Where is Dr. Steven Simon?
on 1/4/10 6:05 pm
Pam, So sorry you had your band removed. It looks like you worked very hard to get to goal. I am sure you will maintain your goal.
I have several friends that had surgery with Dr Simon. They are in dark about his sudden leave. Dr Schlesinger is my surgeon and I was in 3 weeks ago I asked about it and was told he had taken a "personal" leave. One patient waiting was upset and told us that Dr Simon screwed her up and then left town. She did not know why. Her brother was going on and on about him. It made us uncomfortable. She said that Dr Schlesinger is taking care of her and she is better. I got the feeling he is not coming back, could be he is relocating. Some one posted that he had several lawsuits.
Focus on staying healthy. I am sure Dr Simon will resurface soon.
on 1/7/10 10:30 pm
Don't give up hope. Maybe you will keep the weight off and not need another surgery. You lost weight and did well! Keep it up!
on 1/7/10 9:34 pm
Dr. Simon is still listed as a surgeon at the Tempe St. Luke's bariatric program. If he's no longer there, his name and info should be taken down by them. I wonder if it's being left up there in order to get patients to call their program with regard to laparoscopic surgery. Simon was the surgeon who did the single incision lap band and the lap RNY surgeries which are offered on the program's website.
The other doctor affiliated with the program only does the RNY open. Prospective patients can call the office and make an appointment with the bariatric program, thinking they're going to see Dr. Simon, but then get the other doctor at the actual appointment - which gives the other doctor the opportunity to try and talk the patient into an open surgery and thereby not lose the laparoscopic business to another bariatric program which does do the lap surgery.
Smart strategy. Misleading, but SMART!!
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At 1:40pm, he strolled in with a teenaged boy close behind him.
At 1:45pm, I was weighed and roomed.
At 2:10pm, I found an MA and asked if Dr. Schlesinger had returned and was told he was back.
At 2:30pm, As I leave the room to hunt down the MA again, I see the doc leaving an exam room and speaking to a patient. I told the same MA that I could no longer wait, that I had meetings back at my office and that I would have expected to be the first seen when he returned from his "emergency". No apology, no "let me see if he can see you immediately". NO THANKS...
My health care $ will spend the same somewhere else and I'll be happy not to have to drive to Tempe to be treated this disrespectfully...
Dr. Fang...here I come!
So sorry your surgeon is MIA? Not sure what to tell you about that. But....I did notice that you are from Mesa. On our side of town and producing hundreds of very happy and successful post-ops is Dr. Podkamini and Dr. Schuster at Banner Gateway. They aren't my surgeon's but I do attend the support groups there and the patient's are all doing fabulous and are very happy with their surgeries, the program there and their surgeons.
Also on our side of town (and if you are considering lapband) is Dr. Marge Buttler. She's realtively new but has several happy post-ops as well. She is located in Mesa at the Banner Desert hosp on Dobson and Southern.
If I were you, I wouldn't put my life on hold while either a surgeon take times off or the program isn't giving full disclosure. They probably just assume that all patient's will forget about Simon and jump ship to one of their other surgeons.
Take care of YOU!
I was extrememly disappointed by Dr. Schlesinger. He was very negative - even though I have lost 60 pounds and my BMI is awesome! I couldn't believe it. He made my skin crawl. When I asked about Dr. Simon he barked at me that the doctor would not be back. He was rude to his staff as well. We have to remember that we are consumers and we can take our money elsewhere.
On another note, I was self pay using Dr. Simon's Care Credit relationship and they have done away with that without informing the transfer patients. They billed my insurance company $649.00 when the office visits were supposed to be $175 for self-pay. Huge rip off for insurance!!! It seems like they are a mess over there right now. I will be transferring to a new doctor as soon as billing is correct.
However, I am sad to say this clinic is closing Sept 1 and Dr. Simon is leaving Phoenix. In Dr. Simon's letter, he stated that management with Desert Ridge was at odds so the clinic is closing. I am disappointed in him because he really saved my life on May 31st! Referral to either Juarez or Fang is really a slap because I don't think Mercy Care is contracted with either of them, and I REFUSE to even consider Schlessinger!! I think maybe personal issues may have crept up for Dr. Simon to leave Phoenix. He is the smartest man I know in this weight loss surgery protocol. I entrusted Simon to see me through my loss, and expected him to do it. Now, I feel let down. The other two docs are fine, but they don't know me and my case as Dr. Simon does. He told me 4 yrs ago I needed revision surgery, and 3 months ago Dr. Simon operated on me.
on 8/12/11 6:17 pm, edited 8/24/11 2:25 pm
I really liked Dr. Simon, but I feel extremely betrayed by the way my situation was handled.
I paid cash, and essentially gave up my life savings for this surgery. There was an agreement that I would have free lapband adjustments and follow ups for a full year from my surgery date.
I called Dr. Simon's office to ensure that the free fills and follow ups we had agreed upon would be carried over to the new doctor. I was told that they would be. This was not what happened. The new doctors office forced me to pay $200 for an aquisition fee, and $150 for any adjustments. (Which I unfortunately had complications so I already had one where they emptied my band, and will probably need at least 2 more to re-fill my band).
So, I am sorely dissapointed due to the high volume of bills I am liable for because of the lack of communication and the way the office was closed during his departure.