I have seen 4 of the physicians at Sports Medicine North and have had surgery with three. Of the four, three have been terrific and one has been terrible. I'll fill you in on the good ones first.
Jonathan Uroskie is a hand surgeon. Mention his name to another physician and you're likely to get an approving nod. He is well respected among his peers. He will also take the time to listen and explain. I've had to call him with questions later and he has always been nice about it.
Robert Wood specializes in surgery to the lower extremities. Nice man. He is quite patient with questions and reassuring at all the right times. Good sense of humor as well. He took my pain seriously and has worked to relieve it.
Clay Miller is the physiatrist on staff. I mistakenly thought my 8 appt was at 9. He juggled his appt to see me anyway because I needed testing with him before I could be cleared for an upcoming surgery. Really, really nice man.
...and then there's David Fehnel who really should have gone into research or pathology so he wouldn't have to deal with us onerous live people. I think he did a good surgery but his care left a lot to be desired. He has no tolerance for questions or comments. He is more concerned with his issue of recognizing drug-seeking addicts than addressing his patient's post-surgical pain. Apparently, he thought 4-5 days of pain pills for rotator cuff surgery was quite enough and was unhappy when I wanted more. I came to refer to him as "Dr. Pr--k. His thing is to send a PA in first and then run into the room, do a quick verbal vomit of what he wishes to say and then run out again. I didn't appreciate it.
Despite 3 terrific doctors at Sports Medicine North, I can only give the practice a satisfactory rating because of the one thoroughly rotten apple.
David Fehnel specializes in shoulder surgery. Although I believe he did a good job with my surgery, I thought he did a rotten job with my care. He is impatient with questions. He cops an attitude quite easily. He scared the bejesus out of me when I inconvenienced him before my surgery with a question about my clotting disorder. He implied that the anesthesiologist wouldn't want to work with me although I am otherwise healthy. After speaking with the anesthesiologist and my hemotologist, I realized he was just being pissy. I should have gone to another surgeon at that point but I gave him the benefit of the doubt.
Within a month of the surgery, I was referring him as Dr. Prick. His PA offered me a new Rx for pain meds. I accepted it. Fehnel was miffed with me--not the PA. Come on! 30 pain pills for rotator cuff surgery is not excessive.
Expect him to run into the room, verbally vomit what he has to say and then run from the room while you're still trying to figure out what he just said. Good luck. He isn't into explanations. If I have further issues, I will go elsewhere.
Joe August is the most wonderful internist ever. He takes the time to actually listen to his patients. There isn't even a hint of the usual MD arrogance. He's the way all doctors should be.