Many physicians who pursue emergency medicine are adrenaline junkies who revel in the fast pace and unpredictability of their field. While dedicated to saving lives, they aren’t necessarily known for establishing personal connections with those they treat. Los Angeles-area emergency physician Eugene Allen, DO, however, stands apart for the rapport and close relationships he develops with patients, says Connie Yu, DO, who was mentored by him during medical school and residency and eventually became his wife.
“His kind and gentle spirit helps patients deal with difficult diagnoses,” Dr. Yu says. “He spends time counseling not only patients but their families as well.”
In the emergency department, Dr. Allen was struck by the patients who were not seriously ill or injured but needed reasonably prompt medical attention—those individuals who typically spend hours in emergency rooms because triage decisions prioritize other patients. Observing mothers with crying, ailing children wait all night to be seen, he founded Dusk to Dawn Urgent Care 10 years ago.
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