Lora Ann Liu, M.D., specializes in the management of difficult gynecological surgeries, including severe endometriosis, difficult hysterectomies, large fibroid removal, and other complex gynecological conditions.
Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Mayo Clinic Arizona Fellowship, Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Lenox Hill Hospital Residency, Obstetrics and Gynecology Loma Linda University School of Medicine
Women's Health refers to a field of medicine that focuses on the treatment and diagnosis of diseases and conditions that affect a woman's physical and emotional well-being. Specialists in Women's Health often work with doctors in other specialties on condition-oriented interdisciplinary teams to enhance collaboration, research, patient care and positive outcomes.
The medical field is not completely unified on the subject of Women’s Health as a specific medical specialty. In a recent survey some physicians stated that medicine was already providing comprehensive care equitably to both men and women. They argued that the creation of a new specialty would cause further division and segregation between the sexes.
However, there is ample evidence in medicine, R&D and drug development of profound male bias; it is indisputable that women face and experience unique and specific health issues throughout their lifetime that men will never encounter. Hence the evolution of “Women’s Health” as a “program-within-a-program” with specific disciplinary focus on issues that affect a woman’s health throughout her lifetime based on her age, lifestyle and genetic history.
The general field of Women’s Health can encompass a wide range of health care professionals. Each specialist may play a unique or collaborative role in caring for female patients:
Women’s Health Specialties
The wide range of training, specialization and overlap can also make things a little confusing. A woman’s Primary Care provider may be an Internist, a Family Medicine Doctor or her Ob/Gyn. If there are no pressing health concerns or specific gynecologic complaints, then it may be easier for a woman to see just one doctor.
Should feminine health concerns become atypical, or more serious, then it may be preferable to be under the care of a Women’s Health specialist who is already familiar with her gynecologic medical history and the treatment options and advances in that field.
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