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Tower Id

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8635 W 3RD St
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Cyril was my MD for about 3 years before I moved out of LA. He's a great MD and a wonderful person to work with.

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I have to agree with the post by markinnyc on 8/30/07. They USED TO BE one of the best. As the other post stated ""the focus changed from excellent quality patient care to money""...

I'm taking a wait and see approach 10/27/2008

I was a patient of Dr. Uman's for more than 20 years. When he retired a couple of weeks ago none of his patients were notified. The only reason I know is because I sent an annual evaluation form to his office, as I do every year, and after no response I called only to find out he retired. My guess is it is the cancer come back, but they won't say...and there was no followup on my disability form. Tough luck all around I guess. \r \r I was told I could see Dr. Gaulthier. I have an appointment in December and will report back. It will be hard to replace Dr. Uman...that guy was the best. Cons: Dr. Uman is gone more

Have to agree: AVOID it if you can, it is NOT what it once was, as posted by markinnyc 8/30/2007 4/3/2008

I have to agree with the post by markinnyc on 8/30/07. They USED TO BE one of the best. As the other post stated ""the focus changed from excellent quality patient care to money"". In 2005 SEVERAL doctors appeared to not be happy with things there and LEFT Tower ID for other practices. I had been a patient of Cyril Gauthier for many years and followed him from one practice on Wilshire to a 2nd one then eventually followed him to Tower ID. He was a pretty good doctor. I was living in San Diego and made the trips up because I felt the care was better AND BECAUSE they are in buildings attached to Cedars Hospital (which has EXCELLENT CARE). I had broken my neck on Marine Corps Air Station Miramar & still made the 140 mile trips (each way). In 2004 on one of my visits I thought Dr. Cyril Gauthier was coming back into the room, when he didn't and the nurse came , I asked about some lesions I had on my hands and arms. I was told that I would have to wait till my next appointment to have him look at what the nurse called ""a mole"". I was too sick to return to San Diego and 3 days later called to get an appointment as an emergency. I was told they only had an appointment in 3 more weeks, and that I could NOT see another Doctor till then. (MY INSURANCE HAD CHANGED!!) \r \r I went elsewhere and discovered that I had three KS lesions and had to have them removed immediately. When I did go back I asked to be assigned to another doctor. I was put in with Dr. Phillip Musikanth. I told the office staff and the office manager, Carrington Chandler, what had happened with the KS. They apologized and assured me that nothing like that would happen again.\r \r In 2005 when Dr. Musikanth, Dr. Stryker and several others left, I asked to be assigned to someone else. I was told by staff and Mr. Chandler that they could not accommodate me, but maybe in a few months. After a year of trying it was clear it would not happen.\r \r Now that my insurance changed,\r THEY DON'T CARE & don't keep promises! Pros: Improved counter/reception service with James at the counter Cons: Many doctors left for some reason, staff is not upfront and NOT HONEST, incl. Office Mgr. more

Avoid it if you can. Not what it once was! Read on... 8/30/2007

They were once the best. Then the focus changed from excellent quality patient care to money. We ""we told"" by various staff members the partners were grousing among themselves about who was making what. Then suddenly collecting co-pay amounts BEFORE you saw the doc became the new ""norm"". Patients calling to make an appointment were suddenly given or not given an appointment based on the patient's insurance coverage.. (which is not lawful in CA but it happens all the time as it's impossible to prove.) Indigent patients with state-sponsored Medi-Cal Coverage were finding the next available appointment was weeks if not months out. It was once an excellent group for HIV care. Then their senior docs got burned out so it seems. The group is still there but we as patients, are NOT! I cannot recommend this group for anyone as the quality of care seems to have dropped, as they became more dollar focused. Sad to see but reality in medicine today. Sad too that brilliant internists have been reduced to squabbling about the cash flow to the point where it negatively impacted the whole group. more

Great MD 11/23/2005

Cyril was my MD for about 3 years before I moved out of LA. He's a great MD and a wonderful person to work with. more
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