[Parentsgroup-list] Dr. Susan Holzman-HUHS

Maryann Shenoda mshenoda at fas.harvard.edu
Thu Jul 16 13:19:03 EDT 2009

Dear parents,

I am writing to let you all know about our experience with Dr. Susan  
Holzman today at HUHS (Holyoke).  Dr. Holzman has been very  
inattentive to our son since the day he was born.  She is not a very  
good listener and has nearly given him the wrong shots several times  
in the past.  In one case, she simply brought one too many shots to  
give our son.  However, today we took him for his 15 month visit and  
she gave him the wrong shot.  For some reason she had given him the  
MMR shot at his 12 month visit and today she did not consult his  
record and assumed that he should just get the MMR.  He was not  
scheduled for another MMR until 4.5 years or so.  She did not realize  
her mistake until we looked at the record and brought it to her  
attention, at which point she admitted that she had not looked at his  
record and made assumptions about what he should get at this visit.

I am emailing this message because I want the parents on this list to  
know about this negligence.  In our case, it will not be damaging--at  
least that is what other pediatricians (whom we actually trust) have  
told us.  But it is very unsettling to think that a doctor is that  
inattentive and that negligent that she does not even do the basics of  
referring to the patient's chart.  Needless to say, this has caused us  
to look for another doctor and file a complaint.


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