Ratings for Dr. Steven J. Harris
Steven Harris is a god-send. He is saving my life. Smartest doctor I have ever seen for Late-Stage Neurological Lyme Disease. He has been treating it since 2001, and it is his life’s work. He’s been suspended on multiple accounts for giving hope to very,very sick people who have gotten the one-month CDC recommended antibiotics and still feel extremely horrible - and who are denied treatment by hospital-practitioners. If you want to know specific treatments, he put me on IV Rocephin and Azithromycin. We are fighting the babesia and soon, the bartonella. Both drugs have barely any side effects and are very safe. This treatment has given me my life back. You can tell he is inventive in treatment methods, yet he also has almost two decades of experience dealing with Lyme case after Lyme case. You will be in EXTREMELY good hands. Dr. Harris listens to every little thing you have to say and writes it down while keeping eye contact. You can tell he wants to beat this thing as much as you do, and he is extremely determined. I owe him my life. The one downside is the staff in the office are just short of horrible at answering the phone and communicating in general. I know this is due to having so, so many patients and not enough doctors or staff but it can be seriously frustrating. I would highly suggest having in-person appointments at least every 2 mo. I know traveling is hard for most of us but trust me it is worth it and it is imperative to your getting better.
I have been a patient of Dr. Harris' for over 7 years. He has brought me from death's door to having a life again. After seeing over 60 doctors, I finally found Dr. Steven Harris who knows about Tick Borne Diseases. In fact, I know enough to say Dr. Harris is a Brilliant doctor and a wise and kind human being. I have only had positive responses to my questions and any issues I came up with . Dr. Harris takes the time it TAKES to understand and listen me. If I have had to wait a few extra minutes before my appointment, I know he is doing the same with his other patience. I have been to doctors who have spent 7 minutes with me and never helped me at all. I prefer a doctor like Dr. Steven Harris who gives me the time I need and the understanding, listening, and life saving protocol that has saved my life.
I like him and his staff. Office inefficiencies are legend, but getting better with a new office manager. He can be careless- be sure to go over your protocols with him carefully and fax him with questions/issues for best results. Verbal communications with staff tend to get lost in the shuffle. I had a serious complication once that didn't reach his ears until two weeks down the line- not cool. But once you learn how to manage the office inadequacies and be your own advocate, I think he's worth it. Very knowledgable, thoughtful and open-minded.
I ahve been seeing him for a year now and i like him personally, nice, listens, etc. Everyone in his office is noce and personable BUT you can not ever get them to answer questions, they have a huge lack of communication. I have been on antibiotics for 7 months and I ahve been unable to get to him because i live 5 hours away and they said they will not refill until I get back in there.I was last seen in sept and had 2 phone consultations since then. So now I am off meds and I am feeling horrible. Weather has been a deturant of getting there. (snow) I am really bummed that they do not care more about you than that. The meds are not something that should be interupted. But I do believe he knows what he is talking about.
Excellent MD, especially if you need a LLMD. Dr. Harris is extremely patient oriented. He's knowledgeable & open-minded w/ a knack for practicing evidence-based medicine, customized to each individual patient. At times, I have had to wait for my appointment, but he's worth the wait. When you get his time, he gives 100% attention. He knows his stuff. Really listens. Sees each patient & case as unique. In my case, he gave accurate & comprehensive diagnoses, successful treatments, & helped heal me to the core (Lyme disease, un/misdiagnosed 10yrs). Before finding Dr. Harris, I went to ~dozen other doctors. Dr. Harris is the best LLMD -- hands down. In only 6 months, he has brought me back to life, literally. I've made more progress with him than I did during the entire previous decade (1999-2009). Amazing! I strongly recommend Dr. Harris without hesitation, especially for those struggling with Lyme disease & complex long-term illnesses. He is A+ excellent!
I have been seeing Dr. Harris for 3 years now and am so surprised to read some of the negative comments here. He is the most gentle and caring professional I have dealt with throughout the course of my illness (I have seen 37 medical professionals to date). He has helped me cope with Lyme and has pretty much given me my life back. One of the things I admire most about him is his willingness to support other members of my medical 'team' - chiropractors, naturopaths, physical therapists etc. He totally supports an integrated approach. I have also seen the naturopath who works from his office and she is a wonderful person. She took me from a point of feeling like I was rotting away to feeling like normal again (and is no more expensive than any other naturoapth). Also, eventhough Dr. Harris doesn't respond quickly to day to day questions, he is unbelievable in emergencies. When I ended up in hospital, he called me every day I was in there and for a week after. A fabulous Lyme doctor!
I have sent many people to Dr Harris, most are happy. Some who arent have been to multiple doctors and arent happy with any of them. I always tell the patients before they go to remember that there are only about 6 MD physicians on the west coast who have a long term history of treating Lyme disease, and the west coast comprised, CA, OR, WA, ID, AZ, UT, NV .While they think their symptoms are 'terrible" there are patients much worse off (on oxygen, in heart failure, on breathing machines and in full system failures). He sees the worst, so he knows when it is a TRUE emergency and he does respond. He also knows that for secondary issues when we get into a hospitalized situation, that we do have a primary physician for that hospitalization. The only negative I have is it is difficult to get him to send information to the PCPs for a more balanced approach.
Steve Harris is the best doctor I have ever seen. I have had Lyme & other TBDs for over 50 years. I could not walk, was bedridden due to overwhelming fatigue. Osteomyelitis from Lyme. Breathing problems, neurologic problems-just about every symptom on the list for Lymies. Kids born w/Lyme+TBDs. He has cured 1 child & saved the life of the other as well as mine. Incredible bedside manner. I have NEVER witnessed a temper tantrum. Office is poorly managed but that is because he spends all his time on his patients. He is NOT a primary care dr. If you need non-Lyme treatment, see your primary care dr. Not EVERYTHING is due to Lyme. I have recommended many patients to Steve & all have been satisfied.
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