Ratings for Dr. Samaad Malik
I'm a 53 year old man who saw Dr Malik for a laparoscopic sigmoid resection which was complicated by a fistula between the colon and bladder. Leading up to our first meeting, I was a nervous wreck - but within seconds, he instilled confidence in me to proceed with the surgery. He certainly outlined the risks and then simply asked if I would like to proceed. I recall saying to him "well I can't live like this" and his response was "well you are now". Which gave me a chuckle as it was so true... do something about my situation or continue suffering. I had surgery at 7:30 am Aug. 15 and after 3 hours of surgery - I was released Aug. 19 @ 9:30 am! All I can say is thank god I was able to be operated by this highly skilled surgeon. His surgical talents, confidence and humour left me with nothing but respect for Dr Malik and the amazing team that he had assembled at VGH. I especially enjoyed the humorous banter between Dr Malik and the sweetest anaesthesiologist ever. He visited me shortly after surgery to see how I was doing, then his extremely caring assistant would visit me daily with 2 occasions of FaceTime meetings with Dr Malik. So cool that he embraces technology to keep a personal touch with his patients. As for the operation... I walked out of the hospital with dignity (which is amazing for this kind of surgery). I have no stitches or staples, I was off all pain medication from day 4, I'm walking with minimal discomfort and I could not be happier. His assistant Sheri is equally amazing and on top of this busy man's schedule. Thank you Dr Malik for giving me back the health that diverticulitis had been robbing me for nearly a decade.
I was diagnosed for colon cancer over a month ago. I met with Dr. Malik to discuss my surgery. I am shocked that some find he is arrogant which he is definitely not. He was kind, compassionate and listened to me as I was scared and upset at the same time. He reassured me that I am in good hands and he will take care of me. I had my surgery May 17th and was in the hospital for only two days. He called after the stat holiday to see how I was doing and of course I was in pain, due to the surgery. He did call a few days later to see how I was doing, but called me again to tell me that the biopsy report has shown that I now need chemo. I started to cry and he was just silent, so that I can absorb the news and just cry. He referred me to an oncologist and the wheels are now in motion, as all this took less than a month. I had a CT scan to ensure the cancer did not spread to any of my major organs and it did not. I was told by the oncologist that Dr. Malik removed all that was in the wall of my stomach and did not go near my margins, as sometimes the most skilled surgeons do. I just want to thank you so much for your skilled hands and your passion as a surgeon. God bless you Dr. Malik and your wonderful staff.
I recently had an appointment with Dr. Malik. I was seeing him because I have a condition in which my body develops benign lipomas. I have had a few removed over the years . None of them have been for cosmetic reasons. I have ONLY ones removed that have caused me pain. I pay my msp every month and feel quite upset today after my visit with Dr. Malik. I have a 'lipoma' in my groin region which is sentiive to touch and causing me a great deal of grief. He did listen to me and instead told me that I would have to seek private care because in his opinion I was seeking cosmetic surgery. I am NOT concerned with the way it looks. It hurts me! I AM limping! You're terrible bedside manner and overall lack of caring makes me feel like you are in the wrong field! I will be filing a formal complaint! You wasted my time and solved absolutely nothing! Very unprofessional and I would not recommend anyone deal with him.
I Have to say the first time I met Dr Malik he didn't seem to have the best bed side manner. But the day of and after surgery check ups the man is amazing!!! He is very passionate about his work and in my opinion one if the best surgeons I have ever had and would HIGHLY recommend him.
The staff was good, however, this being the 2nd time I have seen Doctor Malik. I have to agree that he is very arrogant, and fails the biggest test at being a good Doctor, that being a failure to listen. If it was not for the fact that we live in a country where we are stuck with the doctor we get, I would shrug it off and see somebody else, but I am forced to live with his decisions. Too bad our life is literally in one man's arrogant hands.
My experience with Dr. Malik and his office staff could not have been better. It was an extremely pleasant and smooth experience considering that it was my first diagnosis of cancer and the situation was quite urgent. From the initial consultation Dr. Malik was open, honest, and informative, in a caring and personable manner. The scheduling of the surgery and associated appointments was handled very expediently, in particular Sherri was always very cheerful, and skillfully handled any scheduling issues that came up. The operation itself was very successful and he was able to get all of the tumour (I'm amazed that major surgery like this can be done laparoscopically), leaving only a few tiny incisions which are healing up nicely with no post-op complications. It has been a week or so has passed since the surgery. On the day following the surgery, his resident came to the hospital to do my post-op checkup as Dr. Malik was prepping for another surgery at a different hospital. After the checkup was complete Dr. Malik initiated an iPhone Facetime session from his Operating Room to the residents iPhone and we were able to talk face-to-face. In addition to this he phoned me during his vacation to give me some good news on the results of my biopsy pathology, so I didn't have to wait until his return.
Excellent experience and would highly recommend him. He is quick and efficient but more than willing to answer any questions. Everything I expected in a general surgeon. I am recovering very well from gallbladder removal surgery and it is in large part due to his skill. The incisions were small and flawless and are healing up very nicely. His personal assistant is probably one of the best assistants in healthcare I have dealt with. Due to the healthcare situation in BC, operating room time is scarce. She worked extremely hard with other personal assistants for surgeons in the practice to either get me on a cancellation list or to get me scheduled with Dr.Malik. She is very personable, honest and diligent. Dr.Malik's skill and his personal assistant's helpfulness made a huge difference. I wish everyone's surgical experience could go this well. Also I spoke with personal assistants for other surgeons in the practice when they tried to get me scheduled via the cancellation/last minute wait list and they were very kind and compassionate. If they reflect the surgeons they work for, I don't think you could go wrong with any of the surgeons at Victoria's Surgical Consultants practice.
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