Tribute to Scripps Clinic Physician Peter V. Sacks, MD


>>Marlyn Reiter:
He’s just a marvelous human being and a wonderful doctor.>>Bart Fisher: He’s very caring. He’s funny. He’s animated, and I think
above all he listens.>>Lowell Engel, DDS:
I would describe Dr. Sacks as an optimist, and by that I mean he’s always
very helpful in finding solutions to whatever problem the patient
presents him with.>>Bart Fisher: Well, I think Dr. Sacks is
a great example of a primary care physician.>>Lowell Engle: Medicine is very specialized
and even sub-specialized. There’s a need for someone to oversee all
of this complexity.>>Elmer Richter: For the last 38 years
he’s been involved in our life. We live for a third to half the time in Fresno,
California, that’s our home base, and the rest of the time here in Coronado. And Dr. Sacks has been the coach and quarterback
in making all that be so successful.>>Bart Fisher: In the last couple of decades
I’ve had health issues, which as people age that’s usually what happens, and Dr. Sacks
has been excellent. I wouldn’t go anywhere else. First my disequilibrium and headaches that
lead him to diagnose me with an acoustic neuroma, which is a tumor adjacent to the brain. A very scary time in my life. That was followed by the determination that
I had Barrett’s esophagus. And later with anemia, Dr. Sacks directed
me to a GI doctor that found a bleeding ulcer that was in the process of converting to esophageal
cancer but had not yet done so. And I’m still in the process of being treated
for that. Which then led me to, in one of the surgeries
associated with that, a lymph node was removed and they found a low-grade lymphoma in my
lymph node. As my primary care physician he’s been key
to my ability to be here today.>>Elmer Richter: Jan and I were so pleased
to learn that Scripps is honoring Peter by naming the new waiting room for primary care
in his name. And we all know he’s just an example of what
many of these, probably all of the physicians in primary care, have given to their patients.>>Bart Fisher: He’s touched so many patients
in such significant ways that it’s completely appropriate to honor him.>>Lowell Engle: Peter, enjoy your retirement. I know it’s going to be hard for you not to
be seeing patients every day, but believe me there is life after practice. I know that you will find ways to enjoy it
with your wife. Thanks for all the years of care.>>Marlyn Reiter: I want to thank him
with all my heart for getting me to 82 years of age. I started when I was about 40, and I’m grateful
to you beyond all measure. You have not just been my doctor, but you’ve
been a friend and a gentleman. And I always look forward to a hug. Thank you!

1 thought on “Tribute to Scripps Clinic Physician Peter V. Sacks, MD

  1. AT MY 53 YEARS, I CAN ASSURE THAT HE IS THE BEST DOCTOR I HAVE HAD IN MY LIFE. I'M GOING TO MISS HIM, I WISH YOU A RETIREMENT FULL OF HEALTH.

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