Effective January 1, 2013, I have changed the focus of my practice. I have explained it completely in the below letter I wrote.
Summary: I will still see new patients but I will focus on Podiatric Surgery. When new patients do not require surgery they will follow up with my partner doctors after I have diagnosed them and made a preliminary treatment plan. I will continue to oversee their care when necessary.
To my valued patients:
As 2012 comes to an end, I am humbled and proud to acknowledge, and share with you, that my first twelve and a half years in practice have been successful beyond my predictions! After finishing residency, I moved to New York City in 2000 with a job only one half of one day per week. I quickly made valuable connections and filled my week with office hours and patients in four New York City Boroughs and Westchester County. Within two years I had opened my own practice part time. In 2003, I left my former employers to devote my full attention to my own practice and started my current group, City Footcare, PC.
‘Fast forward’ ten years to 2013 and I have developed and grown a thriving, successful group practice with four associate doctors under my supervision and guidance. I would not have been so successful without the support of you, my patients. In light of this success, I have chosen to change the focus of my practice going forward from general podiatry mixed with podiatric surgery, to predominantly podiatric surgery.
Focus on Podiatric Surgery:
It has always been my passion and goal to focus primarily on podiatric surgery. It takes many years to build a reputation as a great surgeon. I feel comfortable saying that I have already achieved this reputation at this point in my career. Right now, I am excited that this is the opportune time to act upon this success. Going forward I will be focusing my practice on podiatric surgery.
I Will Continue to Accept New Patients for all Podiatric Problems:
I will not completely stop doing, general, non-surgical podiatry related care. I have formulated a way to spend a majority of my time performing surgery, including the preoperative and postoperative care related to surgery, while also practicing general podiatry some of the time.
I have assembled a team of excellent podiatrists in my City Footcare Group. I have hand-picked talented physicians who I have had the opportunity to work with for many years, and even train during their residencies. They have all spent time working with me in my office and observing my unique way of practicing podiatric medicine which has made my practice so successful.
Our physician group will work as a team to share in the care of our patients. I will help to oversee the care of patients who visit our practice. I will continue to see new patients a few days per week. During the initial visit, I will perform a detailed new patient visit including the patient’s history and physical examination. I will perform, order, and interpret the appropriate diagnostic tests. I will derive the diagnosis and start with appropriate treatments on the initial visit when indicated. When the treatments required are surgical, I will continue the care of the patients including preoperative consultation, performing surgery and all postoperative care.
When the treatment indicated is not surgical, I will direct the patients to follow-up with my partner doctors who will continue the necessary care. I will maintain communication with my partner doctors and provide any necessary input going forward.
To all of my existing patients, I would like to thank you for my success. It is because of you that I am where I am today. I know, and appreciate, that many of you will want to continue to see me, but I assure you that you are under the care of qualified physicians with my partner doctors. I will still be around to say hello or to provide any necessary input into your care.
I ask that you please respect my decision to make this change as it has been my career, and lifelong dream, to have a surgically oriented practice.
Lawrence Silverberg, DPM