Retirement Letter to My Patients

To My Patients,

As a result of some recent experiences and changes in our healthcare system, I have decided that it is in the best interests of my patients and me that I retire from practicing medicine effective 12/21/22. 

I am honored you trusted me to be your physician and thank you for allowing me to be part of your life. 

Lowell General Hospital has assured me that your endocrine care can continue at The Circle Health Diabetes and Endocrine Center and they will recruit a younger and more recently trained endocrinologist who will takeover my responsibilities at your next appointment. So please attend that visit as planned.

Almost everybody recognizes that the American healthcare system is too expensive, inefficient, inequitable, and does not meet the quality standards achieved in the other industrialized countries. I wrote about some of the factors which are responsible for this in an article entitled “One Physician’s Frustrations of Practicing Amidst the CHIPHIT Complex and Implications for the Future of the US Healthcare System.”

Given our technology and resources, there is no reason the United States should not have the best and most affordable healthcare system in the world! For many years and in multiple venues I have worked to improve our healthcare system; unfortunately my efforts have been in vain. Hopefully the next generation of physicians will be more successful than was my generation of physicians.

Many of you have asked me: 

Are you moving to Florida?

– No, my wife and I love living in Somerville, MA.

What are you going to do in retirement?

– More recreational cycling, woodworking [haywardzwerling.com], blogging [IHaveAnIdea.us], travel, reading (politics, science, science fiction), and I plan to take some “adult ed” classes. 

I sincerely apologize for the abruptness of this decision and wish you all the best.

Hayward Zwerling, M.D.

19 August 2022

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