"If it weren't for Greg Simone I wouldn't be here."
Hedwig O’Brien is not exaggerating. “It was late in the afternoon on the Friday before New Year’s Eve. I had some symptoms and couldn’t get through to my internist, so I called Dr. Simone’s office. I had seen him previously as a patient and before that when he took care of both my mother and grandmother.”
The symptoms weren’t alarming (“I felt tired.”) but Dr. Simone – never a wait-and-see diagnostician –– insisted she come immediately to the hospital’s catheterization lab. When she finished the test, he was right there with the results: a congenital heart defect that had never been detected. “Most people learn about that only after a massive heart attack,” O’Brien says.
Within the hour she was in an ambulance to another hospital for bypass surgery early the next morning. Fifteen years later she still enjoys telling that story about her favorite doctor. “I can’t tell you how caring and compassionate he is.”
She’s not alone. Talk to patients, nurses, fellow cardiologists; they’ll all use the same language: “He cares deeply about his patients.” “He’s attentive.” “The patients worship him.” And they’ll all tell stories to document their admiration and trust.
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Frieda Penick shares why she chose Dr. Simone and a personalized approach to cardiology.