FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the mission of your practice?

First, my goal is to provide the highest quality medical care and service, emphasizing a proactive, comprehensive approach to both disease prevention and wellness. These services will be provided in a relaxed, professional setting that respects your valuable time. I will bring to bear the most up-to-date diagnostic and therapeutic resources applying them promptly, patiently, conscientiously and empathetically. I want you to be completely satisfied with every aspect of your care and every encounter with my office.

How will the practice be different?

It will be better! I will be limiting the size of my practice so I can devote more time to each patient’s care and individual needs. This practice change allows me to schedule 30 minutes for routine appointments and a minimum of 60 minutes for the annual exam. This means that appointments will start promptly and we can spend more time with you. If a problem requires extra time for evaluation, I will accommodate you to the best of my abilities. Our communication will be enhanced through patient-dedicated cell phone and email access for non-confidential issues.

Are you staying at the same office location?

Yes. As of March, 2011 we moved our offices to our current location at 110 East 55th Street, 17th Floor, New York. I intend to remain at this location for many years.

What if there is an emergency?

Please know that you can contact me anytime you feel the need to consult with me; however, if you have a life-threatening emergency, call 911 immediately. You can then call me or have the hospital personnel contact me so that I can assist in your care. If you have a non-urgent problem, I suggest you contact me first.

What if I need to see a specialist or a surgeon?

Should you desire, I am available to help you decide which specialist to see and to coordinate such consultations.  In this way the most appropriate resource is used, the earliest arrangements are made, and your applicable medical information is sent in advance of your specialist visit.

Will I be required to pay my annual fee even if I do not use your services?

Yes. Paying your annual fee allows you to be a member of my practice whether you are sick or well. I strongly encourage you to utilize the benefits offered, regardless of your state of health, to proactively safeguard your health.

What happens if I move out of the area after I enroll?

If you move and wish to secure a new primary care physician, the annual fee will be refunded on a pro-rated basis. A copy of your records will be sent to your new physician upon receipt of a signed release. This release of records is required by law.

Can I enroll in your personalized medical practice at a later date?

By design, my practice is a membership practice with a limited enrollment.  Once that enrollment limit is reached, a waiting list will be established.  Every effort will be made to accommodate interested patients, but the enrollment limit must be honored in order to continue to provide the highest standard of personalized care and service to all patients.

What are Dr. Spero’s credentials?

  • Clinical Instructor, Department of Medicine, NY University Medical College
  • Associate Physician, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, NY
  • Best Doctors in New York, Castle Connolly Medical Publishers, 1994-2012
  • Superdoctors, New York Times Magazine Supplement, Pulmonary Medicine, 2007-2009
  • Diplomate, Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Diplomate, Pulmonary Disease, American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Fellow, American College of Chest Physicians