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Top Restaurants? Top Doctors!

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

In case you missed it, the January Issue of Los Angeles Magazine featured both Dr. Bennett and me in the SuperDoctors Dermatology list. And the Top Restaurants in LA!

I am always grateful to my colleagues for nominating us. I am also appreciative of serving on the SuperDoctors Blue Ribbon Panel, which means that I have been nominated so many times, that I get to serve as a judge myself to hone down the list. I’ve served on this panel for 3 years in a row.

Our staff also deserves a shout out for all of their hard work and dedication to patient care. We are very lucky to have such energetic, courteous and caring individuals to work with us on our team in order to take care of you.

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Advice from Reader’s Digest

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

A few months ago, there was a Reader’s Digest issue with inside tips from doctors. A couple of the better ones:

“Years ago, a patient sent his slides to three different pathologists and got three different answers. I got very upset on hearing that. Now I never rely on just one pathology exam. If your doctor finds something, ask him to send your slides to a nationally recognized reference lab, not just one or two slides but the whole lot-and get a second interpretation.” Bert Vorstman, MD Coral Springs, FL

“To know which doctor is good, ask hospital employees. Their word trumps an Ivy League degree, prestigious titles and charm.” Marty Makary, MD author of Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won’t Tell You

Today, a Medicare patient told me her eye doctor wanted her to come back to remove a bunch of benign skin tags and seborrheic keratoses. The patient did not ask for this. Her gut told her something was off (meantime this doctor wanted her to get cataract surgery as well). I informed her today that removing benign lesions like that are medically unnecessary and if her doctor was intending to bill Medicare for that, it would be fraudulent. Needless to say, I strongly suggested she get a second opinion to find out if she really did have cataracts. She also noticed there was no exam for glaucoma.

Most doctors mean well, but some just do not. A bunch of her friends went to this same doctor. Be careful out there! Ask your doctor who they would go to. That is often your best bet, not your friends.

At the same token, I don’t think you need to get all your slides reinterpreted twice, but if you have any difficult diagnosis, you are not getting anywhere or things seem hopeless, it is best to get a second or even, third opinion.

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