Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Q&A with Dr. Ali Ghomi

Dr. Ali Ghomi, a Catholic Health gynecologist, sees patients at the M. Steven Piver, M.D. Center for Women’s Health & Wellness in Buffalo. He is the Director of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery and Chair of The Robotic Surgical Committee at Sisters of Charity Hospital.

1. What do you think is the single most important thing that women can do to stay healthy?

Eat well and exercise. Maintain an ideal body weight. Obesity and poor nutrition are the number one reasons behind chronic medical conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease.

2. What are the most common complaints or healthcare concerns that you hear from patients? Does this differ by age?

The desire to lose weight and to manage the daily stresses in their busy lives are often reported by patients, regardless of the primary medical complaints.

3. What are your patients often surprised to learn during their visits? Is there any advice that you offer that doesn't seem to be common knowledge but should be?

In my particular specialty, where I provide a high volume of second opinions, patients are often surprised to learn about their options, which were not offered before to them.

4. How can busy women incorporate healthy behaviors in their hectic schedules?

I encourage my patients to set realistic goals to start off in order to avoid repeated self disappointment. Once a healthy lifestyle is incorporated, adherence is more achievable.

5. Women need to feel an emotional connection with their healthcare providers. How do you put your patients at ease?

I find that an honest discussion with the patients and listening as much as speaking is the key to establishing a rapport.

6. What do you like most about practicing healthcare in Western New York? Have you always lived in the area?

I am not sure if practicing healthcare in WNY is any different from other parts of the country. I have lived in many places, including the east coast and the south. I chose to say in the area because it is a great area to raise a family.

7. Have there been any recent advances in women's healthcare that women should be aware of?

There are constant medical advancements, and doctors are faced with the difficult task of keeping up with new advancements so they can offer their patients the best available treatments. In my particular field of gynecologic surgery and urogynecology, I urge patients to explore their available options and seek second or even third opinions before undergoing surgery to make certain that the chosen treatment is the best treatment available.

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