Finding a doctor who specializes in cancer care is critical. Medical oncologists are trained in both internal medicine and board certified in cancer therapy. These physicians have both the experience and judgement to develop a plan (chemotherapy, radiation therapy, ) and work with oncological surgeons to manage your cancer.
Marcia Byrd, MD
Specialty: Family Medicine
- family medicine
- family medicine
Location and Office HoursMarcia Byrd MD
11050 Crabapple Rd Ste 105B
Roswell, GA 30075
- tuesday: 8:00AM - 6:00PM
- wednesday: 8:00AM - 6:00PM
- thursday: 8:00AM - 6:00PM
How do I choose a doctor for my cancer care?
Stuart Linder, MD, Plastic/reconstructive Surgery, answered
How can I find out if a doctor has been sued for malpractice?
Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredFinding out if a doctor has been sued for botched practicing is certainly a legitimate qualifying factor when you're shopping for a new physician or specialist. As long as the info is put into context, that is.
To find out if any malpractice lawsuits have been filed against a physician, call the county clerk's office where he or she practices, as well as the state medical licensing board and the state insurance department (you can ask the latter if any claims are on record for the doctor). You can also check your doctor's record on Web sites such as www.docboard.org.
Just remember that it's common for doctors to be sued, and many cases are dismissed or the physicians win, so the fact that a doctor has been sued for malpractice isn't necessarily a damning sign.
However, if he or she has been sued several times in the past few years and many of those suits have been settled or resulted in the award of large sums to the patient, I, as a doctor, would see that as a warning sign to move on. Lighting can indeed strike in the same spot twice, but four or five times is a little troubling.
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What should I keep in mind while looking for a doctor?
Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredThere are state and federal programs designed to help you find a doctor, but the key is to choose the right physician. During your first visit, there are key questions to consider. When you go to their office, do the other patients … look like you? Are the doctors board certified? Do they get along with the staff? If you get along with them, that person becomes your health coach. Because, remember, the word doctor means teacher, so it's a two-way street. If you come up with the right person, you're on the right path.
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