As a retired malpractice insurance professional, Charles Lawrence is very familiar with the many complex problems in today’s healthcare industry. He knows what to look for in a good doctor, and he deeply appreciates quality healthcare services. When Charles thought he was having urinary problems, he came to see Dr. Michael J. Lazar in Santa Rosa for an examination.
Dr. Lazar didn’t find any problems with Charles’ urinary system, and Charles’ symptoms went away on their own shortly thereafter. The appointment proved to be well worth Charles’ time, however, as Dr. Lazar discovered a lump, also known as a nodule, in his thyroid that other physicians had failed to find in past appointments with Charles.
Charles explains, “The busyness of doctors is a major problem in our healthcare system today. It’s not easy for a doctor to spend an hour with every patient, but Dr. Lazar is proof that it is possible.
Dr. Lazar discovered the nodule in my thyroid because he was thorough in his evaluation. It’s as straightforward as that, and I cannot be more appreciative of his comprehensive approach to treating patients. Dr. Lazar even had my wife sit in on the first 15 minutes of my appointment to include her input. After finding the lump in my thyroid, I was referred to a surgeon who removed it. The surgeon was blown away that of all types of doctors, a urologist had been the one to discover the nodule—which fortunately turned out to be benign.
Dr. Lazar and his office staff conduct business with an impressive adherence to professionalism with a personal touch. The office staff briefed me over the phone the day before my appointment for how to prepare for my examination, and treated my wife and I with respect upon our arrival. I was happy to find that I have a healthy urinary system, but if I ever have any problems I know I will be back to see Dr. Lazar.”
Charles Lawrence lives with his wife in Fort Bragg, Calif., and he enjoys working in his garden in his free time.
About Michael Lazar, MD
Michael J. Lazar, MD, graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1978 and completed postgraduate training in surgery and urology at LSU in 1983. He is four-time board certified by the American Board of Urology and is managing physician director of Santa Rosa Surgical Management Co., LLC, which manages Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital’s Ambulatory Surgery Center. He is also chairman of the board of directors of Redwood Health Services and is a member of the American Urological Association. For the last seven years, Dr. Lazar has worked tirelessly to advance High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) treatment for prostate cancer.