Dr. Richard Metz became a doctor during the “golden age” of medicine in the late 1970s. He has seen lots of changes in the medical world and as an internal medicine specialist, he has kept up with the times. As a physician who is allied with Century City Primary Care, LLC, a group of eight practicing physicians who reside in the Century City Medical Plaza, he saw the future of medicine changing from the time he started practicing medicine in 1978, and 12 years ago he created his Concierge Healthcare Program, a patient-tailored, one-on-one enhanced medical approach. Of his several hundred patients, about one hundred have become members in his concierge program.
He has brought his VIP medical services to patients that in the past, only executives and celebrities received. This includes 24/7 access to Dr. Metz and an openness in combining western scientific practices with eastern philosophical methods, for a thoughtful and thorough approach for each patient. With a focus on preventive care, Dr. Metz understands the importance of patient education, and stresses the need for proper nutrition and exercise.
For an annual fee, members of his concierge program receive an annual preventive executive-style physical examination, including laboratory studies, radiology, electrocardiogram, treadmill or stress testing, pulmonary functioning testing and body-fat analysis. And, believe it or not, if needed, Dr. Metz makes house calls, while he also gives out his personal cell number and home phone number for his concierge patients.
Married with two grown children, Dr. Metz connects with his patients. “I also feel that my patients are like my family,” he recently said.
Dr. Metz’s vast medical knowledge is one reason he is also sought out by medical colleagues in the industry to consult on the most difficult cases because he is widely known for his expertise in astute diagnostics. Because of his outstanding wealth of medical knowledge, he continues to educate medical students, interns and residents through UCLA as an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine. But he loves his patients and practicing medicine because it has given him so much meaning in life over the past four decades.
“In spending more time with each patient during their office appointments and discussing their lives through the prism of wellness, I have come to understand the true value of having your physician be a partner in your health,” Dr. Metz said.