Ratings for Dr. Simon Lichtiger
If not for Dr. Lichtiger's diagnosis and treatment over the many years she has had UC, she probably would not be alive today. There is never a time when she calls him that he does not respond immediately and gives her the right advice. She has gone through other medical crises in her lifetime and he is always supportive and there for her.
I saw Dr. Lichtiger after reading the reviews on this website. First of all his staff is extremely unprofessional and rude. They told me that my insurance was covered and then later billed me out of pocket expense of almost $1000 for a visit. I felt robbed and deceived... to say the least. Monetary concerns are one thing, it would have been well worth it to spend on my self if I had seen a good doctor. I think Dr. Lichtiger must have been good in the past but I think he is too old to be practicing now. He made me wait 2.5hours to see him and that too on a weekday when I just told my manager I will be away from my desk a couple of hours only. To top everything he told me I had a gallstone that was passing through my gall bladder and I might need surgery. He gave me this diagnosis without the ultrasound that I had gotten done before hand. Later the ultrasound disproved his diagnosis. The thing is that any doctor will do well piggy backing off medical technology and diagnostics. The question is if you have been a gastroenterologist all your life you should be able to touch a patient and know what's wrong. That's called experience and what a good knowledgeable doctor would have at his age. It was an overall terrible experience and I don't recommend him at all!
I made an appointment with Dr. Lichtiger based on the positive reviews found on this site. I had first seen a GI doc who talked fast and did very little listening. I was looking for someone new to work with. Dr. Lichtiger was one of the most thorough docs I have met with. He asked many questions about my condition and my history. He took his time and appeared genuinely interested. Since I am a nurse I could see that he was asking important questions to develop his diagnosis. He performed a sigmoidoscopy due to bleeding. Luckily, findings were benign. He was professional and careful. I highly recommend this doctor. The only downside was that I had to pay out of pocket since he did not accept my insurance. However, it was worth it.
I agree with every positive comment here 10 fold. If I could rate him 5 million I would! It's an understatement to say he's an exceptional doctor: his expertise, caring, sensitivity and thoroughness are top notch. He helped me with my colitis when no one else could. He does everything he can to find a way to help, and his top concern is the patient's well being. The front desk (while efficient and "to the point" organized) are caring and took a real interest in my physical and emotional well being when I was most sick. Dr. Lichtiger is a rare and wonderful doctor and human being.
From my first meeting with Dr. Lichtiger I knew he was the right match for me. He is a sensitive and caring doctor and truly wants only the best for his patients. He has a very comforting bed side manner and he is an expert in his field. I highly recommend him.
Dr. Simon Lichtiger's Credentials
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- New York University School Of Medicine (Grad. 1979)
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