My name is Dr. Fabrizio Di Noto and I am a hospitalist working out of Crittenton Hospital in Rochester, Michigan.

What Is A Hospitalist?

If you’re not sure what a “hospitalist” is or does, don’t feel bad. It’s a relatively new term for most people.

Hospitalist is a term used to describe doctors who specialize in the care of patients in the hospital, as opposed to primary care physicians that care of their patients in their private practices.

Below is a brief video by Dr. Alan Wang, Chief Medical Officer at Emory Johns Creek Hospital who very succinctly and eloquently explains the role of a hospitalist:

The hospitalist movement began a little over 10 years ago as a result of several factors which include:

  • Cost-effectiveness and efficiency for hospitals.
  • Need for more specialized and coordinated care for hospitalized patients.

If you or someone you know has recently been admitted to a hospital, most likely you were not seen by your primary care physician in the hospital, but rather a hospitalist.

The majority of hospitalists are board-certified internal medicine physicians. However, some hospitalist physicians are family practice doctors with subspecialties in areas such as intensive care, pulmonology (lungs), nephrology (kidneys) or pediatrics.

Hospitalists coordinate the care of patients in the hospital and organize the communication between different doctors caring for a patient. They are also the main point of contact for family members seeking updates on the condition of a loved one.