a PCP, having one offers several advantages. Your PCP gets to know you, your family history, and your medical history—knowing this about your overall health, he or she can offer the best treatment advice. And, because your PCP keeps track of your screenings, he or she can remind you to schedule them, which can help detect problems earlier.

What if I need to see a specialist?

Since MedStar Health internal medicine physicians treat just about every part of a body, they are experts into directing you to a specialist, should you ever need to see one. Not only that, they can manage and guide your care, explain your options, and make recommendations based on their familiarity with your needs, even when other doctors get involved.

How do I choose an internist/PCP?

Your PCP is often involved in your care for a long time—and is the first person you call if you have a health problem—so it is important to select someone with whom you can have a comfortable and honest relationship.

It’s a good idea to choose a doctor who listens carefully to your concerns, explains things clearly and fully, shows respect for you, and anticipates your health problems. The doctor also should allow you to ask questions and should provide answers that you can understand.

You want to make sure your internist/PCP is board certified. This means—like MedStar Health’s board-certified physicians—they have had training after medical school and passed an examine certifying them as specialists in their field.

It’s also a good idea to ask:

  • What insurance do you accept?
  • Who sees patients when you are out of town?
  • How long does it take to get an appointment for a routine visit?
  • How long does it take to get an appointment for urgently needed care?

MedStar Health primary care/internal medicine physicians are not just doctors—they are your partners in health care, committed to providing you and your family with the best care.

Primary Care Services

MedStar Southern Maryland has a wide-range of services to address a variety of medical needs, including:

  • Preventive medicine
  • Sick care and injuries
  • Chronic medical condition management
  • Urgent medical care
  • Annual and sports physicals
  • School forms
  • Immunizations, including flu shots
  • Preoperative consults
  • Health promotion and education
  • Nurse phone line available 8 hours/day to speak live with an RN regarding medical concerns, advice, and appointments

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Location Information

MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center
7503 Surratts Road
Clinton, Maryland 20735
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Phone: 301-774-8881

MedStar Southern Maryland Group at Clinton
10403 Hospital Drive Suite 103
Clinton, MD 20735
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Phone: 301-877-4210

MedStar Southern Maryland Group at Ft. Washington
900 E. Swan Creek Rd.
Ft. Washington, MD 20744
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Phone: 301-292-1590

MedStar Southern Maryland Group at Upper Marlboro
6409 S. Crain Highway
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
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Phone: 301-952-8614

MedStar Southern Maryland Group at Waldorf
10 St. Patrick’s Dr., Suite 203
Waldorf, MD 20603
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Phone: 301-843-0222

MedStar Southern Maryland Group at Clinton - General Surgery
7501 Surratts Rd., Suite 305
Clinton, MD 20735
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Phone: 301-877-7202

MedStar Southern Maryland Group at Clinton - Obstetrics/Gynecology
7501 Surratts Rd., Suite 206
Clinton, MD 20735
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Phone: 301-877-7200

MedStar Southern Maryland Group at White Plains - Obstetrics/Gynecology
11340 Altamont Place, Suite 203
White Plains, MD 20695
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Phone: 301-870-9900

4225 Altamont Place, Suite 102
White Plains, MD 20695
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Phone: 301-843-7737