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Finding our sweet spot at The Men’s Center

I have been in urology for 20 years, and opening The Men’s Center was a culmination of a lot of consternation about the overly dogmatic, inflexible, and impersonal strategies we find ourselves confined to in corporate medicine. Doctors in this setting often find themselves offering very homogenous treatment plans that do not consider the more nuanced factors needed to treat individuals with differing characteristics. There are reasons for that, often out of the doc’s control – lack of time, control of options by insurance plans, etc.

Prior to opening The Men’s Center, I did a lot of market research. By reading through some other men’s clinic websites, looking at their advertisements, and speaking to their patients, I found that a polar opposite camp from the one I find myself in clearly exists – one that ignores scientific evidence and extols expensive but unproven approaches. I am convinced that there are providers offering treatments which they don’t understand. Some are likely unable to even explain the proposed mechanism of action and certainly cannot provide real scientific evidential support. There is, for lack of a better term, a “snake oil” contingent. Their approaches are equally inflexible and impersonal, often suggesting treatments like testosterone or PRP for every man who walks through the door regardless of individual factors which may render those treatments ineffective.

In many cases, both the overly and under evidence-based providers – the Medical Doctor in the corporate setting vs the who-knows-what in the testosterone/PRP factory – provide cookie-cutter recommendations. If I had to pick, I would certainly err towards the cookie-cutter plan that is based in scientific evidence, but neither is great.

As a long-time urologist, I have a heavy background in evidence-based medicine. That being said, I am open-minded to its shortcomings, including overly homogenous approaches and lack of emphasis on quality of life.

I feel that we should be open to outside-the-box approaches. But we should understand the scientific evidence and mechanism of action, be able to identify a real scientific study, and be able to educate patients about the potential benefits and risks (physical and financial). Most importantly, we should take the time to educate patients about those things such that they feel able to make a decision themselves. We should not be telling patients what to do – we should not be selling things in medicine. 

I feel that The Men’s Center is a place for the science as well as the art of medicine. We are evidence-informed (we know the data) but not rigid about choices because we understand that no two men are the same. But we offer more options than a typical corporate practice for many reasons. We have found a place where we can avoid the pitfalls of both polar opposites and offer something unique and different and really help men. 

And we are fired up about it! Come see us.