Treat patients who have blood diseases and disorders.
What does a Hematologist do?
Hematologists are doctors who specialize in blood, which means it’s their job to treat people who suffer from blood diseases and disorders. Among their patients, for instance, are people with blood cancers—leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma—anemia, hemophilia, and blood clots.
Whatever their condition, your patients are typically referred to you by their family practitioners when they see signs or symptoms of a blood condition. As a hematologist, you confirm or refute their suspicions, then respond with the appropriate treatment or referral.
Like most doctors, you start the process by interviewing and examining patients to determine their symptoms, and end it by developing and executing a treatment plan that involves prescription medication, therapy, or surgery. That’s all standard. It’s what happens in between that sets you apart: Hunkered down in a laboratory, you analyze blood samples from your patients under a microscope, using your blood expertise and an arsenal of special blood tests to make accurate diagnoses and prognoses.
Because blood transfusions and stem cell transplants are also part of your repertoire, it’s safe to say: If it involves blood, you do it!