Dr. Pramila Rao


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Specialty:Family / G.P.
Hospital: Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre
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Profile updated 26/02/07    Submit profile update    Subscribe to profile updates

Rating: 2.8 out of 5 (5 is best), based on 21 reviews. Dr. Pramila Rao has a fair overall rating on RateMDs.com. neutral

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Family / G.P.-related: general practice, general care, family medicine, family practice, primary care
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Date Staff Punctual Helpful Knowledge Review Comments
RID: 2709155
15/07/13 2 1 1 3 Dr. Rao has been my family practitioner my entire life. However, when I visited her as a young adult with a potential naval piercing infection, she glared me, prescribed me an antibiotic (without examining me - a quick glance and then a glare into my face) and told me to remove the jewellery at once. I had an unsettling feeling about removing the jewellery midst infection, so I went to a walk in doctor for another opinion. They told me absolutely do not remove the jewellery until the irritation heals, because you can seal in the infection and make it much worse. In conclusion, she is quiet careless and allows her personal opinion of her patients to stand in the way of proper care. Furthermore, her staff have lost my blood work results twice within one year. Her receptionist nurses laugh at patients when they are not in the waiting room, in front of other patients. In general, visiting the office of Dr. Rao is a very unpleasant and unhelpful waste of time.  Respond
RID: 2630443
29/04/13 4 2 2 4 My file was transferred to Dr. Rao after my family doctor left her practice. I would not recommend her as an effective physician and if I had a choice, I would have another doctor. I have suffered from Diabetes Type 2 for over 10 years. Up until last year, my sugars were quite high. Dr. Rao threatened insulin which I did not want. After I did my own research online, I went to see her with a list of other medications she could use as an adjunctive. Unfortunately Dr. Rao felt differently, and I had to fight tooth and nail to get her to prescribe these medications. She even sat in front of me and repeated to me as she wrote in my medical file...that I was making up excuses as to why I could not exercise. All I said to her was I did not care for that particular exercise but could enjoy exercising in my own way. She made me feel 10 years old and I am 48. If you have a choice, stay away. If there were an abundance of doctors in the city, I would choose another. 
Insurance: OHIP
RID: 1698632
28/01/12 5 1 1 1 I am writing a second review of Dr. Rao now that I have been with her for several years and can make a more informed review of her and her continuity of care. What I first perceived as a compassionate competent doctor has sadly turned out to be more like most of how other reviewers have perceived her. She is a wonderful doctor as long as you NEVER question her direction of care for you. I have witnessed her be extremely unprofessional (yelling at other patients through her door) and has also yelled at me for asking to look into other ways of possibly treating me.She has made me promises of care in front of other Specialists and even her Medical Residents but once they are gone(out of the picture)she goes back on her word. She is horrible and if I didn't have to be with her as a patient due to lack of other doctors in Thunder Bay I would no longer be a patient there. Her staff I find are amazing under such horrible direction. Let 'the patient beware'-don't go to her if she is walk in.  Respond
RID: 1430766
02/05/11 5 2 1 1 Dr Rao was my family doctor for my son and I went in with my newborn baby she was terribly rude to me infront of everyone in the waiting room. My 12 year old said lets go mom. Then she gave my baby a needle and was nothing but cold insensitive towards him.. my oldest son and was so upset and un comfortable. I called and took her off as our doctor, my son did not want to go back to her, we now found a new one. Dr Rao is insensitive and very cold to children. I would never recommend her.All Dr Rao did while my baby cried was look in her book, no comforting words!All she said was it is only going to get worse. I had Dr Chung as our family doctor before her and she was wonderful.  Respond
27/09/10 SYSTEM: 2 negative duplicate or disallowed ratings automatically removed 
RID: 1159099
28/04/10 2 2 4 3 Caring but always rushing. Her diagnoses are very quickly offered and worry me, especially after a few have been reversed. I actually have ended up feeling guilt when my body hasn't responded to a treatment like she expected it to - she seemed so annoyed. But she is smart and generally quite kind, so my advice is to be very prepared with your questions when you see her.  Respond
RID: 1148812
13/04/10 4 1 2 2 Doesn't listen to patient concerns. Feel like I'm wasting my time even going to see her because she blows you off. I usually go to a walk in clinic instead.  Respond
RID: 859337
12/04/09 5 4 5 5 AMAZING! I have been seeing her thoughout my childhood (I am know 21). She is very throughough with all of my medical issues including my very complex diabetes, AND my idiopathic pancreatitis. I just recently found out that I am pregnant, and she has been nothing but amazing though the entire thing, and offered to be there for the entire process and delivery. She always smiles at me and we can openly laugh and joke about anything. I think she is the most wonderful doctor I have ever had, and I enjoy seeing her. I have never had any issues with booking appointments, obtaining doctor's letters for insurance and travel. Her exams are always gentile, and she takes her time. I plan on seeing her for as long as possible.  Respond
RID: 628040
30/06/08 3 3 1 2 I have been seeing this doctor for three years now, and have found it nearly impossible to get an appointment with her. It usually takes me 3 to 6 months to get in. I have been struggling with some health issues, and have asked on several occasions to go forward with extensive bloodwork, but she refuses to write me a referral to get bloodwork until I go for my full physical, 6 months from now. That blood work will take time, and an additonal amount of time to get back into the office to see her. If she is kind and gentle with her geriatric patients, she certainly isn't with her patients under 30. I am currently seeking a doctor anywhere in Ontario so that I don't have to see her anymore. I am only seeing her because my old doctor sadly moved out of Thunder Bay. Do not see Dr. Rao.  Respond
RID: 584817
07/05/08 5 4 5 5 She's the best, questions thoroughly, follows up, supportive in every way  Respond
RID: 581779
04/05/08 3 3 1 1 This doctor is very rude, insensitive, and lacks empathy and bedside manner. On most visits, Dr. Rao just writes into her charts, then tells you "only one problem per visit", and shuffles you out the door without any resolution to the big picture. I get better care at a walk-in clinic! She habitually yells at her patients and I would not recommend this doctor to anyone.  Respond
RID: 550565
27/03/08 1 1 1 1 She is very rough and doesn't seem to really care what's wrong with you. I wouldn't recommend her to my worst enemy.  Respond
RID: 481710
11/01/08 5 1 1 1 She is my regular family doctor. When first found out that i was pregnant I was told that she would not see me until after the third month because alot can happen in the first 3 months. No prenatal care was provided until after the first trimester. I finally went to see a mid wife where blood test showed that i was anemic. She has a terrible bed side manner and doesn`t listen to you. I would NOT recommend her to ANYONE!  Respond
RID: 457639
05/12/07 3 3 5 4 When she isn't sure she refers you to a specialist," Excellent "  Respond
RID: 456424
04/12/07 3 2 2 3 Had really bad experience with this dr. in the hospital, despite having seen her for a few years. Harsh, angry, not listening. Her opinions were the opposite of the 5 other dr's I was dealing with while in hosp. She was my family doc and a bully so it didn't matter what the other doctors input was. I believe she's spent too many years in pain management and may be jaded.  Respond
RID: 440787
07/11/07 1 1 1 1 Horrible absolutely horrible! I was reffered to her by my family doctor for my first pregnancy she never listened asked the same question over and over again, and was absolutley rude, and seemed to have a strong offensive point of view against those who were not married and having children. She perscribed a drug to my friends mom and it counteracted with one that she was already on and caused a heartattack, as well as pushed many forms of birth control on my friend. DO NOT SEE THIS WOMAN!  Respond
RID: 374884
28/07/07 5 4 5 5 i found dr rao to be very kind and very helpful, very knowledgeable. i' m very happy to be her patient.  Respond
RID: 367024
15/07/07 5 1 2 3 Did not chose this doctor, was transfered to her when my previous doctor left. I have never connected with her. I have gone through a number of changes in the last few years and found her unsupportive. I had a physical put off for several years because of scheduling - babies come before pap smears. This doctor never seems to be there when you need her - on vacation, on course... I am sure she has some postive points but she is not the doctor for me. I concur that she does a very rough pelvic exam - I am usually very relaxed about this procedure - this doctor hurt me. I am glad to report I have finally found another doctor.  Respond
RID: 334297
31/05/07 3 5 5 Dr. Rao was kind enough to take on as a patient when my family doctor abruptly closed her practice. I find Dr. Rao to be a very kind, compassionate, and knowledgeable doctor. She always has a moment to listen to my needs. She takes all of my concerns seriously. I hope she will continue to serve in our community for a long time.  Respond
RID: 316505
11/05/07 3 3 3 I was transferred to Dr. Rao when my previous Dr. went on maternity leave. I found her to be very abrupt, pushy, and quite rude. Her PAP test was as well quite rough. I have since switched Dr.s after only 2 appointments.. and am now quite satisfied.  Respond
RID: 243607
29/03/07 3 5 5 I found Dr. Rao to be very thorough and concerned. Excellent about follow up and made regular visits while I was in hospital even when under another doctor's care.  Respond
RID: 159836
26/02/07 1 2 3 I found Dr. Rao to be angry and insensitive. She was rude to my son and I when he was forced by T.D. Primmum Insurance to see her for an assessment in her capacity of Physiatrist. I was very disappointed and angry about the way we were both treated by her that day. She was unprepared to do the assessment saying that there was too much file information and that she could not do the assessment until she had read it all, seemingly blaming us for the fact that she had lots of file reading to do and for her unpreparedness. She asked that we come back in two hours. She did refused to take copies of the relevant reports from me. I"ve case managed my son fo 14 years. Since I live 2.5 hours away from the city, this was difficult and inconvenient for us, but we had to do it as the assessment is for a pending court case. Later when we saw her she was much more civil and professional. She did her job and hopefully she did it well. That will remain to be seen when we read the report.  Respond
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