Ratings for Dr. Derek Woolner
I had a similar experience as some other reviewers. He was wishy-washy with his recommendations, yet extremely condescending and demonstrated bizarre social skills. Very off-putting, especially when as a patient you're in a vulnerable position.
I have just seen him today and came out feeling totally confused and asking myself what just happened!!! I'm a skin cancer patient with a new lump on my chest, first time we've dealt with it...I was told I would be seeing him for a biopsy but instead he sat back in his chair with his eyes closed picking at something on his head while all the time asking me if I wanted 'another' scar on my chest? I said of course not but I don't want cancer again either....he said well it's up to you if we biopsy it, he wouldn't give me a straight answer no matter how many times I said you are the doctor not me!! I'm still confused an hour later with no biopsy or further appointment booked as he ditched me in the office to see another patient so I left! I'll be 100% getting a second opinion!
Dr. Wollener long, long ago was most likely caring and knowledgeable. He has lost both traits. He only cares for paying patients. He does not even know the basics anymore. Because of his non- caring ways I am now suffering for the rest of my life. I should have been sent right away to another specialist. He hates referring. Find another dermatologist. He is useless.
Because of Dr. Woolner's misdiagnosis, we are now facing six weeks, five days a week radiation treatments, You would think that a specialist/dermatologist would know the difference between a cyst and skin cancer. Several medical professionals we have met on our journey said "this was never a cyst, this is what cancer looks like". If you have any choice use another doctor or at the very least get a second opinion. We would have saved a lot of grief if we had done the same.
The receptionist is probably the most rude one I have ever come across. An elderly lady came in while I was waiting. She was confused about when her appointment was and the receptionist was practically yelling at her. I did not have to wait too long to see the Dr.. An interesting fellow. I was there to discuss a mole and he kept referring to 'the sticky outty' part of it, like I was six or something. He seemed a very knowledgeable chap and tried hard to be personable but it was obvious it wasn't his forte. I was glad when the appointment was over and Imwill never have to go back there again.
My daughter visited this dr for spots that appeared on her legs. The spots were clearly under the skin level. Dr. Woolner concluded that it was eczema and prescribed a topical creme. Turns out these spots were an early indication of vasculitis in her legs. Because of his misdiagnosis we were unable to treat her properly. She now suffers from nerve damage as a result of the vasculitis and has no feeling in both feet and legs. She can barely walk in her own. This doctor is a total waste of time.
Wow. What a strange, condescending, patronizing man. Waiting for an hour put me off in the first place, and then having to deal with this monstrosity of a doctor? If someone had told me "He'll see you now, but careful, he's drunk" I wouldn't have been surprised. His slurring halfhearted attempts to appear human were off putting, if not downright creepy. It's as if a highly social sloth put on glasses and a lab coat after gorging all day at the big tree with the fermented berries, and tried to pass himself off as a dermatologist. Be warned all ye who enter here.
Waited for an hour for our appointment, then we're condescended to for five minutes while he refused to treat our son with the appropriate method rather deferring is to a lengthy topical cream. Sure glad we waited 4 months to get in to see him to totally waste our time.
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