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Welcome to my blog!

Welcome to my blog! My goal here is to get more personal – and simply share stuff with my friends, family, and patients!  You can expect some posts on the latest advances in cosmetic surgery (although it seems like there’ll be a fair amount of music-related posts – they’re too much fun to make!) I also expect that we’ll have more contests and free stuff, special events and even very special guests!

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Patient Survey Results 2019!

To start off, I’d like to send a big thank you to everyone who participated in the survey! We’re all certainly busy and taking surveys is rarely at the top of anyone’s list - yet as of this writing I’m proud to say we’ve received 106 responses to date! So thank you all again for helping us provide the highest quality care and helping us improve. While I don’t want to bore you by walking you through every single survey question (again!), there are some particular pieces of information that I’d like to highlight and share with you all: How do we know you? Patient 87% Prospective Patient 7% Friend/Family member 4% As we suspected, most of you are already patients here!  Almost 90% of the people that responded are patients.  What we find most interesting though, is that  7% of the respondents were prospective patients.  A special thanks to those kind souls who haven't been in but took time out of their day to help us out! How do you prefer to be reminded of your upcoming appointments? Text Message 60% Email Message 43% Phone Call 10% When it comes to appointment reminders, our data supported what we'd been hearing [...]

The Gift of Sight

The Gift of Sight Written by Richard Weiss, M.D. for the “Chicken Soup” series, “Chicken Soup for the Traveler’s Soul” I will never forget the look on Stevie Wonder’s face.  In appreciation of Stevie lending his name to our One World Sight Project, an effort to cure world blindness, I was giving him a small token of our thanks.  There is a blind sculpture garden in the Picasso museum in the south of France that publishes a book that recreates some of Picasso greatest works in relief for the vision impaired.  The book is stark white, resembling the Beatles’ white album, and after several pages in Braille, there followed 15-20 embossed Picasso artworks. Because Stevie had always been blind, I was not sure that he would be able to recognize and appreciate drawings and symbols, a skill sometimes absent in people visually impaired from birth.  I held my breath as I placed his hands on the book and he began to turn the pages, closely examining each one. “Wait a minute, let’s go back a few pages,” he exclaimed. The expression on his face at the sudden recognition of one of the previous pages was to me worth all of [...]
Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Today I couldn't decide which song to choose, so here are the two Weiss Music Minute finalists! (recorded 3/16/19) First up, we have everyone's favorite Irish song: Danny Boy. This song was first written down in an old Irish song book from 1855 when it was called “Londonderry Air.” Although I had seen this title before, I didn’t happen to know that an air (Italian: aria) is a song-like vocal or instrumental composition. Or also that "The Londonderry Air" is an air that originated in County Londonderry, one of the original counties of the Kingdom of Ireland from 1613 onward. [Courtesy of Wikipedia :-) ] This is my short arrangement of a traditional song with a non-traditional ending. “I’m Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover” was composed by Henry MacGregor Woods, who also wrote the music for "When the Red, Red Robin (Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along)”! Although Woods became legendary from this song, in modern times the song is probably most associated with Merrie Melodies cartoons (maybe that’s where I first heard it). It’s also a common tune played by the string bands in Philadelphia's Mummers Parade (a shout out to my home town, Philadelphia! Picture the Mummers strutting to this [...]
Paintings of Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife Coretta done on cross-sections of tree

In Honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Today we honor the work Dr. King did in order to help transform the promise of America into a reality for more of its citizens. In my office I have two unique paintings of Dr. King and his wife Coretta. They are unique in that they're painted on cross-sections of natural wood; the bark of the tree still clings to the sides. I inherited the paintings from my father-in-law, who obtained them from the Canadian artist Hetty Fredrickson (Hetty's story itself is interesting as well - you can read a bit more about it from her son, who details her life and artistry: http://walraven.org/hetty/hetty.html). So today we'd like to join others around the country in remembering and honoring the work of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Adult ballerinas in pink performing "Waltz of the Flowers"

The Nutcracker Suite Contest

As you've probably read in the email (you ARE on our email list right? ), I sat down to record a version of "Waltz of the Flowers" last night, and completed the recording only to find that I already had a previous version of the same movement!  Well, rather than discard a take, I thought it would be interesting to share both pieces of music with you.  While they are similar, there are certain differences in the performance that I can hear.  I'm curious - which one do you like better?  There are also slight differences in the recordings - (and a couple wrong notes) but I'm interested in the difference in performances, rather than sound quality or notes. This contest also gives me another opportunity to spotlight Weiss Music Minutes!  As you may recall, I have been trying to offer evidence that  the essence of many complete musical ideas (and songs) can be distilled down to  under 60 seconds. I'm hope you'll agree that you will recognize this piece of music by Tchaikovsky as a complete musical concept - in just a minute! Let me know which one you preferred, and if your opinion happens to land in the majority, you'll get [...]
Congratulations to the winners of the Name That Tune Holiday Edition

Name That Tune Holiday 2018 Edition winners!

A round of congratulations go out to the following people for correctly guessing the name of the song featured in our Name That Tune – Holiday 2018 edition!  Names have been changed to initials for privacy reasons, but the winners will be receiving an email notifying them of their status as well as receiving $250 of office credit! The winners are: N.M. J.P. R.M. G.S. C.A. N.O. C.C.W. C.W A.T.L Congratulations to you all and thank you for participating!  Stay tuned for more medical insights, music and more as we kick off 2019!

In Memory of Stan Lee

Spider Man Theme – In Memory of Stan Lee

I learned to read in part by reading Fantastic Four, Spider Man and Nick Fury comics at Sy’s barber shop where I stopped by on the way home from elementary school (whether I needed a haircut or not) just to read the comics! Over the next 50 years, my mind has been filled with hundreds of characters and stories thanks to Stan Lee. In memory of Stan’s passing today, I’d like to re-share a blog we did a while back on one of Stan Lee and Marvel’s most popular characters – Spider-Man.  Once again, enjoy this small musical tribute to one of our most prolific creative geniuses. Thanks, Stan. “‘Nuff said.”

Did you catch our baseball blog last year? It’s in season again! ⚾️

Baseball season strikes again! That means it’s time to swap March Madness for your baseball cap, dust off your baseball mitt and get ready to celebrate “America’s pastime”! In honor of baseball season, I made a cover of the song, “Take Me Out To the Ball Game!”, the unofficial theme for baseball. The song was composed in 1908 by Jack Norworth and Albert Von Tilzer. I hope you enjoy my little baseball haiku! Feel free to use it as a ringtone, share with your friends or even give us a shout out on Twitter (@drRichardWeiss) if you’re feeling so inspired! Play Ball!

How to Cook a Christmas Goose

Now that Thanksgiving has passed, Christmas is basically right around the corner!   Last year I decided to take on a new challenge: cooking a Christmas goose!  In this video, I’d like to share the results with all my friends and family of patients. At 45 minutes, this is the longest blog I’ve ever done, so it’s not for everyone!  But if you’re interested in learning about a unique way of preparing a Christmas goose that worked well for me, and having a few laughs and a little music along the way, please enjoy!  We certainly enjoyed eating it!!

A Swingin’ Spider-Man Tribute Blog!

We have a few Marvel Comics fans here at the office, one of which is Dr. Weiss himself!  After seeing and enjoying the new Spider-Man: Homecoming movie, Dr. Weiss decided he’d whip up a little musical tribute and treat viewers to a glimpse at his comic book collection.  We hope you enjoy – and share with your friends! 🙂