Baruch Meer, DO, musculoskeletal radiology attending with St. Catherine of Siena Diagnostic Imaging, discusses the benefits to patients of St. Catherine’s customized model of care.
Q: What sets St. Catherine’s apart from other institutions in terms of the approach to musculoskeletal radiology?
Dr. Meer: In short, the people make the difference. St. Catherine’s has a cohesive philosophy of compassionate, personalized and holistic care that begins when a patient walks through the door and is evident as you spend time in the hallways and patient rooms. Health care works best when there is collaboration at every level of interaction. At St. Catherine’s, our team members share a common goal to deliver attentive care that recognizes and meets the physical, psychological and spiritual needs of our patients.
Q: What types of musculoskeletal radiology exams do you offer?
Dr. Meer: We provide a robust spectrum of services, including X-ray, DEXA, CT, MRI and ultrasound. We also have a state-of-the-art mammography machine. With our sophisticated equipment, we may perform a variety of diagnostic tests to screen for a wide range of conditions, such as lung cancer, osteoporosis and pediatric hip disorders. We also offer CT angiography for vascular studies, rheumatologic evaluation for active inflammation, OB/GYN screenings, and musculoskeletal interventional procedures and pain management. We tailor services based on each patient’s unique needs.
Q: How do you address concerns patients may have about whether their insurance covers certain services?
Dr. Meer: We can get preauthorization on the spot for studies and tests, and we have a dedicated staff member on hand to call insurance companies, which is an invaluable service to our patients.
Q: Can you discuss services provided at the new location in Commack?
Dr. Meer: The facility is being retrofitted to accommodate key procedures like arthrocentesis and steroid injection. We also plan to perform facet blocks, soft tissue and bone biopsies, and paracentesis. We will be a one-stop-shop for everything as we grow and expand. The Commack location is a hidden gem.
Q: What drew you to the field of radiology?
Dr. Meer: Radiology is central to patient care at every level. Each case is a challenge with a clinical question that needs to be answered, and I love problem-solving. I also enjoy the collaboration between referring physicians and specialists, as well as interaction with the patient. When someone receives a diagnosis, I can explain what that means from a radiology perspective and also provide emotional support.
Q: What do you find most rewarding about practicing medicine?
Dr. Meer: Radiology is a dynamic field that is now emerging as a patient-centered specialty. My career provides me the rewarding experience of nurturing relationships in the medical field that share a unanimous and beautiful goal: Together, we work to promote health and goodness in a world that is laden with disease and distress.
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