Frequently Asked Questions

How is an internist different from other primary care doctors?

An internist, or internal medicine specialist, is the highest trained primary care doctor, typically spending 3 years of residency in this specialty. I spent an additional 4th year as an internal medicine fellow with primary teaching duties.

In contrast, the training for family practice is split between internal medicine, pediatrics, gynecology, and surgery.

Nurse practitioners or physician assistants often work for some doctors in an auxiliary capacity, but are not physicians.

Doctors of Osteopathy represent other primary care doctors that, although are not MDs, often serve in primary care capacities in some communities.

What’s the difference between primary care and a specialist?

Primary care physicians and especially internists, based on their training, should be capable of diagnosing and treating a wide spectrum of adult health care issues.

This includes thyroid disorders, diabetes, hypertension, and most heart-related, kidney, liver, gastrointestinal, infectious, hematologic, dermatologic, and neurologic disorders. Basic preventative health and cancer screening are important duties. Personally, I consider referral to various specialists when complicated cases arise or when special procedures are required from those specialists

Although some specialists also perform primary care duties, the ability to stay current and balanced in terms of the entire scope of adult health is probably best managed by a general internal medicine doctor.

How does ‘Alternative Health’ fit in?

Although heavy promotions exist for this type of approach by various fields like acupuncture, homeopathy, herbalists, and vitamin experts, it would be a serious omission and mistake to avoid an opinion by a qualified internal medicine specialist.

Knowing the correct diagnosis and receiving feedback from a qualified medical doctor is critical to one’s health particularly with respect to conditions like chronic fatigue, immune deficits, fibromyalgia, thyroid deficiencies, anemia, headaches, dizziness, depression, and abdominal complaints. Indeed, some critical health conditions, like coronary heart disease that can lead to heart attacks, may present with subtle symptoms like fatigue and should not be automatically attributed to some immune defect.

Brian Flyer, MD

Internist & Primary Care Physician located in Beverly Hills, CA

Brian Flyer, M.D., is an internist who serves the Beverly Hills and Los Angeles, California, area. Specializing in internal medicine, Dr. Flyer is board-certified in the specialty and provides care for conditions that affect the heart, thyroid, and other illnesses such as diabetes. He also provides primary care in general medicine and he believes in developing a strong, trusting relationship between doctor and patient. To that end, he moved from a large internal medicine practice to solo practice, which allows him to spend more time with his patients and to personalize their health care. Dr. Flyer began his professional education with a degree in physiology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1976. He graduated from medical school at the University of Illinois Medical School in 1981, then completed his internship at the University of Michigan. After finishing his residency at St. Mary’s Medical Center, he went on to complete a fellowship in internal medicine at UCLA Medical Center. He is active in patient, community, and professional education and uses state-of-the-art technology to provide high-quality services for his patients.

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Brian Flyer, MD

Brian Flyer, M.D., is an internist who serves the Beverly Hills and Los Angeles, California, area. Specializing in internal medicine, Dr. Flyer is board-certified in the specialty and provides care for conditions that affect the heart, thyroid, and other illnesses such as diabetes. He also provides primary care in general medicine and he believes in developing a strong, trusting relationship between doctor and patient. To that end, he moved from a large internal medicine practice to solo practice, which allows him to spend more time with his patients and to personalize their health care. Dr. Flyer began his professional education with a degree in physiology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1976. He graduated from medical school at the University of Illinois Medical School in 1981, then completed his internship at the University of Michigan. After finishing his residency at St. Mary’s Medical Center, he went on to complete a fellowship in internal medicine at UCLA Medical Center. He is active in patient, community, and professional education and uses state-of-the-art technology to provide high-quality services for his patients.


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Southern California SuperDoctor Recipient

Dr. Brian Flyer is a proud recipient of the Southern California SuperDoctor award. This prestigious and selective award recognizes physicians who have high degrees of professional achievement and peer recognition. The SuperDoctor list includes only 5% of physicians within their respective area. Honorably, Dr. Flyer has received this award every year since 2008, making him an 8x recipient. 

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