Dr. David M. Sibell

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Website: ohsu.edu External Link
Practice: University Anesthesiology Associates
Hospital: Ohsu Hospital
Med. School:University Of Vermont College Of Medicine
Grad. Year: 1992

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Profile updated 20/10/13    Submit profile update    Subscribe to profile updates

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 (5 is best), based on 23 reviews. Dr. David M. Sibell has a poor overall rating on RateMDs.com. frown

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Anesthesiologist-related: pain relief for surgery, anesthesia
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Date Staff Punctual Helpful Knowledge Review Comments
RID: 5332896
05/04/14 5 5 5 5 I found Dr. Sibell to be knowledgeable, clear, ready to answer questions, and frank. I'd recommend him.  Respond
RID: 4751343
05/02/14 5 5 5 5 Specialists had only provided me limited success in relieving my cervical pain until I was referred to Dr. Sibell and his team several years ago. This comprehensive approach to pain management is so much more effective. After evaluation and testing, he did my first “denervation”. It lasted 24 months – longer than most, I believe, because I faithfully continued with the exercise program at home customized for me by the PT. I recently had my second denervation and couldn’t be happier. Going from pain managing me to managing it – life is good. 
Insurance: Medicare
20/10/13 SYSTEM: First Name changed from "David" to "David M." 
RID: 2661957
24/05/13 3 5 1 1 Aweful. Do not got to him. Dismissive. Not helpful. Just wants you to do PT & see psychologist.  Respond
RID: 2608796
05/04/13 4 5 1 1 Worst experience EVER!! I have experienced chronic back pain for 20+ years and have tried everything from massage therapy to acupuncture. I have just moved to the area from across the country and found him on the OHSU website. I brought my X-rays to him and told him that I had been told by 2 other doctors that I had a disc problem. He told me that he did not see a disc problem and then told me that I did not know what I was talking about. He proceeded to "examine" me by poking me in different places. When I demonstrated pain in each place he told me to get dressed. When he came back he told me that I had Fibromyalgia after spending less than 15 minutes with me. He told me that I needed physical therapy, to see a psychologist ( I am married to one!!) and told me Togo to the bookstore and get 2 books to read!! I left with nothing for the pain and in tears. He seemed so full of himself, did not listen or help. Don't waste your time with this guy. He won't help and makes you feel worse 
Insurance: Blue Cross / Blue Shield
RID: 2443065
10/10/12 2 2 2 2 I also had a very bad experience with this doctor. He completely ignored me and came to his own diagnosis that was completely wrong. He sent me to PT but it would take a few weeks to get in so he sent me home with some exercises. This is after I'd completed PT twice unsucessfully for the same problem. After a few days my pain was off the charts. I cancelled my PT appt and never went back. I think it's amazing how the good reviews seem to be written by someone who seems to have a good deal of knowledge about medical terminology and is also appearing to "advertise" for the pain program at OHSU. THESE GOOD REVIEWS HAVE MOST LIKELY BEEN WRITTEN BY STAFF AND MAY HAVE BEEN WRITTEN BY THE PHYSICIANS THEMSELVES!! STAY AWAY!!!!!!!  Respond
RID: 2407055
21/08/12 2 4 1 1 After explaining my debilitating history of back pain, I was told that some aches and pains were normal at my age (28) and that I should go to physical therapy (which I had already tried) and go see a psychologist. He also sent me to have tests performed, of which I never received the results until I finally called eight months later to have the receptionist give me my results. Quite possibly the worst experience I have had with a medical care professional. The staff was courteous but ultimately loses points for keeping him on staff, especially so after all of his poor patient reviews. Very troubling experience for me. 
Paid (or co-pay): $35
RID: 1723543
27/02/12 5 5 5 5 I had back problems that he would not give up on. He is very personable very knowlagable. He even recomended that I get a second oppion to makesure he was not missing anything.  Respond
RID: 1705918
06/02/12 3 3 1 2 Saw this Dr. for severe, chronic shoulder pain that has been bad enough to have me bedridden at times and sent me to the ER on multiple occasions. Was taking Ativan at the time to help with the neck spasms I had. Dr. Sibell spent just a few minutes talking to me and formed a diagnosis within the first minute or two and then I could tell he was no longer listening to me. He told me that the fact that ativan helped me pretty much showed him that this was "all in my head". He told me it could be cured with losing weight, going to PT and working on my posture. He would not give me anything to help with pain. He gave me home exercises to do until my first PT appt. Within two days of doing these exercises I was unable to move and in so much pain I laid on my kitchen floor and cried. On the day of my PT appt they sent me to the Center for women's health for therapy for my cervix, even though it was scheduled for cervical pain. Big difference. I did not go back. Stay away!  Respond
RID: 1571398
26/10/11 5 1 1 1 Stay away from this procedure happy A-Hole. He could care less about his patients, does not listen or even let's you speak and only wants to perform surgery to benefit his wallet. This man has the WORST bed side mannor I have ever seen or been exposed to and should be removed from the staff qualified doctors at OHSH. They as a team should be ashamed of this man.  Respond
RID: 1487662
15/07/11 5 5 5 5 Dr. Sibell was great at thoroughly assessing my physical difficulties at long last, my pain experience, and accepted my desire to avoid opiates and surgery as much as possible. He is part of the team that treats spine problems and pain. The physical therapy component did immense good from highly skilled PTs. TIP: be a tad early for your appointment. If you just want someone to kneejerk hand you drugs or bill your insurance to practice invasive treatments, I don't know if he is the one for you. If you want a team to help you help yourself to be your best despite physical limitations, the spine center is the place to go to for sure. 
Insurance: CIGNA
RID: 1388377
15/03/11 3 3 1 1 He didn't look at my medical record before coming to a conclusion. He told me he didn't look at my record when I asked. That was the single question he answered. He only suggested what I had already tried and the treatments didn't work. He ended up yelling at me making sure to remind me he was the doctor when he wouldn't listen to anything I had to say about my chronic pain as I was trying to explain to him what was going on with my body. He stormed out of the room and another doctor stepped in.  See Responses
RID: 1297895
20/11/10 4 5 1 2 Angry physician with poor communication style. Blames patients for their inability to feel better and uninterested in getting to the bottom of the pain issue. Instead will make belittling comments about your inability to manage pain.  Respond
RID: 1182908
04/06/10 4 5 1 1 Dr. Sibell appears to only be concerned with one treatment. Sticking a device in your spine (That "could or could not help you"). I felt he could care less about me, what I had to say, and what my pain was doing to me. Shipped me off to Physical therapy, then Psychology and billed insurance and myself way too much for services rendered. If I had the option to refuse payment I would have. Please, Please, Please... find someone else. My cure??? A month of antibiotics prescribed by an ENT for a sinus infection.... Been great ever since.....Furthermore he gets demeaning if you question his advice, he shuts you down immediately and rushes you out of his office. This happened on several visits when all I was wanting was clarification on what he was telling me. Sorry Dr. S., but you would really benefit from a few classes in the treatment of people with chronic pain. Oh wait... that's your specialty...  Respond
RID: 1182134
03/06/10 4 4 5 5 Dr. was knowledgeable and extremely helpful. He was straightforward with treatment and possible outcomes. We appreciated his honestly.  Respond
RID: 1139764
30/03/10 5 4 5 5 I was referred to Dr. Sibell by a spine specialist at OHSU. I honestly didn't know what to expect. Dr. Sibell asked insightful questions and answered all the questions I had. Ultimately he performed a radio frequency denervation that eliminated my pain, which resulted from arthritis in my lumbar spine. He predicted 12 months of relief (the procedure can be performed repeatedly). After 18 months, I started get twinges again. This is a better than predicted result. In fairness, I should add that he also prescribed Physical Therapy and I have largely followed the exercise regimen. All told, a completely satisfactory experience. The only thing that would be better would be a cure for arthritis. Oh, well. Getting older isn't for sissies.  Respond
RID: 944499
22/07/09 3 3 1 2 I had a disappointing experience with this doctor and now after reading the other reviews I am not surprised. He was annoyed that I had my own opinion of what was causing pain. He is completely full of himself. Luckily when asked, he admitted that he didn't have a lot of experience doing the procedure that he was recommending in the part of the body where it was required (a steroidal injection in the pelvis)and kept emphasizing the risks (probably to cover himself), which completely talked me out of it. (And I don't think that was his intention) Good thing I walked out of there with the idea I'd never go back. 
Insurance: Blue Cross / Blue Shield
RID: 917823
19/06/09 4 4 1 3 I was referred to Dr. Sibell for a spine shot and he told me that I had myofacial pain syndrome. He made me go to a shrink and then said that I needed a sleep study. He really didn't do anything for me pain. I don't understand why he didn't help me. 
Insurance: Medicare
RID: 869220
23/04/09 5 5 1 2 At first seemed like he was very thoughtful about diagnosing my problem. I adhered to his course of treatment for physical therapy, I had no improvement in my symptoms. He wanted to place me on antiseizure meds, I resisted as I know they slow you down. I asked him about other medications for my severe pain; his first reaction was to say he would not prescribe narcotics. He then did a pressure point physical exam (30 seconds) and "diagnosed" me with fibromyalgia. I am a very active person. To his credit he did refer me to an MD who he said would prescribe narcotics. I went to that doctor who did not prescribe narcotics, he diagnosed me with migraine headaches. With proper diagnosis I have been able to avoid triggers, and use anti-migraine medications to control the headaches. I was dissapointed in his dismissive diagnosis; I went to him as he is a neuro/spine/pain specialist. 
Insurance: Aetna
RID: 760093
09/01/09 3 3 1 2 This Dr's bedside manner is deplorable. As as chronic pain patient I would never EVER go back to him again. Treats you like a drug seeker even when that is the LAST thing I wanted. Left the office in tears and never went back.(I was referred to him for facet joint injections for my cervical spine). Stay away! 
Insurance: Blue Cross / Blue Shield
RID: 551416
26/03/08 4 4 1 1 I came in with upper back pain and this guy wrote on my chart "Lower back pain". When he sent me for a scan he put the wrong location on there again. He mentioned something about "well, since your pain is aching in quality and not burning" and I had to correct him yet again; "But, my pain IS burning." He did not listen and could not remember what I had told him. I could not get the referral I needed for follow up care, because he was on vacation and the guy covering for him would not help me. I was in a lot of pain and he didn't care how long he made me wait to get a test done or get results. This doctor does not care about his patients.  Respond
RID: 522697
25/02/08 1 5 2 2 This doctor did not listen to *where* my pain was or what *kind* of pain it was. He told me if this problem got worst that I should get a certain test done. Well, he is on vacation and the doctor covering won't order the test. 
Paid (or co-pay): $600
RID: 477984
07/01/08 3 5 1 2 Im 19, and I've had chronic pain my lower back for 8 years. I saw Dr. Sibell at the Spine Clinic at OHSU in Portland- the whole experience was bad. My appointment was at 8, the night before get a call saying to be there at 7:45. We (my mom and I) get there at 8 and the receptionist is nice except for mentioning twice that we are late. After he comes in the room he also mentions probably 3 times that we were late. As for my condition, he says I'm 19, he doesn't think it's anything big. He suggests exercising and stretching. However, If I'm active, then I can't walk because my back hurts-I told him that. he also mentions Fibromyalga!!(sp?) How he came up with that I have no clue. I'm 19, haven't had years of labor, and the pain is very localized. Very uneducated guess on his part. Tells me to do physical therapy but I've done it twice and asked if there's anything else. He says no, and wants to try that first. Then, My mom asks if she can ask a Question, he says " No. got a late start"  Respond
RID: 72726
20/12/06 5 5 5 Dr Sibell is the best doctor I have ever seen. He was very professional yet very personable. He was extremely thorough in his examination. Not only did he answer all of our questions, he offered additional resources for information. I highly reccomend the OHSU Spine Center.  Respond
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