Father’s Day – My Dad and his Legacy

I wrote this for Father’s Day 2010—but I think you’ll still find it relevant!

Happy Father’s Day

More than any person in my life—what I stand for, what I believe in and what I hope to pass on–has been shaped by my father.

Last month I wrote about my mom, one of the most compassionate, kind and hard-working and devoted women I’ve ever known. Today, with Father’s Day fast approaching, I hope you’ll indulge me as I write about my dad—a man for whom my love and admiration still grows–and the importance of fatherhood.

I do not write as an authority on fatherhood. Instead I write as someone who’s had a privileged childhood—not one of material wealth but a childhood filled with challenges guided by the most trustworthy parents a boy could have.

I can speak with authority about two things—the legacy of my dad and what I’ve observed about the current state of fathers in our culture.

My Father and his Legacy

My dad, Israel, was born over a century ago in Opatów, Poland on September 6, 1908. Opatów or “Apt” was settled in the 15h century as a small commercial town in southern Poland. Like many Polish towns of the early 20th century it had a rich rabbinic history and more than its share of poverty. Continue reading “Father’s Day – My Dad and his Legacy”

Warmest Regards from Colorado – A Letter

We received the following letter and wanted to share it with our readers.

5-star-review-linkHi Dr. Wortman,

Thank you for getting back to me so quickly!  The answers you provided make a lot sense to me and I ‘m glad to know that you agree that it is reasonable to start with the polyp removal and then see how things go.

When I called your office a couple of days ago, I had already tried several other offices just wanting an answer to the question about the suction morcellators and if was standard procedure in the removal polyps.  Every other office (called 3) wouldn’t talk to me–wouldn’t even have a nurse call me back.  They wanted me to send over my file including lab work, ultrasound pictures etc. and make an appointment to come and meet with them.  Fine except I really just wanted to know if their office used the morcellator or something else to remove polyps.  I asked the same question to the very nice lady who answers your phone and she told me to hold for a moment, then you got on the line!  Wow! I feel so lucky and blessed to have found you!  I can’t thank you enough for being such a decent human being and so generous with your time and talents! Continue reading “Warmest Regards from Colorado – A Letter”

Sedation Gynecology – Did You Know About It?

sedationHave you ever wondered why dentists offer sedation – Sedation Dentistry has been around for a long time – but gynecologists don’t? It doesn’t make sense does it?

Modern gynecology offers many innovative diagnostic tests and treatments in an office based setting.

Here’s a short list of some of the more commonly performed ones: Continue reading “Sedation Gynecology – Did You Know About It?”

Thanksgiving 2015

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On this Thanksgiving remember that happiness is the difference between our reality and our expectations.

Fifteen years ago I traveled with a team of physicians that had been invited to address some health care needs in Kenya. After a few days attending events to showcase Kenyan schools, culture and its health care system I asked a cabdriver to allow me to spend the day with him and take me to Kenya’s less glamorous side—the one’s that aren’t showcased by the Ministry of Tourism and Health.

At the time Kenya had a horrific HIV/AIDs epidemic that had been covered by several national news outlets including 60 Minutes.  I walked into an “otherworldly” Nairobi and Kisumu where coffins were sold in the market place and –all too often—in the streets.  Many coffins were no more than 3 feet long and served as a reminder of the innocent children that fell victim to the AIDs epidemic. Continue reading “Thanksgiving 2015”

Controlling your health care spending: Managing the perfect storm

CMDRC perfect stormThe costs of health care have simply gotten out of control. It is now routine practice for me to discuss not only my recommendations for ultrasounds, pap smears, bone density scans and other tests and procedures but increasingly I have an ethical responsibility to discuss the out of pocket costs of these tests and procedures as well.

There is a perfect storm brewing—one that has the potential for dramatically increasing your out of pocket medical expenses. The mixture of declining physician reimbursement, continuing liability concerns, high-deductible insurance plans and larger co-pays will translate into more expensive health care costs for all of us. So here are some thoughts on reducing your personal health-related expenses.

Rule #1: Stay out of emergency rooms unless it’s an emergency!

Continue reading “Controlling your health care spending: Managing the perfect storm”