Alan L. Schuricht, MD

★★★★☆

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Dr. S. is a fabulous doctor. I would literally trust him with "my life". The comment from the woman and the catheter is ridiculous. I have found his office staff to be professional and often would give me "an emergency" appointment within 15 minutes of calling any day of the week! I do not know of any other doctor in Philadelphia except for Harry Frankel, MD who would do this!

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Dr. S. is a fabulous doctor. I would literally trust him with "my life". The comment from the woman and the catheter is ridiculous. I have found his office staff to be professional and often would give me "an emergency" appointment within 15 minutes of calling any day of the week! I do not know of any other doctor in Philadelphia except for Harry Frankel, MD who would do this!

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My boyfriend had an inguinal hernia operation with Dr. S in the summer of 2010. Dr. Schuricht (??S?) is undoubtedly a talented physician and the operation went well. After the surgery, Penn Hospital could not discharge this patient until he could urinate a sufficient amount (to prevent a UTI). We arrived at the hospital at 6 AM, surgery ended at 9 AM but patient wasn't discharged until 8 PM. The nurses performed a catheterization to manually extricate the urine from the patient's (??P??s?) bladder. Since the day stay unit of hosp. closes at 8, the resident let us go home with a "leg bag." (cath attached to bag).The nurse told us to call the surgeon's office in the morning to schedule an appt and have the catheter removed, since the hosp. had already discharged P. The next day, I called the surgeon's office emergency line at 10:00 AM, explaining that the P needed to have a catheter removed. A receptionist transferred me to the nurse's voicemail.I left a message for the nurse to call me back on my cellphone. 2nd call to S's office: the person I spoke to told me that S's office does not deal with catheter removal and that I should contact a urologist. Then I tried the GP's office to see if they had dealt with these procedures before and could possibly remove the catheter. The GP told me to call S's office again. I tried again, and this time I was connected to a person who listened to my situation. She told me she would get back to me with an answer, and I left her my cell number. I turned my cell up on "loud" and kept it in my pocket. I then called the hospital and spoke to the nurse who had treated the patient the night before. He agreed to call S's office for me to explain the situation. 3 hours later, I had not received a single phone call from S's. Patient called. Someone finally answered after three hours of waiting for a call. Nurse and receptionist (??R?) at S's said they had tried calling me "four times? even though there is no record of this. (I tested my phone by calling myself in the waiting room of S??s office, and it rang fine). She then argued with me about whether or not my phone was working. I told her I didn't want to argue about the phone call; my primary interest was to get an appt for patient. She wanted him to come 5 days later.I asked if it was possible to schedule an earlier appointment. She put me on hold. A few moments later, she said, "All right, but you have to come in NOW!" Her tone was stern and impatient. I told her that I may not be able to come in just then, since I live nearly 40 minutes away from S's. She said it doesn??t matter, get here now! Arrived at S??s. We waited for approximately 30 minutes in the waiting room before we saw the surgeon. The office staff was busy talking to people who appeared to be representatives from a records company. The patient went up to retrieve some papers and tried to sit down in the chair in front of the R's desk. She looked at him and said "Not there! In the waiting room!" He got up and hobbled toward the waiting room. I saw Dr. S while my patient was having his catheter removed.He was in the waiting room speaking to a woman in scrubs who seemed to be a friend or significant other.I was ignored for a while until the Dr. finally looked at me and said my boyfriend was being treated.That's it.After I was told several times that this office "does not handle" catheter removal, put on hold, told to see a urologist, told to come in 5 days later, I did not receive a single apology. Dr. Schurict is a surgeon and a business man. He has his own practice. As a businessman, S is responsible for managing his office staff.Their lack of professionality is inexcusable. It is a shame that such a talented and highly trained medical professional as Dr. S (he teaches the same hernia prodecure to med students at Penn), would have such rude people run his office. Dr. S is actually quite personable with his patients and answers their questions.I am a poor law student who earns an hourly wage at a legal clinic, so it was a disservice to my clients and my pay check to spend a day of my time dealing with S's office staff. If catheter removal is relatively risk-free, imagine how his office would treat patients with more serious medical problems.

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My boyfriend had an inguinal hernia operation with Dr. S in the summer of 2010. Dr. Schuricht (??S?) is undoubtedly a talented physician and the operation went well. After the surgery, Penn Hospital could not discharge this patient until he could urinate a sufficient amount (to prevent a UTI). We arrived at the hospital at 6 AM, surgery ended at 9 AM but patient wasn't discharged until 8 PM. The nurses performed a catheterization to manually extricate the urine from the patient's (??P??s?) bladder. Since the day stay unit of hosp. closes at 8, the resident let us go home with a "leg bag." (cath attached to bag).The nurse told us to call the surgeon's office in the morning to schedule an appt and have the catheter removed, since the hosp. had already discharged P. The next day, I called the surgeon's office emergency line at 10:00 AM, explaining that the P needed to have a catheter removed. A receptionist transferred me to the nurse's voicemail.I left a message for the nurse to call me back on my cellphone. 2nd call to S's office: the person I spoke to told me that S's office does not deal with catheter removal and that I should contact a urologist. Then I tried the GP's office to see if they had dealt with these procedures before and could possibly remove the catheter. The GP told me to call S's office again. I tried again, and this time I was connected to a person who listened to my situation. She told me she would get back to me with an answer, and I left her my cell number. I turned my cell up on "loud" and kept it in my pocket. I then called the hospital and spoke to the nurse who had treated the patient the night before. He agreed to call S's office for me to explain the situation. 3 hours later, I had not received a single phone call from S's. Patient called. Someone finally answered after three hours of waiting for a call. Nurse and receptionist (??R?) at S's said they had tried calling me "four times? even though there is no record of this. (I tested my phone by calling myself in the waiting room of S??s office, and it rang fine). She then argued with me about whether or not my phone was working. I told her I didn't want to argue about the phone call; my primary interest was to get an appt for patient. She wanted him to come 5 days later.I asked if it was possible to schedule an earlier appointment. She put me on hold. A few moments later, she said, "All right, but you have to come in NOW!" Her tone was stern and impatient. I told her that I may not be able to come in just then, since I live nearly 40 minutes away from S's. She said it doesn??t matter, get here now! Arrived at S??s. We waited for approximately 30 minutes in the waiting room before we saw the surgeon. The office staff was busy talking to people who appeared to be representatives from a records company. The patient went up to retrieve some papers and tried to sit down in the chair in front of the R's desk. She looked at him and said "Not there! In the waiting room!" He got up and hobbled toward the waiting room. I saw Dr. S while my patient was having his catheter removed.He was in the waiting room speaking to a woman in scrubs who seemed to be a friend or significant other.I was ignored for a while until the Dr. finally looked at me and said my boyfriend was being treated.That's it.After I was told several times that this office "does not handle" catheter removal, put on hold, told to see a urologist, told to come in 5 days later, I did not receive a single apology. Dr. Schurict is a surgeon and a business man. He has his own practice. As a businessman, S is responsible for managing his office staff.Their lack of professionality is inexcusable. It is a shame that such a talented and highly trained medical professional as Dr. S (he teaches the same hernia prodecure to med students at Penn), would have such rude people run his office. Dr. S is actually quite personable with his patients and answers their questions.I am a poor law student who earns an hourly wage at a legal clinic, so it was a disservice to my clients and my pay check to spend a day of my time dealing with S's office staff. If catheter removal is relatively risk-free, imagine how his office would treat patients with more serious medical problems.

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