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  • CMO Patient Bulletin


    1-14-21

    To our faithful patients and the community:
     
    I wanted to let everyone know that in mid-December, I was diagnosed with COVID-19, presumptively contracted in the office from a patient.
     
    It progressed into a serious Covid pneumonia and eventually required my admission to the sub-ICU at Hoag Hospital for nine days.
     
    I am home now recovering.  I am still on oxygen and remain at rest, with the exception of some daily exercises.
     
    I am told this will be a month-to-month recovery.  I am prepared for slow, steady improvement.
     
    Naturally, this requires me to take a sabbatical from seeing patients. For those that had seen me in the PDQ Orange office, my wife Mary and my mentee Nichole Rogers will do an excellent job caring for you.
     
    For my Laguna Beach patients at Caduceus on Thalia, my younger associate Dr. John Sanguedolce is the physician.  I highly recommend for you in my absence. We have identical philosophies on patient care and I know you will really like him.
     
    Although there were a few rough days in there, it feels good to be in recovery mode and look forward to a continued steady recovery. 
     
    Gregg DeNicola MD
    Chief Medical Officer
    Caduceus Medical Group and PDQ Urgent Care and More/ PDQ Telehealth

  • Current 2021 Caduceus Screening and Testing Guidelines

    Our physicians and Chief Medical Officer Gregg DeNicola MD recommend the following medical screenings and testing for our patients this year:

    ROUTINE LAB TESTING-
    Ages 21,30,35, and every other year between 40 and 50, and annually over 50. (including Lipids, A1C, PSA, Thyroid, Blood count and general chemistries).

    PAP SMEARS-
    Age 21, then ACOG guidelines: Age 21-29: Pap every 3 years, HPV not recommended.
    Age 30-65: Pap & HPV every five years.

    MAMMOGRAMS-
    Every other year starting at age 40 until age 50 and then annually. Acceptable to stop at age 75.

    COLONOSCOPY-
    Every 10 years beginning at age 50. Acceptable to stop at age 75.

    DEXASCAN-
    In females every 1-2 years after menopause or age 50, whichever is first.

    SKIN CHECKS-
    Annually if you are a high risk (otherwise it will be part of your annual physical exam)- History of severe atypia, personal history of skin cancer, first degree relative with melanoma, history of prolonged sun exposure or sunburns, fair skin, blonde/red hair or blue/green eyes.