Complaint: Dr. Stellato is the Medical Director of University Suburban Green Road medical facility, and has a long history of achievements at University Hospitals. But his latest foray into medical care is a bit of a bust. Dr. Stellato is not trained in Medicine, rather in Bariatric Surgery, and yet he can’t repair some abdominal muscles, but has the patient reported to the police for asking – he can’t discuss for 5 minutes even with a family member. Dr. Stellato should be able to say who can do a particular repair, as he was the Hubay Professor of Surgery for years, and nearly the Chief of Surgery at University Hospitals. And he should be more of a participant in the surgical education there, despite the fact that Dr. Ponsky – his senior – was chosen. Rivalries are good for medicine & surgery, they foster different ideas and competition to improve things is a good thing. Dr. Ponsky was writing surgical literature when Dr. Stellato was still a Chief Resident. Not everyone can be Chief, and you can’t show that you are good with teaching unless you keep at it = unless you show for Surgical Rounds and put in a comment for discussion once in awhile. The residents in Surgery at UH are not getting an experience of Cleveland surgeons, they are getting a lesson in politics – which they didn’t come to Cleveland or UH for. But to just not be able to say who can repair such-and-such to a colleague is just ‘nasty.’ Steve Jobs was fired from the company he founded, and yet he created Pixar Studios. Threatening someone because they put something on the Internet that Dr. Stellato won’t ‘discuss,’ is not ok. Just be a Steve Jobs and everyone can say wonderful things – just answer the questions. Just spend 5 minutes discussing instead of 30 complaining to the police department – and the police department should not have someone’s ‘confidential’ records from any UH facility. Who does repair abdominal muscles anymore, muscles cut by a Mayo Clinic surgeon doing a procedure that was not consented to? Muscles cut for the Israel Defense Fund, or some child’s college fund, apparently? The layered muscle fascia closure – who does it? Simple question. The repair only involves sewing some muscle fascias in a layered closure: Surgery residency 101 – a procedure taught in training 20 years ago. Yet everyone these days wants to do a common mass closure and create a painful disfiguring abdominal wall deformity? Even for robot and endoscope port holes, these excrescences are becoming hard for other health care colleagues to handle or excuse – it’s just sloppy surgery and you can’t keep injecting these tissue masses. It takes only one pack of running suture = the reason? surgeons can’t use more than one pack of running suture is? Dr. Stellato should be able to answer the question without the SE police department. And if he could answer the question on that one: the answer would be all over the internet if he had a repair. Dr. Grundfest says that she has a repair, but she really doesn’t, but that it would involve extensive surgery. Translation: lots of money for the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. And Dr. Stellato can’t even see being a bariatric metabolic surgeon, that a T4 is not the workup for a thyroid problem – and he did thyroid surgery as part of his residency training. And that if a patient has obesity, or anything that could be caused by thyroid, ie thyroid neuropathy – then you have to order the whole panel before taking the patient to surgery? He seems to have forgotten this. Dr. Stellato’s secretary/office manager is one of the few that can’t call a patient, or a physician, to confirm an appointment or a surgery – then she blames it on the patient or referring physician that they didn’t get her message or get through to her. Even hair salons can do this – but she can’t – and then she blames the patient for standing Dr. Stellato up – when the patient had not gotten confirmation to come or the time, no pre-op sheets given, mailed, faxed or emailed. And communication modalities have improved – you can text or twitter. But to call the SE police on people/patients that you do this to is just plain crazy and stupid. Stupid for all the University Healthcare System to be part of that kind of behavior. And the management agrees with Dr. Stellato on who he blames for his problems – yet Dr. Rosen sent the patient back to Dr. Stellato for a reason. Show Dr. Rosen the muscle repair and he might have some respect for Dr. Stellato. Patients, and physicians, think that because of Dr. Stellato’s achievements his advice might be worth getting, so they ask. But they don’t want to be accused of things that they couldn’t do, or surgeries that they thought they had cancelled, and never gotten the pre-op instructions for, because of another health problem. And the fact is that C**** does not do things the way that other office managers do; she won’t call the second number, won’t leave a message, won’t confirm – no matter how many Secretary Day’s gifts she collects.
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