Dr. Satish Rachapalli

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Gender:M
Specialty:Rheumatologist
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Phone:250-519-4007
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Rating: 4.1 out of 5 (5 is best), based on 21 reviews. Dr. Satish Rachapalli has a good overall rating on RateMDs.com. smile

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Rheumatologist-related: rheumatic diseases, musculoskeletal problems, scleroderma, musculoskeletal pain, arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, polymyositis, Raynaud's phenomenon, vasculitis, connective tissue diseases, rheumatic fever
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RID: 5223856
06/03/14 5 5 5 5 I am a RN and believe me I know who a real doctor is! Dr Rachapalli is a god send for me. He diagnosed me with a rare problem during the first visit itself and send me to Vancouver for urgent treatment. I think I am the luckiest patient. I do not hesitate to recommend this doctor. 
Insurance: BC Med
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RID: 5215806
28/02/14 3 5 1 1 I concur with the person coming from out of town. My first rheumy retired in 2009. I decided it was time to find a new specialist in rheumatology. I spent an hour and a half getting there. Dr Rachapalli saw me for 15 minutes. He discarded my former diagnosis, which had taken 12 years to get, because he didn't care what other specialists had to say. In fact, he didn't care what I had to say, so I don't know if he's knowledgeable because he didn't want me to ask questions. He sent me for a bunch of blood tests, most of which I already knew were going to be negative. He discounted everything except he did seem to be excited about treating me for my fibromyalgia. I can't tolerate Lyrica and similar drugs, so I don't know what he planned, but I am too tired to go back for a repeat performance. I've been managing with alternative care this long, so I guess I will continue! 
Insurance: BC Med
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RID: 3644861
30/12/13 2 2 2 1 I spent the day Travelling to Victoria, when I finally got in to see Dr.R he was unable to sign into the medical site to see previously done blood work, tried his password and had forgotten it. Was not impressed at all. He then wanted the test results faxed but then was told his fax was unable to receive faxes. He then told me he would call me at home the next day. I never heard from him. My appt. was on a Thursday and by Sunday I was admitted into the hospital in my home town. I was there for 4 days and still had not heard from him. I had to call his office from the hospital to find out if my new prescription was sent to my pharmacy and it wasn't. Then finally got around to doing this for me. The Visit was a waste of my time and money and will not be going back to see him, all I can say is I hope people from out of town read this so they don't waste there time and money.  Respond
RID: 3628248
09/12/13 4 3 2 4 Not impressed and disapointed,I have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, I have tried 4 different treatments, during my consult I expressed my concer with a side effect caused by Lyrica, I have a mild facial palsy. Said he never heard of that, and sent my history to GP and said that he doesn't have any to offer. He will send the medical history to my family doctor, changed prescription if it doesn't work I should ask to go to Vancouver. If to see a specialist in the island, how long I will be waiting for a referral in Vancouver? 
Insurance: MSP
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RID: 3622112
01/12/13 5 5 5 5 I have been seeing Dr Rachapalli for my lupus for the last 12 months. He has always been very helpful. I find it unbelievable that I can call his office when ever I have a problem and talk to him if needed. Linda, his new secretary is a welcome addition after some not so good experience with the previous one. 
Insurance: MSP
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RID: 3621366
29/11/13 2 5 2 2 Not impressed! Spent 5 mins withe second appt. Asked about side effects of drug said nothing and he seems unsure of next step... I will no be back !! This is family deisease not just me. Found him to not be interested and should find a better way to communicate I drove almost an hour tobsee him for 5 mins a waste of my time !! 
Insurance: MSP
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RID: 3607802
17/11/13 4 5 5 5 He managed to fit me in at the end of the day after 5 as an emergency when my GP called him. Very concerned about the patient's well being. Lucky to have him as my doctor  Respond
RID: 3601503
10/11/13 5 5 5 5 I am grateful to Dr R. I have a rare condition which causes inflammation due to genetic causes. He was the first one to suspect it and started him on an expensive drug. Amazingly I am free of pain for the first time in 5 years. His secretary is also very helpful  Respond
RID: 3595211
04/11/13 2 3 2 3 Not exceptionally happy . Canada disability has requested twice more info about my condition , no response from dr. Now disability will make decision without info most likely I will be Denyed  Respond
RID: 2887912
30/09/13 5 5 5 5 Dr Rachapalli diagnosed me with a rare disease Wegeren vasculitis. His intervention probably saved my life 
Insurance: MSP
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RID: 2865262
21/09/13 2 3 1 1 Did not listen, care or pay attention to challenges. Did not diagnose correctly for more than half a year. After many trips to emergency, finally cardiac and kidney failure resulted in Intensive Care Unit and 3 wks in hospital. Correct tests undertaken to arrive at correct diagnosis.  Respond
RID: 2732743
28/07/13 5 5 5 5 I am newly coping with this problem called arthritis,Iam so very pleased that I have Dr.Rachapalli as my physician. I found myself with a most kind, attentive and understanding person. His soft manner was indeed helpful and relaxing to me.I feel most fortunate that I was referred to him.I received good information and kindness and that counts for a great deal in life.His receptionist was cheerful and most helpful to me. All in all, a most positive experience.  Respond
 
05/06/13 SYSTEM: 2 positive duplicate or disallowed ratings automatically removed 
RID: 2621480
18/04/13 5 5 5 5 Helpful with diagnosis and treatment for my polymyalgia. The only thing I don't like is that the patient has to phone two weeks before a follow-up appointment; otherwise the appointment is cancelled. But perhaps that allows him to squeeze emergencies in.  Respond
RID: 2613983
10/04/13 5 5 5 5 Excellent doctor. Down to earth. Responds to phone calls promptly and reassured me that he will see me the same week if there is a problem and I was pleasantly surprised when he saw me the same day when I called with a problem 
Insurance: MSP
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RID: 2507404
20/12/12 5 5 5 5 I saw Dr Rachapalli last month and just like all the other reviews on here, I found him to be very helpful, approachable and professional. I would certainly recommend Dr Rachapalli to anybody without hesitation.  Respond
RID: 2484894
28/11/12 5 5 5 5 Loved his attitude, demeanor, approach. Very soft spoken and polite and appears to be very proactive. What i admired the most is that he is tech savvy and therefore info is all managed electronically _ increasing efficiency and expediency . Thank you  Respond
RID: 2351626
11/07/12 5 5 4 5 Dr. Rachapalli saw me twice in the past month and I am very pleased so far with his kind personality and genuine regard for me as a patient. He was very knowledgeable and I was totally impressed that he knew so much about fibromyalgia. I would have no hesitation in recommending him. Wonderful doctor!  Respond
RID: 2238651
12/06/12 5 5 5 5 Took my 83 year old arthritic mom for help during a inflamatory flareup period. Dr. Rachapelli was very kind and helpful.  Respond
RID: 2160473
25/05/12 5 5 5 5 My 89 year old mother saw Dr. Rachapalli yesterday and we were most impressed. He was very understanding and informative as well as speaking and talking right to her so she could hear and understand what he was saying. He explained everything to her so she could understand the treatment he is prescribing for her.  Respond
RID: 1678301
05/01/12 5 5 5 5 Thank goodness for the addition of this Rheumatologist to the Victoria health-care provider list! Dr. Rachapalli is kind, knowledgeable, honest and straight-forward. My first appointment with him was one of openess and collaboration. He was interested in what I had to say, and it was obvious, that he was listening and also focused in providing his medical expertise to solve the problem. This was my second appointment with a Rheumatologist about my condition and, unlike the first, I walked away with some level of hope and the belief that I had someone on my side willing to help me solve my problem. His receptionist was also warm and effecient. I'm thrilled to have this physician on my side.  Respond
RID: 1548171
27/09/11 5 5 5 5 I havd a wonderful time meeting this new doctor. He is very kind and listened to my problems. Thank you to the girl at the front desk she was able to get me in quickley. Very friendly! I will deffinatly recomend this rheumatologist.  Respond
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