Ever Hopeful - The Life of a Hotel Doctor
By Mike Oppenheim, MD
Years ago, I shared a Four Seasons elevator with Robert Duvall. He was reading a script, and I pretended not to notice.
The Four Season's house doctor is the only colleague who has been around longer than I, Myron Shapero, and he serves half a dozen premier luxury hotels. In the distant past I covered for him when he wasn't available. My records show 45 visits to the Four Seasons and several hundred to his other hotels. I loved those calls.
I retired in 2003 and unretired in 2007. During my absence he found someone else to help out. When insurance services send me to hotels that don't call, I remind the staff of my superior qualities. This has proved a good source of new clients but, ever hopeful, I don't solicit this doctor's hotels.