Doctors Take Umbrage at Physicians' Porsche Promo

Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media , November 4, 2010

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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9 comments on "Doctors Take Umbrage at Physicians' Porsche Promo"

Maria Hannegan (11/5/2010 at 7:13 PM)
I don't like the way the article portrays doctors who have the ability to buy sports cars. Dr. Pedram Salimpur went through many years of schooling and has always been a great doctor to my daughter. He is attentive, kind, and deserves to spend his hard earned money on whatever he chooses. He always takes personnel interest and personally follows up on her progress and well being no matter what time of day.

stacy (11/5/2010 at 2:29 PM)
Why should this reporter or any other person care what hobbies another person has or how someone spends their money. The Porsche articel was a fun article. It seems as if the article from the San Diego reporter was written in an attempt to stir up controversy where none exists. I guess the hobbies a few docotrs might have are more improtant than the flooding in Haiti or the elections that just passed. I would like to know in these difficult economic times who is allowed to have a nice car, go on vacation, go to the movies, or out to eat? Is it just doctors who should do none of the above? I guess when I am in the hospital today doing my 36 hour shift caring for patients, I can only think that the reporter who wrote this article has had a nice meal, has the luxury of being at home spending time with her family, and sleepign in her own comfortable bed.

Michael Murphy (11/5/2010 at 2:19 PM)
Why are all the negative comments just against Mazer? That guy is a backstabber and an idiot because he is a dr at the same hospital and is going on record against his colleagues. But Stewart Frank is just as much of a moron. Why would you be so stupid as to talk to a reporter about fellow doctors like this? have you no integrity at all?




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