First, I would liked to clarify, I am a RN with 25+ years experience in ICU & ER settings. I have encountered Dr. Whalen Clark as a co-worker ,but MOST importantly as a patient. As a RN, I have worked with countless physicians. Some were good, some were not so good,, some were REALLY bad & I can definitely state that Dr Clark IS one of the GREAT ones! I had Hiatal hernia surgery by Dr. Clark & was privy to the true "patient experience". His bedside manner & calm demeanor is far moe exemplary than any other I've ever experienced! I already knew his strong work ethic & wide range of surgical abilities & knowledge, along with witnessing his interactions with patients, but when it's YOU in that bed awaiting surgery, you get a whole different perspective. He answered ALL my questions & diagramed out exactly what he would be doing. I was completely at ease before going to surgery. He came by to personally check on me more than once a day while I was in the hospital. I HAVE & will continue to recommend Dr. Whalen Clark for anyone's surgical needs.
A few years after my "routine" Hiatal Hernia surgery, I had an emergent situation which landed me in TGH ER. Being on the weekend, Dr. Clark was on "on call" for his group. I'm told, by my family, that Dr. Clark came straight to the hospital, & lead his team through a long & difficult emergency surgery. He even came out & sat with my family in the waiting room & stayed with them until all their concerns were met. AND, Dr. Clark stayed at the hospital, on his weekend off, until I became stable. I'm sure he & his family had much more pleasant things & plans other than his being at TGH for multiple hours.
It has been said "The good physician treats the disease; the GREAT physician treats the patient who has the disease". Dr. Whalen Clark has the medical expertise, knowledge & skill which he combines with his commanding ART of Medicine. He is truly one of the rare physicians who can & DO that today."
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