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Consulting Physician, Specialist, or Subspecialist

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A specialist is an MD with advanced training and experience in a specific area of expertise (for example, an orthopedist, who treats muscle and bone conditions). They may be asked to help diagnose and treat a patient. They are usually requested for consultations by the patient’s primary care physician or hospitalist.

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There may be several specialists consulting on any one patient, but every patient is assigned to one specific specialist who makes the majority of decisions about care.