What's on Your Mind?
Help me help you. Submit your questions and I'll do my best to answer.
I’m Dr. Sharon Kiely, Chief Medical Officer at Stamford Hospital. As a primary care physician for 32 years, I have had the privilege to help and guide my patients, friends and family navigate the healthcare system. Many times they start with, "I have a silly question, but ....". I've never thought any of these questions have been silly. As a result, they tell me that they have been able to make well-informed decisions. Here at Stamford Hospital, our Planetree philosophy of patient-centered care has the same goal to "demystify" healthcare, and we practice that here every day. I have been wondering how best to bring this to our community.
I’m pleased to introduce my new monthly blog column, RealLifeRx, where I’ll answer the most common questions that I am hearing. My hope is to answer these questions and help you to navigate what has become a really complex healthcare system.
- How do I get a second opinion?
- How do I make the most of my copay?
- How do I communicate better with my primary care physician?
- What health goals can I actually stick to?
I’ve been fortunate to work in and to visit many places where people receive medical care for minor to very serious medical problems all over the world. One thing I’ve seen again and again is that when the patient and their family are involved in decisions, ask questions and get answers they understand, the care they receive is better.
RealLifeRx isn’t my blog—it’s yours. I’m excited to share in this experience with you, but most of all, I want to express my gratitude for this unique opportunity. Thank you for the inspiration.
About Dr. Kiely
Sharon Cabrina Kiely, MD, has over 30 years of experience caring for patients. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and has spent her career as a leader in medicine in hospitals, the classroom and administrative positions. Read more...