My Biography

Dr. Linda Girgis MD, FAAFP is a family physician who treats patients in South River, New Jersey and its surrounding communities. She holds board certification from the American Board of Family Medicine and is affiliated with both St. Peter’s University Hospital and Raritan Bay Hospital. Dr. Girgis also collaborates closely with several universities and medical schools where she teaches medical students and residents.

Originally from Pennsylvania, Dr. Girgis attended the St. George’s University School of Medicine and successfully her medical degree. She went on to complete her internship and residency at Sacred Heart Hospital, a program affiliated with Temple University. During this time, she was recognized as intern of the year by the faculty. Over the course of her practice, Dr. Girgis has continued to earn awards and recognition from her peers and a variety of industry bodies, including:

• Top Innovator in Healthcare award by Quality Insights, 2006
• Patients’ Choice Award, 2011-2012
• Compassionate Doctor Recognition, 2011-2012
• Bridges to Excellence Recognition 2012-2015
• NCQA Physician Practice Connections – Patient Centered Medical Home, 2012-2015

She is an Advisory Board member for Sermo. Additionally, she is a blogger for Physician’s Weekly and MedicalPractice Insider as well as a guest columnist for Medcity News and Health IT Outcomes. She published articles in several other media outlets. Recently, she has authored the books, “Inside Our Broken Healthcare System” and “The War on Doctors”. She has been interviewed in US News, on NBC Nightly News, and many other media outlets. Dr. Girgis’ primary goal as a physician remains ensuring that each of her patients receives the highest available standard of medical care.

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12 thoughts on “My Biography

  1. I just read your post on “Kevin, MD”. ……..”Medical service based on socioeconomic status: That’s unacceptable”. Interesting, but not realistic, there is no free lunch, somebody has to pay. It is nice and sweet and idealistic to say, “All people deserve the best medical care…..”, but WHO PAYS????? Medicine and the providing of medical services is a business, if you want to say it isn’t, then do you work for nothing? Our society is becoming one where people feel they deserve or feel they are owed something from the government or the from the ones who work instead of working and earning what they want theselves. My wife and I are Registered Nurses and we raised six children and we worked and earned what we needed and wanted……that is the way it should be. The problem is not the providing and helping those who “cant” but now the people who work for a living are expected to provide and help those who “won’t”. Remember, there is absolutely NOTHING in this world free…….somebody has to pay.

  2. Dr. Girgis, I am not looking for this to be posted but could not find an email address for you for a private message. I will gladly give you my real name and contact info if you would like.

    I just recently was given a reference to one of your articles and then I got another reference from a different source. I was very impressed with how well written and insightful those articles were and took a little time to review some of your other articles. Every one I read was very informative. Your empathy for what both patients and physicians go through trying to navigate the healthcare system is readily apparent.

    My reason for writing is in hopes of planting a seed for a future article that you might consider. It is the taboo topic of male modesty. Most medical practitioners will not acknowledge that it exists, and those that do tend to be dismissive, taking the stance that men just need to get over it.

    The reality is that there are many men whose modesty is such that they forego medical care rather than face a sea of female nurses and techs for intimate procedures. It is almost impossible to find a male nurse or tech in urology practices for example and it is the nurses and techs who do most of the actual prep work and treatments.

    The majority of men do not forego medical care however and their silence is taken as acceptance, feeding the presumption that they don’t care who sees or does what. Men have brought that perception on themselves. Whereas women will speak up and demand female staff for intimate procedures such as mammograms, men won’t speak up because to do so only adds to their embarrassment. They have been conditioned since childhood to “man up” and remain silent. Some men truly don’t care, but the majority do. It is a men are from Mars, women from Venus kind of thing.

    Interestingly, that majority of which I speak are typically OK with female physicians. My best guess is that this is due to consistently high level of professionalism that men have experienced that makes them more comfortable at the physician level. Those who are not comfortable receiving intimate care from female physicians just choose male doctors. It is within the nurse & tech ranks where men have problems in large part because they only rarely have a gender choice. More specifically it is within the nurse & tech ranks where they have had embarrassing or even humiliating experiences at some point in their life. For the most part bad experiences are more the result of poor training or temperament than anything else, but the man is embarrassed (or worse) nonetheless. The nurses & techs involved may not even know that they needlessly embarrassed their patient. Of key importance here is that when men do speak up and ask for a male tech for say a testicular ultrasound, the nurses & techs involved all too often respond with “you don’t have anything we haven’t seen before”, “don’t be silly”, or “we’re all professionals here”. Basically bullying and shaming techniques intended to shut down the conversation and garner compliance from the patient. Most men will then just comply and try to hide the humiliation of that verbal encounter and subsequent procedure. Some will keep looking for a facility that will accommodate their request. Some will just forego the test.

    Coming back to the physician’s role in this, in addition to controlling the hiring and training of staff, another piece that the physician controls is who you bring into the room with you. The man who was OK with his female physician doing an exam may become rather embarrassed if she then brings in a female chaperone, scribe, or medical assistant, especially if they are young. Exposure to young staff is always more embarrassing than exposure to older staff. Again, just the way men think.

    Someone of your stature speaking to this issue could go a long way towards allowing a start to a conversation that is long overdue. Maybe it could encourage more men to start speaking up. Maybe it would trigger some efforts in better training for nurses/techs on minimizing exposure and professionally interacting with the patient. I would be glad to elaborate on this from a male patient perspective. I have had several dozen intimate procedures handled in a totally professional manner that did not leave me embarrassed at all, and a few that embarrassed and even humiliated me. The last of those few bad experiences put me into an avoidance mode (of female nurses/techs) where and as I can. Still having been in the “man up” mode at the time I never complained about what happened. I have since found my voice and will speak up going forward, but few men have gotten to that point.

    Medical care is not gender neutral no matter how much the medical world wants it to be. A voice such as yours would be very valuable in fostering some dialog. Thank you for any consideration you might give this.

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  4. This is a terrific website! I was linked to this from this article: http://www.healthitoutcomes.com/doc/tech-savvy-doctors-use-social-media-to-educate-market-and-advocate-0001?sectionCode=Freeform1&templateCode=Single&user=3013015&source=nl:44528&utm_source=et_6231164&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=HCIT_2015-12-22&utm_term=e0cf719c-96fd-448d-a32a-9de28d15d707&utm_content=Tech-Savvy%2bDoctors%2bUse%2bSocial%2bMedia%2bTo%2bEducate%252c%2bMarket%252c%2bAnd%2bAdvocate

    Your site is a shining example of how clinicians can use social media to educate their patients, and advocate for health care. Keep up the good work! (TheraManager is an EMR in the behavioral health space.)

  5. Dr Linda,,

    This is a great article,,,,,,

    I am a physician assistant and cancer survivor who just wrote a book called “Lifelines To Cancer Survival” Only around 5% of cancer patients get true personalized care. This book teaches patients and clinicians how they can find this care for themselves and gives them access to the labs and clinicians in the US that offer this,

    I was wondering if you would like to read the book if I sent it to you,,?

    Thanks so much,,

    Mark

    1. Thank you and I would love a copy of your book!
      You can mail it to me at: PO Box 6779. East Brunswick, NJ 08816.
      I look forward to reading it and have a great weekend!
      Dr. Linda

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