Saima Lodhi, MD, Internal Medicine

Saima Lodhi, MD, Internal Medicine


My name is Saima Lodhi. My specialty is
internal medicine I chose to become a doctor for a number
of reasons and they’re rather straightforward. I
came from a very academic family. My father is a physicist
and I’m one of three sisters and he encouraged all of his daughters to go
into medicine and we all did. And it was one of those
things that was an expectation and as I got into medical school I
realized that this is really truly what I was meant to do. Over the years have my practice which is now since 1998 I’ve developed a more have any female based practice I enjoy women’s
health it just happens to be what my practice
has evolved into as a female in internal medicine, so I do
a lot of that. I’ve developed an interest in that I have an interest primarily in wellness
and maintenance and I have a healthy background myself
as somebody who exercises and at try to promote that and incorporate my
expectations of my own health into my discussions with my patients. A
patient comes to me feeling vulnerable often afraid and it’s very important as
a provider is a physician to respect to that to respect confidentiality and to listen that is the most important part I think
your provider has to be somebody who listens to you when you’re the patient We need to have an open mind as providers
we need to listen we need to take into account other
influences and we have to be flexible and if you keep all of that in mind and foster that communication in that
fifteen-minute short period of time or thirty-minute
short period of time you can build on that. As our medical
culture has changed over the years then I’ve
been asked that question by patients themselves as what do you do for me what can you do for me and the answer is
everything so I can manage all of their complaints whether it is
primarily managed by a specialist or not ultimately they can come to me if they need to be redirected if
something changes in their specialty care if their specialist leaves or
doesn’t accept their insurance anymore the patient can come back to me so I
know what’s going on I can coordinate care between all the
specialists, I can communicate with the specials for the patient, let them know
if they even need to see a specialist there’s a lot that I can do that patients may
not be aware of. Not everybody needs to see a
dermatologist or gynecologist or a cardiologist for every complaint that they may have so I can make it easier for that make it
more cost-effective make it more efficient and probably make it better. That’s the
hope.

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