Ratings for Dr. Robert S. Katz
I had been a patient of Dr Katz for more than 8yrs and every visit was a trial of my patience. He does not keep nurses! After one of the best, Hannah, left and then Nancy, the office manager, Alice, took over! She controls what meds for you are ordered and no nurse (now 8 new ones since my becoming a patient) working in that office don't dare do anything (order your meds) without Alice's permission. She is not even a nurse. I have not seen such high nurse turnover in a doctor's office. The office, from answering the phone to medical records, always ask Alice first before they do anything, talk about other patients in front of you, are rude/disrespectful, ignore HIPAA, blow off patients or don't return phone calls, and Alice has total disrespect for the patients. Plan of waiting for 2-3 hrs to see Katz for a 3 min "exam" as he says "what do you expect me to do" -if I knew what to do about my condition I wouldn't put myself through this abuse; he but me on so many meds and when I had problems with the meds he yelled at me; when I told him the weather was affecting my pain he said, "move to AZ"; and when I said I was concerned about my memory and dizziness, he replied, "probably fibro fog," and left the room. You spend 10 minutes with a nurse in a room, wait 1-2 hrs waiting for Katz, and he shows up for 3-5 mins to add his personal abuse and then he runs out of the room not to be bothered by your question(s) of your disease or care. Unless you like abuse, stay STAY STAY away from this doctor and office! The "awards" on his office walls can be, and probably are, bought on the internet or through subscription mail-probably by Alice to impress knowledgeable patients and guinea pigs.
Uncaring, mean and conceited doctor! I would wait for hours, and he finally yelled at me once-- because of a medication I took. All he wanted to do was talk about other things, and the nurses do all the work. Full not himself and not nice. STAY AWAY. I think he's . He's a sham.
My experience? Okay. I took my girlfriend to see this doctor. While in the waiting room my hopes for her were lifted because of all the credentials he displayed on the walls of the waiting room. We were desperate to get her some help. She was dying and neither of us knew why. When we finally saw the renowned doctor, he ordered some tests such as a bone density scan and a few others. After spending an afternoon there, Dr. Katz prescribed the drug Methotrexate for her. He instructed us to get the okay from her kidney specialist before filling the script. We did this. He in turn told us to clear this with her local rheumatologist before we filled the script. He, (Dr. Tan from Decatur, IL), in turn told us that this was the last thing he would do. But since we were told Dr. Katz was well known and considered a great doctor, she went with his opinion and took the drug. First week things went status quo. The next week, on a Saturday I will never forget, she took the second dose. The following day she was hemorrhaging from her throat and nose and had to be rushed to a local hospital. It was painful for her and painful for me to observe. Dr. Katz was NOT responsible for her death. But I DO believe he was irresponsible for writing this script without further research on her condition. She is gone now and all I have is her memory. But I will always believe she was misdiagnosed from the beginning and she should be alive this day. Even Dr. Tan said this was not like any Lupus victim he had ever seen. He spent a few years studying my girlfriend's condition. Dr. Katz however, prescribed a drug for her in ONE afternoon that nearly killed her.
I have waited 2-3 hours numerous times to see the doctor only to have him spend 5-10 minutes with me. He doesn't listen to my concerns and always wants to give me a new medication. I am fine with the tests and costs, but wish he would genuinely hear what my issues are. I feel like I am just a number here.
I saw this doctor several years ago as a second opinion for UDCTD. At the first visit, he was significantly late and did a brief and careless exam. He ordered several expensive tests (labs, x-rays, and MRI's) that ran me over $10k. Luckily I had some insurance coverage, but still had to pay $2k out of pocket for my deductible and as someone who was only 22 at the time, this was a huge financial burdon. I was convinced by a doctor I worked for that this guy was worth it, so I went back for a few more visits and each was more disappointing. I'd wait an average of 3 hours only to see Dr. Katz for 5-10 minutes and most of the time he didn't even look at me. He kept trying to tell me that I didn't have an autoimmune disease, that I just had fibromyalgia. He'd try to push muscle relaxers on me and when I told him I didn't want them, he told me that everything was in my head and to go see a psychologist. Several months later, I was diagnosed properly with Hashimoto's. While that's not one of his specialties, he should have been more compassionate and helpful as I was in severe pain and had several chronically positive inflammation markers. The only thing this guy had going for him is that his nurse, lab tech, and imaging tech were really nice and actually cared about what they do. Run away fast from this "doctor"!
Dr. Robert S. Katz's Credentials
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- Washington University School Of Medicine (Grad. 1971)
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