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Are you wearing your hat these days? And the Two Degrees of Dr. Richard Bennett and Elisabeth Shim

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

Kudos to Dominic Purcell for showing how it is done:
This is how it's done

A little over a year ago, Dr. Bennett was mentioned twice in the international news, the Daily Mail UK, for his work with two actors on network TV. They wanted to show everyone how skin cancer is so common. Today I found out I took care of a teacher at our daughters’ school over a decade ago. How’s that for Back to School Night? I even found a basal cell cancer on Santa Claus! (OK I can’t tell you the details on this one, but trust me, it’s true!) Everyone in LA is 1 or 2 steps removed from our office, I think. It’s better than Kevin Bacon! But Kevin can win this contest if we all make better use of our hats, zinc oxide-based sunscreens and our local dermatologist to screen us for precancers before they need us.

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A California Adventure

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

I have resisted going to Disneyland for the longest time. My kids are finally old enough to appreciate it (I think). We spent the day at California Adventure and had a great time. The weather was perfect!

A lot of people have not been there is a long time, or have never been to California Adventure. Here are my tips:

1) If you have any desire to ride Radiator Springs Racers (NOTE: this is a roller coaster) you must get in line early (we are talking a half hour ahead of opening) and try to get a FastPass which allows you to come back at a designated time. We waited about 45 minutes for it, but when we got to the ride, we only waited 10 minutes; as opposed to just getting in line which is routinely 90 minutes or longer! Try to go on a day that does not have “Magic Morning” (when hotel guests are given early access to the park) which pretty much eliminates the chance to get one unless you are super early. Needless to say, go on a weekday.

2) The only other popular thing to get a FastPass for would be World of Color. I have never seen anything like it in my life. I have video clips of it-those are not images on a screen, they are holograms! But a better move would be to buy the lunch or dinner package at one of the restaurants which give you VIP seating for the show. This was well worth it and not crazy expensive. (I had the lamb shank at Wine Country Trattoria and it was amazing! the appetizers and desserts were just meh). I felt almost guilty, our seats were so close up to the water, there were thousands of people behind us who didn’t benefit from seeing the water jets and laser lights up close. God Bless Alan Menken (he almost became a doctor. I think he chose the correct career path)! Disney owes him big time. The music is everything!

3) The only other rides I thought were worth it were Condor Flats Soaring over California (feels like you are flying, so amazing; you can FastPass this also but we only had a 10 minute wait) and the Ariel Undersea Adventure, for any Little Mermaid Fans. The day was uber-long (we left LA at 7:30 AM and didn’t get home until 10 PM) but the stroller saved my life. The Aladdin musical was really entertaining and professional, and the parades were super cute.

I have video clips of World of Color to look at for anyone who is curious, or cannot afford to go there. I also have a pretty cute clip of one of my twin daughters dancing with the performers (yeah, release!). God love her for trying. She is the shrimp in the middle, all of the girls look a lot older than her. I have lots of good videos to embarass her with when she gets married! Actually, I wouldn’t be embarrassed if I were her. Not bad for a 4 year old!

On Saturday, we saw the Space Shuttle Endeavor at the California Science Center. Didi was unimpressed. Amelie just walked out and wanted to see the fish!

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Long time, no blog

Sunday, December 9th, 2012

It has been a jam packed few weeks. Flew to Chicago for my dad’s hip replacement and am relieved he is doing well. He now calls himself “The Titanium Man” and we are looking forward to his knee replacement this spring. If only he would have listened to me 10 years ago (or course, all men should listen to my wise advice!). Thanks to Dr. Alexander Gordon and the staff at Skokie Hospital and Glenview Terrace!

I apologize in advance to anyone having difficulty getting in before the end of December. I won’t be in the office between Xmas and New Year’s and I have switched all Thurs PM appts to AM to volunteer in my kids’ class at preschool this month. I had a blast doing yoga with Teresa Power and the kids (check out her amazing book The ABC’s of Yoga for Kids). Next week it’s cooking Bi Bim Bap, and finally the school Xmas party and cookie decorating at the Hotel Bel Air with friends. I am also scheduling myself for my own cosmetic procedures so I too will be hiding out that week. I promise next year to not cram in all the volunteering in the same month, esp in December! I know the feeling of running around to doctor’s appointments. Between my dad, my dog, my cat, my daughter, getting my wisdom teeth yanked, my Ob Gyn, mammo and having my own cosmetic procedures, December is proving to be a Dr. filled month for me as well!

Will be posting my girls’ school pics soon which came out absolutely adorable. The computer I usually post from has a virus, so it won’t be until next week. We have now become regulars at Chuck E. Cheese in Torrance and Inglewood, which we have dubbed “Vegas for Kids” a glitzy, tacky, yet addicting and fun experience where you feel like taking a shower and swimming in hand sanitizer after leaving. I can talk game strategy and look forward to a glimpse of Chuck. As one parent pointed out to me, they used to serve beer there until somewhere some parents broke out into a fight. They really do need some relief for the parents there, like maybe earplugs or scalp massages? One of my aunts was horrified to find out I clean my own house. If only she saw me hanging out at the Ticket Muncher machine!

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Three Neat Guys!

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

I just returned from Chicago after attending the Annual American College of Mohs Surgery meeting. I always learn a lot from this meeting and have a lot of fun hanging out with old friends. Nothing like three women complaining about their significant others after a few drinks and “The Wedding Planner” playing in the background! But don’t worry, I also learned the latest melanoma guidelines! The intelligence and innovation of my Mohs College colleagues never ceases to amaze me. They are a funny and down to earth bunch as well!

Other highlights included three good men. First, my dad. After one of the worst experiences of our lives, to see my 81 year old dad walking and talking like he is one year after his car accident is so amazing! As my dad said, his hard North Korean head came in handy. My mom saw the car and couldn’t believe he survived. All I can say is it was an Easter miracle. He is still practicing law.

Next, I had the pleasure of staring down Gary Sinise. The poor guy probably just wanted to be incognito, and here I was talking to my mom on my cell at the front of the hotel and I see a black town car with the “The United States of America” on it. Wondering if I’d see a Secret Service agent, I instead see a man with sunglasses come out that seems to resemble him. I stare at the guy (which I hate to do to anyone let alone a celeb) and he says hello. Oops! I just wanted to tell him what a wonderful thing he’s doing for our disabled vets and what am I supposed to do, hang up on my own mother?! I buy the guy a bag of cashews, write a card and a check to his foundation, and the concierge won’t deliver it and pretends he isn’t staying there! Sheesh! Good security on the hotel’s part! After all, my cashews could be tainted and I could be like the crazy woman who stalked David Letterman! PS-I’ll just send the check in the mail. My friend Dr Kelly had a fun time witnessing these shenanigans. If you haven’t heard about the amazing things he’s doing, look it up!

Next, comes Dr. Bennett. I am so proud of him receiving the Frederick Mohs Award (i.e. lifetime achievement award). I only wished I had videotaped it for our kids. It was beautifully presented by his former fellow, Dr. Manish Gharia. Here is the transcript:

“Good Afternoon. My name is Manish Gharia. I was fortunate enough to have been Dr. Richard Bennett’s fellow from 2001-2002. During that year and over the last ten years I have learned of Dr. Bennett’s many accomplishments and service that make him worthy of the Frederick Mohs Award and I wanted to take a few minutes to share them with you.

Dr. Bennett’s dermatology career began in 1971 at the Univ. of Penn. From there he went to NYU to train in Mohs Surgery with Dr. Perry Robins. His career took a slight detour for 2 years as he served as an officer in the US Navy where he took full advantage of the Navy’s liberal grooming policies for enlisted officers (chuckles, pic of a scrawny Doc B with full facial hair). Once out of the Navy, minus that beard, and sporting a completely new look (more chuckles, photo with long hippie hair and beads) a young energetic Dr. Bennett set out to find a career in academic medicine. Dr. Bennett’s first faculty position came at Emory University where he started the Mohs unit and a fellowship. His extensive clinical experience of having treated well over 25,000 Mohs patients and counting in his 35 plus year career is matched only by his prowess as an educator and lecturer. Dr. Bennett has been an invited lecturer at over 250 meetings in 17 countries on 4 continents. The lectures and publications, including 2 books, 12 book chapters and over 70 unique articles have also introduced many of his innovative surgical procedures. In 1984, Dr. Bennett left Atlanta and was recruited to start the Mohs program at UCLA. During that period he began work on his textbook, The Fundamentals of Cutaneous Surgery. Although the book has been out of print since being released in 1988, it is still highly sought after. At last check you can still get a copy for about $450 on Amazon. Dr. bennett will have taken on his 30th fellow this summer. The fellows have gone on to take faculty positions at 8 different academic programs and practiced Mohs in 5 countries on 3 continents. In keeping with Fred Mohs’ traditions, countless other fellows have passed through his offices as he interviews any resident and opens his office doors to all those who want to learn. He has served as the President of the ASDS over the past year and the Los Angeles Derm Society. At the Mohs College has has also served on the Fellowship Directors Committee and Slide Review Committee. He has been the recipient of the Golden Triangle Award for service from the AAD and the Samuel Stegman Award from the ASDS and many teaching awards from his dermatology residents.

Dr. Bennett’s Los Angeles practice has its fair share of Tinseltown’s elite, most of them which he doesn’t recognize (so true;) (poster of Muhammed Ali ‘Impossible is Nothing’) this poster hangs in the office and embodies what he feels can be done for all patients and instills in all his residents and fellows. Primarily to never give up on your patients, to see their care to the end. But for all the proverbs, quites and philosophies he has doled out over the years, it’s his actions that speak volumes. The most valuable lessons for his students come from his approach to patients. Now I know that at some point Dr. Bennett would like to sail off into the sunset to one of his favorite places in the world, Abaco Island in the Bahamas. But fortunately for all of us, I think he will have his hands full for quite some time still (picture of our family on an elephant). By my estimation, I think you and Dr. Shim have to do this for about another 30 years to have Amelie and Lydia be your final two fellows. So with that I introduce to you the recipient of the 2012 Frederick Mohs Award, my friend, mentor and teacher to all of us, Dr. Richard Gary Bennett.”

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