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"His office called me twice the week before to ask if they could move up my appointment to start at 3:30. I said I’d try to get there as fast as possible after" a work meeting (which subsequently was canceled). So I got down there about 3:15 today and they asked if I was doing any labs. I said not as far as I know. I then asked where I would find the restroom and went. When I came back, they said I did have lab work to do. A blood test and a urine test. Great – I had no urine anymore! I mentioned to the phlebotomist that blood was OK, although I was not fasting, but someone should have stopped me from the men’s room break for the urine test. The woman said that happens all the time. Odd. I went in and met with the medical assistant, then sat and waited until around 4:15 (so much for an early appointment). Dr.
was the kind of doctor who clearly doesn't like it when patients ask questions that are not easy to answer or perhaps challenge his knowledge. I quickly perceived that he and I did not click. I told him I did not know why I was there. I already knew the genetic test results, knew what the diagnosis was, knew the rarity fo my condition, and understood that patients who have PKD1 are supposed to get kidney failure in their 30s, whereas I was 52 and had perfect-functioning kidneys, albeit with cysts on them. He said I was wrong. He then pulled out a document, opened to a page showing a bell curve chart from a study and showed me that the
age when PKD1 patients get to end-stage renal failure is 58, not late 30s. He then told me that I "was on track." There's no other way to interpret that -- he meant that I was on track to die from kidney failure at 58. Such a cold-hearted, unsympathetic approach got me rather upset. I remembered that the Genetics Medicine clinic told me that most nephrologists have very little experience with genetics-based kidney diseases; it's mostly hypertension and diabetes-related kidney issues, and for what I have, they may never see that in their entire careers. So I asked him out him how many of the patients in his quoted study had the very rare genetic anomaly (a missing
, not a mutation) that I do. He literally just stared at me, smirked, and said "It doesn't matter." Not a good answer. I then asked him how many patients in his career had he seen that were PKD1 patients with a deleted
. Again, I got a smirk and "It doesn't matter". That's what a doctor says when they are afraid of being discovered that they don't know the answer. This was without a doubt the worst, most unprofessional doctor visit I've had in my life. It was a complete waste of my time, as subsequent developments have revealed he did not know what he was talking about, yet he smugly gave me such terrible news with all certainty. All because I had the temerity to ask him questions and advocate for my own healthcare. I will not return to this doctor, nor would I ever advise anyone who is intelligent and asks questions of their healthcare providers to do so. You will not be well-received by this doctor. His ego evidently will not stand for that.

-RICK D.

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"He walked into room with entourage and did not bother to introduce himself to either my wife or myself. Started telling everyone that my wife's body was shutting" down and she was not going to survive. At the time my wife was alert and could hear everything he was saying. This came as a complete shock as we though things were going ok. This doctor must have skip the medical school class on bedside manner. He did come back a few days later by himself and was much more compasionate in explaining what was happening. By then, my wife was not conscience. Dr.
explaination for his conduct was that he likes to be direct. However, if you have been told that everything is progressing well to have someone blurt out that your body is shutting down does not seem like a great way to handle this delicate situation. Maybe it would be better to talk to the family member who is responsible for health decisions first away from the patient to see what he/she has been told.

-DICK S.

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Kidney care, also known as nephrology, is an important aspect of health and should be monitored properly. Your kidneys manage many body functions and organs, keeping your blood clean and chemically balanced.

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Kidney Care reviews in Santa Monica

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I have been visiting for about 2 years. They are conveniently located. The doctor is personable and nice. The entire staff is also friendly. It is easy to schedule an appointment.
- Bruce J.
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She is really good. I go to her bi-monthly. I have been going to her for about six years now. She makes sure that everything is going right and she keeps everything updated. I am on the transplant list for three hospitals. Shes personable and takes time to talk to me. She cares about her patients. This is a traumatic experience. She is busy and I am not late for an appointment. The staff is excellent. I get my time.
- Barbara C.
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He has come up with a neat way of handling things. He has me come in a week before the office visit so I can get lab work done. That way when I go in, he has my test results and I am usually out within 20 minutes.
- Sandra G.
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has a wonderful bedside manner, he explains everything thoroughly, and he calls us back almost immediately. Furthermore, I credit him with saving me from some very serious kidney problems.
- Jackie B.
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I go there once a month to get lab work done and to see the physician. They have excellent service and any problems I have they are prompt to talk me through the situation and I can call them anytime.
- Rita H.
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My experience was good. He is a great doctor. His professionalism is good. I was using his actual partner in the same practice and his partner died. He was an excellent doctor. I won’t leave him.
- Andrea K.
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I have been under his care for several years. I only have to see him once a year now, but he's an excellent doctor and he is always very responsive. He looks at each person as a person. Each individual is different and he feels that difference. He is very thorough and he has conversations. He is not one of these that puts me in the office and shoves me out the door after he gives my prescription. He gives me my instructions and medications if I need it and looks over my blood work to see how things are going. The diagnosis was the main thing. He is competent and very caring. The office is clean and up to date.
- Margaret H.
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I stopped going to him because they started charging $200 per year fee to go see them. They didn't think they were being reimbursed properly for everything, and they wanted to recover their cost, and none of it was covered by insurance. I told them that I was not going to pay $200 just for the right to go and his him. He was not controlling my blood pressure properly as well.
- Vincent L.

Kidney Doctors in Santa Monica, CA

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Ahmadi, Dr.Sheila

200 Ucla Medical Plz
Los Angeles

Antoine Abcar MD

4700 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles

Barsoum, Dr. Noha R

12660 Riverside Dr
Valley Village

Billoups Innovative Healthcare Solutions

9663 SANTA MONICA BOULEVARD
Beverly Hills

Bui, Dr. Matthew H T.

8635 W 3rd St
Los Angeles

Chan, Dr. Kevin G.

1500 E Duarte Rd
Duarte

Chang, Dr. Raymond KJ

23331 El Toro Rd
Lake Forest

Chen, Dr. May S.

27800 Medical Center Rd
Mission Viejo

Dang, Dr. Bryan Q.

307 Placentia Ave
Newport Beach

DaVita Dialysis Center

600 N 13th Ave
Upland

DaVita Healthcare Santa Monica

1260 15th St
Santa Monica

DR.VICTOR GURA

50 N LA CIENEGA BLVD#310
Beverly Hills

Farahmandian, Dr. Danny F.

16133 Ventura Blvd
Encino

Glick, Dr. Jeffrey A.

12660 Riverside Dr
North Hollywood

Gordon, Dr. Earl M

2001 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica

Grabie, Dr. Morris

1260 15th St
Santa Monica

Green, Dr. Abe

2080 Century Park E
Los Angeles

HelpWoo

#122, Ras Avenue
Walnut

Kaiser Permanente

6640 Alton Pkwy
Irvine

Kamal, Dr. Bindu M.

2415 Bath St
Santa Barbara

Karubian, Dr. Frederick

1260 15th St
Santa Monica

Kaura, Dr. Maya B

24865 Del Prado
Dana Point

Lavine, Dr. Michael

1260 15th St
Santa Monica

Le, Dr. Gigi M

6041 Cadillac Ave
Los Angeles

Legacy MD

Corona

Liebross, Dr. Burton A.

5525 Etiwanda Ave
Tarzana

Mischel, Dr. Matthew

15211 Vanowen St
Van Nuys

Mission Internal Medical Group

26800 Crown Valley Pkwy
Mission Viejo

Nachman, Dr. Mark

1260 15th St
Santa Monica

Nephrology Associates of Upland and Pomona

536 E Foothill Boulevard
Upland

Nguyen, Dr. Thanh T.

1560 E Chevy Chase Dr
Glendale

Orange County Kidney

17150 Euclid Street
Fountain Valley

Pham, Dr. Sheri A.

158 W College St
Covina

Pomona Valley Health Center - Pomona

1770 N Orange Grove Ave
Pomona

Providence Medical Institute

21311 Madrona Ave
Torrance

Rubin, Dr. Jack E.

3810 Katella Ave
Los Alamitos

Semerjian, Dr. Avedik A.

3300 E South St
Long Beach

St. Joseph Hospital

1100 W Stewart Dr
Orange

TheWorkoutTimes.com

624 N. LA Cienega Boulevard
West Hollywood

Tsang, Dr. Wayne K

20911 Earl St
Torrance

Valley Internal Medicine & Nephrology Med Group

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Tarzana

Valley Internal Medicine & Nephrology-N Hollywood

12660 Riverside Dr
Valley Village

Vermont Urgent Care & Multi-Specialty Center

1435 S. Vermont Ave
Los Angeles

Victor Gura MD

50 N La Cienega Blvd
Beverly Hills

Wechsler, Dr. Eric A.

320 Superior Ave
Newport Beach
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