My MD Advisor
Private Patient Advocacy
You deserve help from an experienced physician who knows hospitals, doctors, rehabilitation recovery and medicine
Dr. Maissel is your medical sherpa, guiding you through all the ups and downs of a complex health journey
I would give Gerda 100 stars if possible. She worked with us over the course of the past 8+ months as my father-in-law navigated an extremely complicated and stressful post surgical stay that spanned a variety of hospitals - each of which brought extensive challenges navigating the system and ensuring that he was receiving the best possible care. She joined us on calls with doctors and spoke 'doctor to doctor' on our behalf, she helped us interpret lab results and understand his various conditions, she did research and advised us on various scenarios and options, she helped us find and train our aides that were with our father daily in our absence and SO much more. She also joined us during various sensitive family conversations, including the decision to transfer our father home for hospice, and always brings so much sincerity, empathy and kindness through the hard conversations. When it came time for hospice she helped us navigate a very complicated, nuanced process while we were entirely overwhelmed and I truly cannot fathom having done it without her guidance and support. If you are ever in a situation where you feel you might benefit from a medical advisor I cannot possibly recommend Gerda's services with anymore conviction.
We become the doctor in your family who has time for you, morning noon and night. Weekends too.
Ensure that your loved one gets the best possible medical care
Resolve road blocks, understand the medical options, and reduce your frustration
In Complex Medical Situations You Need:
Communication when you are available
Support of an experienced physician and leader
Every client has a unique and often frustrating situation. We can help.
Concierge level support, advice and coordination
Assess: Current care with education on medications
Translate: Medical terms into common sense language
Plan: Clarify your goals and figure out how to get there
Research: Programs and experts
Guide: Make sure you get the best care
Advocate: Doctors return calls from other physicians
Select: Hospital, rehabilitation, long term acute care (LTAC), subacute, nursing home, outpatient or home care
My MD Advisor was founded by Dr. Maissel because of her passion for helping people with complex and chronic conditions. She wants to ensure that people receive the best care possible regardless of age or disability. Dr. Maissel supports clients as if they were family.
Dr. Maissel is a Board Certified Patient Advocate (BPCA), Board Certified Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) physician, and a Certified Physician Executive (CPE).
Dr. Maissel's brother had severe developmental disabilities. When she visited her brother in the 1970s, the deplorable conditions and disregard for human dignity left an indelible impression. After a career as a Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation physician and a health care executive, she now brings her experience, knowledge and skills to you. She combines her understanding of medicine, recovery, business and health care culture to ensure that you and your loved one have the best experience possible.