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Issue Date: March 2008 Issue

Best Doctors - Dr. Sadler

Dr. Laurie S. Sadler
Internal medicine
St. Vincent Charity Hospital

Darin Painter
What she does:
Sadler cares for patients in the clinical and clinical research setting while concentrating on diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia and premature cardiovascular disease.

Why medicine?
“It just seemed to fit my interests, compassion, vocation. ... It’s almost preordained in a sense.”

Her worst health habit:
Biting her nails.

Last piece of medical advice she took:
“I’m not sure I took it, but it sure made me pause to think — and laugh. ‘Why would you want to give up something you really like — such as food — to live a few months longer?’ In the end, moderation is the best advice.”

“House,” “Grey’s Anatomy” or “ER”?
“I do not watch any medical shows, but my 12-year-old daughter loves the drama of ‘House.’ ”

Has anyone ever given you an apple? Did it keep you away?
“Who thought of such a silly question?”

Do Clevelanders have any unique unhealthy habits?
“Do you have space devoted to an entire page ... where do I begin?”

Have you ever been 1 of 5 doctors to recommend something?
“A patient once scheduled an appointment to get my advice about a business venture. Thankfully, all I had to do was listen, and he was able to make a decision that he was comfortable with. ... Sometimes, just being there and giving a darn makes all the difference."

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