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Dr. Michael J. Fox helped our new born infant get transferred to Sick Kids hospital in downtown Toronto after he was born. My son is doing fine now. We had at that time decided to see Dr. Fox since he seemed to have dealt effectively with the medical issues initially. As the relationship between Dr. Fox, myself and especially my wife developed, we found him, in routine visits, to be increasingly unpleasant, unkind, uncaring. Perhaps the government health care system--for which there is no self-interested incentive to deliver high quality interactions--is the ultimate institutional culprit. He seems to know, but he doesn't want to tell us certain things, such as what medicines to give our child if we travel to China: "Go visit the travel clinic," is his minimal, curt, abrupt reply. His mind as a caring, interested, enthusiastic scientist and practitioner seems unable to function freely in this coercive system. Sadly, we will find another doctor or try to do so :-(
Submitted Aug. 3, 2013 | flag
Doctor Fox is hands down the best doctor I have every encountered. Extremely knowledgable with no BS. We love him! He is direct and to the point and my family likes that. He eases our minds about the little worries that parents have and that is invaluable to me. He is also on time, every time! It's amazing that he is able to accomplish this and shows he really respects his patient's time. He also has a very dry sense of humor which is really funny. But I can see how some people might take this as him being rude or uncaring. In reality, it's his way of being funny and whimsical during every appointment. It may take some getting used to by those who are not as light hearted as Dr Fox.
Submitted July 31, 2013 | flag
Dr. Fox has been nothing short of fantastic for our daughter. He's always very considerate of our daughter's fears for the two years he's been seeing her and she is absolutely thrilled to see him every time she needs to go. As a parent looking for a doctor and not someone to BS me, Dr. Fox is a breath of fresh air. He is clearly an advocate for practical parenting and not worrying to death. His diagnoses have always been spot on, without fail. I would recommend Dr. Fox to anyone looking for a new ped.
Submitted Oct. 12, 2012 | flag
Dr.Fox is fantastic! I was dealing with serious health problems and could barely move from joint pain for a year, and I had seen many doctors who had told me that they didn't know what it was and to lose weight (which I did without changing anything, 30 pounds in under 3 months, this happened because of an undiagnosed and untreated disease)but Dr.Fox treated me like I really was sick and that he needed to figure it out. When I went to his appointment the second time he said "I've been thinking about this a lot", which made my mom cry because she was so relieved that someone finally cared. He has a funny sense of humor that some may think is him being annoyed. He's VERY knowledgeable. My past symptoms had been diarrhea, abdominal pain, joint pain and swollen eyes and the second I walked into his office and showed him nickle-sized bumps on my legs he was able to diagnose me (as best he could without scopes) with crohn's, which scopes done at Mc.Master hospital later proved to be true.
Submitted Sept. 3, 2011 | flag
I so agree with other comments, depending on Dr. Fox's mood, he can be very kind, but when he's confronted with many questions (as any concerned parent would), he gets annoyed extremely quickly. His attitude changes and whenever he gets into 'this kind' of mood, he talks down to me. This behaviour is very insulting and unprofessional. My children have been seeing him for over 10 years, I think I've had enough of his unpredictable moods, I've always told myself that he'd be better the next time. There're too many 'next time'. I'm switching elsewhere. I hope Dr. Fox makes an effort to read his reviews because working with the public, especially with kids & parents, he needs to have patience and kindness, as well as being able to converse professionally with parents who have 'too many questions'.
Submitted Dec. 20, 2010 | flag
Dr Fox. often talks down to me. As parent I find that very insulting. His bedisde maner is very poor.
Submitted Nov. 2, 2010 | flag
His bedside manner is indeed borderline annoying and tactless. Receptionist helpful when she calls to remind you of appts though not as friendly in-person. From a poster's previous comment about his distasteful conduct 20 years ago, I am not sure I will continue bringing my son there. In my opinion, people generally don't change.
Submitted June 8, 2010 | flag
The best thing about dr. Fox is the punctuality however, as others have remarked it does come with a price. It is VERY difficult to converse with Dr. Fox. He often seems annoyed by questions, responds sarcastically and does not at all explain diagnoses clearly. His mannerism does induce fear to ask questions. I don't doubt that he is knowledgeable but his 'parent-skills' need improvement. Great with the kids but low sensitivity for parents!
Submitted June 7, 2010 | flag
Excellent care in every way. His relaxed, friendly manner puts us all at ease, every visit. It's obvious he loves kids. He said something very kind to me about my son when he was having a small issue at school. I've never forgotten it. Just a very nice man. I would always recommend him.
Submitted Nov. 20, 2009 | flag
I switched to Dr. Fox from another Dr. many years ago, and have not regretted the decision. He is very punctual. My kids adore him... he really understands kids point of view and shares their sense of humour. I have read the negative comments about his bed-side manner with parents. He is my child's doctor, not my friend, so I don't expect him to act like he is. He doesn't mince words, but will also respect my ultimate decisions on matters. I would refer him without a doubt!
Submitted Nov. 18, 2009 | flag
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