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Issue Date: March 2008 Issue


Best Doctors - Dr. Victoroff

Dr. Brian N. Victoroff
Orthopaedic surgery
University Hospitals Case Medical Center

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What he does:
Victoroff cares for the shoulders and knees of Clevelanders as an orthopaedic surgeon and head of UH’s shoulder section. Victoroff leads the way in caring for aging baby boomers with degenerative shoulder conditions, young athletes with traumatic shoulder injuries and everyone in between. He’s served as team physician to the U.S. National Speedskating Team and has treated top skaters such as Olympian Apolo Ohno.

Why orthopaedic surgery?
“I like to fix stuff. Plus the musculoskeletal anatomy is just so cool.”

His best health advice:
“Don’t get overweight. It’s so obviously the cause of degenerative destruction of knee cartilage. The toll it takes on the body is heartbreaking.”

Worst health habit:
“I’ll work out like crazy for six months, then stop for six months. And then there’s that chocolate problem.”

Do Clevelanders have any unique unhealthy habits?
“Aside from cheering for the Browns each year? We eat like typical Midwesterners. All that comfort food adds up after a while.”

Have you ever been 1 of 5 to recommend something?
“I’m probably one of the five doctors in my family to recommend that my kids not go into medicine.”

Fruit cup or Snickers?
“Snickers, obviously, many Snickers.”
His exercise regimen:
Speedskating. “I had to give up soccer and tennis after blowing out both knees. I wasn’t able to do anything, including running, until I discovered speed-skating."
Comments:
Friday, November 07, 2008 4:21:19 PM by Anonymous
I can't begin to tell you what a nightmare it was to have surgery with this guy.
From his inept office to University hospitals billing, the whole experience was awful. I should have used Cleveland Clinic.
First, his staff overbooks his surgeries. After waiting in a hospital bed for 8 hours, he greets me politely, then informs me he is way behind because I arrived at the incorrect time. I tell him that I arrived 15 minutes before the time that was shown on the letter from his office and offer to retrieve it for him. He declines the offer, and says 'the office must have screwed things up'. No apology for the accusation, but whatever. I'm there to get my rotator cuff done, not strike up a friendship.
After the surgery, my bicep, chest and shoulder were black and blue. Blood had gathered in the bottom of my bicep and skin looked like it was transparent. That's probably very common for this type of surgery, I don't know. After the pain block wore off, the pain was terrible. I was given a prescription which I proceeded to take as often as needed for pain relief. I soon found I did not have enough to make it to the next office visit. I would call Dr.Victoroff’s office, and of course he was never there so I was passed on to his assistant who is very capable of making you feel as though you're an addict. I asked Dr. Victoroff if he thought I was addicted to the pain killers and he informed me, he did not think that was the case. I informed him I was going on vacation to California with my family, and I would like to be comfortable and not in pain. This was a once in a lifetime vacation for my kids and I did not want to be in misery. So off I go with the scripts written by Dr. Victoroff only to find out mid way through my vacation that he had reduced the usage amount and I could not fill the second script for another 10 days. Thanks a lot Doc you prick.
So, I come back from vacation, make an appointment with Dr. Prick and as it turns out he has some other guy standing in for him (Don't know his name, but he is a kid from California and he's good)
Dr. Victoroff shorted me at least 2 months worth of pain meds, so if you're looking for a comfortable post op, don't go here.
You can go ahead and think I'm a wuss, but I've had several knee surgeries on both knees and nothing ever came close to this.
I've reached the point of posting this blog after billing issues have me enraged. Each time I pay these yahoos it needs to be done twice. Even when you get confirmation numbers from them, you will be called by a collection agency as I was today. I spent my entire day on the phone with a collection agency and U.H. billing department trying to get this crap corrected. Included in this debacle, is a bill to me (that I stupidly paid) which they sent to an insurance carrier that was not mine. Of course, payment was denied by the insurance company and I didn't notice this single charge for $333 amongst ten other charges.
After a day on the phone with UHC I finally think it's correct due to the manager of billing by the name of Laurence Mosley. Laurence seems to be more than capable. However it is too little, too late. I will tell everyone within ear shot what I think of Dr. Victoroff, his office and the University Hospitals
Sunday, February 08, 2009 12:08:43 AM by Anonymous
I have to disagree with Anonymous and his very bad experience with Dr. Victoroff. I had a very pleasant, if you can ever have a pleasant surgical experience, with this doctor. A rheumatologist diagnosed a torn rotator cuff and gave me a list of 2-3 doctors to choose from. I ed Dr. Victoroff although I don't remember why. I was scheduled for surgery after a consult with the Dr. V., and everything went smoothly. I recovered from the surgery with no complications. The incisions were so small, and healed so well, that I can still wear sleeveless shirts without hesitation! The PT that followed for several months was quite painful- but as much as I hated those sessions, I have full range of motion now and that surgery is a thing of the past.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009 8:13:52 AM by Anonymous
I usually don't post on these kinds of "things", however I too will have to disagree with the first poster. Both myself and another member of my family had surgery with Dr. Victoroff. Both of our surgeries went smooth and without subsequent incidents. Dr. Victoroff is a fine surgeon.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010 3:39:16 PM by Anonymous
I've had both knee and shoulder surgery with Dr Victoroff and both times have found him to be a fine surgeon. Before hand, Dr Victoroff spend ample time with me discussing the procedure. Post-op (as i was out of it) my wife couldn't say enough about how thorough he was going over the events of the procedures. I would return to Dr Victoroff without hesitation should the need for future surgery arise.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 7:59:09 AM by Anonymous
I had an excellent experience with Dr. Victoroff repairing my ACL after a high school basketball injury. He took his time answering all my questions and has a great bedside manner. I continue to recommend him to others.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 3:01:13 PM by Anonymous
I had a great experience with Dr. V. It's funny that the first poster complained him about not being on time for surgery and not being in the office. One can't be in two places at the same time. I wonder how his surgery turned out?
Thursday, March 06, 2014 9:45:32 AM by Anonymous
Normally I don't post comments, however, I felt the need to share that after tearing my meniscus, Dr. Victoroff performed surgery in 2005. I found him to be very professional with great bedside manner. I was very nervous about having surgery on my knee and it went without problems. Unfortunately, I have torn again and will not have surgery again until I can locate him. He's the best!

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