Compliments for Our Doctors

As we celebrate Doctors’ Day on March 30, please enjoy the compliments we’ve received for our Crouse doctors.

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Dear Dr. Akbar Ahmed,
On April 11, 2019, you did emergency surgery on me to remove an obstruction and repair my small intestine. Thank you, Dr. Ahmed, for saving my life!
From,
Michael C. Robinson


Dear Dr. David Albala,
Thank you for opting for Central New York clouds over Carolina sun. I have benefited from your decision, your medical knowledge and your surgical skills on two occasions. You saved me! Thank you!
From,
John Godfrey


Dear Dr. Stephen Alkins,
I cannot thank you enough for the time and patience you took in caring for my brother for almost 10 years. Thanks for your kindness.
From,
Susan Percy


Dear Dr. Soubhi Azar,
Thank you for the wonderful care you provide! You not only take care of my health issues, but you educate me so I can work with you as a partner in my care. You are one in a million…we need to clone you!
From,
Mary E. T. Herbst


Dear Dr. Joseph Battaglia,
There are not enough words to thank you for the incredible care that you and your team provided to Jack. Your friendship, care and compassion will never be forgotten.
From,
Lee Tedeschi


Dear Dr. William Berkery,
There are no words that can possibly express the extent of my gratitude for the exceptional care I have received throughout the past 13 years. Driving six hours round trip to each appointment was worth every single minute/mile because I know there could be no better care. I am so very thankful to have the BEST possible care in crisis and quality of life through these many years.
From,
Judith Pelkey and family


Dear Dr. Anil George,
You helped my family very much. You are very good and professional at caring for my family and myself.
From,
James R. Ogden, Sr.


Dear Dr. Byrum, Dr. Smith, Dr. Egan and Dr. Kveselis,
Thank you for years of wonderful service. You all have been so wonderful to me and I appreciate your excellent care. Keep up the wonderful work.
From,
Scott Goodfellow


Dear Dr. Tammy Congelli,
Thank you for being professional with your patients and giving them truthful information about their illness, surgery and options. Your flexibility and consideration regarding their lifestyle and family responsibilities makes surgery less daunting and more optimistic. Your optimism is contagious! Thank you!
From,
Cindy Graham


Dear Dr. Mary Cunningham,
I would like to thank you for your expertise and dedication to your patients. Since I became your patient, I have felt extremely confident in your knowledge of my cancer and the care I have received from you and your staff. I always appreciate you searching for new and innovative treatment options. I’m very glad I chose you as my GYN/Oncologist!
From,
Valorie Suttmore


Dear Dr. David DiCesar,
Thank you for the excellent diabetes care you provide! You always make sure I understand my issues and educate me on these as well.
From,
Mary Herbst


Dear Dr. Thomas Hartzheim,
Excellent doctor…kind, considerate, extremely knowledgeable. I had two surgical treatments in 10 years. I am healed. I am so thankful. I am free of pain, I have my life back.
From,
T. DiFint


Dear Dr. Andrew Hathaway,
Dr. Hathaway is one of the most compassionate, empathetic, patient doctors I have dealt with. His staff is considerate, responsive and attentive to my needs – an obvious reflection of the doctor.
From,
Brenda Redmond


Dear Dr. Erin Hill,
Thank you for saving my life after the birth of my son, Oliver, in 2017.  Your medical knowledge and instinct allowed you to immediately recognize something was wrong. I truly believe I am alive today because of you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
From,
Rozlynn Cespedes-Johnson


Dear Dr. Charles Lutz,
Dr. Lutz saved my life when I had a heart attack. I did die and came back to life, thank God to Dr. Lutz, I am here today. Thank you, Dr. Lutz.
From,
Ed Shepard


Dear Dr. Melinda McMinn,
Your personal care, kindness and concern for my family and I cannot be expressed enough. I saw love and compassion in every word and step you took.
From,
Joseph


Dear Dr. Ross Moquin,
Thank you so much for all you have done on my back over the years and continuing to see me and caring about your patients in a personal way.
From,
Judy Toner

Dear Dr. Byoung Ryu
My husband and I can’t thank you enough for taking my case. I came from two hours away for you to use the daVinci robot to remove my large fibroid. Thanks to you my recovery was drastically shortened.
From,
Heather Miller


Dear Dr. Hayes Wanamaker,
I have been unable to hear since leaving Iraq in 2006. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
From,
Ryan Miller


Dear Dr. Jordan Wills,
Thank you for you excellent care, kindness and concern on my many trips to Crouse. Knowing you were on my case was very reassuring and brought me peace of mind. You are one in a million for having patience with a sometimes cranky old lady. Thank you so much.
From,
Rosemarie Emmi


Dear Dr. Dennis Reedy,
You are one of the most caring doctors who has been involved in my care. Your warm personality makes me feel comfortable when I meet with you. I am so pleased to be under your care.
From,
Diane DeJohn


Dear Dr. Fafa Xexemeku,
Thank you for everything you have done for me and my family! You are a wonderful, caring doctor who was always friendly and comforting to your patients. Keep smiling and keep doing what you do so well. You truly make a difference in the medical field with your amazing staff.
From,
William Harding


Dear Dr. Rachna Zirath,
I am so grateful for all the care you give me and my husband. We have been patients for over a dozen years. You take the time to listen and answer our questions. You are prompt to call us back. Thank you!
From,
Leslie Harper


Dear Dr. Joseph Battaglia,
What must it be like to save people’s lives every day? You have been doing that for years. A nurse friend once described you as “the best,” and we totally agree with her. We are very fortunate to have such a skilled doctor!
From,

David and Connie Webb


Dear Dr. William Berkery,
It takes a special person to be aware that you need to treat the comfort level of a patient before you can successfully diagnose a condition and prescribe a treatment plan. You are one of those special people. The kindness and caring you showed my beloved Cliff and I is not only appreciated but will never be forgotten.
From,
Jean M. Breed


Dear Dr. James Longo,
We met 27 years ago in the emergency room at Crouse. You doing your thing routinely saved my butt and you have continued to keep me ticking (no pun intended) all these years. I send a heartfelt thanks and try to take some time for yourself and your family. Thanks!
From,
Bruce MacDonald


Dear Dr. Joseph Battaglia,
In January 2018, I was having a heart attack and you were on call and saved my life. I will always be grateful. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.
From,
Patricia Downs


Dear Dr. William Berkery,
We consider ourselves so fortunate to have you as our cardiologist! Not only are you a skilled practitioner, but your compassion is amazing! We have complete faith in you and your medical recommendations and you never let us down. Thank you for all that you give to your patients!
From,
David and Connie Webb


Dear Dr. Lawrence Semel,
Thank you so very much for taking care of me for 13 years. I could not have asked for a more caring doctor who always found the best ways to care for my well-being. I wish the best of everything to you.
From,
Donna S. Stontenger


Dear Dr. Gregory Canute,
When I was hopeless, you gave me hope! When I had given up, you promised me you would not give up. You let me cry, you understood and you were the consummate professional. You are a very gifted surgeon. Crouse is lucky to have you!
From,
Elaine A. Scott


Dear Dr. Ross Moquin,
I want to thank you for giving me the ability to continue to walk. You are an excellent, compassionate surgeon and I am grateful every day.
From,
David Cannucciari


Dear Dr. Timothy Izant,
I was so glad I chose you to do my total knee replacement. You did other knee replacements in my family so I had a lot of faith in choosing you to do mine. I want to thank you for being such a skilled and caring doctor.
From,
Elizabeth Barlett


Dear Dr. Timothy Izant,
You gave me new knees, a new hip and my life back. I can never thank you enough.
From,
Michael P. Douglas


Dear Dr. Robert Silverman,
Thank you for all you did to help my wife and me with our mono-mono twins. We appreciated your straightforwardness, sense of humor and care. God bless you and thank you again – our girls are perfect in every way.
From,
Dave and Danielle H.


Dear Dr. Suzanne Bartol-Krueger,
We can’t thank you enough for the excellent care I received throughout all stages of my pregnancies. Your expertise, compassion, empathy and sincere bedside manner exceeded our expectations. Thank you to you and your team of nurses, doctors, anesthesiologist and staff who made both birthing experiences amazing and something we will never forget. Thank you for sharing your gifts with our family. We appreciate you!
From,
Lauren, Vincent, Michael and family (Hunter and Lanna)


Dear Dr. Mary J. Cunningham,
What a wonderful gift having a doctor like Mary Cunningham and the team at her office. God has blessed her with abilities that I so badly needed to get through my cancer. When I went back into remission after six and a half years with stage three-C ovarian cancer, you always had a smile, were always caring, and always had the information to make a good decision.
From,
Sheila A.


Dear Dr. Raman Dhawan,
I feel you should honor Dr. Dhawan. He is kind and caring because he is also devoted to his patients, cares about his staff, and other staff members he is in contact with. 
From,
Elizabeth A. McKinney


Dear Dr. David Nesbitt,
I want to thank you for the reassurance when I met you and your skills on the surgery you did for my cancer. You made me feel like everything would be alright again. Also, thank all the caring nurses; I consider you and them angels on earth.
From,
Michael E. Justmann


Dear Dr. Eileen Stone,
How many people can say that they look forward to going to the doctor? We can! For many years you thoughtfully guided us through various trials and tribulations. Your caring attitude has reassured us and we trust you completely. We are so fortunate to have you as our doctor.
From,
David and Connie Webb


Dear Dr. Mendel,
You are such a kind and gentle person. I felt very confident and secure in your care. I felt like I was your only patient that day. I appreciate how well you took care of me.
From,
Elizabeth A. Schremp


Dear Dr. James Sartori,
You are a great surgeon and have saved many lives in my family: my parents, siblings, my friends, my dear husband and lastly myself. I feel like you are family, not our surgeon. Plus, you are so down to earth and never talked down to us. Thank you for being you. Take care; we all love you very much!
From,
Cheryl Coleman


Dear Dr. Benjamin Sadowitz,
What a great opportunity for me to express my deepest gratitude for saving my life. You were an angel sent my way. Your outstanding skills as a surgeon were in the right place at the right time. I will be forever grateful for you and your staff. Thank You!
-From,
Milaeros Pasinski


Dear Dr. Ahmed,
You were and still are, our granddaughter’s doctor. Without you, she may not be here with us today; she was born 2lb 1oz. Today she is a thriving kindergardener. We thank you, Dr. Ahmed.
From,
Wayne and Linda Landers


Dear Dr. Daniel DiChristina,
Thank you for the bedside manner and your skills during my operation. I was very confident during my surgery. You made me feel very sure of the outcome. God bless you! I am very happy with Crouse Hospital.
From,
Vicki Druesdedow


Dear Crouse Hospital,
Take me to Crouse, words to live by. Bless all of you!
From,
L.W.


Dear Crouse Hospital,
My husband was ill for several years; in and out of the emergency room and in various specialty units. There are so many talented physicians to thank for this extraordinary care. Whoever was in the emergency room on April 10, 2017 at 2 p.m., your compassion got me through the hours until his last breath. To Dr. Igbal, who kindly and knowledgeably told me how sick my husband was the week before my husband passed away. To all of you, my thanks.
From,
Laura Feldman