Dr. Aristides P. Assimacopoulos, MD

Dr. Aristides P. Assimacopoulos, MD

Internal Medicine | Male | 53 years old

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Care Philosophy

I believe that the doctor is there to help the patient make their quality of life better. Although that means prescribing medications, I do not believe that we should just throw pills at every problem without thinking. The doctor needs to listen and understand what is actually important to the patient. I support open and honest communication between doctor and patient even if we don't agree on everything and I prefer to offer patients advice based on current medical knowledge and guidelines instead of lecturing. I try to maintain a healthy skepticism about standard medical advice and realize that you cannot apply one rule to every patient. I try to advise the patient as to what I would do personally if I were in their situation or as if I were advising my own family member. It is just a modern day reality that doctors have certain time limitations but I fight against becoming complacent and giving in to leaving things as "good enough." It is my responsibility to give the patient my best effort every time because they have put their trust in me. I do not have a problem admitting that I do not know everything because it is not possible for one doctor to know everything. I often look things up to be sure and to check for new or updated information that I may not be aware of. Finally, because of my experience as an Infectious Disease consultant I feel that I can offer additional expertise and a broader perspective to my patients.Read more

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I come from a strong family tradition of the practice of medicine. Both my father and my grandfather were physicians,...Read more

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based on 6 total surveys (3 with reviews)
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  • Spends appropriate amount of time with patients
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Dr. Assimacopoulos Says:

We welcome feedback from all our patients and try to learn and change so as to continually improve our practice. We share feedback, both good and bad, with everyone involved (in a non-judgmental fashion) especially if we see a chance for process improvement. If you contact my office and ask for "Dr A's assistant" you will be able to get a message to me. If you are a current patient, you can...

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in Waco, TX |
I was Dr. A's patient in 2006 in the ICU at Avera McKennan in Sioux Falls, SD (I believe this is the same Dr. Assimacopoulos). I was a 21 year old college student at the time and he was able to find the right diagnosis and treatment for my symptoms (Lemierre's syndrome) that saved my life. I never got the chance to personally thank Dr. A, so this review is my thank you. Today I live in Waco, TX and work as a palliative care social worker in the ICU. Thank you Dr. A for your influence.
in Elgin, IL |
Dr was caring and really listened. The advice given was thoughtful.
in Elgin, IL |
he listens very well and explains most things very well Is good about answering any questions.
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Dr. Assimacopoulos says...

I come from a strong family tradition of the practice of medicine. Both my father and my grandfather were physicians, my mother was a nurse and I have two daughters currently pursuing medicine. My grandfather was a past president of the medical society of the city of Thessaloniki in Greece and was the head of the public hospital there as well as a professor of surgery. My father, also a surgeon, was born in Greece in the city of Thessaloniki and emigrated to the U.S. where he completed his education at the University of Minnesota. Besides being born at the University of Minnesota Hospital, I also completed all my education and training there. I had planned on pursuing a career in research and academics but I was drawn to patient care because I enjoyed patient contact and wanted to develop clinical expertise that only comes with direct patient care.   I practiced clinical Infectious Disease for many years but, for various reasons, decided to return to Internal (Adult) Medicine and have been very happy with the decision. I am also interested in Telehealth and technological innovations that will allow doctors to provide medical care to our patients anywhere and anytime via electronic means. I believe that we should all try to maintain a balanced and healthy life style, thus, I enjoy travelling with my spouse (who is an excellent and healthy cook) and am interested in Byzantine Chant, camping and Japanese Karate.  For those who want to learn, my name is pronounced "Ah-si-ma-CO-puh-luhs" but I usually go by "Dr. A" 

Dr. Assimacopoulos' Care Philosophy

I believe that the doctor is there to help the patient make their quality of life better. Although that means prescribing medications, I do not believe that we should just throw pills at every problem without thinking. The doctor needs to listen and understand what is actually important to the patient. I support open and honest communication between doctor and patient even if we don't agree on everything and I prefer to offer patients advice based on current medical knowledge and guidelines instead of lecturing. I try to maintain a healthy skepticism about standard medical advice and realize that you cannot apply one rule to every patient. I try to advise the patient as to what I would do personally if I were in their situation or as if I were advising my own family member.   It is just a modern day reality that doctors have certain time limitations but I fight against becoming complacent and giving in to leaving things as "good enough."  It is my responsibility to give the patient my best effort every time because they have put their trust in me. I do not have a problem admitting that I do not know everything because it is not possible for one doctor to know everything. I often look things up to be sure and to check for new or updated information that I may not be aware of. Finally, because of my experience as an Infectious Disease consultant I feel that I can offer additional expertise and a broader perspective to my patients. 

Dr. Assimacopoulos says...

I have done extensive training and practice in both Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease at an excellent and rigorous training program. I am well qualified to treat all the conditions commonly seen in Adult Medicine and all Infectious Disease conditions. If I feel something is beyond my abilities then I refer to a specialist sooner rather than later.

Dr. Assimacopoulos says...

I perform basic office procedures such as draining small abscesses, ingrown toenails and basic biopsies. If I feel anything is beyond my abilities I refer to a specialist.

Dr. Assimacopoulos says...

We welcome feedback from all our patients and try to learn and change so as to continually improve our practice. We share feedback, both good and bad, with everyone involved (in a non-judgmental fashion) especially if we see a chance for process improvement. If you contact my office and ask for "Dr A's assistant" you will be able to get a message to me. If you are a current patient, you can send us a message directly from our web portal. If you have been happy with our practice, please consider telling your family and friends.  

Dr. Assimacopoulos' experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

  •  Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  •  Specializes in Internal Medicine
  •  Board certified in Infectious Disease and Internal Medicine
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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  • Infectious Disease
  • Internal Medicine

Conditions Treated

  • AIDS
  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Anemia
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
  • Cellulitis
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Depression
  • Dermatitis
  • Diabetes
  • Emphysema
  • Endocarditis
  • HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus)
  • Heart Disease
  • Hepatitis
  • High Cholesterol
  • Hives
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Hypertension
  • Infections
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Lyme Disease
  • Obesity
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pneumonia
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Syncope
  • Tuberculosis
  • Wound Infection

Education

  • Medical School
    University Of Mn Med Sch

    Graduated in 1991

  • Internship Hospital
    University Of Minnesota / Twin Cities Campus

    Completed in 1992

  • Residency Hospital
    University Of Minnesota / Twin Cities Campus

    Completed in 1994

  • Fellowship Hospital
    University Of Minnesota / Twin Cities Campus

    Completed in 1996

  • Undergraduate School
    University Of Minnesota / Twin Cities Campus

    Graduated in 1987

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Greek

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Specialties

  • Internal Medicine
  • Infectious Disease Medicine

Procedures Performed

  • Abscess Incision and Drainage
  • Biopsy
  • Chest CT (incl. Heart and Lungs)
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG)
  • Immunization
  • Joint Injection
  • Pap Smear
  • Physical Examination
  • Spirometry
  • Urinalysis
  • Vaccination

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