Ever since an early age, Stanley Orlop, DO, knew he always wanted to be a doctor. Then, after getting his first doctor toy set around age 5, he was hooked.
Dr. Orlop is a hospitalist at Mercy Health – St. Anne Hospital, Mercy Health – St. Vincent Medical Center and Mercy Health – Perrysburg Hospital and has been practicing medicine for more than 20 years. Eight of those years have been spent with us at Mercy Health.
“I had two aunts who suffered from cancer when I was growing up,” Dr. Orlop shares. “So, after observing their disease progress and overall treatment, my desire to help people grew.”
Hospitalists are doctors who specialize in diagnosing, treating and caring for patients while they are in the hospital. As a hospitalist, Dr. Orlop works closely with hospital team members to provide care to his patients.
Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the biggest changes he has seen is the overall treatment of the virus.
“At first, test supplies were limited, often taking upward of five days to receive results,” he recalls. “Once these results were available, the early treatments were anecdotal from the limited experience around the world. “
Now, Dr. Orlop is confident that the development of vaccines has reduced disease transmission and severity, despite the misinformation he has seen in the community.
While the past few years have certainly been stressful, Dr. Orlop maintains that “the most rewarding aspect of my work is the relationships developed with patients and making a difference in their health.”
In addition to the relationships with his patients, Dr. Orlop recognizes both Dr. Charles Sheldon and Dr. Joel Retholtz as mentors, who oversaw his residency program. He joined their practice in 2000, and then the group joined Mercy Health in 2014.
When he is not at work, Dr. Orlop enjoys spending time with his family and dogs, being outside, playing golf and reading.
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