After 55 years of rather aggressive tennis, my right wrist has been radiating great pain for 4 or 5 years... it was with no small amount of trepidation that I looked for an orthopedic consultant.
I have to say that it was a very lucky day that I was referred to Dr. Kristopher Downing.
On every level, Dr. Downing was a fantastic revelation. In judging doctors, I look for two main areas:
1. Technical/Medical expertise and
2. Ability to relate to the patient on a human/personal level.
So, I must repeat...DR. DOWNING WAS FANTASTIC both medically and personally.
Technically/Medically, Dr. Downing was able to review my rather complicated situation and confirm a specific diagnosis. He expertly explained ALL of the relevant procedures and presented the advantages and disadvantages to all.
On a human/personal level, Dr. Downing patiently and carefully explained a very complicated situation and made it understandable. Dr. Downing was able to explain my options, (in both SPANISH and ENGLISH) in such a way that, in the end, he helped me find a treatment that I was comfortable with and that satisfied my medical needs.
Dr. Downing was patient, kind and took the time necessary to explain my situation... his grace and expertise made me relax in a stressful situation.
It almost goes without saying that the staff that deal with the patients and assist the doctor are a wonderful reflection of the best that Dr. Downing has to offer.
I would ABSOLUTELY recommend Dr. Downing to any patient with; hand, shoulder or upper extremity problems... he is professional, kind and very knowledgeable...and as a bonus, he is fluent in Spanish.