Would You Recommend Your Heart Surgeon?

By Adam Pick on June 13, 2008

Earlier today, I was at Borders reading a fascinating book called “The Ultimate Question” by Fred Reichheld. The book claims that YOUR customer satisfaction is best measured by one simple question, “Would you recommend this product or service to a friend?”

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When I stopped to think about it, I was amazed at all the different product and service recommendations I made during the last 24 hours. The list included everything from one-cup coffee machines (Keurig) to 7-inch digital photo frames (Philips) to attorneys (Valle Associates) to gardening centers (Lowes) to…. yes… you guessed it… HEART SURGEONS.

The Ultimate Questions By Fred Reichfield

Given my experience with heart surgery (e.g. aortic valve replacement operations), I have become friendly with several surgeons throughout the world including Dr. Ross, Dr. Hilgenberg, Dr. Stelzer and Dr. Roselli. And, while I couldn’t personally claim “customer satisfaction” for all of them (as Dr. Starnes was my only surgeon), I could account for their excellence through other patient experiences.

In light of the “The Ultimate Question”, I have an engaging question for all the patients and caregivers reading this blog. If you have already experienced heart surgery, “Would you recommend your heart surgeon for heart valve repair or heart valve replacement surgery? Why? Or, why not?”

If you could, please take a few moments to respond in the “Leave A Reply” section below. I imagine your thoughts would really help future patients and caregivers.

Also, you may want to visit Heart Valve Surgeon Finder, our free directory, to see over 600 patient recommended heart surgeons.

Keep on tickin!


Written by Adam Pick
- Patient & Website Founder

Adam Pick is a heart valve patient and author of The Patient's Guide To Heart Valve Surgery. In 2006, Adam founded HeartValveSurgery.com to educate and empower patients. This award-winning website has helped over 10 million people fight heart valve disease. Adam has been featured by the American Heart Association and The Wall Street Journal.

Adam Pick is a heart valve patient and author of The Patient's Guide To Heart Valve Surgery. In 2006, Adam founded HeartValveSurgery.com to educate and empower patients. This award-winning website has helped over 10 million people fight heart valve disease. Adam has been featured by the American Heart Association and The Wall Street Journal.

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