Sara Gilbert Nadler-Goldstein

Sara Gilbert Nadler-Goldstein

....took the time to explain everything to me so that I fully understood my condition

Sara Gilbert Nadler-Goldstein has an insider’s view of the medical profession. Not only had she worked for many years as a medical social worker, but she was a seasoned patient, who had three surgeries at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) in less than three years. However, news that she needed a fourth operation for a hysterectomy shook her up. “I was a train wreck,” she admitted. Sara was concerned that the complexities of her case would challenge any surgeon, who would need to understand not only her current gynecological issues, but her history of chronic back pain and previous surgeries. Her surgeon would have to avoid disturbing Sara’s implanted Spinal Cord Stimulator (SCS) that generates electric pulses to alleviate her back pain. Sara was referred to Dr. Jody Blanco, Director of Urogynecology and Assistant Clinical Professor in Columbia University’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology for surgery. She found Dr. Jody Blanco, “always very patient and compassionate.” His thorough research and careful coordination with her other CUMC doctors reassured Sara. She speaks appreciatively of his detailed explanations and willingness to answer all her questions. “Dr. Jody Blanco is an excellent communicator, whether speaking to me in his office after an exam or in a discussion over the phone. He took the time to explain everything to me so that I fully understood my condition.” Sara noted that it was Dr. Jody Blanco's concern “for my emotional as well as my physical well being that convinced me I was in good hands,” and won her trust. Dr. Jody Blanco cemented that trust with his daily visits to her hospital room, assuring her that her recovery would go smoothly. Dr. Jody Blanco successfully performed Sara’s hysterectomy without disturbing the SCS device and she recovered without any complications. While his clinical skills helped her to heal physically, Sara believes that it was Dr. Jody Blanco's sense of empathy and concern for her as an individual that promoted her full recovery. Dr. Jody Blanco helped her to understand that her operation did not diminish her in any way; “He never allows me to feel any different as a person or a woman.”