Specialty: Family Medicine
Sub-specialties: Preventative Medicine, Sports Medicine, Addiction Medicine, Urgent Care
Dr. Max Citrin is a family medicine doctor in Boca Raton, Florida. He received his medical degree from Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine and has been in practice for 5 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including Spanish. As a former athlete, Dr. Citrin is especially passionate about preventative medicine and sports medicine.
At Citrin Medical Corporation in Boca Raton, Florida, we view you as an individual person, rather than just another “have a symptom take a pill” patient. As part of our osteopathic approach, we work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan that works best for you, rather than simply prescribing a “one size fits all” treatment that is doomed to fail in the long run.
Dr. Citrin and his team are never too busy to spend individual time with you. We are dedicated to placing your needs as a priority, understanding that each patient is different, and your concerns are our concerns.
Primary prevention is my passion, and I strongly believe in “An ounce of prevention – A pound of cure for an ailing health care system”. I have encountered many patients struggling with hypertension, diabetes, and risk factors of cardiovascular disease who use urgent care as primary care. It is particularly striking to me that patient education could have prevented many doctor visits.
My observation of the importance of patient education for prevention is supported by research. The contemporary disease-management / disease-treatment approach in medicine is unsustainable; the only solution to combat today’s major killers – cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer – is via health promotion and preventive medicine. [2, 3]
My frustration with traditional medicine is its inordinate focus on existing illness. It is a “sick care” system that does not deal directly with underlying causes of diseases and disability, but instead is based on secondary prevention. During my early years as a practicing physician I felt I was being pushed to deliver “assembly line” medical care, aimed at quickly addressing signs and symptoms of illness by a symptom-relief drug based approach, rather than uncovering and managing the causes of illness. This counters my core values.
As a medical professional my focus is on delivering health care to my patients. With my focus on health promotion I look for risk factors and run comprehensive blood tests that most regular doctor ignore. I alert my patients when their levels are out of optimal; I don’t wait until their levels are out of “statistical range” and in danger zone, like traditional doctors do. Also, in contrast to traditional doctors, I teach my patients about the importance of lifestyle choices – especially nutrition and exercise – for disease prevention and treatment of risk factors, rather than blindly rely on drug prescriptions.
1. Genuis, S.J., An ounce of prevention: a pound of cure for an ailing health care system. Can Fam Physician, 2007. 53(4): p. 597-9, 605-7.
2. Goldman, D.P., et al., Substantial health and economic returns from delayed aging may warrant a new focus for medical research. Health Aff (Millwood), 2013. 32(10): p. 1698-705.
3. Arena, R., et al., Healthy Lifestyle Interventions to Combat Noncommunicable Disease-A Novel Nonhierarchical Connectivity Model for Key Stakeholders: A Policy Statement From the American Heart Association, European Society of Cardiology, European Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation, and American College of Preventive Medicine. Mayo Clin Proc, 2015. 90(8): p. 1082-103.