Ratings for Dr. Michael Walsh
I saw Dr. Walsh today. Going in, I was a bit spooked by the negative reviews here. I had resigned myself to waiting for hours on end, being berated or belittled, and was hoping that despite it all he might at least do something to help, if I was fortunate enough to escape being told it was all in my head. Like others I was extra vulnerable because I don't yet have a diagnosis after a long, expensive and painful road so far. I needn't have worried. I'm sorry to hear others had some negative experiences, but I wish you'd shared them here in a more tempered way. Dr. Walsh was perfect. He greeted me with a smile and apologized for the wait—but it was around 45 minutes, which I find perfectly reasonable. When you're chronically ill, waiting to see a specialist is the least of your worries. I know genuine compassion when I see it. I know a thing or two about neurology, so I know competence when I see it. At no point did I feel rushed. He prompted my descriptions and accepted everything I reported about my experience. I have something hard to diagnose, and he said it could be something he'd seen only once before. He made a phone call to retrieve the precise diagnostic test for that condition. Perfect—that's what you want, a specialist who won't put you in an easy box, but who will drill down to remote possibilities if evidence points that way. He explained to me several possible conditions, and prescribed tests accordingly. He showed more empathy by saying "If X comes back all clear, we can breathe a sigh of relief." He asked if I would be interested in medication to manage my symptoms in the meantime, and explained to me the side effects of several options so I could make an informed choice. He finished by asking if I had any questions, which he patiently answered. I came away with several tests to obtain, and a clear sense of why this was the best course of action, what I could expect in terms of wait times, when my next appointment would be, why it would be then, and what would happen if the tests failed to enlighten us. Oh, and he apologized that he couldn't come up with any more possibilities to explore, which he needn't have. I couldn't fault him for a single thing, and that's why I came back here to chime in. If you're reading this, keep in mind that typically those who have a positive experience aren't motivated to go online afterwards. As for the staff, they were friendly and professional.
I understand some of the reviews.. however after I have been with another "lovely, kind, considerate" allegedly Neurologist who told me after treating me for over 12 months that I had nothing further wrong with me and i should just accept that after brain surgery and resulting epilepsy that I "should just accept that this in my life now and to stop wasting his time".... this resulted in further brain surgery 1 month later.... Dr Michael Walsh is an amazing Neurologist.... He is not in this position to line his pockets. Trust me he is cheaper then others... He cares about his patients and really does think about how to treat them for the best result. Sure Dr Walsh doesn't run to schedule.... what honest caring Doctor does????? He will give you time if you want to be well. If you are looking for as best friend then Dr Walsh is NOT the one to see... If you are looking for a Neurologist who will go the hard yards for you... Dr Walsh IS your man! And YES I have been yelled at and called a f*&kING idiot..... and he was right.. I was an idiot I was smoking with a neurological condition! Oh and his staff have been nothing but efficient professional kind and caring - They even get off their bums and open doors for patients who are struggling physically. Thank you - H. Scott
i cancelled my appointment with michael after dealing twice with his rude staff and reading these reviews. my 1st contact was very unpleasant. the person at the other end did not introduce themselves, i had to ask if i had the right number, & they continued to be very rude. my 2nd contact, i was in tears, desperate to see somebody about my quickly progressing, debilitating condition. i was interrupted mid sentence and told non empathetically, i was on the cancellation list and that was best they could do. if this was truly the case, i could accept it, but nobody deserves to be spoken to as if they are worthless. the staff member did not even bother to listen to how serious my condition had become. do not take any notice of my ratings for punctuality or knowledge, as i did not see the dr.
I have been seeing Dr Walsh for 7 yrs. I have made a decision to not go back to him. I walk out of there in tears nearly every time. He is so rude, abrupt and obnoxious. I have paid him thousands of dollars and feel like money is more important to him than treating me. I have waited hours in the waiting after driving 3 hours to get to his regional rooms and then spent 3 mins with him as he ushers me out the door while I'm still asking questions. Then it costs me $300. Don't even bother skyping him either as it's more expensive than going to see him and only lasts 5 min. The most uncaring, egotistical man that thinks he is above everyone else. Not one ounce of compassion!
I have read all the comments and feel obliged to comment in Dr Walsh's favour. I suffered from severe head pain...excruciating episodes that would last for 20mins than disappear...a few times each day...for a few weeks at a time. I had visited other Neurologists over a number of years...had tried different medications...all to no avail. From the time I first met Dr Walsh I can only say that he listened while I told him my story...and immediately told me that he knew what my headaches were. I have been on the medication thst he gave me for around 8 years now. My head pain no longer exists and I lead a normal life once more. I didnt go to Dr Walsh to b treated with kid gloves and kind words...I was desparate...and I thank God that I was lucky enough to meet this Doctor.
I have never in my life come from a Specialist visit feeling so upset. He would have to be the rudest most uncaring , abrupt and condescending person I have ever met. He made me feel like I shouldn't even be there - and I certainly won't ever again. One visit was enough for me. Only went to him because he visits a regional centre and it was a more convenient location. I'd rather walk to the city to see a real doctor than see him again. The appointment being so late wouldn't concern me if He was a good doctor but to wait hrs then treated like that? He did not smile or say one nice word the whole appointment. You obviously hate your job Dr Walsh so I think you should consider a career change. You have no idea the effect you have on people as I'm still trying to get over this ordeal and move on.
In tears as I type this. I had been seeing Dr Walsh for many years and right now I feel crushed. This neurologist has no heart and no soul. His compassion is non existent and it is more than obvious he is only in it for the $$$. The way he talks to people he believes are 'beneath him' is like nothing I have ever witnessed in my entire life. His rudeness goes beyond even the word rude, there is simply no word to sum up his demeanor. His 'God Complex' is evident. Yet he is allowed to treat others this way, as there is minimal to no competition and no consequence to his actions. It begs the question, how can one be so cold toward those so vulnerable? Only a monster would.
Have been seen by Dr Walsh for about 2 years i feel he has good knowledge but lacks alot when you expect to go there and get answers you feel like you leave with the same thoughts as when you arrived , go in 15mins later that will be 320 dollars thanks for comming see you in 6months .. i have been on Tegatol 400mg since i was 8 and now 30 and have had very diferent mood swings before i could ask to change medication or ask what are the side affects ( which are mood swings .. automatically said i had Bipolar Don't recommend one bit
Dr Walsh treated my mother for 5 years ànd had an MRI done in 2012 showed a leison on her brain. You would think that if he is such a Neurologist he would keep an eye on it well this was never the case. So last year we lost our Beautiful Mother to a Brain Tumor. Thanks for not doing your job - I would call you many more things but unlike him I am professional in my dealings. Totally understand why there are so many nwgative comments
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