Back in 2005, there were only a handful of
medical practices and doctors doing house calls
in New York City.
While completing his residency at Overlook
Hospital in 2004, Natan
Schleider, M.D. received a call from an
established patient, a pleasant 70 year old
gentleman who lived across the street from the
hospital where Dr. Schleiders family practice
called Dr. Schleider.
Hi Dr. Schleider, said the gentleman,
I think I have strep throat.
Sorry to hear that, said Dr.
The gentleman went on to say When I was
a boy, my doctor used to do house calls. I remember
having strep throat and scarlet fever. My throat
hurt. I had a fever. There was a rash on my
skin. I felt miserable! My good old time doctor
came to the house that night, gave me me a shot
of penicillin, and within a few hours, I was
feeling much better. Not a day later I was cured!
Would you come visit me, I live across the street
and feel to weak to come to your office.
I would be happy to visit you and do
a house call, said Dr.
Schleider, but first I need to ask my attending
teaching physician since I am still a resident.
Natan Schleider asked his boss at the time,
the senior attending physician to do the house
call. He was told he could not go. If
the patient is too sick to come to the office,
he must go to the emergency room, said
the teaching attending physician.
Thats ridiculous, replied
Schleider, the patient lives 100 feet
away. I can grab a thermometer, blood pressure
cuff, pulse oximeter, rapid strep test, perform
a throat culture, and be back in 15 minutes.
If it looks like strep throat, I can treat him
with antibiotics immediately and save him the
trouble of an emergency room visit.
Long story short, the house call never happened.
The attending physician said hospital guidelines
prohibited house calls. The patient spent 36
hours in the emergency room just to get a prescription
Schleider, M.D. realized that he would have
to think outside the box.
When he finished residency training, with about
two hundred dollars in the bank to spare, Dr.
Schleider, bought a black doctor bag, basic
medical equipment, had some business cards printed,
and started a house call based medical practice
in the New York City where all patients were
treated like family. Hence New York House Call
Physicians slogan: Your Doctor in the
Over a decade later, New York House Call Physicians
has grown into a group medical practice of multiple
health care providers who treat patients in
their home or our offices through New York City,
Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, Staten
Island, Long Island, and other regions of New
New York House Call Physicians with further
questions, schedule an appointment via zocdoc.com
(by searching a doctor name: Natan Schleider,
M.D.) and/or visit our historic classic website
for further information: http://www.doctorinthefamily.com.