In this Oct. 5, 2021, file photo, a health care worker fills a syringe with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. Credit: Lynne Sladky / AP

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I am a recently retired clinical social worker. I worked for many years with Dr. Meryl Nass at MDI Hospital. In the course of those years, I had a chance to observe her clinical skills, in day-to-day consults, finding her to be an impeccable MD. Her clinical skill set is second to none, being incredibly well researched and up to date on all the latest medical studies and trials. She always covered and discussed all options regarding her patients. I found her to be admirably diligent and highly ethical in all matters related to our work together concerning mutual patients.

Recently, I opted to seek out Nass, choosing to utilize her experience and skills regarding the pandemic and its challenges. She was instrumental in helping to provide me with critical early treatment when I contracted COVID-19 in mid-October. Nass prescribed key medication during this time.

These medications were truly life saving for me. I had a really bad case of the   COVID viral pneumonia. Despite that, I am quite convinced that her early interventions and timely prescriptions saved my life and limited my hospitalization to a brief two-hour emergency room visit. At every step of this challenge, Nass was extremely thorough. She discussed all the options available to combat this virus. Pros and cons were fully explored. She offered recommendations, but in the end, she allowed me to make the choices I felt were best for my needs.

Daniel Lorey