Ratings for Dr. Kara J. Shrum
Kara Shrum is my first gynecologist and she made me feel so comfortable and was very knowledgeable! She is very friendly and so is most of her staff. The only reason I gave a 3 for staff is because I spoke to a receptionist on the phone a couple of times who was quite rude to me. However the other receptionist Nancy is a sweetheart!! Nurses Susan and Cristine were amazing as well! I had the Nexplanon birth control implant inserted by Dr. Shrum and she did a great job, didn’t hurt at all. Highly recommend her!
My primary care physician referred me to Dr. Shrum to determine whether or not I had endometrial/uterine cancer after preliminary tests showed abnormal cells. She fit me into her schedule very quickly as I was leaving the next day and planned to be away for a few months. The couple of days later, she called me and told me that I did, in fact, have cancer and would need to return to town to receive treatment. She communicated the news clearly with a matter-of-fact manner but with compassion and urgency as she told me I wouldn't be able to delay addressing the issue and would have to cancel the rest of my trip. In my interactions with her, both in person during the exam and procedure and on the phone when she called me to explain the results and inform me that I needed treatment as soon as possible, I found her to be knowledgeable and professional but also forthcoming, honest, supportive, and willing to answer all my questions.
I had Dr. Shrum with my first child. She was very cold and business like from the beginning. The way she would answer my questions (on the rare occasion she actually staid in the room long enough for me to ask any) made me feel like she thought I was stupid. She constantly talked down to me throughout my entire pregnancy which didn't last that long. I went into labor at 27 weeks. When I went in to L&D, I had pretty much no labor symptoms and just had a feeling I needed to be checked. I was basically treated like a hypochondriac until they checked me and I was 5 cm dilated. Then I got overwhelmed with question while being poked and prodded. When I didn't answer fast enough (paused for less than a couple of seconds) Dr. Shrum yelled at me. Then she yelled at me again because I gave them the due date the ultrasound tech gave me because it was my first child and I didn't know that the ultrasound tech couldn't change your due date. I was given a different due date and had a doctor who never staid in the room long enough for me to ask her anything so what was I supposed to think? I was 17, I didn't know anything about being pregnant. My first child is a happy, healthy 5 year old boy now, but Dr. Shrum made my entire pregnancy and labor much worse. I specifically asked to change doctors when I got pregnant with my second child because I was not going through another pregnancy with her. My new doctor delivered my second and third children and he is the absolute best! I would recommend him to anyone. Dr. Shrum, however, you'd be better off with no doctor at all.
I had an accident at work that made me bleed heavy. The doctor kept switching meds,8+ for my bleeding, no luck. Then DNC. Right after that I was short of breath. Doctor told me to lose weight and it was low blood. Also my feet hurt. Well come to find out I had several blood clots in my lung (PE clot) and two went to my heart! This doctor always listened till I got problems. Then when lawyers looked in to it,records stated changing. Well I'm disabled from all this. Damage to lung/ heart and char Marie tooth disease.Also my female organs swelled up so much they swelled out of me for years.
After having an exam, I received a phone call to inform me about my results. I was at work, so I had to let it go to voicemail, but called back within 20 minutes. I couldn't understand the name of the person from the message, so I just spoke to the lady at the desk. She said my blood work was all great and couldn't find anything else on my chart. A couple weeks passed and I got another call. I needed to come in for a biopsy. I can only assume that's what they wanted the first time. I went in, had the biopsy but left knowing nothing. Panic set in and I've done nothing but cry since. I was even sent for an ultrasound but still, I know nothing about how bad this is. I can't sleep and can't think because my doctor isn't being FULLY honest with me. If she just talked to me about this, my chances, my options, ANY plans of action... I'd feel less helpless and would feel like I was in much better hands. I would feel like WE are going to fight this... Right now I just feel hopeless and scared. I should have searched for a better doctor before all of this.
Dr. Kara J. Shrum's Credentials
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- Jefferson Medical College Of Thomas Jefferson University (Grad. 2006)
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