Ratings for Dr. Jacqueline Regan Hochman
Dr Jacqueline Hochman has been my Rheumatologist since I was referred to her with very painful inflammation caused by AS. My future looked confusing and I was angry. Work added a level of complexity not expected making my symptoms much worse and likely the cause for my unresponsive symptoms. Dr Hochman did not just try her best but worked with another expert to provide the best care and ensure all options were considered since I was not responsive to the first 2 biologics. She is very attentive when I was describing my symptoms and asked very pointed and appropriate questions (no assumptions) to reach a correct diagnosis and treatment plan. Her physical examination was equally thorough each and every time. She never rushed me to keep her appointments yet managed to do both effectively. She is not afraid to change her treatment plan should plan “A” result in a non-responsive result as was my situation. I voiced my concerns and symptoms and she listened and responded with courtesy and respect. She went beyond her specialty in treating me. She recognized and cared enough to refer me to a mental health professional to deal with the stress of my condition and a work related atmosphere that made life hard to live. The stress aggravated my symptoms so diagnosing my response to various treatments was extremely difficult. That said, even though the treatments did not help at first, the referral did help and was the turning point in my health and comfort. With stress reduced, my inflammation and pain became manageable and the biologics are now able to keep my AS in check. I owe Dr Hochman my sincerest thanks for not giving up on me and factoring in outside influences on my symptoms. I see many specialists and I have learned that if your health complications are outside their field they normally are very uninterested and simply do not help. She listened and responded with an open mind and results that speak for themselves. She has good advice, empathy for peoples pain, and / complications and reinforces the positives to get you to a better place in life. For the record I have been fortunate enough to see a well-recognized world class rheumatologist for my condition 6 months after my 1st appointment with Dr Hochman’s. I wanted a second opinion as my General Practitioner (family doctor) misdiagnosed me for 20 years. I did not trust western medicine and wanted to confirm the hard to believe treatment plan. Her treatment plan was exactly what the second Rheumatologist would have done and seeing both proved beyond a shadow of doubt she is a specialist in her field. This world class specialist knew of Dr Hochman and told me I was in good hands. She has not only earned my respect and gratitude but she has that same respect in her own field. Another observation is that I never seem to have to wait long for my appointments. She seems to be able to keep her schedule flowing respecting people’s time, rare these days. She is part of a very effective and efficient clinic. If you are looking for a Rheumatologist, this is one of the best clinics I have been to. I say that after almost 3 years of treatment early 2015 to present and a second opinion I really did not need.
Saw her today for the first time, she seemed nice but was very disismive. She listened to none of my concerns, didn't ask me much, and didn't seem to care at all. It just seemed like she wanted to get through the appointment as quick as possible to get on her lunch.
These words sum it up - lacks due diligence. Her go-to answer for unexplained pain was to take chemotherapy drugs, or drugs that were not for a specific to an accurate diagnosis. Had it not been for patient due diligence, the patient would have ended up taking drugs unnecessarily. In the end, she provided a referral to a specialist in the field of unexplained pain which is a positive, however this is an indication that she needs to do more research.
I saw Dr. Hochman for the first time earlier this week and was very impressed. I found her to be very professional, yet personable and friendly. She asked many questions about how I was feeling and listened carefully to my answers. As it was my first visit she had many questions about my background and family history, and she apologized for not being able to look at me the whole time as I was speaking, since she had to make notes in her computer. She was very attentive and thorough, and I would highly recommend her.
I have first seen Dr. Hochman in December 2011. I was extremely swollen, sore, could not bend my knees and could barely move. I came because I was very unhappy with my rheumatologist in Mississauga (at credit Valley Hospital) who was always in a rush and did not even look me in the eye or listen to me. I came to Women's College in hopes of finding a Dr. who truly cares and I sure did. Even before I meet Dr. Hochman I was very impressed as there was no wait and I was seen immediately, on time and without having to wait at all. Dr. Hochman gave me her full attention and asked me many specific questions and listened to me attentively while I was speaking. She then examined me thoroughly and was very gentle. She filled out forms for more tests (x-rays, blood) and immediately put me on a more aggressive treatment plan which was effective and worked for me. Months passed and my body was responding to injections she prescribed.; my inflammation was steadily decreasing month after month. From then on I visited her every 2 months. Each time I received the same outstanding service and care form Dr. Hochman. No waiting, detailed conversation, and thorough exam. Since the first time I meet Dr. Hochman I have felt very happy to have her as my rheumatologist. Then from January 2014 to July 2014 I have been going through a horrible period at work. This extreme stress at work has effected my physical and emotional heath. I will never forget what Dr. Hochman did during those difficult months. Each time I visited her she took time to listen to me. While I was distraught and crying, she remained calm and gave me logical and objective advice and always encouraged me to hang on and to keep on fighting, to remain strong. It was remarkable! I then saw that Dr. Hochman is not just an excellent rheumatologist, but also a beautiful human being with empathy and compassion for her patients. Dr Hocham stood by my side during the most difficult time in my life, supported me and helped me get through it. I will NEVER forget this and my gratitude is beyond words. THANK YOU Dr. Hochman!
I have had inflammatory arthritis for over 40 yrs .during that time I have seen many specialists; some have been good, some have been less than competent, but I have never met someone who was as caring and as knowledgeable as Dr.Hochman. She right away knew how to manage my symptoms, explained everything carefully and did all this with a warm and caring manner. I would highly recommend her to anyone with an arthritis problem. If you are lucky enough to see her you can feel confident that you are in good hands.
I have seen dozens of specialists for various health issues over the years, so I'm a pretty good judge of them. Of ALL the specialists (and GPs) that I have ever seen, Ms. Hochman (she doesn't deserve the title Dr. in my opinion) is the least skilled, least knowledgeable, and rudest, most impatient one I've seen. I was made to feel like I was imposing on her (!) and other than a couple of rude comments and a script for physio, she had nothing to offer. I found out later from another specialist that she failed to share some important lab test results with me as well. For such a young doctor, she seems burned out and disinterested. I suspect that any positive comments here were written by her or by her family/friends. She needs to revisit her reasons for becoming a doctor and our medical schools need to find a way to better screen out this type of uncaring, rude, and ineffective person. Of over 50 doctors, none were as rude or useless as this one. If she reads this, I hope she takes this info and gives it some deep consideration. I feel my tax dollars were totally wasted during this visit. Shame on her.
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