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Voices of Experience

By: Merge magazine's editorial advisory board
Posted: June 23, 2010, from the July 2010 issue of
Three physicians with hands in the center on top of each other

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In my case, the mastering of the business-related aspects in regard to the operation of my medical practice has represented the most challenging aspect in regard to operation of my medical practice, because business concepts and strategies were not discussed, talked about, and were absolutely not taught during my attendance at medical school or my residency. In any case, I now possess a great deal of hands-on experience and comprehension relating to the business concepts that are associated with the total operation of my medical practice.
Steven G. Yoelin, MD

Q: Who do you admire, respect and look up to outside of medicine?

My father-in-law, whose perspective on life helps keep me humble and grounded and who always does the right thing no matter how difficult or challenging it may be to do so.
Brian Biesman, MD

The two people who really solidified for me that the patient is the primary focus of a practice were Thomas Reed, MD and Carl Hartrampf, MD. Dr. Reed is a humble and innovative surgeon. He’s a dedicated educator and has made a significant philanthropic impact through work in Africa. Dr. Hartrampf is an incredible innovator and educator, and he really brought me to that 100% patient-focused outcomes outlook through his work with data analysis and the ways he modifies his techniques based on the patient outcomes.
Laurie Casas, MD, FACS

My wife has been an incredible role model and teacher for me. She not only teaches me so much about being a parent but also really gets me to reflect on what is important. She has a wonderful ability to see the good in people, and spends so much of her time working with various charities and philanthropy boards. She is a wonderful wife, mother, daughter and daughter-in-law, and in her spare time she is a part-time pediatrician, as well. With all this going on, she doesn’t have much time for sleep but always has a genuine smile on her face and skip in her walk.
Joel Cohen, MD, FAAD

The people I really admire are the people in the military, those men and women in the service, and those such as firefighters and policemen. I admire those who help people Miles Graivier, MD, FACS