2015 Nominees Section
Thomas C Kockinis MD
Position: Past President of the OCMA
Organization: Orange County Medical Association
What role does your nominee have in senior care and senior care issues?
Dr. Kockinis is a bilingual Family practitioner, practicing for over 20 years in the Southern California area. He is an Associate Professor at USC Division of Nursing for Nurse Practitioners. Dr. Kockinis is involved in over 150 research projects and medical studies. He is the Chairperson for the FDA Institutional Review Board for Fountain Valley Regional Hospital, with over 25 medical staff members, of physicians and nurses, responsible for reviewing new drugs and medical procedures in compliance with FDA standards for good medical practice.
Among many honors, he is the President of the Orange Coast Medical Assoc., Member of the Huntington Beach Seniors Assoc, is affiliated with several local hospitals and health providers including Orange Coast Memorial, Fountain Valley Regional, Garden Grove Medical Ctr and Kindred, just to name a few. In addition, he works with skilled nursing facilities and other organizations to make sure our seniors are always the focus of excellent care.
Why should this person be nominated
Dr. Kockinis does remarkable work with older adults. He is very dedicated to following up with any issues which his patients have, and is of the most caring and compassionate physician.
Few examples that make him a hero.
1.- "I've been going to Dr. K. for a long time. It's hard to find a doctor to listen to me because of my Cerebral Palsy. Many doctors sees my chair and my drools and dismisses me. Not with Dr. K!!!! He listens to me and takes his time at talking to me and try to make me feel better. I only see Dr. K. every so often because he says that I'm really healthy. Whenever I need to see him, his staffs tries to fit me in as quickly as possible because I rarely complain of any discomfort"
2.- Dr. K has been my doctor for under a year now. I had to find a new doctor after mine went on sabbatical to another country. I was dismayed as I have some chronic conditions and didn't want to have to start all over again with a new doctor.
The first thing I liked about his office is that it doesn't have the feel and atmosphere of a cold medical office. It's warm and inviting. The staff is always kind and courteous.
When I come in for an appointment, I never wait more than 10 minutes to see the doctor. Except on one occasion when they so kindly slipped me in between patients. I just had to wait until he had a moment. I was so grateful for them slipping me in because the doctor sent me straight to the ER. (I am fine now).
Dr. Kockinis himself is thorough and seems genuinely concerned for me. I initially went in for something that could possibly have been very serious. Instead of scheduling a bunch of expensive tests and pushing more pills on me, he wanted to try something simple first, which turned out to fix the problem! I was amazed.
However, when he thinks it's serious, he takes action. He sent me to the ER recently, to a hospital where he knew the doctors. He called ahead of time and they took me right in and gave me the 5 star treatment! I like having a doctor who is well respected among his peers.
I would recommend Dr. K. to anyone looking for a great doctor in a casual, relaxed atmosphere.