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After reading several reviews regarding PA's examining patients instead of the doctor, more and more doctors (including other specialties besides dermatology) are using PAs. They are educated professionals who have gone to school for the specialty. Phil Walker has been in dermatology for over 25 years and she's capable of taking biopsies without consulting Dr. Tran first. That's why he has the PAs. Biopsies are done in an outside lab so the doctor doesn't make up results. Dr. Tran has three PAs who are well trained in dermatology to spot problems. Dr Tran has attempted to have other dermatologists to come with his practice but the majority of new doctors want to be on their own and the older ones don't want to work so hard so PAs are becoming the future of the medical field.
If you decide to have Dr. Tran as your dermatologist and the P.A. does any biopsys , then by all means get a 2nd opinion from another dermatologist before having any surgery . I was told by Dr. Tran that I needed surgery on my face and after getting a 2nd opinion from the biopsy slides , no cancer was there -no surgery needed. Get a 2nd opinion .
I am Irish descent, blue eyed and blonde hair so unfortunately I have been more prone to skin cancers then a lot of people. Thank God for Dr. Thi Tran. He has been my dermatologist for about 8 years and because of him I'm still here. I had a melanoma (the size of a golf ball) and he surgically removed and sutured it. He found a spot that to the human eye you wouldn't have bothered but because he is thorough, exact, and concerned about his patients. Skin cancers even basel cells can be dangerous as I have learned over the last 11 years. I had an excellent dermatologist where I used to live also so Dr. Tran took over where he left off and I am so thankful for him. Biopsies don't lie and his are done at an independent lab outside his office. He finds the sites, biopsies them and sends them out. Hopefully, most are benign but occasionally there are some that need taken care. Not taken care of they can go deeper and cause more serious problems.
First of all my exam was from the P.A. , which would have been fine except she took several biopsies ( no photos were taken nor was Dr. Tran ever consulted before the cuts made ) . I went there based on the reputation of the Dr. not his P.A.'s --I have been to 4 dermatologists over the last 20 years and never even had a biopsy before this , but always had the Dr. look me over . I believe this practice is set up to maximize billing to Medicare and you will be cut , if there is any doubt at all. There is no wait and observe and check in a few months . Go at your own risk . Dr. Tran is probably a good qualified surgeon but unless you are sure you have skin cancer , get another opinion first.
This doctor is obviously in it for the money. I had an appointment for surgery at 7:45 a.m. and after an hour I asked what the delay was. I was informed by a nurse that Dr Tran wasn't even there yet. Over an hour and fifteen minutes of waiting and I saw him go into another room. But it was another 45 minutes of waiting until he came in to talk to me before even starting the surgery. If my time isn't important enough to him, for him to show up to work on time-then I don't want to go back to see him.
I was diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma on my nose in New York and was scheduled to have it removed. Extensive plastic surgery was scheduled to repair the removal site. While visiting The Villages, I decided to have a second opinion at Dr. Tran's office. It was discovered that I had a burst cyst and no surgery was necessary. A extensive body scan was done at that time and several potential problem sites were biopsied. I felt that the staff was very thorough and helpful and will definitely return yearly for check ups.
Great clinician - excellent surgeon. Would highly recommend - have already done so to many family members and friends
absolutely a "MILL"! If you go there you are going to get cut! Good surgeon, no question. Has 5 (five) rooms going at a time and refuses to get another doctor. Two nurse practitioners examine you first and it is a sure bet that they will find something for Tran to cut. Once they put you on the "merry-go-round" you will be booked continually. This Doctor is hungry!
I have had multiple skin cancers which have been diagnosed by either Dr Tran or his PA Phil. Surgery has been scheduled within a reasonable time and I have recovered quickly with little or no scarring. I have six other family members who come to this practice, and they are all totally pleased with the care. The quality starts with the front office staff and continues through the nurses and the professional staff. A great office with great medical providers.
Exceellent care. Very professional and caring staff from front to back. Very knowledgeable and comforting. Glad I made the switch and will recommend to all of my friend and family. Normal wait time. Couldn't be happier. Thanks to the great PA and staff at Village Dermatology!!!
In 1 1/2 years, I had 10 biopsies and 4 pre-cancerous surgeries with Dr. Tran. He is strictly into surgery and not good to use as a dermatologist. It seemed like a mill to me as more and more of my neighbors appeared with bandages where Dr. Tran had removed a pre-cancerous growth. While he was very pleasant, I would not recommend him to someone looking for a dermatologist and I have since moved to another doctor.
I FELT AS THOUGH I WERE IN A MILL. OFFICE STAFF APPARENTLY PICKED UP THE INDIFFERENT ATTITUDE OF THE SO-CALLED PROFESSIONALS. THE PA WHO "EXAMINED" ME GAVE ME THE MOST CURSORY EXAM I EVER HAD. I WAS SEATED AT END OF THE TABLE. AFTER A 3 MINUTE LOOK AT MY BACK SHE ASKED ME TO HOLD OUT MY LEGS. PEN IN HAND SHE LOOKED DOWN FOR A NANO SECOND AND SAID "OKAY". I MENTIONED THAT I HAD IRRITATION AT BOTTOM OF MY HAIR LINE JUST ABOVE MY NECK. WITH THE PEN SHE WAS USING SHE LIFTED MY HAIR AND SAD IT WAS PSORIASIS. SHE ASKED NO QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS SKIN ITCH ON MY SCALP. IF SHE HAD I WOULD HAVE TOLD HER THAT SAID ITCH HAD STARTED ABOUT A WEEK BEFORE SHE "EXAMINED" IT. SHE "FOUND" THREE SOMETHINGS WHICH SHE DID NOT BOTHER TO EXPLAIN. NO PICTURE OF THSES SUSPICIOUS "THINGS" WERE TAKEN. HER ASSISTANT WHOSE IDENTIY OFR TRAINING WAS NOT DIVIULGED SCRAPED THE THREE AREAS. PA GAVE M E TWO PRESCRIPTIONS WITHOUT TELLING THEIR PURPOSE. I THOGHT THEY WERE FOR THE SCRAPED AREAS AT PUBLIX PHARMACY I WAS TOLD MY PLAN WOULD NOT FILL THE TWO PRESCRIPTION WHICH TOTALED ALMOST $800.00!! EIGHT HUNDRED DOLLARS. ONE WAS FOR PSORIASIS AND THE OTHER FOR ECZEMA. I DID NOT FILL THE PRESCRIPTONS. THE "ITCH" ON MY SCALP STOPPED WITHIN TWO OR THREE DAYS.
I trust Dr. Tran, and appreciate his skill as both a diagnostician and a surgeon. He is quite skilled, and is a total professional. His staff is both competent and caring, and takes the time to make me comfortable. I have seen both him and his Physician's Assistant, who is also a wonderful, caring medical provider
Dr Tran's office is wonderful. Great office staff and nurses and he is the nicest man. I would highly recommend him to everyone along with his PA, Phil. All so nice and friendly to deal with.