Dr. Sasha Smiljanic

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North Vancouver, British Columbia Map External Link
Gender:M
Specialty:Oncologist / Hematologist
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Phone:604-988-4899
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Rating: 4.3 out of 5 (5 is best), based on 19 reviews. Dr. Sasha Smiljanic has a good overall rating on RateMDs.com. smile

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Oncologist / Hematologist-related: cancer, lymphoma, anemia, sickle cell, breast cancer, lung cancer, melanoma, leukemia, blood disease, tumors, radiation, chemotherapy, CML
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RID: 5681668
27/07/14 1 3 5 5 Dr. Sasha was very knowledgeable, helpful, and supportive during the 5 years I visited him. The only draw back was the office staff. Rarely did I ever get the office staff without phoning many times and leaving messages which they did not return. I had to keep calling them until I finally got a warm body. They also changed my appointments to other doctors at the location without notifying me. Very frustrating. 
Insurance: BC Med
RID: 3609523
19/11/13 1 5 5 5 Staff do not return calls, not compassionate or understanding, seem to be more interested in procedures and lots of paperwork in solving a patient's problem and actually create a lot of time and money wasted for both patients and staff. Filling out a prescription may take several people's time and a lot of stress for the patient. There is no concern for the patients welfare or heath, emphasis is on procedure and a lot of paperwork. He needs a new staff. Dr. himself is a very compassionate, knowledgeable, friendly, helpful and understanding man.  Respond
RID: 3606160
14/11/13 1 3 5 5 A family member of mine was cared by dr Sasha after dr klimo retired. He is very skillful, smart and answered all of her questions. He is a compassionate dr and values life in the way he communicated with her. He is very personable and we were always happy with him. We had to wait to see him as he was a busy dr as with all specialist. The only one thing he needs to change is his front desk staff at the chemo clinic. They are the rudest staff I have ever met. When my family member was in emerg with an internal bleed and I desperately needed to talk to dr Sasha to ask him whether a procedure was required suggested by our GP and surgeon I was told that dr Sasha was too busy and he had no time to answer my question. The staff are rude and uncompassionate. Dr Sasha if you are reading this please hire new receptionists for the chemo clinic. You need to have staff that are caring and compassionate not staff that are rude and won't look at you when they talk to you. Dr Sasha you are great. 
Insurance: MSP
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RID: 2877652
25/09/13 1 3 5 5 The receptionist is too busy or absent minded. Forgot twice to make MRI appointments at the Lion's Gate hospital and I ended up in the emergency room as a result of cancer tumors spreading (late start of treatment). However, Dr. Sasha is knowledgable but very busy, I have no complaints about Dr. Sasha. But I would suggest for him to get better office staff as they play an important role in people's lives. 
Insurance: BC Med
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RID: 2818397
28/08/13 4 4 5 5 I would highly recommend Dr Smiljanic. I found him to be a kind and compassionate person.  Respond
RID: 2700463
03/07/13 4 3 4 5 Dr. Sasha is very helpful and competent. If he seems rushed it is not Dr. Sasha that is at fault, but an underfunded medical system under current conservative governments.  Respond
RID: 2575639
04/03/13 3 1 2 3 I would not recommend Sasha as I was very disappointed and angry at how he treated my husband and our family . He is too busy and he forgets what he has and hasn't told you. Lots of costly delays in making critical referrals. I now also have cancer and I am staying away from Sasha and Lions gate hospital. My life is dependent on a fully engaged doctor and clear paths to necessary services to support a full recovery.  Respond
RID: 2473484
 
13/11/12 2 2 2 2 I am very disappointed in how Dr. Sasha took care of my Mother. We were referred to him by another doctor and was expecting great things from him. My Mother was very ill and I felt like she was brushed off, not taken care of properly and the must disgusting part, a month after she passed away, his office called asking if my Mother was coming in for her Chemo. treatment. I think that tells you enough on how he is with his patients. Doesn't even check to see if she is still alive or well. I would never go back to him.  Respond
RID: 2406500
21/08/12 5 4 5 5 Sasha has gone above and beyond on each and every visit. He is knowledgeable, thorough, and personable. He is challenged to be on time for his appointments, but he is worth the wait.  Respond
RID: 2270539
18/06/12 5 3 5 5 I was referred to Sasha for Chemo treatment in Jan 2012. As with all top caregivers their time is at a premium and that results in waiting at appointments. I find him personable and very skilled technically. At our first meeting he gave us his e/m address and told us(or family) to contact him anytime. He has been great at replying to e/m's even on weekends. It is frustrating when under several Specialist's care in that they are all busy and don't confer as often as they should when patients reach various stages of treatment and decisions have to be made about treatment plans. All that being said we are thankfull to have Dr. Sasha as one of the drivers on our bus. Also I must give high praise and thanks to the staff at the Lions Gate Chemo Clinic. They are great and a source of comfort moving through this struggle...  Respond
RID: 2214476
07/06/12 4 3 4 4 This is a very busy doctor. He does give you the time you deserve when he gets to you and seems to give as much as he can to his work. I think it is such a sad situation we have ourselves in here when oncologist offices are so busy yet there never seems to be enough money to go around. I only hope that doctors like Sasha will continue to work as hard as they do for an underfunded public health system.  Respond
RID: 2180576
31/05/12 1 3 4 4 I feel comfortable now with Dr Sasha although at first I felt "hurried". But his receptionist is no asset to his office at all: doesn't answer phone calls or return them, always puts callers "on hold", doesn't make referral appointments; late back from lunch etc. No wonder the clinic is sometimes frenetic.  Respond
RID: 2012505
12/04/12 4 4 5 5 Dr.Smiljanic is one of the best Dr.'s I've ever had. His Courtesy and directness were only paralleled by his willingness to listen and answer concerns and questions. I am proud to have had him see me through my cancer issues. I had no problem with late meetings because I understand how the system works and that I am not the only one with Cancer. Patience is indeed a virtue. In a field that is brimming with uncertainties, I felt confident and sure of the decisions we made with him. I will recommend him to anyone.  Respond
RID: 1773712
21/03/12 5 5 5 5 Empathetic, Reliable and at the 'top of his game'...Dr. S. is a treasure!  Respond
RID: 1730121
06/03/12 5 5 5 4 Dr. Smiljanic is a fabulous doctor. Always has lots of time to listen and has provided me with fabulous care. I would refer anyone I know with cancer to him. I couldn't ask for a better doctor. :)  Respond
RID: 1648205
 
30/11/11 4 2 1 1 I came to this dr because his partner was my dr and was retiring - Dr.Klimo. I was really hoping that since they worked together for several years they would be a similar type of dr. Wow, was I wrong. It's been just over 6 months since I was "transferred" over to him and I am so disappointed with my care. He is very dismissive, doesn't want to hear anything you have to say, it's almost as if he's annoyed that you could actually have an opinion. He's given me very confilicting information and has, several times reported incorrect information. Actually, I'm just realizing now that I could go on and on with all the reasons I am unhappy with him. Basically, I came to Dr.Klimo because I heard he was the best and in my opinion, he was. Dr.Smiljanic is FAR from the best and I am currently looking for a new doctor. It is very stressful to have to find a new doctor but I just do not have faith in this doctor. You may be happy with him if you are ok to agree with everything he says.  Respond
 
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RID: 1301879
26/11/10 4 5 5 5 Sasha takes time to listen, treats me as a real person answers my questions, and rescued me from a doctor who didn't take time to see me. As well, he has a great sense of humor.  Respond
RID: 1291834
11/11/10 5 4 5 5 Great doctor. I see a naturopath, and surprisingly he had no issues with that. A bit too busy at times, but spent a lot of time with me the first visit so I konw why.  Respond
RID: 1228611
13/08/10 4 3 3 4 Would have to agree with 7/30/10's comments. He's a fine dr & can be caring, but I've too often been left with inconsistent information. As for Rx, you'll have to do a lot of research on your own and if you choose to combine other options/alternate therapies in conjuction with conventional, I would agree, he can be dismissive.  Respond