A Decision to Keep a Practice in the City

April 14, 2008 at 2:47 pm 1 comment

Great article in Sunday’s Democrat and Chronicle about Lisa Harris, MD — an associate professor of medicine affiliated with Highland Hospital — and her decision to keep practicing in the City of Rochester.

Doctor practices to serve the city

The last thing Lisa Harris wanted to do was open her own medical practice.

The daughter of retired City Court Judge Roy King, one of the first black lawyers to practice in Rochester, said she saw her father “working really hard, really long hours for years.”

But now Harris’ one-doctor practice, Temple Medical, located in downtown Rochester’s Temple Building, is 5 years old.

“There’s probably one day a month when I say, ‘Why in the world (did I do this?)’ But it’s like your baby,” said Harris, 46, of Penfield. “I love practicing medicine, I love the science.”

Harris specializes in pediatrics and internal medicine. She also is a clinical associate professor at University of Rochester and medical staff president at Highland Hospital.

A graduate of the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Harris was practicing at Highland Family Medicine when it moved from its South Avenue location in 2003. Wanting to continue in an urban setting, she said: “It was either leave Rochester or private practice.”

Following “a lot of prayer,’ she started Temple Medical late that year. It was a $100,000 investment, atop her $120,000 in medical student loans.

“There’s nobody downtown … who’s here for the people who actually live downtown,” Harris said.

Single-physician practices are becoming less common as physicians’ salaries have remained flat while expenses have skyrocketed, said Monroe County Medical Society Executive Director Nancy J. Adams.

Harris said her patients, now numbering more than 2,000, came from the Highland center, from word of mouth and from her panelist appearances on WXXI-TV medical show Second Opinion.


Entry filed under: Access to Health Care, In the News.

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  • 1. Robert Benvenuti  |  August 6, 2008 at 8:43 am

    It would seem that this complaint could be filed in this category—Recently, my sister’s was referred to the Strong Emergency Room by her doctor’s office for a blood transfusion. She was kept there 13 hours and exposed to all manner of incompetence. The hospital’s general policy of working staff 12 hrs or more is probably the source of this problem. Even in an office, you can’t expect effective performance after even 10 hours, not to mention in a medical setting where patients are counting on the staff to provide important medical care. Then too there seemed to be a lack of training and perhaps oversight—the beginning of the intern and residency season? First, of course they couldn’t find a vein after repeated attempts. Then after she had finally gotten the transfusion and the needle was being removed from her arm; something went wrong and blood was splattered over her and the attendant. In her kindly way, her first thought was to reassure him that she wasn’t HIV positive. Her pants were bloodstained and probably not worth saving. Then it took 2 hours to process her discharge paperwork. This is plainly ridiculous and not at all acceptable treatment.


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