I have enjoyed my 10 years treating patients in the Chicago area. Six of those years have been in a solo practice with the best office and rehab staff a guy could ask for. However, medicine is changing. Anyone who listens to the news or has struggled to get to the right specialist in their plan or has looked at a hospital bill knows this. It has become a place of big business, mergers, consolidation and buzz-word marketing. In spite of all of this, my dream when I opened my practice was to be the old-school doc that listened and educated, that cared more and went further for my patients than any hospital system and made a positive difference in my patient’s lives. Idealism and humor, philanthropy and compassion have its limits in business though. It has gotten difficult to sustain my dream as a solo practioner. Those that know me as a physician, those that really know me, know that I poured my soul into my patients and I actually remember pretty much every one of you as an individual. I remember your cute kids, your tattoos, your job, your worries and your occasional tear. I find myself loving each and every one of you in some way. With anyone I care about, I want them to feel better for coming into my life and my office for their problem in need of help. I have my own corner of the world treating small problems, big problems, lives and limbs at risk. Whatever you came in for, I hope I helped. If I did not, I’m sorry, and please know I tried.
I need to move on though. Since I myself was an orthopedic patient 2 years ago I have struggled with pain and health issues myself. Many of you know that I understand what it is like for you. In order to self-preserve, love my family and enjoy my life a little more, I need to simplify, move, and albeit hesitantly, close this practice. If you remember the pictures in my office you know that I love photography, natural beauty and Hawaii. I got a once in a lifetime opportunity to fill a sudden gap in orthopedic care in the islands and I took the job. My official closing date is August 16, 2013. For those who need continued care beyond that date I have trusted colleagues that can help you. Those names will be provided on this site in the Links section. Please know that I carry a memory of each of you with me.
Paul M. Lamberti, MD, FAAOS