Who is a Hematologist?
The branch of medicine that focuses on dealing with the study of cause, prognosis, diagnosis, treatment & prevention of diseases, disorders, and medical conditions related to blood and blood-producing organs is called Hematology. So, doctors who are specialized and well trained in Hematology are called Hematologists.
What are the qualifications of a Hematologist?
A 5-year medical degree [MBBS] that is recognized by the General Medical Council and a 2-year foundation course of general training are the basic requirements for an individual to be a doctor. However, following are the specialties or extra qualifications required to be a Hematologist:
- DNB - Hematology
- Diplomate in Hematology (American Board of Internal Medicine)
- MRCP (UK)
- MD - Blood Banking & Immuno. Haem./Imm. Haem. & Blood Trans.
- FRCPath - Haematology
- DM - Clinical Haematology
- MD - Immuno Haematology & Blood Transfusion
- Ph.D. - Haematology
- Diploma in Immuno-Haematology and Blood Transfusion
- DM - Haematology Pathology/Hematopathology
- FRCP - Haematology
- DNB - Immunohaematology and Blood Transfusion
Which conditions can a Hematologist treat?
If a person suffers from any of the following medical conditions or diseases, should consult a Hematologist.
- Severe or chronic anemia
- Hodgkin lymphoma
- Bone marrow failure syndromes
- Myeloproliferative neoplasms [MPN]
- Myelodysplastic syndrome
- Blood cancer
- Platelet disorders
- Bleeding disorders
What is the difference between a Hematologist and a Hepatologist?
Hematologist treats diseases related to blood & blood-producing organs and Hepatologists treat medical conditions that are associated with the liver, biliary tree, gallbladder, and pancreas.
Can cancer be treated by a Hematologist?
A Hematologist can diagnose and plan an appropriate treatment course for blood cancer, however, in severe cases, the patient will be referred to a well-trained Oncologist who can treat blood cancer.
Can hemophilia be treated by a Hematologist?
Hemophilia is a bleeding disorder that causes blood to not clot properly and leads to excessive bleeding or improper healing. This disorder can be diagnosed and treated by a Hematologist through proper medications and diet changes. One should follow all the instructions provided by his/her Hematologist.