Unsung Heroes #144

Every medical professional today is a hero. Doctors, nurses, technicians and anyone else who dons protective equipment to help others in the face of this pandemic is owed our overwhelming, everlasting thanks.

Jessica Ryan wants to single out others, for their work long before — and now during — the current crisis.

Fourteen years ago — the day after completing a triathlon — a texting teenager hit her motorcycle. She had always been healthy, and had no primary care physician.

She lost her left foot, suffered a compound hip fracture and, in the years since, has had 9 bone infections. The last one was caught by blood work from Dr. David Baum. All the metal was removed, and she’s never felt better.

She met Dr. Baum shortly after her accident. “He hasn’t missed a thing,” Jessica says. “His instinct to check the most normal thing has been life-saving for me.”

Dr. David Baum

Dr. Baum was part of Internal Medical Associates. Dr. Robert Altbaum led the group with great wisdom and insight.

Three years ago he stayed on the 3rd floor at 333 Post Road West. His colleagues moved to the ground floor, where they established Concierge Physicians of Westport.

“These doctors make sure that one small thing doesn’t turn into, or is part of, something more serious,” Jessica says.

“The commitment of everyone in the office is amazing. They send out short, informative emails. Their tele-health system is incredible. Their recommendations for specialists are flawless. They stand next to you not just physically, but emotionally. I’ve never had better care in my life.”

She adds, “Dr. Baum or a nurse calls back within minutes. He has never rushed me off the phone. He never makes me feel like a hunch should be ignored.”

Jessica hails both Dr. Altbaum and the Concierge physicians: Dr. Baum, Dr. Jill Denowitz, Dr. Nina Karol and Dr. Robert Teltser.

At a time when Westporters take their health seriously, she wants everyone to know how well taken care of she feels. Done!

(To nominate an Unsung Hero, email dwoog@optonline.net)

7 responses to “Unsung Heroes #144

  1. EVERYTHING JESSICA SAID ABOUT DAVID BAUM IS TRUE AND THEN SOME.
    ASIDE FROM HIS MEDICAL EXPERTISE HE HAS A BIG HEART AND A SENSE OF HUMOR TO GO WITH IT. I TOO AM SO FORTUNATE TO HAVE HIM AS MY “DOC” THANK YOU DAVID.

  2. Tom Feeley Sr

    Alan Lieberson and Bob Altbaum kept me alive for forty years…no small feat 😂🇺🇸

  3. What is Dr Baum’s specialty, please? Thank you- he sounds great!

  4. Vanessa Bradford

    Dr. Altbaum and team are the best diagnosticians around. I have benefited from them multiple times

  5. Helen Ranholm

    Dr, Baum is always there for patients. He always listens not to just what is said but how you say it. When one has tests he is quick to see that you get the results. I agree he is serious and he can make you laugh. He feels for his patients like the old fashion doctor but has the knowledge of the modern Doctor. I love this man.

  6. Joyce Orkand

    I, personally, know of many patients whose lives Dr Robert Altbaum has saved. His ability to diagnose complicated issues during routine visits is a gift to our community! He is one of the best diagnosticians in the tri-state area!

  7. Rhona Lieberson

    I have been fortunate to have been a patient in Internal Medicine for many years and specifically now a patient of Dr. Robert Altbaum! He has the distinct ability to diagnose and when necessary, give immediate attention to what could be a life threatening situation. I will always be thankful for the referral of my late husband, Dr. Alan Lieberson, who recognized Dr. Altbaum’s brilliance. Rhona Lieberson

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