Dr. Theodore Friedman

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Website: goodhormonehealth.com External Link
Practice: Friedman Theodore MD
Med. School:Mount Sinai School Of Medicine Of City University Of New York
Grad. Year: 1987

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Rating: 3.0 out of 5 (5 is best), based on 16 reviews. Dr. Theodore Friedman has a fair overall rating on RateMDs.com. neutral

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Endocrinologist-related: Cushing's syndrome, hyperthyroidism, hypogonadism, metabolic bone disease, diabetes mellitus, pituitary dysfunction, neuroendocrinology, diabetes, pancreas, pituitary gland, ovaries, testes, thyroid, adrenal glands
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RID: 5474767
13/05/14 3 1 1 1 Save your money. Go to a full-time endo. I can not recommend this doctor to anyone!  Respond
RID: 5245074
15/03/14 1 1 1 1 Worst doctor experience ever. This guy is just out there to make money off his one night per week of seeing patients. Honestly I don't think you can be a great doctor working one night per week with patients. other things i did not like was he orders tests but charges you to review the results! he started a medication but when i had trouble with it, I couldn't reach him. He is arrogant and talks down to people. Found another endo who helped me and could actually be reached when I called him. All he hears when he sees you is cha-ching! 
Paid (or co-pay): $450
RID: 5171753
10/02/14 3 1 1 3 Not a great overall experience. He is aloof, hard to reach, takes weeks, even months to respond to emails. Missed aspects of the diagnosis and was very dismissive when I tried to explain my symptoms. 
Paid (or co-pay): $350
RID: 2892819
03/10/13 3 1 1 2 I agree with so many comments here. I wasted so much money and time here. He's just a run-of-the-mill doctor trying to make a buck over people who really need help.  Respond
RID: 2779051
20/08/13 5 5 5 5 Dr. Friedman is nothing short of amazing. He is clearly brilliant and very well informed. He was able to assess my situation and properly diagnose me after one visit and some tests after two other endocrinologists turned me away. After receiving his diagnosis, two endos strongly disagreed with his opinion which concerned me a great deal - but after actually receiving the treatment and subsequently getting better as a result of that treatment it has proven, without a doubt, that he was absolutely correct! My quality of life is better and everything in my life is better. After years of disability, impairment and countless limitations I am able to have a normal life again!! I can't thank Dr. Friedman and his staff enough for their care!! I highly recommend Dr. Friedman!!! He doesn't take insurance, yet he is well worth what he charges. I only wish that people who can't afford to see him could receive the same quality of care so that they could get better too.  Respond
18/04/11 SYSTEM: 2 positive duplicate or disallowed ratings automatically removed 
RID: 1402979
31/03/11 3 3 1 2 I am writing on behalf of his patient who passed away. Dr. Friedman was difficult to reach, not in his office and seemed rather unconcerned with the entire situation. Never discussed mortality or potential heart damage due to long term Cushing's Disease. Patient passed away unexpectedly. Recommendation is for you to find a doctor who specializes in Cushing's Disease not a researcher as Dr. Friedman is.  Respond
RID: 1145162
08/04/10 1 2 1 3 Totally agree with the comments of 1/1/09. Not a very good experience, and not helpful at all. Can't add anything else. Would not waste my money if I had it to do over again. 
Paid (or co-pay): $450
RID: 844524
27/03/09 3 4 4 5 He actually helped me, although on the last visit, he forgot my chart and said, "I don't know why you keep coming to me as I haven't really helped you." He did tests that identified adrenal insufficiency, and put me on over the counter aids for it. I had been to other endos who wanted me to do daily HGH shots or take estrogen, and said they saw no other problem when my aldostrone was clearly off. I agree he is most interested in people with cushings and his follow up needs a lot of prodding. I feel I can take care of myself at this point and have my family dr. doing the tests i think are necessary. The why are you still seeing me comment and forgeting my chart when I had to drive long distance to see him really turned me off.  Respond
RID: 753173
01/01/09 1 3 1 1 Dr. Friedman doesn't really have an established practice: he works full time at Charles Drew U, and works an additional night once per week for patients. I paid $450 to see him because I believed the hype. When I saw him, he asked his questions, and wrote down my answers. In the end, he did not think I had anything wrong with me, and was ready to send me home. At my great insistence, he reluctantly agreed to some blood tests. I did not hear anything for weeks, so I tried to call his office. At this time, I realized that THERE IS NO DIRECT WAY TO CALL THE DOCTOR'S OFFICE. He has no phone number-just a voicemail line. I left several voicemails: no response. I called the lab, they told me the Dr had the results. A few weeks later, he finally sent an email with the very diagnosis I had suspected - I knew more about my condition than he did from a few google searches! THE TRUTH IS, THIS GUY IS JUST ANOTHER OUT-OF-DATE, ARROGANT ENDO TO TAKE YOUR MONEY AND TELL YOU IT'S ALL IN YOUR HEAD.  Respond
RID: 729977
25/11/08 2 1 3 5 Dr. Friedman is very compassionate and knowledgeable, unfortunately his practice (because he is a full-time researcher) is disorganized and poor on comunication and follow-up, although both him and his assistant try very hard. It's a trade-off. I live in Los Angeles and did not have to do a telephone consult. If you have a complicated problem and have not found other doctors to help, I would highly recommend him, otherwise for ease of scheduling and follow-up I would suggest someone with a conventional practice who is more available. 
Insurance: United Healthcare
RID: 631507
06/07/08 1 3 1 1 Dr. Friedman could have killed me. After my 1st visit, I felt hopeful that this guy would be the one to figure out what's wrong with me. My blood levels showed that I had hypothyroidism so Dr. Friedman put me on Levoxl. However, he didn't monitor my levels and within weeks, I was having heart palpitations, pain, and my heart rate was 105 while resting and was over 200 during exercise. I emailed him and it took him 3 weeks to respond! And all he did was make me pay a lot of money to see him, lowered my meds, and I still had heart problems because he refused to monitor it. He ordered 2 MRIs, a $1200 HGH test, and multiple urine and blood tests. I stopped going to him 3 months ago and still have yet to receive results from many tests despite me emailing him. He also took me off my gynecological medication w/out consulting my gyno, causing my PCOS to worsen. DO NOT SEE THIS GUY!  Respond
RID: 228459
24/03/07 1 2 5 Waited 3 hours to see him with an appointment. I have a complex case but he only ordered expensive tests and then made no recommendations. Seems he was just looking for subjects for his pituitary research. Big disappointment  Respond
RID: 51847
22/10/06 5 5 5 Dr. Friedman is a caring, compassionate (although a bit unorganized) doctor who is very knowledgeable. He believes his patients and gives them the opportunity to test in order to find out what is really wrong. He knows the right tests, too. For endocrine problems, especially Cushing's, he's top-notch!! 
Paid (or co-pay): $360
RID: 28264
15/04/06 5 5 5 He is one of if not the best pituitary specialists. People fly in from all over the world with hard to diagnose cases. I drove 5 hours to see him (well worth the drive) after 2 Drs misdiagnosed me when I knew I had Sheehans. He was able to diagnose me very quickly and ran all the right tests. Very good bedside manner, emails back and forth with you when you have questions. I have a local Endo now for maintenance, but keep Dr. F on my case because he is the best and when other Drs are stumped he figures it out. 
Paid (or co-pay): $225
RID: 17647
01/12/05 5 5 5 A wonderful diagnostician and compassionate doctor. Highly recommended for those hard to diagnose endocrine issues.  Respond
RID: 2727
01/11/04 5 5 5 The *best* endo in the world! He is a leading researcher and has an office open only one night a week for patients who come from all over the word. He saved me life. If you even think you have Cushing's Syndrome then Dr. Friedman is your only doctor to see. He is fantastic - know what to look for and doesn't waste your precious time or health. I have no problem HIGHLY recommending Dr. Friedman. Too see what other patients say about him visit his website at www.goodhormonehealth.com or www.cushings-support.com (a site for patients, many who've seen Dr. Friedman).  Respond
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