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What is an Endocrinologist?

We specialize in hormones.

Endocrinology is the subspecialty of internal medicine dealing with the endocrine glands and hormones and their roles in health and diseases. We endocrinologists must first complete seven or more years of medical school and post graduate training and attain Board Certification in Internal Medicine. Then for an additional two to three years, we study conditions specific to the endocrine system--tissues and major endocrine glands including the pituitary, pineal, thyroid, parathyroids, thymus, adrenals, pancreas, ovaries and testes. Many other organs also secrete hormones--the kidney, heart, stomach, hypothalamus, brain, as well as the placenta. These glands and tissues secrete hormones--body chemicals that profoundly affect every known physiological function.

Hormones travel in your blood throughout the body and affect many organs, including your brain, heart, liver, kidneys, bone, skin and all endocrine glands. Hormones initiate and regulate reproduction, growth and development, response to stress and the environment. These natural chemicals also increase the body's efficiency and regulate activity levels, metabolism, appetite, thirst, digestion, blood circulation, salt and water balance and the excretion of metabolic waste.

As internists and endocrinologists, we provide treatment for a wide range of functions and disorders of the human body--diabetes, thyroid disorders, infertility, metabolism, glandular cancers, growth hormone deficiency, genetic dysfunction, heart disease, osteoporosis, obesity and hormonal imbalances.

Endocrinologists must complete seven or more years of medical school and post graduate training and attain Board Certification in Internal Medicine. Then for an additional two to three years, we study conditions specific to the endocrine system--tissues and major endocrine glands including the pituitary, pineal, thyroid, parathyroid, thymus, adrenals, pancreas, ovaries and testes.

Dr. Scott Isaacs is a Fellow of the American College of Endocrinology (F.A.C.P.)

The American College of Endocrinology (ACE), the educational and research arm of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE), inducted Dr. Scott Isaacs of Atlanta Endocrine Associates as a Fellow during its May 4th Convocation ceremony at the 2002 AACE Annual Meeting and Clinical Congress in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

Designation as a Fellow of the American College of Endocrinology (FACE) means an endocrinologist has achieved a level of training and experience consistent with the high standards established and adopted by the clinical endocrinology speciality.

To be accepted into the College, Dr. Isaacs had to be a member in good standing of AACE and meet the qualifications of one of five routes to fellowship.

Helena W. Robard, M.D., F.A.C.E., ACE president emphasized, "The ACE Fellowship recognizes those in our speciality who have achieved a level of training and experience that merits special credentialing."

Approximately 100 endocrinologists from the United States and other countries were inducted during the ceremony. All pledged "to perserve and maintain the highest traditions and precepts of their professional calling."

The mission of ACE is to provide and promote education, research and communication in the art and science of clinical endocrinology and to provide appropriate recognition of advances and achievements relating to clinical endocrinology.

AACE is an international professional medical association with over 4,000 members through the United States and 74 foreign countries. Endocrinologists have specialized training and expertise in the treatment of endocrine diseases including diabetes, thyroid, pituitary and calcium disorders including osteoporosis, as well as cholesterol, nutritional, reproductive medicine and weight disorders.

For more information, visit www.aace.com