Woodland Hills Care center Press
As organizers scramble for medical volunteers, family of
doctors serves free clinic
April 30, 2010 | 3:26 pm
When organizers of a massive free clinic scrambled this
week to find volunteer doctors to treat thousands of needy
patients at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, the
Vaisman family answered the call.
Dr. Boris Vaisman, 34, who practices with his mother in
Woodland Hills, recruited his father, who practices in
Studio City, and his brother, who will graduate from medical
school in June.
Dr. Sofia Vaisman, 61, treated women, some of whom had never
seen a gynecologist and did not know what a mammogram was.
Dr. Mark Vaisman, 61, performed general medical exams. Joe
Vaisman, 25, worked triage.
The Los Angeles County Medical Assn. estimates that there
are nearly 30,000 doctors licensed locally. Organizers had
hoped to attract at least 300 doctors, dentists, nurses and
other medical professionals each day. But no more than 200
are preregistered for any remaining day of the clinic, which
Some medical stations and dental chairs sat empty as
patients waited — with hundreds of people each day asked to
"Everybody tends to think somebody else will do it," said
Dr. Natalie Nevins, the clinic's medical director. "We need
optometrists, ophthalmologists, desperately."
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