He's your baby's first friend.
And a family friend for life.
Dear Patients, Friends, Relatives, and
It is with mixed emotions that I announce my full retirement
from the practice of clinical medicine effective June 30, 2017. This date will mark
the culmination of my 40th year practicing family medicine.
I deeply cherish the experiences that I have had with you
over the past 40 years. My wonderful mentor, Dr. Robert Mendelsohn, once told
me: “a doctor derives 10% of his education from books, 20% from his professors,
and 70% from his patients.” Therefore, I wanted to let you know that I sincerely
appreciate the superior education that you have provided me with over the years!
My interests have been to practice natural medicine,
respecting the power of healing that we all innately possess. I supported
natural childbirth, breastfeeding, nutritional counseling, and bio-identical
hormone balancing to establish basic optimal health for the families in my
During the past 20 years medical care has become a big
business. Insurance companies, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, and the
government now intervene in the traditional doctor-patient relationship. The
private practice of medicine has been dissipating as many doctors feel the pressure
to join large hospitals, and big group practices operated by insurance company
conglomerates. Meanwhile the current prevailing philosophy of primary care
medicine has become dominated by computerized algorithms and a “one size fits
Fortunately Dr. Joseph Starkman will carry on the traditions
of practicing natural medicine and delivering medical care customized to the
needs of each individual patient. Dr.
Starkman will retain your medical records and will continue his medical
practice in the office on Park Avenue in Libertyville.
I ‘d like to say a sincere thank you and best wishes to all
my patients, my medical staff, and my medical colleagues. My greatest thanks go
to my family for putting up with my chaotic hours over the past 40 years. I
wish Dr. Starkman great success and longevity in continuing to provide high quality