How to Find a Doctor

A friend, a well known actor from New York called, said he needed his hip replaced and wanted me to find him a doctor in Portland.

I went to the hospital of my choice, to the Orthopedic ward, in the middle of the night on the weekend and asked each nurse:  “If you were going to have a hip replacement, who whould you go to?”

I got one name.

Another friend, a Producer from LA called and said she was pregnant and wanted me to find her a midwife In Portland.  I said I’d find a midwife for her 4th baby but she needed an OB doc for the first.

So, I went to the hospital of my choice, to Labor and Delivery, in the middle of the night on the weekend and asked each nurse:  “If you were pregnant, who whould you go to?”

and again, I got one name.  (and midwives were part of the clinic.)

Why the middle of the night  on the weekend?  Well, those nurses would recommend someone who would be sweetly available to his patient at any time they needed him.

The Orthopedic Surgeon was Dr. Gregory Irvine.

The OB /GYN Surgeon was Dr. Susan Johnson,  now practicing GYN  medicine /surgery.