Can a Surgeon Say “I’m Sorry”?

Can a surgeon say, "I'm sorry"?

Physicians are often reluctant to say “I’m sorry.”  This article, by Rahul Parikh, on a physician expressing regret for a missed diagnosis is both interesting and enlightening.  Surgeons and administrators in LASIK and Lifestyle IOL practices might find an interesting perspective on the importance of empathy and honesty when things don’t go exactly as planned. Within our LASIK and Lifestyle IOL practices, there is something to be examined here.