Samuel H. Carvajal, MD

★★★★☆

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1...Dr. Carvajal has a strong outgoing personality which may be off-putting to some, but my impression is that many patients feel that he has charm and warmth. I think so.
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2...In his office, at the time of my consultation, he took minimal time to discuss my problem and its treatment, and talked fast; it's hard to get a word in edgewise with him! But I did it anyway; interrupted him and asked questions. I suggest you don't let him out of the room until you (or your companion) have the answers that you need. He seems perfectly okay dealing with an assertive patient. YES, he can seem patronizing ("backslapping") but he won't talk down to you. I asked him to commit to answering any of my later questions by EMAIL, and within an hour of finishing the consult, I had about a dozen questions, already.
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...[Why e-mail instead of phone or a second visit? No phone tag, and doc can answer the email when he has time. Another advantage: you have a written record of his comments and opinions. And no fee for an office visit.]
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3...As his hospital in-patient, (twice), my experiences were unsettling, for several reasons (not all listed here). His longest visit with me lasted 2 minutes, (in a 24-hr period). Without telling me he would not be at the hospital over a weekend, one of his partners and two other doctors stopped by, instead. One of them ordered a procedure for me that set back my surgery timetable by two days. The two other doctors seemed to have absolutely no interest in my case, and one didn't even seem to know my diagnosis. This was like having Keystone Kops for doctors.
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4...Should Dr. C. be blamed for that? YES, as my admitting physician and supervising doctor. According to one of the lead nurses, he only comes in one weekend out of a month. It seemed like everybody knew this, but he misled me. At the same time, since he and his partners rotate weekends off, my care should have been much better organized than it was.
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5...On the day I was admitted, he told me he had been "discussing" my case with a certain other specialist, yet when I met Doc X later during my stay, he commented "If only I had known about you, we could have [done a particular diagnostic test] right away!" Sometimes Dr. Carvajal tends to exaggerate. (For example, he had said to me "I talked to Dr. X about your case," when in fact he had only left a voicemail message for Doctor X, and they never did connect.)
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6......A I have no reason to doubt his technical skills, and am not in a position to compare his work to that of another surgeon. I made normal/average recoveries from two surgeries (one was quite complicated), and that may well have been because he is smart, committed, takes pride in his work, and (I believe) is up to date. I have no complaints in this respect. My complaints have to do with poor communication and disorganization.
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7...I have referred one very ill patient to Dr. Carvajal, whose high energy level, confidence and enthusiasm were welcomed by a man who is critically ill. This gave my friend hope, but not false hope, and I have to say that it's not every doctor who can successfully inspire hope under such difficult circumstances. -
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8...I believe this is a surgeon well worth consulting, but commit to insisting on getting all of the information,r resources, and commitments that you need. He is not a wishy-washy guy; if you want to feel you have a strong and confident surgeon, he may be just what you need.
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9...I have a Blue Cross PPO insurance policy and Dr. Carvajal's office has never billed me for more than my insurance company paid him.

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1...Dr. Carvajal has a strong outgoing personality which may be off-putting to some, but my impression is that many patients feel that he has charm and warmth. I think so.
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2...In his office, at the time of my consultation, he took minimal time to discuss my problem and its treatment, and talked fast; it's hard to get a word in edgewise with him! But I did it anyway; interrupted him and asked questions. I suggest you don't let him out of the room until you (or your companion) have the answers that you need. He seems perfectly okay dealing with an assertive patient. YES, he can seem patronizing ("backslapping") but he won't talk down to you. I asked him to commit to answering any of my later questions by EMAIL, and within an hour of finishing the consult, I had about a dozen questions, already.
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...[Why e-mail instead of phone or a second visit? No phone tag, and doc can answer the email when he has time. Another advantage: you have a written record of his comments and opinions. And no fee for an office visit.]
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3...As his hospital in-patient, (twice), my experiences were unsettling, for several reasons (not all listed here). His longest visit with me lasted 2 minutes, (in a 24-hr period). Without telling me he would not be at the hospital over a weekend, one of his partners and two other doctors stopped by, instead. One of them ordered a procedure for me that set back my surgery timetable by two days. The two other doctors seemed to have absolutely no interest in my case, and one didn't even seem to know my diagnosis. This was like having Keystone Kops for doctors.
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4...Should Dr. C. be blamed for that? YES, as my admitting physician and supervising doctor. According to one of the lead nurses, he only comes in one weekend out of a month. It seemed like everybody knew this, but he misled me. At the same time, since he and his partners rotate weekends off, my care should have been much better organized than it was.
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5...On the day I was admitted, he told me he had been "discussing" my case with a certain other specialist, yet when I met Doc X later during my stay, he commented "If only I had known about you, we could have [done a particular diagnostic test] right away!" Sometimes Dr. Carvajal tends to exaggerate. (For example, he had said to me "I talked to Dr. X about your case," when in fact he had only left a voicemail message for Doctor X, and they never did connect.)
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6......A I have no reason to doubt his technical skills, and am not in a position to compare his work to that of another surgeon. I made normal/average recoveries from two surgeries (one was quite complicated), and that may well have been because he is smart, committed, takes pride in his work, and (I believe) is up to date. I have no complaints in this respect. My complaints have to do with poor communication and disorganization.
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7...I have referred one very ill patient to Dr. Carvajal, whose high energy level, confidence and enthusiasm were welcomed by a man who is critically ill. This gave my friend hope, but not false hope, and I have to say that it's not every doctor who can successfully inspire hope under such difficult circumstances. -
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8...I believe this is a surgeon well worth consulting, but commit to insisting on getting all of the information,r resources, and commitments that you need. He is not a wishy-washy guy; if you want to feel you have a strong and confident surgeon, he may be just what you need.
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9...I have a Blue Cross PPO insurance policy and Dr. Carvajal's office has never billed me for more than my insurance company paid him.

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