Guiding Principles


 
"One of the essential qualities of the clinician is interest in humanity, for the secret in the care of the patient  is in caring for the patient."
 
— Francis Weld Peabody, M.D.
(1881-1927)
         

There are several guiding principles which I follow in my practice as a primary care internist. As I have already stated my primary concern is to do what is in your best interests, as my patient. Unfortunately as medicine evolves to a less personal more business oriented approach, this can no longer be taken for granted.

First and foremost I believe ' Do no harm”. I have a very healthy respect for the medications I prescribe as every medicine can also cause adverse side effects. For this reason, whenever possible, I stress non pharmacologic strategies, such as exercise and nutrition, to prevent or treat a medical problem. Other options include physical therapy and stress reduction strategies. If medications become necessary I always seek the safest medications with well established track records and then carefully check that they are compatible with any other medications you are taking

Availability is key! I understand that when you don’t feel well you want to see your doctor as soon as possible. It doesn’t matter how qualified your doctor is if he is not available when you need him. Therefore, we make it our priority to see acutely ill patients on the same day they call. I am able to provide this superior level of service by keeping the size of my practice small. I’d rather give exceptional care to a smaller number of patients than typical care to a much larger population of patients. I want to assure you, as well, that when you come to my office you will always be seen by me, your personal board certified physician, not a physician’s assistant, nurse practitioner, or a covering physician.

 My approach is humanistic and individualized. I believe in treating each patient as an individual rather than as a disease in the abstract. Any treatment I initiate is based on that particular patient and therefore I do not necessarily prescribe the same treatment to every patient. As a primary care physician, I take care of the whole person and therefore I seek to address emotional and psychological issues as they relate to health and illness as well.

I am a strong believer in the “golden rule” - to treat others the way you would want to be treated. Nowhere is this more important than in the physician patient relationship. I want every patient to feel comfortable that they will be given the necessary time to express any concern they have in a friendly, non-judgmental environment. Every complaint is taken seriously and never dismissed. If you have a physical complaint, I want you to know that I care and will do whatever is necessary to diagnose and treat that symptom.

If you decide to see me as your personal physician, I want you to know that  my staff and I are here for you 24/7 to help and support you with any medical problems that may arise. This is “YOUR MEDICAL HOME.” 



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