Ratings for Dr. Navera R. Ahmed
After many years of looking for the doctor who initially diagnosed me with Lupus SLE, I have finally found her. Unfortunately, I have a horrible story to tell about my experience with her. I was having some serious health complications in 2009 and was referred to Dr. Ahmed by my primary physician at the time. My visit with Dr, Ahmed was my first and only visit ever. I walked into Dr. Ahmed's office and waited a few minutes for her to arrive. Upon arriving, Dr. Ahmed greeted me and said these words in the same manner "Ms. _____, you have Lupus, it can attack your heart, your lungs, your kidneys and your brain, it can be fatal. We will start you on medicine Monday." I was completed devastated and terrified as I new absolutely nothing about Lupus except people have died from it! Dr. Ahmed made no attempts to console, explain, give hope or show any human empathy of any kind!. She just stared me down in silence. She did not explain to me that patients live longer with Lupus than years before. She did not explain to me that there were different severity levels of Lupus. She just stared at me and allowed me to leave her office afraid and uninformed. I was so stunned I left her office in silence after mumbling "Okay". I was so terrified in fact that I proceeded to have a complete nervous breakdown which began that afternoon of March 2009 and ended in the spring of 2012. I searched every medical website I could find.........bad idea! I never went back to her because I was convinced that I was going to die. I did not sleep for more than 3 hours a night. I lost over 50 pounds in weeks and basically mentally checked out for a long time. I had so many side effects of anxiety that I was convinced that the Lupus was killing me. It was not until I was admitted to the emergency ward because of feeling faint in March of 2012 that I pursued medical help. I finally ended up going to another Rheumatologist in 2012 and was admitted to the hospital the very next day. I was given a blood transfusion of three pints of blood and three pints of artificial iron. My body had been under attack for years.The first thing the new rheumatologist said to me was, what are we going to do to help you get better and live an enjoyable life. I had no idea I could "get" better or live a somewhat normal life. I nearly died because of my fear and total disconnect with what Dr. Ahmed had told me, and how she choose to break the news. I truly feel in my heart that if she would have showed a little compassion and informed me just a little bit about what was happening to me, I would have never avoided medical treatment and suffered in the way I did. I get emotional just thinking about how she treated me. Judging from additional comments about this doctor, I can see that I am not the only person who has had a bad experience with her!
I cannot attest to Dr. Ahmed's knowledge as she did not show any. In addition, she was cold, rude, and utterly unprofessional. She seemed to fabricate a diagnosis with no evidence and clearly had no interest in hearing from myself as the patient. She became dismissive and condescending when questioned. I found her approach very questionable. Her office staff were equally difficult.
I found Dr. Ahmed's demeanor to be unprofessional and downright rude. When I tried to ask questions, she cut me off. I went to her twice thinking maybe she had a bad day. No. I had the same experience. I found Dr. Susan Lacks and am very pleased.
Dr. Ahmed is one of the rudest doctors I have ever been to! She barely shook my hand when introduced. She didn't even look at me when I explained my symptoms, and barely touched me during my exam. She was very argumentative. She cut me off at every sentence and was extremely condescending. My first visit with her is my LAST!
It has been several years since I saw Dr. Ahmed, but the way she treated me when I first got sick has haunted me for years, to the detriment of my health. I cry and have panic attacks when I have to see a new doctor because I think about her. I have many chronic conditions, so seeing a lot of doctors is important. I was a mere 23 years old when she verbally and physically abused me during an exam. She yelled at me while she pulled on every joint in my body. I was crying and yelling for her to stop, but all she said was that I had hyper mobile joints. The hyper mobile joints, that I've had my whole life, were obviously not the issue. I later went to another doctor where I was diagnosed with my underlying condition, but the abuse that I received from her has damaged me for years.
Dr.Navera ordered extensive lab tests when I went to see her with my health issues. I was happy to hear from the person who drew my blood & said “she always orders extensive tests since she does not want to leave a stone unturned “ The next visit was to discuss the results and I was surprised & shocked how dismissive she was.She took no more than 5 minutes to tell me the diagnoses, Rheumatoid Arthritis& Sjögren. She handed me a prescription for steroids & said to see her in 6 weeks.I found her behavior unprofessional and alarming. I transferred my lab results to different Rheumatologist who agreed with her diagnoses but not her treatment.Steroid treatment should be the last resort. I have been on other medication for the past 10 month my recent blood work for the Sjögren diagnoses looks promising. Rheumatoid Arthritis – I feel 90% better! I want to write this because I care and think we sometimes feel so sick that its hard to think -If you can go for that second opinion, please do
My complaints are mainly with Dr. Ahmed’s office staff. They are RUDE and incompetent. Don’t bother leaving a message because 90% of the time they will not return your call. If you are concerned about your credit BE AWARE of Dr. Ahmed’s billing. We paid after receiving our bill and were shocked to see a second notice. We called and sent in an additional check. After several follow-up calls, they cashed BOTH checks. We called again and were told the amount would be credited to our account. I could go on but the final straw was when Dr. Ahmed needed to cancel my appointment so I called to get a prescription sent. On day 10, I was fed up and left a more forceful follow-up request. The next morning I did receive a call where the office staff took no responsibility. I asked what I was to do because I was OUT OF MY MEDICATION. Dr. Ahmed BLAMED me for not calling two weeks in advance! As a consumer, there must be a doctor with a kinder, gentler and more competent office staff.
Dr. Ahmed and her front office staff, especially the older gal with short hair, are very cold. Not the type of environment you want to be in after you've been told you have Lupus. Each time I saw her she would rush through our appts and even told me to look stuff up on the internet if I was concerned. I would have labs done every 2-3 months and she NEVER ONCE called me to discuss. No news is good news is her policy. I would call 2-3 times to find out my results and would not receive a phone call back. It would be until my next appointment that I was told everything was "fine"-unacceptable! I have called their office several times for refills on my medication and they did not refill it when I needed. My success was calling during non-office hours, getting the on-call dr and having them call in my meds. They too mentioned they spend most their time dealing with her patients because of the pure laziness of their staff. DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME! Find a doc who actually cares. She does not.
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