Profile: Dr. David Ores of the Lower East Side

Posted on: July 25th, 2012 at 6:18 am by

Dr. Dave with his beloved dog, Falcor, at the Tompkins Square Park dog run

Dr. David Ores, or more widely known as Dr. Dave, practices general medicine on the Lower East Side. He also owns multiple Harleys, a Vespa, and has fully-tattooed arms. He graduated Columbia Medical School and has lived in Manhattan for over fifteen years. What makes Dr. Dave unique is his “turn no one away” policy—only about half of Ores’ patients have health insurance. Ores himself is actually anti-health insurance, and when we asked why, he said:

It’s immoral and we don’t need a private industry sucking all the dollars out of healthcare to pay CEOs and share holders. It just makes no rational sense. What you want to have is national not-for-profit healthcare.

Like we always do, we asked Dr. Dave to share some of his neighborhood favorites with us.

Favorite Bar:

Doc Holliday’s. “It’s a normal regular bar for normal regular people. You can have pizza delivered, you can play Duck Hunt, play pool, it has great music and doesn’t have twelve dollar cocktails.”

Why the LES is His Favorite:

“It’s a mish mosh of people from all over the world. It’s an endless stream of wonderment. It also is a politically strong neighborhood. Tompkins Square Park used to have a band shell they tore down that a lot of politically active people used to speak in.

I live here because I work here. I don’t believe in commuting. I believe commuting is the devil’s work. So whenever I get a job I live really close to it, within a blocks. That’s why I live next to my work.”

What he’s up to now:

Dr. Dave just released a book on Amazon, Don’t Quit Smoking, Just Quit Smoke. He’s also making a pilot for a TV show this summer. The show is kind of like a cooking show, but you learn about medicine. The working title is Lower East Medical. Ores is also guest-starring on the TV show Oddities, which focuses on popular East Village shop Obscura Antiques and Oddities.

Ores reminds you that “if you have any medical questions at all, email or text me. If I can help you, I will.”

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