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Howard J. Luks, MD

Howard J. Luks, MD

A Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon in Hawthorne, NY. Dr. Howard Luks specializes in the treatment of the shoulder, knee, elbow, and ankle. He has a very "social" patient centric approach and believes that the more you understand about your issue, the more informed your decisions will be. Ultimately your treatments and his recommendations will be based on proper communications, proper understanding, and shared decision-making principles – all geared to improve your quality of life.

5 comments on “We ARE all patients… we just want to be treated as human beings….

  • Stunning. Out of 1000’s of physician-encounters in my family, how have I never seen a doc like this in person?

  • @ rawarrior Thanks for the comment! They (we) are out there…. not unlike other situations u likely have had w/ other professionals too… second opinions… word of mouth… AND social media can aid us in finding them (me). Therein lies the promise of the intersection of Social Media and Healthcare. Docs don’t need to pay SEO “experts”, or agencies who claim to “get it”… they just need to engage and show that they too are human and understand the suffering and everything that comes along with it.

  • It continues to amaze me that some docs don’t just listen. Even for 5 minutes. People respond to that little bit of attention and appreciate that we take time out of what they perceive must be our busy day. Just to talk to them. Listen to them. Show that we care about them. It makes all the difference in the world.

  • It all comes down to raw empathy. As a pediatric resident I never understood the plight of the parent. Before my parents became elderly I was impatient with those along in years. Our experiences, our maturity and our willingness to put ourselves in another’s shoes define us as clinicians.

    Sherry Turkle in her book, Alone Together, sees it as authenticity.

    “Authenticity, for me, follows from the ability to put oneself in the place of another, to relate to the other because of a shared store of human experiences: we are born, have families, and know loss and the reality of death”

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