Slide A Higher Standard Internal medicine specialists (internists) are board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM). Because of their advanced training and experience managing complicated medical conditions, patients with uncommon, difficult to manage, or multiple coexisting medical problems benefit from the care of an internist. Internists utilize specialized diagnostics, including advanced imaging (endoscopy, ultrasound, CT scan, MRI) and extensive laboratory testing to diagnose complex medical conditions.

GARY BLOCK

BOARD CERTIFIED—INTERNAL MEDICINE

Dr. Block completed his veterinary degree at Cornell University in 1991. He then completed an internship at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston in 1992. He obtained his residency training in internal medicine at Purdue University and became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 1994. Dr. Block pursued his interests in animal welfare and the human—animal bond by entering a degree program at the Center for Animals and Public Policy at Tufts University and obtained a master’s degree in 1997. Dr. Block is past president of the Rhode Island Veterinary Medical Association and the Society for Veterinary Medical Ethics. He is on the board of the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association and the non-profit Companion Animal Foundation.

He is the father of two beautiful children, Elsa and Derek, and is happily married to his equally beautiful wife, veterinarian Justine Johnson. His “extended family” includes three horses, two goats, two dogs, three cats, and two tortoises—some of which his beautiful children actually help care for.

PAUL WORHUNSKY

BOARD CERTIFIED — INTERNAL MEDICINE

Dr. Paul Worhunsky graduated from Ross University in 2004 after completing his clinical year at Auburn University. He spent the next 2.5 years in general practice before moving on to a 1 year rotating small animal medicine and surgery internship at the University of Illinois. He then completed a 3 years residency training program in internal medicine at Cornell University. He moved into private specialty practice in Campbell, CA where he spent the next 3 years as a staff internist. He recently relocated to Rhode Island to join the team at Ocean State Veterinary Specialists.

Dr. Worhunsky’s interests include endocrinology and gastrointestinal disease.

 

Conditions Treated

The services of an internist include the treatment and evaluation of a wide range of conditions and body systems. Some of these conditions include:

  • Liver diseases
  • Cardiac diseases (heart)
  • Gastrointestinal diseases (anorexia, vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss)
  • Urinary tract diseases (including bladder and kidney issues)
  • Hormonal conditions (including thyroid disorders, diabetes, Cushing’s disease)
  • Infectious diseases (tick-borne, bacterial, viral, and fungal diseases)
  • Respiratory conditions (asthma, pneumonia, laryngeal disease, chronic cough, collapsing trachea)
  • Neurologic disorders (diseases of the nerves, brain, or spinal cord)
  • Hematologic conditions (diseases of the blood cells)
  • Immune system disorders

Conditions Treated

The services of an internist include the treatment and evaluation of a wide range of conditions and body systems. Some of these conditions include:

  • Liver diseases
  • Cardiac diseases (heart)
  • Gastrointestinal diseases (anorexia, vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss)
  • Urinary tract diseases (including bladder and kidney issues)
  • Hormonal conditions (including thyroid disorders, diabetes, Cushing’s disease)
  • Infectious diseases (tick-borne, bacterial, viral, and fungal diseases)
  • Respiratory conditions (asthma, pneumonia, laryngeal disease, chronic cough, collapsing trachea)
  • Neurologic disorders (diseases of the nerves, brain, or spinal cord)
  • Hematologic conditions (diseases of the blood cells)
  • Immune system disorders

Advanced Treatment

Some of the advanced diagnostic testing performed by BSVESS internists include:

  • Bone marrow sampling
  • Joint taps
  • Bronchoalveolar lavage and tracheal wash
  • Endoscopy
    • Rhinoscopy (nasal cavity and nose)
    • Bronchoscopy (bronchi and trachea)
    • Bronchoalveolar lavage
    • Upper gastrointestinal tract (removal of foreign bodies, biopsy)
    • Colonoscopy
  • Ultrasound examinations and ultrasound-guided biopsies

Advanced Treatment

Some of the advanced diagnostic testing performed by BSVESS internists include:

  • Bone marrow sampling
  • Joint taps
  • Bronchoalveolar lavage and tracheal wash
  • Endoscopy
    • Rhinoscopy (nasal cavity and nose)
    • Bronchoscopy (bronchi and trachea)
    • Bronchoalveolar lavage
    • Upper gastrointestinal tract (removal of foreign bodies, biopsy)
    • Colonoscopy
  • Ultrasound examinations and ultrasound-guided biopsies