Ronald Primas, MD Primary Care New York | PreferredMD

Ronald Primas, MD

New York

Conditions treated

Primary Care

Procedures modalities

Anesth ear surgery


Dr. Ronald Primas is a board certified Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine, and Integrative Holistic Medicine travel concierge physician. He specializes in blending western and eastern principles and concepts in treating and preventing illnesses. He employs a holistic approach to his patients to ensure they benefit from various modalities for an optimal outcome. Dr. Primas encourages and supports his patients’ quest for optimal health by being on the cutting-edge of medicine. He guides and encourages his patients to utilize genomics, epigenetics, methylation testing, microbiome analysis and telomere length analysis for a more detailed, individualized approach to their health and overall well-being.

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What kind of Doctors are "Primary Care" Doctors (PCPs)?

The Medical specialties that are considered Primary Care are: Internal Medicine, General Practice, OB/GYN, Family Medicine and Pediatrics. There are subspecialties within that group.

What conditions do Primary Care Doctors treat?

The most common conditions seen by Primary Care practices are: upper respiratory tract infection, hypertension, routine health exam, arthritis, diabetes, depression or anxiety, pneumonia, ear infection, back pain, and dermatitis.

What kind of Doctor should be my Primary Care Doctor (PCP)?

Family doctors, Internists/General Practitioners, OB-GYNs, and Pediatricians are all considered PCPs. You may want to choose a PCP who is specially trained to deal with a particular area of care. Board certification is an extra step doctors can take to verify that they are experts in a particular field. The American Board of Medical Specialties maintains a searchable database of board-certified doctors called Certification Matters.  In addition, you should try to get references, make sure the office is convenient, the staff is friendly and professional and that the Doctor accepts your insurance.

Can a Specialist be my Primary Care Doctor (PCP)?

A Primary Care Provider (PCP) is usually your first medical contact. PCPs help coordinate health care and ensure patients are up to date with check-ups, tests, and immunizations. PCPs play a special role in coordinating patient care. There is some speculation among Physicians as to whether Specialists keep current with the broad range of primary care topics that fall outside of their area of expertise. Some studies conclude that though health outcomes may be similar, outpatient visits, hospitalizations and the costs of seeing a Specialist versus a PCP tend to be higher.

Why would I need a Primary Care doctor and an OB-GYN?

A recent study suggests that women who choose an OB/GYN as their primary care physician may miss out on more-comprehensive care. If you have health conditions such as diabetes, asthma, or heart disease, you may need a primary care physician. PCPs have the expertise to manage and coordinate overall health measures. It is strongly recommended that women have both an annual well-woman exam with their OB/GYN and a complete physical with and Internal Medicine Doctor or General Practitioner.

What Primary Care specialty is best for men?

There are two kinds of primary care specialties that apply to men depending on their age and general health: Internal medicine and Family medicine. If chronic diseases such as diabetes or heart disease are present, an Internist may be better suited because their training is based on organ systems and the traditional model of disease treatment. Family doctors have broader training; from pediatric to geriatric medicine, including: medical, surgical, and trauma-related problems. This indicates a more integrative approach.

Can I have a Physical on my first appointment?

In short, no. Your first appointment is when the Doctor will obtain the information he/she will need to provide appropriate care. Your initial visit may include providing information on topics such as: your health history and family medical history, any current medications, new symptoms, personal and lifestyle information.

What does a routine physical exam entail?

A routine physical exam measures important vital signs such as temperature, blood pressure, and heart rate. Your Doctor will evaluate your body using observation, palpitation, percussion, and auscultation (listening to your heart, lungs with a stethoscope). Imaging studies may include X-rays, computer- tomography (CT), magnetic resonance (MRI) scans and an electrocardiogram (EKG). Common laboratory tests may include a blood test, a urine specimen and certain symptoms may require taking stool and sputum cultures.

What are pre-employment medical tests?

Pre-employment examinations may include physical exams as well as health inquiries including drug and alcohol tests, psychological tests, and physical or mental health assessments. Most of the rules pertaining to pre-employment physical exams are covered by the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA).

What is the difference between a Company physical and an Annual exam?

They are similar exams, for different reasons and different in scope. A company physical exam is not in-depth; it is designed to assess the employee's ability to perform specific job-related functions. Annual exams are in-depth full body reviews that cover all major functions of the body, both physical and mental.

What is the difference between an office visit and a physical?

An “office visit” is an appointment to discuss new or existing health problems. This may include prescribing medications, ordering additional tests, in-office procedures or referrals to specialists. A “physical” or “preventive health exam” is a thorough review of your general wellbeing and may include a complete physical.

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results may be available:
Results Ready
Rapid Antigen
In-person Nasal Swab
15 minutes to 3 days
Covid PCR
In-person nasal Swab
48-72 hours 
Take-home saliva kit
Same day may be available
Covid antibody
In-person finger pick
10 minutes to a few days


What does medical clearance for surgery consist of?

Your surgeon may request a medical evaluation by your Primary Care Physician before performing your surgery. A medical clearance is essentially authorization from an evaluating doctor that a patient is cleared, or deemed healthy enough, for a proposed surgery.

What is a pre op examination?

A preoperative physical examination is essentially the same thing as getting 'medical clearance. It is performed at the request of a surgeon to ensure that a patient is healthy enough to safely undergo anesthesia and surgery. This evaluation includes a physical examination, cardiac evaluation, lung function assessment, and appropriate laboratory tests.

Why do I need medical clearance for surgery?

The purpose of medical clearance is to assess your personal risk related to undergoing a surgical procedure. If you have comorbidities your surgeon may want another doctor familiar with your medical history to offer perspective on whether the procedure is safe for you and ways to reduce risk.

Why do I need blood and urine tests before surgery?

Your surgeon may require routine laboratory tests before your procedure to identify potential problems that might complicate surgery if not detected and treated in advance. A blood test will show if you have a blood-clotting problem and may be at risk of too much bleeding during surgery.  Urinalysis may be used to detect urinary tract infections, renal diseases and poorly controlled diabetes.

Who do I see to get medical clearance?

Your Primary Care Physician is the Doctor who manages your medical care. He/she will provide the appropriate information.

How long is a medical clearance for surgery valid?

A patient's medical history, physical exam and labs are valid for 30 days. EKG's that are normal are valid for 90 days. These parameters may vary if the patient has comorbidities.

Should I get a medical clearance before starting a fitness program?

Getting medical clearance for a fitness program is a good idea (and may be required by some fitness professionals) if you're unsure of your health status or have multiple health problems. There are many medical issues that can affect the type, duration or intensity of the exercise you might be performing: high blood pressure, heart rate limitations, bone or joint injuries etc. It is very important that your fitness instructor knows if you may have health related restrictions before beginning an exercise program.

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Can my Primary Care doctor do a Covid-19 test?

You should check with your Primary Care Physician to confirm whether they offer CV-19 testing. You can also check with your local health department. Testing may be available in other local facilities, such as urgent care clinics, hospitals, pharmacies, and free-standing pop up locations. Some of these will require you to physically go inside; others may be drive-through.

What is the difference between a Preventive visit and an Office visit?

A preventive visit is a review of your overall health, to identify risks and find out how to stay healthy. Some insurance plans cover 100% of a preventive visit if you see a doctor in your plan network. An office visit is for the purpose of discussing or getting treated for a specific health concern or condition. You may have to pay for the visit as part of your deductible, copay and/or coinsurance.

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