Big-city medicine arrives in Frisco
FRISCO – Summit County residents have a new choice in physicians.
Dr. Marc Shiffman is the new – and only – internal medicine doctor in Summit County. He blends a small-town attitude with big-city experience with his patients at Colorado Mountain Medical in Frisco.
“He’s a lot like the down-home, caring, compassionate person I’m used to in the community health rural setting of Nebraska, where I’m from,” said Crystal Majors, a nurse who works with Shiffman. “What I like is he takes time with the patients so that he gets to know not only about their medical history but also about their social history so he can get the whole picture.”
Internal medicine physicians deal with adult medical problems such as hypertension, heart abnormalities, diabetes, endocrinology, respiratory difficulties and gastrointestinal diseases. Most patients who see internists have ongoing medical problems they deal with daily.
“In general, internists have a higher comfort level and training than family practitioners,” Shiffman said. Shiffman has been practicing medicine since 1986. He spent two years in Fairfield, a small town in Illinois, practicing rural medicine. Then he worked at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, where he developed and ran a program educating medical students, interns and residents for 14 years. Last year, he worked full time with patients admitted to the hospital.
His main teaching goal involved helping students think logically while remaining open-minded. Johns Hopkins Medical Institution honored him with teaching awards in 1997 and 2000 and gave him a chairman’s award (akin to a career-achievement award) for teaching excellence in 2003.
“Colorado Mountain Medical, as well as the patients of Eagle and Summit counties, are fortunate to have someone of Dr. Shiffman’s caliber,” said Dr. Michael Rohr, chief administrative officer at Colorado Mountain Medical. “When we called his previous employer for references all the comments were “outstanding’ and all were sad to see him go.”
Shiffman fell in love with Colorado in 1995, during a medical conference in Vail. He learned to ski and has returned for vacations every winter since then. On July 1, he joined Colorado Mountain Medical, working every Monday and Friday in Frisco and every Tuesday and Wednesday in Vail.
“I grew tired of Baltimore and the East Coast,” Shiffman said. “I decided I wanted to look at mountains every day when I drove to work and not grime and crime and old city.”
Shiffman became an internist because he likes developing relationships with patients. He considered becoming a surgeon or pediatrician, but he didn’t like the short-term relationship surgeons had with patients, and he wanted contact with patients to last beyond their 18th birthday. “I wanted a long-term relationship, and that’s what internal medicine allows for,” he said. “I like to have patients involved in their care … I like them to understand what I’m doing and thinking. I like to educate people about their problems because I think that encourages them to get involved in their own care.”
Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 245 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
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