Dr. Alfred Kulik began working with media after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and The Pentagon. It was during these appearances that he realized the powerful tool media has offered to reach more patients with information about the who/what/when and how of medicine.
I believe that media and medicine work well together. The power of media and its relationship to medicine is that it is a vehicle to reach more than one patient at a time.
Dr. Kulik is currently working on a book Why Grandma Was Right about the practical advice our grandparents and parents can offer us to stay healthy, fit and wise. Over the next coming months, KulikMD.com will begin to offer video segments highlighting various medical topics. We hope that if you have a medical question for which you would like a more detailed explanation, you will write to our site at email@example.com.
Following are some of the media outlets for whom Dr. Kulik has offered opinion and medical insight. KulikMD.com will post the video clips in the coming weeks.
Good medicine is about trust; it’s about loyalty and relationships. My patients know that whatever it takes, my job is to be an advocate for them. Sometimes, this means listening for an hour (and at times, listening about a medical issue that has nothing to do with the eyes because everything affects our health); sometimes it means visiting them in their home; and, sometimes it means getting on a telephone and fighting for a procedure (and, if that doesn’t work, it often means eating the Baked Ziti for a week that was my payment for the procedure). In a sentence, I suppose I am a hometown doctor practicing modern medicine in a very busy world.
Some changes have been good, such as advances in early screening for diseases; surgical advances that allow us to perform life-changing procedures with lower adverse risk; and, an ability to get and deliver information faster. But what physicians like me, those doctors who entered medicine shortly before HMO’s and PPO’s, didn’t anticipate and what we rail against is how the business side of medicine takes us away from our patients. I fight hard against it and I think most of my patients who have benefited from hour long exams will attest to this fact, but is difficult attempting to shift my understanding of what I entered medicine to do and what I find I must do to continue practicing medicine.
I want to know what causes them stress; I need to know what kinds of foods they eat; I want to know if they are happy, sad or content. All information is relevant when working to ensure my patients get healthy and stay the healthiest they can be. And truth be told, my patients give me an enormous amount of advice and information that I utilize in my own life and in rendering care to other patients.
I hope you’ll spend some time on this site. If you have a question, please e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. My hope is that we learn together and we stay well together.
Alfred D. Kulik, M.D.
Licensing and Examinations
Dr. Alfred D. Kulik is a board certified ophthalmologist by the American Board of Ophthalmology and an Initiate of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Kulik graduated from Haverford College with a degree in Biology and Science and obtained his medical degree from UMDNJ Rutger’s Medical School.
He completed his internship at New York’s NYU Downtown Hospital and his ophthalmology residency at the esteemed New York Eye and Ear Infirmary.
While in training for his ophthalmology residency, Dr. Kulik practiced internal medicine in one of the most underserved areas of Brooklyn, New York. With additional course work and training at institutes such as The Wilmer Institute of The John’s Hopkins Medical Center, The Lancaster Course in Ophthalmology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Columbia University, and The New York Eye & Ear Infirmary, Dr. Kulik has had the opportunity to train with leading physicians, surgeons and ophthalmologists from around the country. Dr. Kulik returned to the Fort Lee area, his childhood home, to “practice old-fashioned medicine using the best techniques that modern science has to offer.” He also maintains offices in New York, New York. Dr. Kulik’s primary practice is ophthalmologic medicine and LASIK surgery.
Dr. Kulik has been consulted by media channels, magazines and newspapers such as CNN, Court TV, New York 1, Fox 5 News, Town and Country and Allure magazine to contribute medical opinions and information.
In his free time, Dr. Kulik has offered his surgical and medical skills to organizations around the U.S. and third world countries. Dr. Kulik and his wife Shannon reside in New York City and are the proud parents of two small (and adorable, beautiful, joyful and kind) toddlers.