Dr. Ryan Tomlinson is one of only two Med-Peds primary care physician licensed in the state of Iowa and serving the Des Moines metro. His training makes him uniquely equipped to work with kids and adults with lifelong conditions.
A relatively “new” specialty to the field of medicine, an Internal Medicine and Pediatrics physician, known as a Med-Peds provider, means this person is trained to care for patients of all ages. Specifically, for children with complex childhood conditions who have grown into adulthood.
In addition to caring for otherwise healthy children and adults, Dr. Tomlinson has a passion for patients with congenital heart disease, cystic fibrosis, or who have survived pediatric cancer.
In recent decades, medical sciences have made it possible to extend the lives of children who were born with or developed complex medical conditions - “We’re able to keep these children alive longer, but many of them still live with the after-effects of treatments they received,” Tomlinson says. “On top of that, more mainstream health diagnoses – diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, can add to the complexity of treatment.”
“Another benefit of Med-Peds is that you meet patients when they are children. You see them through any treatments they receive. You know what they’ve gone through, you develop a trusting relationship with them, and you can be there to support them,” Tomlinson says.