'We Get Out There and Do'Thousands of students, resident physicians and faculty members volunteer each year as part of the Rush Community Service Initiatives Programs, which celebrates its 25th anniversary next year.
Physician, Reveal ThyselfRush has begun including patient survey results in individual physicians' online profiles. It's among few U.S. medical centers, and the only one in the Midwest, to make this information available to potential patients.
Below is a list of scientific publications for which this practitioner was either the primary author or a contributor. Citations come from PubMed, a database of biomedical literature, life science journals and online books. PubMed is a service of the US Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health. Click on the title of the cited work for more information (this will take you directly to PubMed.gov). Listings go back five years.
Patient feedback information is available for physicians employed by Rush University Medical Center who have received
30 or more patient surveys. Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the best score.
Friendliness/courtesy of the care provider
Explanations the care provider gave you about your problem or condition
Concern the care provider showed for your questions or worries
Likelihood of your recommending this care provider to others
Care provider's efforts to include you in decisions about your treatment
Information the care provider gave you about medications
Instructions the care provider gave you about follow-up care
Your confidence in this care provider
Degree to which care provider talked with you using words you could understand
Amount of time the care provider spent with you
For more information about patient feedback, see the Quality Care section of the Rush University Medical Center website.
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I’m a general thoracic surgeon. I operate on all aspects of the chest — including the lungs, esophagus, mediastinum, chest wall. Most of the patients that we take care of have cancer. They show up, they’re scared. They want someone on their side. And before I even see most of these patients, their studies, their imaging and their case is discussed with a multi-disciplinary team — including thoracic surgeons, radiation oncologists and medical oncologists. We are able to put everybody’s mind together and come up with an approach that takes care of the whole patient, not just one aspect of their care.
One of the best parts of doing what I do is that you can take patients who are exceedingly scared — because they’ve recently been given a diagnosis of cancer — and you can work with them, give them the information to make the choices that are best for them and their families, and then help them and work with them to get them through the process. I think it’s very clear when patients leave my office that they know that they’ve got an ally on their side, because I’m in it for them.