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About Dr. William R Grace
Dr. William R Grace, MD is a Doctor primarily located in New York, NY. He has 49 years of experience. His specialties include Thoracic Surgery (Cardiothoracic Vascular Surgery), Surgery and Medical Oncology. Dr. Grace is affiliated with Rochester General Hospital. Dr. Grace has received 5 awards. He speaks English.
Dr. William R Grace has the following 3 specialties
- Thoracic Surgery (Cardiothoracic Vascular Surgery)
- Medical Oncology
Think of an oncologist as your main physician for cancer care. After being diagnosed, you’ll meet regularly with an oncologist to explore and manage your treatment options, as well as monitor your condition throughout the process. Medical oncologists are extremely knowledgeable in various types of cancer treatment and can recommend the right method for the type and stage of cancer you’re facing.
They may also refer you to additional specialists throughout your care, but they will always be your home base for questions and support. It’s also worth mentioning that medical oncologists deal mostly with solid tumors while hematologists specialize in cancers that involve blood disorders, such as leukemia.
Dr. William R Grace has the following 12 expertise
- Breast Cancer
- Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
- Gastrointestinal Cancer
- Cancerous Tumor
- Pancreatic Cancer
- Adult T-Cell Leukemia-Lymphoma
- Hepatocellular Carcinoma
- Unknown Primary Neoplasms
- Metastatic Breast Cancer
Dr. William R Grace is Board Certified in 2 specialties
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He saved my life- 36 years later !
Dr. William Grace assured me and my family that he would care for my mother, as he would for his own mother. My mother did not survive his care and with many lingering questions, and attempts to reach him or Lenox Hill Hospital administrators, I have no other choice but to pursue a NYS Department of Health investigation. Dr. Grace has refused to answer questions related to my mother's rapidly deteriorating condition. Chemotherapeutic meds went missing on the hospital floor which made her miss critical days of treatment. His lack of medical and moral ethics and indifference to patient's and family suffering during my mother's final months of struggle are proof that he was the absolute worst choice.
My family member did not have a good outcome following treatment with Dr. Grace. With cancer treatment, of course, this is often the case, even with the best medical care. What my family and I fault Dr. Grace for is for falling short of honesty and professionalism. He is indeed charming, as one reviewer pointed out -- but he failed (at least in our case) to tell us the truth of our father's condition and instead continued to urge very aggressive treatment without reservation or caveats. Finally, he abandoned his patient when the situation became dire. After the surgery following chemo, the surgeon and nurses told us that was really going on, but by that point, it was too late to make a decision for quality of life. The organ tissues were completely destroyed by the chemo and so surgery to remove the cancerous tissue could not proceed. And despite our family having calmly asked Dr. Grace along the way whether the aggressive treatments were the best option, he insisted that they would be successful and used his charm to shut the conversations down, smiling and reassuring us. How we would have appreciated him saying something like, "This is extremely aggressive treatment, your father is in a very compromised condition, and you as a family need to decide whether you are comfortable with this course of treatment. You do have the option of preserving quality of life for the time he has left. We can never guarantee outcomes." Instead, he gave glib reassurances to our father, and continued cheerleading for more and more aggressive treatments. At the end, the hospital staff was unable to reach him over several days when we had crucial decisions to make -- he simply would not respond to phone calls to his staff, and he was not on vacation. He did not call to check on, or visit, our father after the aborted surgery. A resident made a small error which lead to a quick decline and far more suffering than was necessary -- for our father and for the family. It was obvious the staff had seen this behavior before and were used to telling patients that they were indeed placing calls to Dr. Grace but that he wouldn't call back. There was no reason for him to be afraid to tell us things weren't working out. Obviously, we knew that was possible. He just did not want to be there to face the disappointment of the person he had treated as an experiment and the family to whom he had said "oh, we're gonna cure him!". A doctor cannot make such reassurances as he did while selling a set of extremely aggressive treatments. And he cannot ignore his patients when it comes time to let the patient know that things are not going well. Obviously, the patient and family know that outcomes are not guaranteed. They are owed the dignity of being told that despite all the best efforts, the treatment compromised the patient and will hasten a bad outcome. And the oncologist certainly cannot ignore phone calls from the floor when his patient is post surgery and dying. People in far less lofty professions would be fired for such behavior. On a related point, patients deserve to know upfront that they do have options for less aggressive treatments, even if those treatments would be handled by someone other than Dr. Grace. By marketing his techniques to patients desperate for a cure, he is depriving some of a few more months of life they might choose to have with less invasive treatment. It is irresponsible to not at least give patients that caveat. Get several opinions for your treatment, or that of a loved one. If you choose to work with Dr. Grace on more invasive treatments than other doctors might have suggested for you, be prepared that you may not get an accurate set of the pros and cons of a particular treatment from Dr. Grace and that if things don't go well, Dr. Grace may deprive you of answers when you need them, by staying away from the hospital and staff. He may indeed be the right doctor with the right strategy for you. He will be pleasant and friendly when you deal with him. But I would suggest getting several other opinions before you commit to treatment with him. I have since had another family go through cancer treatment and eventually die, but with a different oncologist. That doctor managed our expectations up front, suggested pain management, more gentle treatment and a focus on quality of life. As a result, we had a few good years of cherishing happy moments with this relative, and a few more years for the small children to grow and be able to have some memories of him. What a difference.
Words cannot express how grateful I am for finding Dr. Grace. Last May I came to him with Stage IV breast cancer, which had spread to my hip, lymph nodes, and most likely lungs. I was laying on the couch wheezing after trying many holistic treatments. Luckily my friend referred me to him, as I knew I need to finally do something agressive.In one procedure at Lenox Hill, I had my port installed and had a regional profusion to the left breast. The size of my tumor (which had largely replaced my left breast) shrank down within several weeks. It was amazing! I also had a biopsy done in order to determine which chemo drugs were most effective for my cancer (the Weisenthal approach). I then had chemotherapy every 2 weeks. I had some nausea and fatigue, and I did lose my hair, but those were my main complaints, and had pretty good energy throughout. 8 months later I'm happy to say I'm in a complete clinical remission! Dr. Grace is caring, has a great attitude, is cutting-edge (he just has tools other oncologists don't), and always very responsive whenever I had questions or concerns. I highly recommend Dr. Grace!!
On-Time Doctor Award (2018)
Vitals On-Time + Promptness Award recognizes doctors with consistent high ratings for timeliness of appointments. The honor is granted based on a physician's overall and promptness scores.
Castle Connolly Top Doctors: New York Metro Area (2017)
Castle Connolly Top Doctors: New York Metro Area™ are specialists and primary care physicians who are highly recommended by their peers and other healthcare professionals. The Castle Connolly research staff reviews both professional qualifications and professional reputation prior to Top Doctor status being awarded. This recognition identifies the top physicians in the New York Metro Area who possess a high level of medical skill and expertise.
Patients' Choice Award (2010, 2011, 2012)
Patients' Choice recognition reflects the difference a particular physician has made in the lives of his/her patients. The honor is bestowed to physicians who have received near perfect scores, as voted by patients.
Top 10 Doctor - City (2014)
Top 10 Doctors are chosen by the millions of patients who visit Vitals each year to find a new doctor and share their experiences by providing ratings and reviews. In order to differentiate highly-regarded doctors from the rest for patients in search of quality care, Vitals awards Top 10 Doctor honors to those physicians within a certain specialty and geographic area who are consistently given top ratings by their patients.
Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015)
Compassionate Doctor certification is granted to physicians who treat their patients with the utmost kindness. The honor is granted based on a physician's overall and bedside manner scores.
Dr. Grace is affiliated (can practice and admit patients) with the following hospital(s).
49 Years Experience
Boston University School Of Medicine
Graduated in 1969
Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
Dr. William R Grace accepts the following insurance providers.
BCBS Blue Card
- BCBS Blue Card PPO
- BCBS MA Blue Care Elect PPO
- BCBS MA Preferred Blue PPO
- CIGNA HMO
- CIGNA Open Access Plus
- CIGNA PPO
- Empire Blue Priority EPO
- Empire HMO
- Empire PPO
- Empire Prism EPO Blue Priority
MVP Health Plan
- MVP Preferred PPO
- Oxford Freedom
- Oxford Liberty
- UHC Choice Plus POS
- UHC Navigate HMO
- UHC Navigate POS
- UHC Options PPO
Locations & DirectionsWilliam R Grace Md Pc, 945 5th Ave, New York, NY
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