[Parentsgroup-list] Dr. Susan Holzman-HUHS

Maryann Shenoda mshenoda at fas.harvard.edu
Thu Jul 16 13:25:17 EDT 2009

Irene, I suggest that you file a grievance with HUHS about Dr.  
Holzman.  It needs to be clear to those in charge that we are not  
happy with this type of care.

On Jul 16, 2009, at 1:23 PM, Irene Newton wrote:

> Hi everyone,
> Thank you so much Maryann for bringing this to everyone's  
> attention.  We also had Dr. Holzman for a short time while at  
> Harvard and were extraordinarily upset by her inattentiveness and  
> her dismissal of our wishes.  Our son was properly diagnosed with  
> enlarged adenoids at MIT medical while Dr. Holzman considered his  
> extent of sickness/allergies/trouble breathing as just part of being  
> in daycare.  It's also true that our son never warmed to her.    
> Thankfully, we moved him to my husband's insurance and have had  
> excellent care ever since.
> -Irene Newton
> On Thu, Jul 16, 2009 at 1:19 PM, Maryann Shenoda <mshenoda at fas.harvard.edu 
> > wrote:
> 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.
> peace,
> Maryann
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> Irene L.G. Newton
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