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About Dr. Mary Altz-Smith
Dr. Mary Altz-Smith, MD is a Doctor primarily located in Birmingham, AL. She has 36 years of experience. Her specialties include Internal Medicine and Rheumatology. Dr. Altz-Smith is affiliated with Trinity Medical Center and Brookwood Medical Center. Dr. Altz-Smith has received 1 award. She speaks English.
Dr. Mary Altz-Smith has the following 2 specialties
- Internal Medicine
An internist is a physician who focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of conditions that affect the adult population—both acute and chronic.
These doctors are often who adults see as their primary physicians because they treat a broad range of illnesses that do not require surgical or specialist interventions. They also work to help a patient maintain optimal health in order to prevent the onset of disease.
In addition to treating the common cold and flu, internists also treat chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease.
A rheumatologist is a physician who has received extensive training in diagnosing and treating rheumatic conditions. Rheumatic conditions involve the joints, soft tissues, autoimmune system, vascular system, and connective tissues.
Some of the conditions that rheumatologists treat are rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, gout, sarcoidosis, vasculitis, and lupus. These are all conditions that involve a lot of pain and make mobility difficult. Rheumatologists use medications, such as analgesics, NSAIDs, steroids, DMARDs, infliximab, and adalimumab, as well as occupational therapy, in order to decrease pain and improve a patient's quality of life.
Dr. Mary Altz-Smith has the following 7 expertise
- Hip Osteoarthritis
- Knee Osteoarthritis
- Osteoarthritis (Hand and Wrist)
- Patient Care
- Rheumatic Diseases
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
Dr. Mary Altz-Smith has 2 board certified specialties
See the board certifications this doctor has received. Board certifications provide confidence that this doctor meets the nationally recognized standards for education, knowledge and experience
Dr. Mary Altz-Smith is Board Certified in 2 specialties
See the board certifications this doctor has received. Board certifications provide confidence that this doctor meets the nationally recognized standards for education, knowledge and experience.
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dr altz smith seems to be driven by prescriptions, always wants to add things to the large list of medications prescribed to me. the wait time and ease of getting in touch with someone in her office is frustraitingly long. usually by the time I get response for treatment the problem has either resolved or changed.
I know a lot of people complain about the wait in Dr Altz Smiths office but those are the very same people that would complain if she didn't spend enough time in the room with them. Sorry guys you can't have it both ways! You wait for her because she is a very caring and detailed doctor. The patients she sees have very complicated and difficult illnesses that take time to not only diagnose but to treat. I am so thankful that she is been there for me the last 12 years and has helped me to navigate a complex medical system.
The wait to see Dr. Altz-Smith is always long, but there's a reason for it. She spends time with every patient and goes out of her way to go over lab work and to look for ways to manage your disease.She actually listens to what you say. After all the 10-minute visits,the uncaring attitudes, and downright misdiagnoses from the physicians I've seen in the past, I find the wait worth it. Dr. Altz-Smith has my vote for Doctor of the Year!
the lack of response to patients borders on real incompetence...falling back on how wonderful she is when you finally get to see her is absurd. she doesn't return calls, she won't speak to pharmacists, she and her staff won't follow up on test results. waiting for 2-4 hours EACH time for an appointment is beyond belief, but it is the studied indifference to responding to patient needs that is or should be actionable.
Patients' Choice Award (2008)
Patients' Choice recognition reflects the difference a particular physician has made in the lives of his/her patients. The honor is bestowed to physicians who have received near perfect scores, as voted by patients.
Dr. Altz-Smith is affiliated (can practice and admit patients) with the following hospital(s).
Trinity Medical Center
Brookwood Medical Center
36 Years Experience
University of California at San Francisco
Graduated in 1977
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Locations & Directions2022 Brookwood Medical Ctr Dr, Birmingham, AL
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