I'm not sure why Sterling45 had such a negative experience. I found Dr. Thanki to be nothing short of incredibly patient, caring and skilled. Despite my many years as a critical care nurse, I didn't purport to know everything -- or even ANYthing! -- and he spent considerable time with me and my family discussing diagnostic procedures, my treatment options, both surgical and nonsurgical, risks/benefits, etc. This was done in a respectful, informative, and never-condescending, manner. After exhausting all noninvasive routes (physical therapy, injections, accupuncture, etc.), I continued to experience severe pain and weakness. Dr. Thanki never trivialized my pain even though my disc problems did not appear severe on MRI. I eventually opted for cervical and lumbar laminectomies. These were performed by Dr. Thanki with great skill, negligible scarring, and excellent results. After 3 pain-free years, I was injured by a drunk driver and sustained severe neck/back injuries, ultimately requiring lumbar and cervical laminectomies and cervical fusion. I didn't have to think twice about who I wanted to perform the surgeries. After returning home post lumbar surgery, I developed excruciating right-sided chest pain. My primary physican and the ER doctor simply told me to increase my pain medications and sent me on my way, insisting I was ""too young"" for pulmonary emboli. (These clots in the lungs can occur in anyone who's been immobile for even a few hours -- such as during a long plane trip -- and esp. with hospitalization.) In desperation, I called Dr. Thanki who told me to get back to the hospital immediately. He was the only one who agreed with my assessment that I likely had pulmonary emboli. He then made calls to the ER and my family doctor to arrange for my readmission. Further testing confirmed this diagnosis. Without Dr. Thanki's intervention, left untreated I'd have died. Over the years, I've recommended him to others and all were very happy.
Pros: The staff was attentive, courteous.
Cons: Because he spent so much time with each patient, I occasionally had to wait 10-20 minutes past my appointment time to see him.