Dear Patients and Friends,
This is Dr. Foulkes reporting from the other side of a long, long summer of great but lengthy care at the University of Chicago following my liver transplant on June 3rd. I am finally doing much better with only a few nagging questions. I am off most of the medications I needed over the summer and am starting to feel like myself. My wife Rita, who is a teaching physician at the U of C saved me several times when my symptoms at home were revealing bleeding or infection. I would say that in some ways her summer was worse than mine. Watching me fight to just be alive is harder than just being the guy that focuses on making it up the road ahead as it steepens. I am a lucky fellow indeed, not just for being the successful recipient of a donated liver, a brilliant wife, and outstanding care from my doctors but for having the privilege of gaining the trust of all of you!
My daily motivation and passion as an ophthalmologist have always been getting the best outcome for your vision and your overall eye health. The icing on the cake is having a few minutes getting to know you as a person as those interactions always inspire me to continue in my optimistic pursuit of life. I have had a cancer diagnosis for over a decade, fortunately a slow-growing tumor! I have had 3 surgeries and radiation treatments, all without losing virtually any time in my clinic. But with chemotherapy, I was unable to work. I personally selected Dr Jasmeet Dhaliwal to merge our practices and to assume care of my patients, while I am recovering. He is well known in our area as a top surgeon with outstanding surgical success and judgment. He has a practice on the Amita Health Resurrection hospital campus and a clinic in Elgin. He prides himself in minimal wait times, something I never achieved as you probably know! His clinical judgment and expansion of diagnostic equipment should give you full confidence in his care. I fully endorse Dr Dhaliwal and hope that you are not delaying care waiting for my return.
Thankfully I was offered the chance to be cancer free with a liver transplant. It is my intention to return to work at some point. I have unfortunately had a bit more arduous passage with my living donor transplant. It has kept me out much longer than I had expected. I still cannot commit to a date when you can see me and for this reason, I am hoping you will make an appointment to see Dr Dhaliwal today. It is so important to be seen with some regularity so that we don’t miss very treatable problems like elevated eye pressure or retinal disease. I have so appreciated the letters and messages of support and assure you that I am on the mend and have not been disabled by this process. In fact, I expect to be better than I was as I am now cancer free!
All the best and thanks for the years of trust you have placed in me!
BS, cum laude
University of Illinois
University of Chicago Hospitals
Weiss Hospital, Internal Medicine Internship
Henry Ford Hospital
Corneal and External Disease & Refractive Surgery Fellowship
- Board Certified
- State of Illinois Medical & Controlled Substance Licensure
- American Academy of Ophthalmology
- The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons
- Cornea Society
- Cataract Surgery
- Comprehensive Ophthalmology & Surgery
- Glaucoma Management & Surgery
- Cornea & Refractive Surgery
- Lasik Surgery