Matthew W. Tatom, DO
Specialty: Family Medicine
- family medicine
Location and Office HoursPhysicians Treatment Center
2832 Candlers Mountain Rd
Lynchburg, VA 24502
- Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
- BlueCross BlueShield
- Coventry Health Care
- First Health
- Great-West Healthcare Cigna
- United Healthcare
What are the best Web sites for finding a doctor?
CastleConnolly.com lists doctors who have been recommended by other doctors and screened by our physician-led research team. A portion of the website is free and a portion requires a membership fee. Vitals.com offers extensive information on doctors, but they are not screened. The site is free. Healthgrades offers detailed reports on a doctor’s training and for a fee. ABMS.org offers information on a doctor’s board certification.
How can I find out if a doctor has been sued for malpractice?
Information on a doctor’s malpractice history is available in a certain number of states, such as New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Connecticut. There is strong public and sometimes political pressure to make that information more available to the public.
How do I best speak to a loved one about their health concerns?
Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answered
Show your love. Experts recommend beginning the conversation by explaining that you love your partner and want them to take care of themselves so that they live a long and comfortable life with you. Start and end your sentences with, "I love you."
Pick the right time and place. If you're going to address erectile dysfunction, don't have the conversation in the bedroom when you both may be feeling vulnerable. Pick a neutral time and begin by explaining that you love him for who he is and not his physical performance. If you're concerned about how many times he got up to pee during the football game, don't bring it up in front of his buddies. Wait till your home and alone. And don't talk about memory loss just as he's looking for the keys. Wait till he isn't distracted and won't feel like you are calling him out.
Make a plan together. After you listen to his concerns about the issue, explain that you want to work on it together and that the first step may be visiting a doctor to check for underlying health problems and get treatment.
Opening up is the first step. While a diagnosis may be scary in and of itself, remember that there are treatments, if not solutions, to all of these ailments and talking about it is the first step to feeling better.
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