Our board-certified physicians, Dr. Jeffrey Caren and Dr. Mark Urman are proud to have a cardiology practice dedicated to excellence and compassion. They are not contracted with any medical insurance plans (except for Medicare) nor employed by any hospital. This allows them to always have their patients’ best interests as their paramount responsibility. They work for you, the patient, not for insurance companies, not for a hospital.
“The best interest of the patient is the only interest to be considered…“
- William J. Mayo, 1910
The healthcare environment is evolving rapidly with more and more doctors being employed by hospitals or medical groups where physicians can find themselves with a “divided loyalty” to their patients but also their employer creating conflicts of interest. However, Drs. Caren and Urman are committed to maintaining a traditional private practice where their duty of loyalty is to their patients with no conflicts of interest with insurance companies or hospitals. As every patient and person is, in fact, different, Drs. Caren and Urman feel it is crucial for them to maintain their professional autonomy allowing independent clinical judgment to achieve the best cardiac care for each patient without succuming to a “one-size-fits all” approach of care.
As medical care becomes more of a business, our doctors realize that health and emotions are not a commodity. People are often coming to us at the most vulnerable times of their lives, looking to us for compassion and trusting us with their most precious of assets — their health and the health of their parents or spouses. This is why we could never be less than empathetic to anyone who comes through our doors. We make it a point to listen to our patients, hear their stories and empathize with their hopes and fears.
“…there are physicians for the body and physicians for the soul,
although the two cannot be separated.“ - Plato
COR Medical Group continuously aspires to provide modern, convenient and efficient cardiac services to its patients. In consistently accomplishing these objectives, Drs. Caren and Urman have earned a widely recognized and trusted reputation for leadership and excellence in delivering cardiac care. The most sacred part of health care is the doctor-patient relationship. Our doctors are committed to not compromising the sanctity of this relationship and ensuring that patients feel that they are getting what they paid for and rightfully deserve, no matter where health-care reform goes.
Drs. Caren and Urman work closely with their patients’ other doctors to provide coordinated high-quality care in a caring and comfortable environment. In addition, they are partners and work closely together. Thus, if your primary cardiologist is not immediately available, the other doctor has access to the patient chart and will make sure that the patient’s urgent cardiac situation is taken care of. A patient of our practice can be certain that his/her cardiac care and well-being are the concern and responsibility of both doctors who work as a team with each other and any other doctors involved in a patient’s care. In fact, reports of cardiac testing performed in our offices can be shared with the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center clinical web viewing system when necessary to allow other physicians caring for a patient to have immediate access to important cardiac test results (and of course, always with appropriate security to protect your privacy).
In addition to reading the latest cardiac scientific journals and literature, Drs. Caren and Urman, both regularly attend and participate in lectures and continuing cardiac education which allows them to be up-to-date on the latest in cardiac diagnostic and therapeutic care and techniques. Both of our doctors are on the attending staff of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The doctors do not consult on patients at any other hospital or medical facility. Cedars-Sinai is named on the U.S. News & World Report’s ‘Best Hospitals’ Honor Roll again for 2016-2017 and the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute has been ranked No. 1 in Los Angeles, California and the Western US as well as among the Top 10 in the nation for Heart and Heart Surgery Programs for four years straight. Between our office and adjacent world-class facilities, we can offer comprehensive cardiovascular diagnostic and therapeutic services. While our doctors are often providing second-opinions themselves, if, at any time, you would like a second formal opinion regarding your condition, please do not hesitate to ask. We will offer you the names of competent cardiologists in your area and furnish them with our records.
Non-invasive Cardiology and Testing
In addition to Drs. Caren and Urman providing cardiac consultative evaluation and care, our offices offer a full spectrum of non-invasive diagnostic cardiac testing (please see Testing for details). We employ dedicated staff to perform these tests all business days of the week for your convenience. Testing is performed in our offices by very experienced and certified technicians. For higher-level diagnostic testing or invasive procedures, the doctors use the world-class facilities right near by. While affording our patients the latest in technology for excellent cardiac care, treating each patient with respect, kindness and compassion is still the foremost goal.
While many cardiac conditions do require invasive diagnostic testing, interventional procedures or surgeries, Drs. Caren and Urman will always make clear all alternative options when appropriate. When a cardiac condition can be handled with non-invasive options with as good of an expected outcome, they will advise so. If a patient’s condition would be better treated with invasive or surgical interventions, they will be the first to say so and refer the patient to the best cardiac sub-specialist available. The goal simply is to guide each patient to the best option for that individual based on medical indications and patient preference. Their offices are designed and decorated to help relax visitors in warm and calming surroundings. Visiting the doctor does not have to be a cold, clinical or frightening experience. Drs. Caren and Urman and their staff strive for personalized care with every patient.
Drs. Caren and Urman understand that medical care is a “team sport” and that their office staff is an integral part of their ability to deliver the best in medical care to their patients.
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Patient Education and Resources
Dr Caren and Dr Urman feel that the best medical decisions are made when a doctor who is up to date on medical treatments has an open dialogue with an informed patient.
One of a doctor’s primary obligations is to educate patients. In fact the origin of the word ‘doctor’ is (via Old French) from the Latin doctor which means ‘teacher’ (from docere ‘teach’).
Commonly Treated Conditions
This is not a complete list but rather the more commonly treated conditions by our cardiologists who have vast experience in all of these areas. To learn about a specific condition or disease, click on the rollover link where provided.
We have provided this section not to provide specific medical advice, but rather to provide our patients and prospective patients with cardiac conditions and disease information to better understand their health and diagnosed disorders. The information provided is for general informational and educational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Specific medical advice cannot be provided and we urge you to consult with your physician or qualified health professionals who are familiar with your individual medical needs and for diagnosis and answers to your personal questions.
- Abdominal aortic aneurysm
- Angioplasty (history of or second-opinion)
- Anti coagulation
- Aortic aneurysm
- Aortic regurgitation
- Aortic stenosis
- Arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)
- Atherosclerosis (plaque in the arteries)
- Atrial fibrillation
- Blood thinners
- Bypass surgery (history of or need for)
- Carotid artery disease or blockage
- Chest Pain
- Circulation problems
- Congestive heart failure
- Coronary artery disease
- Coumadin (warfarin) management
- Edema (swelling)
- Family history of heart disease
- Heart Attack (including history of)
- Heart Failure
- Heart murmur
- Hypercholesterolemia (high or abnormal cholesterol)
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Lipid Management
- Metabolic syndrome (insulin resistance)
- Mitral regurgitation
- Mitral stenosis
- Mitral valve prolapse
- Myocardial infarction (heart attack)
- Myocardial ischemia
- Pericardial effusion
- Peripheral artery disease (PAD)
- Shortness of breath
- Stent (history of or need for)
- Syncope (fainting)
- Valve disease (or history of replacement with mechanical or tissue valve)
“The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease.” - William Osler
Click here for more information on our monthly Heart Health e-Newsletter for our patients and their families.
Heart Health Blog
Click here to see our Heart Health Educational Blog articles.
From the Doctor`s Desk
- Generic Drugs
- Red Yeast Rice
- New Alternatives to Coumadin for Atrial Fibrillation (updated June 2015)
Heart Healthy Diets
Click here for more on the best dietary way-of-life for you to keep your heart healthy and your soul joyful.
More Tips for Heart Healthy Meals. We encourage you to explore the full Gaples Institute for Integrative Cardiology website.
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” – Hippocrates
Other Resources for our Patients
(Click on the logo to link you to useful heart-health related information)
Insurance and Billing
In order to deliver the highest level of personalized cardiac care, without restrictions imposed by insurance companies, our physicians are not contracted with any insurance companies. This allows us to devote more time and attention to your care as clinical decisions are made with the your best interests in mind rather than those of an insurance company. However, many of our patients with out-of-network coverage (most PPO plans) are reimbursed by their insurer.
We believe that our only “contract” should be with the patient so that there are no potential conflicts-of-interest. Managed care plans (both HMO’s and lately PPO’s as well) often limit the scope and complexity of medical care. Managed care office environments typically provide a more abbreviated medical experience, during which essential concerns and questions may be overlooked, and the full range of treatments may not be considered as options. While HMO plans restrict reimbursement to care with in-network physicians, PPO plans (and some POS or point-of-service options with HMO’s) usually offer out-of-network benefits that will partially reimburse patients to see the doctor of their choice. For more information, please contact your insurer for specific details about your coverage and how to obtain reimbursement for your visits here.
Generally, payment in full will be due at the time of service (for more expensive testing, arrangements for a deposit and payment plan are available). However, as a courtesy, COR Medical Group will submit claims to your insurance company. We will do everything we can to maximize patients’ insurance benefits, and encourage patients to communicate with our staff and physicians if concerns arise.
Please click here to see frequently asked questions (FAQ’s). If you still have any questions, please do not hesitate to call or contact us and speak to the office manager, Ms. Lilly Garzona or our office billing specialists directly. We are available to answer any financial-related questions you may have, as well as further explain why we believe our policies allow us to maintain our high level of personalized patient care.