Doctors Take Umbrage at Physicians' Porsche Promo
There is neurosurgeon Scott Leary, MD, leaning against his 2010 911 GT3. "I deal in a precise environment where there is no room for error, and I demand the same of my car," the article quotes him saying. The car helped him get to the hospital at 3 a.m., fast enough to help save the life of a patient suffering an acute brain hemorrhage.
"I was looking for a car to deliver the ultimate driving experience and performance," the article attributes to Afshin Bahador, MD, a surgeon specializing in gynecologic oncology, whose hand rests on the rear window of his 2009 Carrera with PDK. "I perform ultra-delicate surgery in areas of the body that demand precision. My Porsche, I feel, makes me a better driver."
Ramin Raiszadeh, MD, an orthopedic surgeon, told the writers that his 2009 Carrera 4S provides "performance, endurance, and elegance."
"Endurance? Dr. Raiszadeh performed an 18-hour spine surgery, 'where I had to be just as precise in the 18th hour as the first. I chose the AWD Porsche for the control it gives you, just as I have to have control over each step of spinal surgery."
And there is pediatrician Pedram Salimpour, MD, who owns the hospital with his brother, another pediatrician. Salimpour "is currently driving his third Porsche, a 2009 Carrera S," the article reads.
"There seems to be a direct connection between the brilliance of the Californian doctors and the brilliance of the German sports-car manufacturer," the article says.
The incensed doctors I spoke with describe the Alvarado physicians' involvement as "stupid," and "counterproductive to the move to repeal the SGR," because they think it enhances the stereotype of the super rich doctor who can afford to buy $100,0000 cars, and couldn't care less what happens to the Medicare fee schedule.
"I think people should be outraged," says internist and cardiologist Stewart Frank, MD, president of Mercy Physicians Medical Group in San Diego, who e-mailed the article to many colleagues.
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