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About Dr. Michael Scharf
Dr. Michael Scharf, MD is a Doctor primarily located in Bala Cynwyd, PA. He has 27 years of experience. His specialties include Pulmonary Disease, Internal Medicine and Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Scharf is affiliated with Deborah Heart & Lung Center, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Southern Ocean County Hospital. He speaks English.
Dr. Michael Scharf has the following 3 specialties
- Pulmonary Disease
A pulmonologist is a physician who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions related to the lungs and respiratory tract.
These specialists are similar to critical care specialists in that their patients often require mechanical ventilation to assist their breathing.
Pulmonologists diagnose and treat patients with conditions such as asthma, cystic fibrosis, asbestosis, pulmonary fibrosis, lung cancer, COPD, and emphysema. Exposure and inhalation of certain toxic substances may also warrant the services of a pulmonologist.
Some of the tools and tests pulmonologists use to diagnose a patient are a stethoscope in order to listen for abnormal breathing sounds, chest X-rays, CT scans, blood tests, bronchoscopy, and polysomnography.
- Internal Medicine
An internist is a physician who focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of conditions that affect the adult population—both acute and chronic.
These doctors are often who adults see as their primary physicians because they treat a broad range of illnesses that do not require surgical or specialist interventions. They also work to help a patient maintain optimal health in order to prevent the onset of disease.
In addition to treating the common cold and flu, internists also treat chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease.
- Critical Care Medicine
Also sometimes referred to as intensivists, critical care specialists are physicians with specialized training in the diagnosis and management of life-threatening conditions. Some of these conditions affect vital organs like the heart and lungs, those that make breathing difficult or impossible, and those that affect entire organ systems, like the renal system.
Critical care specialists are typically found in a hospital's intensive care unit where they monitor patients with life-threatening conditions and make determinations as to the best course of treatment.
- AIDS/HIV (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome)
- Congenital Heart Defects
- Connective Tissue Diseases
- Lung Diseases
- Pulmonary Hypertension
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First appointment he was courteous,gracious, seemed to know what he was talking about, even if I didn't agree with diagnosis. Second visit after lab results didn't support his diagnosis, was arrogant and dismissed me from his care. Not what I expected from someone with his expertise. I was greatly disappointed with the care of received, especially since he didn't want to go any further with treating me and trying to find out what was causing my respiratory issues.
I have never encountered such a callous cold physician. My mother is in the ICU and we have been repeatedly amazed by the warmth and caring nature of the vast majority of nurses physicians and respiratory therapists we encountered... Until we met Dr Scharf. He was only covering on a weekend thank god but he clearly did not want to get involved, answer any questions, staying several times, "I don't know I just met her." I informed him that I am a physician and that I am well aware if the concept of handing off a patient. I was not asking him to tell me how long she'd live or go home, simply how she was doing that day. Standing by the bedside of a critically ill loved one is difficult enough. I cannot imagine how most families who are lay people not in medicine would ever be able to receive any meaningful care from this man. I'm sure he's probably smart but the most horrendous bedside manner I have encountered from a patient's perspective or even in my 14 years professionally.
Dr. Scharf is affiliated (can practice and admit patients) with the following hospital(s).
Deborah Heart & Lung Center
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Southern Ocean County Hospital
Deborah Heart & Lung Center-Brown Mills, NJ
27 Years Experience
New York Medical College
Graduated in 1986
Dr. Michael Scharf accepts the following insurance providers.
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Locations & DirectionsMichael L Scharf MD, 137 Lodges Ln, Bala Cynwyd, PA
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