Internal Medicine Physicians in Orlando
Protecting your health has never been more important. At UCF Health, all internal medicine physicians (also known as “internists”) are board-certified with specialized training in the art of diagnosing, treating and preventing diseases. For this specialty, we accept patients age 16 and older.
You may be referred to an internist for a specific medical condition, or he or she can serve as your Orlando FL primary care physician, who is seen on a regular basis for ongoing healthcare. Should you have a chronic condition like diabetes or hypertension that requires regular management, an internal medicine physician can treat and closely monitor your progress. If the condition becomes more complicated, he or she may discuss referring you to a specialist.
Beyond treating your current illness, UCF Health internal medicine physicians will evaluate your overall wellness, ensuring that you are educated about the proper screenings and tests needed based on your age, gender, family history and unique circumstances. They’ll also take time to discuss lifestyle changes that can make a significant impact on your overall health—from diet and exercise to smoking cessation and stress management.
Schedule an appointment with your Orlando internal medicine physician!
Our Orlando internists are dedicated to providing each patient with premier care, and their passionate approach toward helping people achieve their healthiest quality of life is unmatched. At UCF Health, each of our internists holds themselves to the highest standards.
The commitment of our primary care physicians in Orlando enables us to provide the personalized care that each of our patients deserves.
Conditions We Treat and Monitor
Our Orlando Internal Medicine team aims to treat, prevent, and closely monitor the following conditions and more:
Our Orlando internists perform the following tests to diagnose diabetes and prediabetes:
- HbA1c (hemoglobin A1C) test
- FPG (fasting plasma glucose) test
- OGTT (oral glucose tolerance) test
For patients who have diabetes, we perform tests to monitor blood sugar levels and assess the effectiveness of the patient’s current treatment plan. We use the results of these tests to determine if adjustments need to be made to the current treatment plan. Diabetes monitoring tests include:
- HbA1c (hemoglobin A1C) test
- Home-monitoring tests
We provide blood pressure measurements to determine whether a patient has elevated blood pressure levels or if hypertension is present. If we identify high blood pressure levels, we may advise you to visit us for routine tests, such as urine tests and blood tests, to continue monitoring your health.
Your Orlando primary care physician will take the time to educate you on how to control your blood pressure through various lifestyle changes. Depending on your condition, we may suggest an oral medication.
Our physicians may assess your health history and your BMI, as well as perform blood tests and general physical exams to screen for and diagnose obesity. We use these test results to determine if you’re at risk for various diseases and to determine how much weight needs to be lost to reach a healthy weight.
Our Orlando internists are highly knowledgeable in advising patients on the dietary changes, exercise changes, and behavior changes required to achieve a healthy weight and mitigate risks associated with obesity.
Our Internal Medicine Specialists in Orlando
Dr. Maria Cannarozzi
Dr. Maria Cannarozzi, one of our Orlando internal medicine specialists, is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. Dr. Cannarozzi currently serves on national committees for the Clerkship Directors in Internal Medicine (CDIM) and the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME). She also serves on the Florida Chapter of the American College of Physicians (ACP) as a regional member of the statewide Governor’s Advisory Council and as a judge for national medical student and resident abstract competitions for the ACP.
Dr. Cannarozzi has been named to the Best Doctors in Orlando list for the past several years.
Dr. Joyce Ann Paulson
Dr. Joyce Paulson is an Orlando primary care physician, board-certified in Internal Medicine. She also earned the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) diplomate credential and is an expert in obesity care and management. Dr. Paulson is a member of the American College of Physicians, and had previous memberships in the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association, Christian Medical Association, International Health Services Collaborative and the Alpha Epsilon Delta Premedical Honor Society.
Dr. Paulson’s patient reviews speak to her undeniable compassion, her kindness, and the attention she dedicates to each of her patients.
Dr. Sharon Wasserstrom
Dr. Sharon Wasserstrom, an Orlando FL primary care physician, is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Lifestyle Medicine. She is uniquely skilled in providing tailored lifestyle management that helps prevent, improve, and reverse pre-existing diseases.
Dr. Wasserstrom has achieved certification of professional achievement in medical nutrition and has completed nine courses in nutrition biochemistry, growth development, and aging, medical nutrition therapy, clinical nutrition, and counseling techniques. She was also in the first class to ever receive board certification in the field of lifestyle medicine from The American Board of Lifestyle Medicine (ABLM).
She is known for providing invaluable lifestyle information for her patients, and she is enthusiastic about improving her patients’ lives.
Dr. Naziha Slimani
Dr. Naziha Silmani, one of our Orlando internal medicine specialists, is board-certified in internal medicine and is familiar with the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of diseases in both outpatient and inpatient settings. She has interest in preventive medicine, and management of chronic diseases: diabetes, weight loss, cardiology, gastroenterology disorders and articular injections.
Dr. Slimani’s patients know her for her professional and compassionate bedside manner, as well as her focused and thorough efforts.
Dr. Yanisa Del Toro
Dr. Yanisa Del Toro is a board-certified Internal Medicine specialist who combines her passion for patient-centered care with expertise in educating the next generation of physicians.
Dr. Del Toro completed her internal medicine residency at the University of Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, FL. She earned her M.D. from Ponce School of Medicine in Ponce, Puerto Rico after graduating Magna Cum Laude from the University of Puerto Rico with Bachelor of Science degrees in biology and environmental sciences.
Before joining UCF Health, Dr. Del Toro was an Internal Medicine primary care provider at Chen Medical Associates in North Miami. She was also Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.
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