Dr. Hany Bissada


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Specialty:Addiction Medicine
Hospital: General
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Online Appt. Scheduling: N
Accepting New Patients:Y

Profile updated 30/09/12    Submit profile update    Subscribe to profile updates

Rating: 3.7 out of 5 (5 is best), based on 21 reviews. Dr. Hany Bissada has a good overall rating on RateMDs.com. smile

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Addiction Medicine-related: drug addiction, alcoholism
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Date Staff Punctual Helpful Knowledge Review Comments
RID: 3633568
16/12/13 5 3 5 5 I have been through many of the programs at the ottawa hospital for many years. Dr B is a great doctor, he is caring and extremely knowledgeable..he knows me better than I know myself. I've finished my treatment at the hospital but continue to see Dr B on a regular basis to "check-in". He keeps me honest, is always happy to see me, and has a great way of using humour that helps greatly when your mood gets down. He doesn't mince words, but eating disorders need to be addressed straight on, and if you can't handle someone being truthful or "calling a spade a spade", maybe you're not ready to fully admit to your problems and ask for help. His heart if truly in the right place, and his door is always open to those who are ready for treatment.  Respond
RID: 2765757
13/08/13 5 4 4 5 I have enjoyed my meetings with the doctor. He is a striaght shooter who does not couch everything in soft physo-bable but tells you like it is. This is the way I perfer a doctor to act and be. 
Insurance: OHIP
16/02/13 SYSTEM: 2 negative duplicate or disallowed ratings automatically removed 
30/09/12 SYSTEM: First Name changed from "" to "Hany" 
RID: 1726190
10/04/12 5 4 3 4 Dr. Bissada is a competent and knowledgeable psychiatrist, but he is not the best therapist. I highly recommend the programs offered at his clinic as I have found them very helpful for my own eating issues, but my appointments with Dr. Bissada himself are inconsistent. He occasionally makes assumptions about me, and blunt seemingly judgemental comments that I have to correct. Other times he is supportive and helpful. I have at times found myself feeling insecure and upset when I left his office. After seeing him for over a year I still can't decide if his methods are effective for me, but his programs and clinic definitely are. Gail Kardish(dietitian) and Dr. Natasha Demidenko (psychologist) have been extremely helpful for me.  Respond
RID: 1736970
12/03/12 2 2 2 2 Dr. Bissada is not particularly knowledgeable on the subject of eating disorder, though it is his specialty. He generalizes. He also forgets details related to you and your file. You will find yourself frequently repeating important details about your life to him. Also agree with the poster below...weight started to come off, and he still said I was doing okay.  Respond
01/03/12 SYSTEM: Accepting New Patients changed to "Y" 
RID: 1716974
18/02/12 4 1 2 2 Really does not even understand what an eating disorder is. Told a male friend of mine that "men don't have issues with weight, so stepping on the scale should not be an issue". How does the head doctor of an EATING DISORDERS PROGRAM get away with saying things like that, and then staying the head doctor for this program? I've seen this man many times myself, and had him tell me that he thought I was "doing good", after the weight began to come off again. It was the very astute dietitian (Gail) who was helpful- along with Nurse Sharon, he never was. As far as I'm concerned, he doesn't have the slightest understanding of an eating disorder, and I (or anyone really) could do a better job in his position.  Respond
RID: 1670817
28/12/11 4 5 5 5 Dr. Bissada has helped my daughter return to a normal, happy life. He is a caring, knowledgeable man who immediately understood her and how to help her. Any drug she was prescribed was not only followed up on but was altered with the feedback he got from her. He is kind and has an excellent sense of humor. He IS very straightforward which is EXACTLY what you want in a life-threatening situation! I have seen NO signs whatsoever of the negative attributes described below. He saved my daughter. What else could you ask for in a doctor?  Respond
RID: 1536359
13/09/11 5 4 4 4 Doctor Bisada is very helpful and is supportive of his clients during times of need.  Respond
RID: 1527042
31/08/11 4 3 5 5 Thank you Dr. Bissada for what you said to me today. Your perception on my situation is bang on. Your way with words and your concern is genuinely appreciated. I hope one day I can shake your hand with confidence that I beat this for good. Thank you. You made my day.  Respond
RID: 1495780
26/07/11 5 5 5 5 Ddr Bisada is a good doctor, and I could talk to him about anything. He is a good guy  Respond
RID: 1372422
25/02/11 5 4 5 5 Might seem harsh to some, but he does it for a reason. He understands the disorder and knows that being too nice is not being helpful. Extremely caring and actually gave me hope, that someone cared and could help me. I know I can definetly count on him and he has proven to me that no matter how busy he is, if I need help ASAP, he finds the time. He is a very devoted Doctor and if you show that you care about yourself, he will care in return.  Respond
RID: 1310417
08/12/10 5 3 4 5 Dr.Bisada is a brilliant doctor who saved my life. The program is outstanding and I would definatly recommend it to anyone suffering from an eating disorder. He is more straight forward then some people may like, but he does it for a reason. Hes amazing!  Respond
RID: 1267754
08/10/10 5 5 5 5 After being tossed around in our medical system for years, it was a chance meeting with Dr. Bissada during an emerg visit that changed the course of my life. He was able to recognize that I had been suffering for sometime with anorexia, while no one else had even sen it...not even myself! I went on to complete 7 yrs of therapy with his group and I now live a normal, healthy and happy life. Dr. Bissada helped me to save myself. He is the best there is out there.  Respond
RID: 1254055
20/09/10 5 3 3 4 I met with him twice, before getting placed on waiting list to go inpatient. He was very nice and helpful, and had a really positive attitude. I don't understand where all the negative comments about him came from.  Respond
RID: 1160419
30/04/10 1 2 1 1 Prescribed a powerful drug (prozac) to my daughter and gave no follow up care. Then dropped her as a patient, claiming that her PHARMACY should have told her to make a follow up appointment, and stopped her prozac cold turkey. Staff would not even discuss her with me, as she is no longer a minor. Also very judgemental.  Respond
RID: 1105324
13/02/10 1 1 1 1 was the worst eating disorder doctor i ever met lied to my husband told him i would never be welcome in his program again treats some patients better than others lets them give new patients a hard time and harrass them being in his program was the worst experience in my life also will diagnose you with bpd if you dont do everything he says which will carry over for the rest of your life beware  Respond
RID: 1104968
12/02/10 1 1 1 2 Not impressed. Does not follow up on patients. Does not understand NES (Night eating disorder) no compasion, or understanding of the disorder. Wasted my time with him, if you need help with NES find another doctor  See Responses
RID: 1071701
07/01/10 4 4 1 3 As a parent of someone suffering from an Eating disorder, I was suprised at his judgemental attitude and poor bedside manner. No follow up was every given as my daugther waited to be admitted to hospital. Luckily for us, we have insurance and have been able to pay for her much needed treatment. We never received a call from the Doc regarding the status of our daughter on the waiting list and it has been a year now. I am thankful that there are other opportunities for treatment as I would shudder to think where my daughter would be now if our only avenue was Dr. Bissada. I was not impressed!  Respond
RID: 863941
17/04/09 5 5 5 5 Helped me learn the tools to save my life back in 2003. He doesn't sugar coat anything. His team's "tough love" approach is what is needed for this field of addiction.  Respond
RID: 773505
26/01/09 3 2 3 3 Very harsh, may work for some people, but for others it can be quite hurtful and humiliating.  Respond
RID: 761192
11/01/09 4 5 5 5 Saved my life, a few times. Very passionate in what he is doing.  Respond
RID: 705082
19/10/08 4 3 4 5 He IS a good doctor. Sure, I don't agree with a lot that he says, and yes, he can pass judgement. But he also speaks the truth and it blunt with it. Many times I didn't want to know what he had to say because I didn't want to hear it, but he takes each person's disorder VERY seriously  Respond
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