Board Certified Internist Ahmad Subhi, M.D., specializes in treating infectious diseases. He is also a member of the Hospitalist Medicine team at MidMichigan Health.
Dr. Subhi initially chose internal medicine as a specialty because of the variety it offered. “On any given day, I see patients with very different medical problems,” he said. “One person may have something related to the gastrointestinal system and another something related to the lungs or kidneys. As an infectious disease specialist, I have to put together several pieces of a puzzle and consider treatment, duration, side effects, etc. It’s very challenging and rewarding.”
Philosophy of Care
Dr. Subhi said the most important part of disease management is getting a complete history. “That information helps me decide what to do in terms of optimal treatment,” he said. “I also involve my patients in their treatment plans. I listen to what they have to say, ask their opinion, and provide them with options along with my best advice.
The first line of treatment doesn’t fit every patient so it’s important to have an alternative plan.” Patients then need to take responsibility for complying with the treatment and following advice, Dr. Subhi added. “Without that compliance, it is difficult for a physician to help. Patients need to be willing to help themselves.”
“Building a doctor-patient relationship involves listening and connecting on a personal level,” Dr. Subhi said.
His engaging and approachable personality helps patients feel at ease and open to communicating with him. “Many of my patients have more than one medical problem and they are generally all connected,” he said. “It’s important that I listen to all their problems – that’s the best way that I can help them deal with the problem that brought them to me.”
Dr. Subhi has also practiced as a hospitalist and was a clinical instructor of hospital medicine at a Michigan State University affiliated hospital.
Dr. Subhi and his wife, who is also a physician, live in Midland with their two children. “We are happy to be back in Michigan,” he said. “It’s a good area in which to practice and to raise a family. We look forward to living here long term.”
Special Interests and Procedures
HIV - Address all aspects of the care of HIV-infected patients, and informational services for their family and friends.
International Medicine - Consultation in parasites and other exotic diseases, for travelers going or returning from developing countries.
Mycobacterial Disease - Such as tuberculosis and related diseases.
Antimicrobial Management Program for different infectious disease problems such as viral infections, diarrhea, blood infection, osteomyelitis or bone infection & urinary tract infection.
Chronic Hepatitis - Including hepatitis B and hepatitis C.