Dr. Richard N. Footer

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Specialty:Gynecologist (OBGYN)
Hospital: George Washington University Hospital
Med. School:George Washington University School Of Medicine
Grad. Year: 1981

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Online Appt. Scheduling: N
Accepting New Patients:Y

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Rating: 4.6 out of 5 (5 is best), based on 24 reviews. Dr. Richard N. Footer has an excellent overall rating on RateMDs.com. smile

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Gynecologist (OBGYN)-related: pregnancy, fetus, neonatal, obstetrics, gynecology, neonatology, childbirth, newborns, baby, infants, premature birth, mother, birth, ultrasound, female reproductive system
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RID: 5480964
16/05/14 1 2 1 3 My experience with Dr. R N Footer and receptionist Marla was mind blowing – unprofessional and unethical... I had booked an annual check-up, however was charged for “preconception counseling” not covered with my insurance – all because as part of the routine questions, the doctor asked whether I was planning to have children – for which I answered that I was considering and had some conversation about it. I asked the office for an explanation of the bill (it only has writing “Patient Responsibility - $X) and my medical records so I could resolve the issue with ins co – after 3 letters, 6-8 calls and 1 office visit, I still have not received my records nor explanation. I was highly disturbed by Marla’s communication style – she was rude, did not listen and talked over my husband, she even raised her voice and hung up the calls on two occasions. When we asked to talk to the doctor, she said the doctor was busy and did not enable the touch point. I will never go back to this doctor again. 
Insurance: Anthem
20/10/13 SYSTEM: First Name changed from "Richard" to "Richard N." 
RID: 2534057
17/01/13 5 5 5 5 I am a relatively new patient and have the staff and doctor to be top-notch. 
Insurance: Blue Cross / Blue Shield
RID: 2487590
02/12/12 1 2 2 4 Dr. Footer is a sole practitioner and his wife is the office manager/nurse/receptionist/billing clerk. I found Dr. Footer to be knowledgeable, but hurried and judgemental. His office manager was rude and unhelpful. When I called to tell her that my prescription could not be filled without a verbal authorization from the doctor she started yelling at me, insisting that I had to call the insurer myself. She was flat out wrong, but just didn't want to be bothered making the call. When I asked for my medical records, she didn't have them ready, even though she told my husband they would be ready for pick up. Dr. Footer is okay, but his office manager is nasty and made my experience so unpleasant that I switched doctors.  Respond
RID: 1728189
04/03/12 2 3 5 5 I've been going to Dr Footer for years as he has delivered my 2 beautiful daughters. I really appreciated the time and care that he has always shown me and how he has answered all of my questions and really goes out of his way to make me feel comfortable. Will not go to anyones else 
Insurance: Blue Cross / Blue Shield
RID: 1639929
20/11/11 5 4 5 5 First class. Delivered both of my kids. Kind, understanding and an expert in his field.  Respond
RID: 1327334
04/01/11 5 5 5 5 Fabulous. i have been going to Dr. Footer 20 years. He delivered all three of my children and made special arrangements with the hospital for a private room when he knew our daughter would not live long after delivery. The best of the best! 
Insurance: Blue Cross / Blue Shield
RID: 1247230
09/09/10 5 5 5 5 I can't say anything bad about him! He is just the best! I love him. I was in my second pregnancy and I went to another doctor before and she make me live a nightmare was really bad, they told me a lot of things, even that if I want to get rid of the baby, and I immediately decide to change my Doctor, I look thru internet and I decide to go to his office and I felt completely different, he make me feel confident and I start enjoy my baby, he was on my delivery and I couldn't be better! Thanks for everything Dr Footer! 
Insurance: Blue Cross / Blue Shield
RID: 1187216
10/06/10 5 5 5 5 Love this man! I have been a patient since 2004 and he has always been there. His nurse, Marla, is also his wife. They care about their patients and I would rather wait hrs for him, than be in and out for some other quack! He helped me get pg, was there for a miscarriag and delivered one and soon #2. LOVE THIS MAN!  Respond
RID: 1149369
14/04/10 3 4 5 5 I have been seeing Dr Footer in his DC office for 5+ years and I adore him! I drive from more than an hour away for my visits. His nurse is great as well. He is extremely competent and highly compassionate. That said, his front desk people are not the greatest. I have found though, this is a common problem with physicians but should NOT reflect on the doctor 
Insurance: Blue Cross / Blue Shield
RID: 1063097
23/12/09 1 1 1 4 This office is always over-booked, and the appointments are never on time, you always have to wait at least 30-1hr longer. During my two and only visits (I will be finding another doctor), he was in and out of the room which made me feel unimportant, having a flowing coversation of questions hard, and overall was just rude. The receptionist (by the way having one receptionist=understaffed), is nice on some days, however if you try to call and get anything done with this office, you will probably be put on hold 1-3 times if not more. 
Insurance: Blue Cross / Blue Shield
RID: 934947
12/07/09 5 5 5 5 I started with Dr. Footer after I was dissatisfied with another OB that I had during my third pregnancy. All I can say is that he was great! I rarely had to wait past 15 mins to see him for my appts, and if I needed him, all I had to do was call him at the office or page, and he would call back. I had a c-section, and he was always very caring, making sure that I was ok. He has a great bedside manner. I would definitely recommend him. It's hard finding a good doctor, and at the time, I was on medicaid, so that can make it even more difficult in finding a good doctor. If you want a caring doctor, who will be there when you need him the most, then you'll love Dr. Footer! 
Insurance: Medicaid / Medi-Cal
RID: 890513
18/05/09 5 5 5 5 Dr. Footer and Marla are a wonderful team. He supported me through 2 miscarriages; 4 IVF cycles, eventually 2 successful pregnancies and countless other procedures to help me one-day accomplishment my dream of motherhood. I am forever grateful. I have been a patient since 1997 so 12 years makes me a long timer. Is his office busy sometimes? Sure but emergency’s come up in the OB business so a small wait here and these is nothing compared to the quality of care. Every time I had an emergency he was at the hospital waiting on me, not the other way around. No one I have every dealt with in the medial profession tops his bedside manner. He has a great sense of humor and medically, he has always provided exceptional care and on a few occasions my life was in his hands. My husband says to me all the time, I wish I could have a doctor like Dr. Footer. He really cares about his patients. 
Insurance: Aetna
RID: 843798
26/03/09 5 5 5 5 I saw Dr. Footer during my first pregnancy and delivery. He was wonderful. He took the time to answer all my questions and provide all relevant information about tests and issues that come up. He was funny and comforting the day of the delivery and accomodated all of our wishes. I never waited long for appointments. His assistant Marla is supper efficient and can help with a lot of the logistics and simple questions. 
Insurance: Blue Cross / Blue Shield
RID: 779035
02/02/09 5 4 5 5 I've been going to Dr. Footer for approx. 8 years and have zero complaints and can only say positive things about he and his assistant Marla. He's knows his stuff, he's very kind and always takes the time to talk. Sometimes I'll wait 1/2 hr-45 minutes, but that's the nature of the business and if you have an emergency, they will take you ASAP, which is comforting. I had a miscarriage and he was wonderful during that whole difficult time.  Respond
RID: 659177
07/08/08 5 5 5 5 Despite not being able to help me, it was still obvious that Dr. Footer really knows his stuff. He asked all the right questions, kept me informed throughout my visit as to what he was and was not finding, explained things on a level that wasn't condescending and made recommendations that made sense. I didn't like him, but I definitely respected him which is ultimately more important when it comes to one's health.  Respond
RID: 534513
04/03/08 5 5 5 5 Doctor Footer is an exceptional doctor. I am his patient of over eight years. He has given me excellent prenatal care for my last 5 children. After delivering my last child by c-sect I developed a severe infection that could have taken my life if Dr. Footer did not respond quickly and accurately. I would have to disagree totally with any of the negative reviews. He has always gone above and beyond the call of duty to show me compassion and concern. His wife Marla is the same as him. They believe in good ole fashion medicine .During my labors Dr. Footer remained with me. When I had to get an epidural for the c-sect he knew I was afraid so he assisted. When I had to be put to sleep for emergency surgery he held my hand. You will not find this in another doctor truly a gift from God.  Respond
RID: 350096
20/06/07 5 5 5 Dr Footer always takes time in the office to answer questions. I never feel rushed or ignored. I rarely have to wait past my appointment time. 
Paid (or co-pay): $1500
RID: 132960
08/02/07 3 5 4 Extremely helpful and comfortings. Took me on when he had to correct another Dr.'s mistake. Made a horrible situation better.  Respond
RID: 45937
18/09/06 4 5 5 Dr. Footer has seen me through one successful pregnancy and two miscarriages. I have found him to be knowledgeable, thorough, and compassionate. Also, when I miscarried, he immediately made himself available to me. People have to understand that because he is a sole practitioner, sometimes, he will squeeze emergency patients into his schedule in an emergency. So you may end up waiting if your matter is not urgent. I don't mind this because I know that he and Marla will always find to to see me, if needed, even on the busiest of days. I would not switch doctors for anything. 
Insurance: Blue Cross / Blue Shield
RID: 37630
25/07/06 4 5 5 Dr. Footer is simply outstanding. I can't imagine that a previous poster is referring to the same physician I have visited for over 10 years. He is the epitome of a compassionate, thorough, dedicated physician and I recommend him to others without reservation. 
Insurance: Blue Cross / Blue Shield
Paid (or co-pay): $2000
RID: 412276
24/05/06 4 5 5 I'm very pleased with Dr. Footer. Have been seeing him for 10 years now -- as my GYN (I have no kids). He and Marla, his assistant, are very caring, kind & helpful in all sorts of situations.  Respond
RID: 29894
09/05/06 2 2 4 Glad to hear that someone is happy here, because I was not. I found Dr. Footer to be perpetually double booked, and minimally interested in addressing questions when I had them. I finally gave up and found someone who is interested in talking to me.  Respond
RID: 18889
12/12/05 3 5 5 Amazing, Amazing.....Great bedside manner! Very knowledgeable! Love him! 
Insurance: United Healthcare
RID: 12361
15/09/05 4 5 5 Dr. Footer is great, as is Marla, his office manager. I am very confident of his knowledge regarding gynecological issues (including infertility), and I find Dr. Footer & Marla to always be friendly and helpful. Highly recommended.  Respond
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