Dr. Steppie Wins Compassionate Doctor Award

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Dr. Michael Steppie, MD, Orlando’s board-certified physician specializing in the treatment of skin cancer, recently was recognized as one of America’s Most Compassionate Doctors. His patients couldn’t agree more.

The honor comes by way of the Patient’s Choice recognition program, wherein patients rate and vote for their favorite doctors via online rating and opinion forums. More than 200,000 patients nationwide log on each month, providing feedback about their experiences with physicians and medical staff. Participants rate multiple components of care including the amount of quality doctor-patient face time, physicians’ bedside manner, follow-up care, ease of appointment setting and courtesy of office and medical support staff.

Participants also often share their overall opinions of doctors. But most talk mainly of a physician’s expertise and the positive or negative medical results they experienced. Only a small percentage of these patients discuss positively the compassion that accompanied their care.

Dr. Steppie joins an elite group of his peers. Of the nation’s 870,000 active doctors, just 3% were awarded Compassionate Doctor certification in 2012.