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March 29, 2019

Made me feel like the most important patient in the world

By MTquint


Through visits with my primary care physician Robert Ashley and cardiologist Michael Mazar (both of whom are great) , I learned that I had multiple blockages in the three main coronary arteries. Quintuple bypass was performed by Curtis Hunter on September 28, 2018. In the weeks leading up to the surgery, Dr. Hunter promptly and thoroughly answered questions that came up in my mind. While recovering (total 11 days) in ICU and regular recovery wing, I recall that he visited me every day or night. After I returned home, he insisted that I keep him informed of what I was doing and how I was feeling. As I was approaching the end of UCLA outpatient cardiac rehab, I asked for and got his advice on taking some sports classes that I was planning on and indeed am taking this spring semester at Santa Monica College. I have no previous experience with major surgery but I cannot imagine any doctor surpassing the skill, concern, and communication demonstrated by Dr. Hunter. Lastly, I also want to thank every nurse, care partner, and therapist who cared for me during my stay. Their skills and bedside manner were remarkable.

Tags: cardiac rebah, Cardiology, Doctors Day, Dr. Curtis Hunter, Dr. Michael Mazar, Dr. Robert Ashley, featured, heart surgery, ICU, patient stories, Surgery

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