Commend Deaf Doctor for Inspirational Work

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Target: Dr. Philip Zazove, Physician and Author

Goal: Commend a deaf doctor for being an inspiration to others with disabilities.

Dr. Philip Zazove, a severely deaf family practitioner, author, and chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Michigan, dedicates much of his work to improve health care for the deaf and hard of hearing. Deaf patients often face difficulties expressing their needs when visiting their family doctor. Research shows that deaf patients often have poorer medical care and lower social and economical outcomes than those who are not hard of hearing.

Dr. Philip Zazove specializes in family medicine and has been treating patients for over 25 years. He cares for many deaf and hard of hearing patients, and he believes that his own deafness helps him specially connect with these patients in understanding what they are going through.

Dr. Zazove went through difficulties in his earlier years after being diagnosed as severely hard of hearing at the age of four. Doctors told his parents that he needed to go to a school for the deaf, but his parents rejected this idea and pushed Zazove to excel in a regular public school.

Even as an adult, Dr. Zazove faced many adversities in his medical career pursuit. Dr. Zazove was rejected from many medical schools, but persisted in his studies and in his career aspirations despite being an unattractive applicant due to his severe deafness. After going to medical school, Dr. Zazove learned American Sign Language so that he would be able to more deeply connect with deaf patients and continues to inspire others today as the third deaf American physician. Dr. Zazove also works with training and mentoring other aspiring deaf physicians.

Please sign the petition below to thank Dr. Philip Zazove for serving as an inspiration to others by showing that disabilities do not and should not limit potential career opportunities.


Dear Dr. Philip Zazove,

Being one of the few deaf physicians in the United States is no simple feat, as you well know, and you have surely proven to others that a disability such as deafness should not hinder you from pursuing your dreams. As research indicates, deaf and hard of hearing patients often have poorer medical care and outcomes from their medical experiences. This disability should not have such a negative influence on the patients’ medical experiences.

Thank you for being such an inspiration to everyone. Your work with patients who are hard of hearing and with other deaf physicians reflects the potential deeper connection that may be given to establish better understanding between physician and patient. Thank you again for being a great role model.


[Your Name Here]

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