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Santa Monica Eye Medical Group Doctor Wins Patients' Choice Award

Only 5 percent of the nations' doctors qualify to this honor.

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A Santa Monica doctor has been honored with the 2013 Patients' Choice Award by Vitals, a healthcare web portal that provides information on doctors.

Dr. Sadiqa Stelzner from Santa Monica Eye Medical Group is among the few selected for this honor. Only 5 percent of of the nation’s active physicians and dentists receive top scores from their patients on Vitals, qualifying them for this honor.

Millions of patients go online each year to rate their doctors on various components of care, including accuracy of their diagnosis, the amount of time they spent with the doctor, and the doctor's bedside manner and follow-up care. Patients' Choice reviews these rankings and other quality measures to compile its yearly list of award winners.

“I’m so honored to receive an award that’s based on how my patients view the quality of care I provide,” Stelzner stated in a press release. “I strive each day to exceed my patients’ expectations, and I’m grateful that they've recognized my efforts.”

Gabrielle January 03, 2014 at 04:34 PM
Dr. Stelzner had been my diabetic eye specialist for a few years after I relocated from Pennsylvania to Santa Monica. Her time spent with me was always considerably shorter, and her exams far less thorough than the care I received in Pennsylvania. So I decided to get a second opinion from another eye specialist in Beverly Hills. It turns out that that Dr. Stelzner missed a key diagnosis, and that I had developed diabetic retinopathy that, at this stage, could not be reversed and could ultimately lead to vision loss. I only wish I had switched eye specialists sooner.


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