Michael T. Farrell, M.D.

What I Think...


Here are a few things I think are important.

What makes a good doctor? What makes a good gastroenterologist?

In my opinion outstanding doctors possess a thorough understanding of the scientific fundamentals of medicine and are also well versed in the most recent advances in their fields. Knowledge alone however is insufficient to create a skilled physician.  It is the clinical judgement which comes only through years of reflective experience that  leads to the best care of the whole patient. Mentors in training provide a good foundation but learning doesn't end with medical school graduation. Patients are often the best teachers. Life is a continuous learning experience and class is still in session.

A potentially frightening issue when dealing with a gastrointestinal problem is the thought of submitting oneself to an invasive,potentially painful or risky procedure. A thoughtful person might ask: "How skilled is this person I am trusting with my health?".

I think  the right questions to ask your GI doctor are: "How many of these procedures have you done? What are your outcomes? What are your complication rates? How good is the facility or hospital you are suggesting? How likely is this to help me? How much does it cost? What are the alternatives?"

If you can't get adequate answers to these questions you should look elsewhere for your care.

I feel privileged that so many people have trusted me with their health over the years. I hope I can continue to earn that trust.

Thank you
Mike Farrell, M.D.