Where do you practice medicine?
While I do practice palliative care with other institutions, I currently only do outpatient consultations privately. We can meet either remotely, via phone, or I can come to your home depending on distance from the Cedars-Sinai area.
What are your rates and do you take insurance?
My cost is $200/hour. You can expect the initial consultation to take at least one hour. Follow up appointments can be made as needed, tailored to your situation and needs. I currently do not take insurance.
Can you prescribe me pain medications or be my doctor?
At this time, my private practice is only for consultation discussions that does not include medical management. If pain or symptom management issues are apparent during our meetings, I may offer to communicate with your medical team to advocate and ensure that you are getting adequately treated.
Can my family join our consultation?
Absolutely. If there are a number of family members or complex family dynamics, it may be better to do an initial consultation separately. Once I have an understanding of your medical situation and what you are hoping for, we can then have a family meeting (in person or remotely) where I assist in explaining clinical information, give loved ones a safe space to express their concerns and questions, and try to create a plan that all can support and understand.
Will you prescribe mediations for physician aid-in-dying (also sometimes called physician assisted suicide)?
During our consultation, we can discuss any questions you have about your options and rights in California. This could include the End Of Life Options Act which allows patients with a terminal illness and prognosis of 6 months or less to acquire medications that will cause their death. There are a number of steps that need to be taken for this program and we can review the ways that I could assist in completing these steps.