Which One of You is my Doctor?

Dr. Burnette and Dr. Ryan join us today to discuss one of the most common questions we receive from our patients at Green Bay Oncology: “Which one of you is my doctor?” We discuss the difference between visiting your primary care doctor and your oncologist and why it may be impossible to see the same oncology doctor at each visit. We discuss the advantages and disadvantages of seeing multiple oncology providers versus maintaining the ‘one doctor, one patient’ approach to cancer care. We share ideas on how we can further improve the multiple-provider approach to patient care and how oncology teams can address the needs of their patients seeking an emotional bond with their physicians. We also discuss how oncology physicians and advanced practice providers can make the multi-provider approach feel like the gold standard of cancer care for patients.

Dr. Brian Burnette and Dr. Matthew Ryan are Medical Oncologists and Hematologists at Green Bay Oncology. Residing in Green Bay, Dr. Burnett grew up in Upper Michigan before graduating at the top of his class at Michigan State and completing his internship, residency, and fellowship at the Mayo Clinic. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology, and Hematology. At Green Bay Oncology, he treats all types of cancer and adult blood disorders. He is the author of multiple full-length, peer-reviewed articles and lectures on various cancer-related topics. When he’s not helping patients receive the best cancer treatment and care possible, Dr. Burnette enjoys playing baseball, sailing, fishing, hunting, and spending time with his wife, Anna, and their two children.

Dr. Matthew Ryan was born and raised in southwest Iowa. After graduating from Iowa State University with a degree in aerospace engineering, Dr. Ryan attended medical school at the University of Iowa and completed his residency and oncology and hematology fellowships at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. While working with the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Ryan developed the clinical practice guidelines for their oncology tumor group. As a board-certified physician in Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology, and Hematology, Dr. Ryan currently treats all types of cancer and adult blood disorders at Green Bay Oncology. When he’s not ensuring his patients receive the best care possible, he enjoys reading and spending time with his wife, Jenna, and their two children.

“The imprint can be with the team, not just the individual.”
– Dr. Matthew Ryan

This week on Cancer Covered:

  • Managing new patient expectations
  • The advantages and disadvantages of seeing more than one provider
  • The silo effect that occurs in the ‘one patient, one doctor’ approach to cancer care
  • Ways to further improve the multiple-provider approach to patient care
  • Addressing the need for patients to emotionally bond with each member of their oncology team
  • The importance of Standardized Care Plans
  • How thorough documentation and note-taking impact patient care
  • How patient access to their medical records has improved physician accountability and patient care
  • The value of standardized training for medical staff and Advanced Practice Providers
  • Taking time to review your patient’s records before their visit
  • How to lessen the impact of making a change or delay to a patient’s care plan
  • 3 key ways physicians and APPs can make the multi-provider approach feel like the gold standard of cancer care

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