A hematologist specializes in researching, diagnosing and treating diseases and conditions that affect the blood. Hematologists treat both adults and children with blood-related disorders, such as anemia, bleeding disorders, clotting disorders, and blood cancers.
A hematologist typically:
- Performs a physical exam and asks about the patient’s personal and family medical history
- Orders and interprets blood and genetic tests and prescribes medications
- Diagnoses and treats acute and chronic diseases and conditions that affect the blood including problems with blood cell production, blood clotting, and cancer
- Provides screening of blood disorders, such as sickle cell anemia and hemophilia
A hematologist may also be known by the following names: blood disease specialist or blood doctor.
There are 65 Hematologists practicing in Maine