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What Donald Trump and Yelp Have in Common

Elite Yelpers write lots of reviews. I don’t want to tar all Elite Yelpers with the same brush. I’m sure some, perhaps many, are wonderful human beings. But, based on feedback from select surgeons who have encountered Elite Yelpers, here are some of their observations.
They play by their own rules. They let businesses know that they are Elite Yelpers and have the power to crush their business. Roll out the red carpet. If they’re unhappy, they’ll go online and spread bile. ALL CAPS.


No civility.


One plastic surgeon summarized a recent visit by an Elite Yelper. The patient introduced herself as an Elite Yelper. Then she said, ”What can you do for me?” The subtext was roll out the red carpet or else you will pay and pay dearly.


The surgeon had to decide whether it was better to accommodate this patient and hope for the best; or terminate the relationship before they marched forward together into the unknown.


A long-standing surgical adage goes: ”Once you cut the patient, you’ve bought them.”


A mentor of mine said before doing elective surgery, consider that the patient may develop a wound infection. Then decide whether you can live with seeing that patient for dressing changes over 6 months. Will you cringe when you see the list of patients scheduled for post-op follow-up?


The doctor-patient relationship is collaborative.


Patients have to do their part. Pre-op care. Post-op care. Having reasonable expectations.
Doctors have to do their part. It’s part of the job description.


But, no doctor likes being squeezed with special demands just because a patient has the perceived power to toy with a doctor’s hard earned reputation.


Oh, you’re probably waiting for what Yelp and Donald Trump have in common.
You can fill in the blanks. Feel free to insert your comments, whether they are politically correct or not.

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By |2017-07-14T11:26:56+00:00February 12th, 2016|News, Online reputation|22 Comments

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David Stinson

Did the surgeon operate??? I would have wanted to terminate that relationship immediately .

Joe Horton MD

It builds a strong case for recording everything. Once a patient defames a doctor, it seems that that patient has decided that it’s OK to violate doctor-patient confidentiality, so pari passu, the doc should be able to respond in the forum in which he’s attacked with, say, an MP3 of the patient’s unreasonable demands. No? Am I missing something here?

Nate Schramm, OD, FSLS

Agreed! I look forward to the day where we can record all patient interactions directly into the medical records and I will never stare at the computer screen instead of communicating with my patients!

You Sir/Madam are the enemy of confusion evyrewhere!

I saw your post in a Google search and think it’s awesome. I have a bunch of Bike Glow lights and was wondering if you could tell me how you did it. I’m trying to attach the battery pack to the hub but having problems with getting it to stay. Thanks!

No i´m not an aero … No i´m not an aero expert, and neither are you, you are a white trash redneck living in a trailor thinking the world will end in 2012 while you mix your genepool within your family, sitting in front of the computer talking a bunch of crap to a team that has done so much with such an established group of people. People that say other people have a 2 inch penis are usually the ones that have it but let´s everyone knows because they are so mad they have on themselves.Last bit is you.… Read more »

Joe Horton MD

Oh–and no relationship to the Donald, at least that I can see. All things considered, I’d vote for a capitalists–even that one–over an admitted socialist.

I think Trump haters are afraid of more than his political incorrectness/sometimes vulgar speech. Read Killing Reagan and see that one of our greatest and eventually most respected presidents was flawed many times more than Trump. It is about returning this country to the people and debt free. I don’t see a better prospect out there.

p zadeh

Why wait till an Elite yelper introduce himself or herself? We search the yelp for email and name of any new patients. If they are active yelpers, we would not be accepting new patients that month. Active Yelpers are absolutely positively not worth servicing. You will be dealing with a crowd that likes to tell her side to the world without you having a chance to tell your side of story. Why? Let them find it difficult to be accepted to a service establishment so that they appreciate the service they receive.


Good for you. Awesome idea!!!


Can you tell me how to search yelp for emails- seems very time consuming.
Thanks so much!

You codl’nut pay me to ignore these posts!

Neanderthal,I had my house appraised last year when I refinanced. The lady who appraised it asked me point blank exactly why I needed an appraisal. I know my house had lost a ton of value since I purchased it. The number did actally surprise me, I really assumed it was going to come in much lower.

K Murray Leisure, MD

What do Yelpies and Trump have in common? Look at central Europe in 1935. Amidst decadence, financial bubbles, and a crumbling economy, powerful thugs and demagogues emerged. Today Yelpies and Trump both operate against American society and American values. They prosper by bullying, influence peddling, mafia-style shake downs, savage assaults on ethnic groups, attack and confiscate honest businesses/private properties, and trample on human civil rights unless frightened citizen victims pay up (influence peddling, “pay to play”). These tactics appear to me more like Mussolini’s Italy in the 1930’s rather than the USA free market model of businesses unburdened by frivolous… Read more »

Michael M. Rosenblatt

Taking Trump out of the equation, at least for a moment, some people like to yell. Those are the people who have as their very basic method of communication: “Attack first and apologize later or never.” We like to think that we have the ability to at least try to disparage their attack, but in truth we do not. Physicians are supposed to be “above the fray,” keep a stiff upper lip and be utterly respectable in any circumstance. In fact, when physician/patient privilege is in force, we are not even entitled to respond at all. We are only entitled… Read more »

Saqib Siddiqii

How do you even know if a patient is a Yelper?

Michael M. Rosenblatt, DPM

Dr. Siddiqii, I am not an expert in the Yelp blog site. Yelp is a website that deals with “customer opinions” in that people write in and give their opinion under the “title” of the particular business you are looking-up. You can look it up by typing in in the top strip on your browser. Yelp will identify your local area and you will automatically be re-directed to local sites. You may not realize the patient is a Yelper until it is “too late” and their poison is already up on Yelp, complaining about YOU. Yelp has been frequently… Read more »

Steven Schultz

My experience is yelp seems to have some sensible moderators. Best to completely ignore posts. My fear is always that when you reply to one of these defaming posts (as Jeff always recommends), the post becomes more credible and “sticks” up there.

Yes the internet is insane. Medical board accusations stay forever. Since that became our reality, it seems best to consider the character of the state medical board when deciding on your practice locale (or maybe whether you choose medicine at all).

Enjoyed looking through this, very good stuff, thanks . “Nothing happens to any thing which that thing is not made by nature to bear.” by Marcus Aurelius Antoninus.


Ignoring all negative posts is a bad idea. When your practice derives most patients from the Internet, controlling your presence is paramount. And making a single, thoughtful response to the negative yelper is good.

It is a bad idea to post a comment without the input of Medical Justice – been there regretted it.

Trump likes to criticize and Yellp. If he gets in America will need some help. But I’m convinced anything will be better than the Dragon-Lady, or Bern-baby.

I would terminate. Trying to deal with Yelp is useless, and this has been documented in many lawsuits, and by my own experience. I have said many times, “I have never regretted NOT taking on a patient, but I have regretted accepting a whole lot”. Maybe I’m loosing my macho, but who needs the implicit threat, and the jinx that comes with it. They also have the attitude of entitlement, and expect that they are special and as such, complications won’t touch them. My “normal patients” are demanding enough. Let someone else with an iron stomach deal with it. It… Read more »

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