Ratings for Dr. Stephen Chow
If you expect your doctor to be thorough, to take the time to explain the diagnosis, and to make an attempt at civility, AVOID Dr. Chow. He talked over me when I tried to give details about my knee pain and made little eye contact. After a five minute exam, he started writing a referral for physical therapy. When I asked for a bit more explanation of where my knife-like pain was coming from, he rapidly shot a bunch of medical jargon at me, interspersed with "OK?"..."OK?" He came off as very agitated and unprofessional. I'm not an idiot -- I'm a Johns Hopkins grad student with a background in clinical research, and I still couldn't tell you what he said aside from "I'm referring you to physical therapy, but it might not do anything." For all I know, his diagnosis may be spot on, but I can't trust it until I get a second opinion. (Oh! He DID see some sort of lesion on my MRI, which he quickly described as a "benign" something or other, but by then, I knew better than to ask for any further detail.) I would honestly rank this as the worst MD appointment I've ever had.
Dr Chow replaced my right hip on June 14, 2011, his surgery was excellent. During my annual reviews at UCLA (I no longer live in Dr. Chow's area) since the surgery the doctors have given his work rave reviews "text book perfect". I did not have any pain after the surgery and I am so grateful for his care.
LOVE this doctor! An amazing surgeon; he gave my husband his knee back:-) For those with a dry sense of humor, you'll leave the office with a smile. The office staff knows their stuff; they're an example of how a medical office SHOULD run...friendly and efficient! I wish he was a PCP because I'd switch to his practice in a second!
After my MIR reading I saw Dr. Chow three times and he inform me that I had a small rotator cuff tear in my shoulder, each time I saw him he was very rude, impatient,very unconcern of my pain or complains,interrupt me wen I was trying to explain to him the pain in my shoulder,in addition he repeatedly told me that the tear it was not that bad for me to complained so much, and ignored my complains . I requested to be switched to Dr. Rice because at that point I did not trust him, and he make me felt very uncomfortable with his rudeness and him raising his voice at me when I was trying to describe what I felt. Dr. Rice did my surgery in my shoulder and also found a tendon in my bisect torn in addition to the "deep" tear in my rotator cuff. No I will not ever recommend Dr. Chow to no one. Dr. Chow needs to learn bed site manners,compassion, pay attention in patients complaints, don't rush the patients out of the office, needs to be patience, we are people, not animals.
I needed knee surgery for several years. It was bone on bone and my leg was starting to bow out. My primary dr. Referred me to Dr Chow. I felt at ease with him from the start. I was overweight when i first saw him so I waited 2years while i lost 60 pounds. He did not tell me to do this but I thought it would be better. When I saw my leg in the hospital I couldn't believe it. It was perfectly straight and the knee felt like iron. It has been 9 weeks and I am walking without a cane or walker. The muscles in my legs are getting stronger. He referred me to Apple Valley Therapy and they are bringing me along in a timely manner with very little pain. I had heard so many horror stories about knee surgery. But when you have the right doctor there is nothing to fear. I wouldn't have anyone but Dr Chow.
very knowledgeable, excellent doctor. Repaired both of my knees and the surgeries were exceptional,as was his staff and facilities, If you need joint repair done, this is the guy to see before any work is done by anyone else. Almost went to a High desert ****, L***a, before I was recommended by a friend to see Dr, Chow for a second opinion. I was SOOO impressed I begged BS/BC (not making a funny here) to change to Dr Chow. Am so glad I did. Thanks, Dr Chow.
He seems like a knowledgeable doctor. I went in with knee pain, but he didn't seem convinced I was really in pain since I'm so young. He prefers physical therapy over surgery, which I liked. I can't say that my knee is back to normal but it is definitely better than it was a few months ago.
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- New York Medical College (Grad. 1996)
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