The world of medicine is incredibly competitive. Just to get into a medical school is an achievement in itself, with some of the top schools like Stanford accepting just 1-2% of all applicants. But if you are one of the lucky few to be accepted into a school, the fierce competition doesn’t stop there. To be accepted to train in a top discipline like orthopedic surgery or dermatology students have to score highly on their board exams (known as STEP exams). For instance to get the average score of accepted orthopedic applicant students must be in the top 20% of all medical students taking the test.
Considering all orthopedic surgeons are at the top of their game just to get there – how do you decipher which are the best of the best?
Usually, you don’t have much to go on, so other patients who have been treated by that doctor’s testimonials are key to picking the right surgeon for you. Great care isn’t just about the technical skill of performing difficult operations. It’s also about involving you in the decision making, making sure everything is clearly understood and ensuring that surgery is absolutely the right decision for you as an individual.
One top surgeon working in the Phoenix area is Dr. Adam Farber, who provides a number of surgeries including those for shoulder, elbow, and knee injuries/conditions, including rotator cuff tears, shoulder instability, labral pathology, Tommy John surgery, articular cartilage injuries, meniscal pathology, and ACL tears.
But what do patients have to say about him?
Judith B, writing on ZocDoc says
“Dr. Farber and his staff are very professional and knowledgeable. He does not push unnecessary survey. I have knee problems and he has helped me get back my mobility. I am very happy.”
Whilst Chance writes
“Came back for a follow-up and had all my questions answered. I was in and out in no time. Highly recommended!”
As mentioned before, being a great surgeon isn’t just about the highly skilled work done in the operating theatre. It’s also about helping each patient as an individual, deciding with them and not for them what the best options are to manage their personal problem. On this front, Dr. Farber seems to excel. Crystal wrote of his bedside manner “he treats you with respect and doesn’t talk down to you. He presents options and allows you to have an input on your feelings about his treatment plan”. Other patients find a similar theme, “Dr. Farber was very patient, offered as much help as possible. Gave me a realistic picture of what could and should be going on.” says Erika.
Dr. Adam Farber has a practice in Scottsdale Arizona and has treated hundreds of patients. His expertise has been used by a number of professional sports teams including Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Sparks and part of the medical staff for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Galaxy, Los Angeles Kings, Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Avengers and USC Football.