Moultrie Observer

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July 4, 2012

Physician honored for bedside manner

MOULTRIE — Patients’ Choice has announced that Dr. Saurabh Khakharia has been named a Compassionate Doctor honoree for 2011.

In 2011, nearly 100 million patients across the United States used websites including,, and to provide feedback about experiences with their physicians, rating them on various aspects of the care they provide.

The Patients’ Choice annual Compassionate Doctor recognition program honors the top 3 percent of U.S. physicians, including Khakharia, whose patients have gone out of their way to give them the highest possible ratings in the category of bedside manner, while   also ranking them very highly in five other categories.

The basis of this award — a doctor’s bedside manner score — is particularly important, because it conveys the level of comfort a patient feels. Medical research has shown that the more comfortable a patient is with his doctor, the more likely he is to disclose all important health information and follow a prescribed treatment plan, thus leading to a better outcome.

“While many physicians receive positive feedback from patients, relatively few receive such high praise about the compassion that accompanies their care,” said Erika Boyer, vice president of consumer research at Patients’ Choice. “We congratulate Dr. Khakharia on this achievement.”

Khakharia is an attending/consultant orthopedic surgeon at Colquitt Regional Medical Center. He did advanced training at Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, N.Y. (ranked the top hospital in orthopedics in United States); Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va., and Insall Scott Kelly Institute/Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, N.Y. He specializes in adult reconstruction, joint preservation surgery, total joint replacement, revision joint replacements, partial joint replacement, sports medicine, sports-related injuries, arthroscopic surgeries, limb lengthening, and deformity correction.

For more information, visit the doctor’s website at


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