The Department of Medicine is made up of ten divisions that provide patient care and oversight for the numerous diagnostic and treatment centers at Penn State Hershey.
The Division of General Internal Medicine provides general medical services, including primary care, in outpatient clinic settings. General internists also oversee the Department's inpatient general medical services, with those focusing on this type of care being termed ‘hospitalists'. General internists also provide consultation to other services in the Medical Center (such as surgery) when their input would benefit patient care. These clinicians also provide co-management with other services when needed for complex patient care situations.
The other nine divisions and programs provide focused expertise in the diagnosis and management of specific groups of patients and diseases. A brief description of the activities of each division is included with the links below. Please click on the link for additional information about the division and their clinical services.
- Allergy, Asthma and Immunology - diseases of the lungs and respiratory system. The Division oversees the operation of the Medical Intensive Care Unit where patients may require respiratory support (ventilation). Allergy and Immunology focus on the diagnosis of disorders such as asthma and allergic reactions and their management.
- Cardiology - diseases of the heart and vascular system. The Division of Cardiology is an integral part of the Penn State Heart and Vascular Institute.
- Endocrinology and Diabetes - disorders of the glands and hormones. The Division is an integral component of the Penn State Institute for Diabetes and Obesity.
- Gastroenterology and Hepatology - diseases of the gastrointestinal system and liver. The Division also oversees the medical management of liver transplantation.
- Hematology and Medical Oncology - disorders of the blood and management of cancers. The Division is a major group within the Penn Satte Cancer Institute.
- Infectious Diseases - disorders caused by viruses, bacteria and other related diseases. The Division is also home to the Medical Center's epidemiology and infection control service that oversees efforts to minimize hospital-acquired infections.
- Nephrology - diseases related to the function of the kidneys. The Division also oversees dialysis (kidney replacement treatment) services for individuals with kidney failure.
- Palliative Care - a program in the Division of General Internal Medicine, palliative care clinicians assist in the care of those in whom the goal of treatment may not be cure, with a focus on quality of life issues.
- Rheumatology - disorders of the joints and other inflammatory diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.