- Personalized, Patient-centered Care Starts with Our Primary Care Physicians
Internist Joshua Lee, MD, is a primary care physician and chief medical officer of Loyola University Medical Center.
- Helping You and Your Family Get Healthy and Stay Healthy
Loyola's primary care physicians, including associate chief medical officer Anita Varkey, MD, provide patients with custom care for everything from common ailments to chronic conditions.
Comprehensive, Coordinated Care for Your Health and Wellness
At Loyola Medicine, the first line of defense for your overall health is your primary care physician (PCP). Primary care physicians are doctors who monitor your overall health and are trained in every major area of medicine from birth through your senior years. Loyola’s primary care physicians provide annual physical exams, recommendations for disease prevention, diagnosis of illness, referrals to specialists and patient education.
Primary care at Loyola centers around the well-being of the whole person. Over time, your Loyola doctor will take an integrated approach to your overall health by getting to know you, your lifestyle and your health goals. Your primary care physician will work with you to create a foundation for a healthy life and provide timely and comprehensive treatment for any medical issues that arise. If needed, your doctor will work with Loyola’s nationally recognized specialists to provide comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of any health issues that may occur.
Primary care doctors at Loyola specialize in one of these areas:
- Family medicine
- General pediatrics
- Immediate care
- Internal medicine
- Internal medicine/pediatrics
- Sports medicine
- Women’s services
Why Choose Loyola for Primary Care?
Loyola boasts more than 100 primary care physicians in an award-winning health system, all focused on providing you with comprehensive care. Our doctors are board certified in a variety of specialties and actively seek ongoing education in order to provide patients with the most advanced care available.
Loyola’s primary care physicians work closely with world-class specialists, providing compassionate, leading-edge care for patients in an academic setting. Whether you’re suffering from a common medical issue or a more serious condition, Loyola’s doctors are devoted to your complete care: body, mind and spirit.
Types of Primary Care
What are the Different Types of Primary Care?
Loyola offers several unique areas of primary care to provide optimal patient health:
- Family medicine — Loyola’s family medicine doctors treat patients of all ages, from infants to adults. In many cases, family medicine doctors treat multiple patients in the same family. Loyola’s board-certified family medicine doctors have specialized training in the treatment of conditions facing patients at multiple stages in their lives.
- General pediatrics — From newborns to adolescents, pediatricians are board certified to diagnose, treat and manage health conditions of children, as well as provide referrals to Loyola’s nationally recognized specialists when needed.
- Immediate care — Loyola’s Immediate Care Centers allow you to receive urgent medical attention without an appointment. However, it is not the same as emergency care: there are certain times when immediate care is appropriate (non-life-threatening circumstances) and when emergency care is needed (life-threatening circumstances).
- Internal medicine/pediatrics — Internal medicine/pediatrics (often called med/peds) refers to a doctor’s dual certification in internal medicine and pediatrics. A med/peds doctor has the background to treat general and complex health issues in both adults and children. As a leading academic medical center, Loyola is home to many med/peds doctors.
- Internal medicine — Loyola’s internal medicine doctors specialize in the diagnosis, treatment and management of non-surgical diseases, as well as the general health of adults. Our internists have received specialized training to diagnose complex conditions and provide the most advanced treatment options. Your internist can provide a referral to a Loyola specialist if needed.
- Sports medicine — Loyola’s sports medicine doctors are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of sports-related injuries and conditions. Many of our primary care physicians are board certified in sports medicine, allowing them to care for patients with sports-related issues and coordinate rehabilitation or treatment with our highly skilled specialists and physical therapists.
- Women’s services — Loyola’s women’s services team focuses on the overall health of women. From screening tests and healthy lifestyle guidance to cardiovascular and cancer risk reduction, Loyola’s women’s services program takes an integrated approach to caring for women of all ages. Your doctor can make referrals to Loyola’s specialists for any condition that requires more specialized treatment.
What Services Do Primary Care Doctors Provide?
If you are searching for top-rated care for yourself or a loved one, look no further than Loyola. Our primary care doctors provide individualized treatment for the care of adult patients. In addition to check-ups, vital exams, immunizations and annual physicals, your Loyola healthcare team can provide a wide range of services to support you in reaching optimal health.
While services may vary based on your doctor’s office, your Loyola primary care physician may provide the following in-office services at your appointment:
- Treatment for physical injuries
- Strategic planning of overall health goals
- Care for physical or intellectual disabilities
- Diet and fitness counseling
- Gynecologic care
What Conditions Do Primary Care Doctors Treat?
Loyola’s primary care physicians provide a wide array of services to diagnose, treat and prevent diseases. Your doctor will recommend the most effective and advanced treatment available for your condition. Loyola provides expert care for common ailments and chronic conditions, including:
- Alzheimer's disease
- Cancer symptoms
- Cholesterol disorders
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Common cold/respiratory infection
- Congestive heart failure (CHF)
- Earache/ear infection
- Headaches and migraines
- Heart disease
- Indigestion and heartburn
- Iron deficiency
- Joint pain
- Mono (mononucleosis)
- Parkinson’s disease
- Sexually transmitted diseases
- Sinus infection/sinus problems
- Sprains/muscle pain
- Strep infection
- Thyroid disease
- Tobacco usage
- Urinary incontinence
- Urinary tract infection
Loyola’s primary care doctors provide comprehensive care for overall health maintenance, as well as acute and chronic diseases. When more serious conditions arise, your primary care physician can refer you to a specialist with the expertise and experience to care for your condition promptly and effectively.
Numerous Primary Care Locations throughout Chicagoland and Suburbs
Loyola’s premier health network has been recognized nationwide and is available in many convenient locations. You can receive care from one of Loyola’s skilled primary care physicians at the following locations:
- Loyola Center for Health at Burr Ridge
- Loyola Center for Health at Chicago
- Loyola Center for Health at Elmhurst
- Loyola Center for Health at Elmwood Park
- Loyola Center for Health at Gottlieb
- Loyola Center for Health at Hickory Hills
- Loyola Center for Health at Homer Glen
- Loyola Center for Health at La Grange Park
- Loyola Center for Health at North Riverside
- Loyola Center for Health at Oak Park North
- Loyola Center for Health at Oak Park South
- Loyola Center for Health at Oakbrook Terrace
- Loyola Center for Health at Orland Park
- Loyola Center for Health at Park Ridge
- Loyola Center for Health on Roosevelt
- Loyola Outpatient Center