Ratings for Dr. Stephen Im
Dr. Im took over from my midwife when it was discovered that I had pre-eclampsyia. It isn't the best circumstance to meet a new doctor but thankfully the whole team at St. Michael's delivered my premature son successfully and he is well today. That said, when I went for my follow-up appointment with Dr. Im, he couldn't remember who I was. That was not very reassuring and the whole healing process felt very generic, not at all specific to my situation. He had a practiced line about my c-section scar and how it was healing, for example. I am grateful to the team, but my experience with this doctor was mixed. Perhaps that's owing to the fact that I came in with a midwife, but regardless, it made a difficult situation even more challenging.
I wish I could leave a rating with less than 1 star for knowledge. He missed a very serious condition affecting my unborn twins (stage 4 TTTS at 18 weeks gestation), which would have been fatal within a very short time to my twins. By some grace of luck or god, another doctor noticed some of Dr. Im's notes sitting on the receptionist's desk and saw red flags. This other doctor called me personally, invited me for an ultrasound the following morning and I had the surgery that afternoon at Mt Sinai (they don't do that surgery at St. Mikes). My children will have lifelong battles because the condition went undiagnosed for so long by Dr. Im. Now that I know a great deal about TTTS, it is unconscionable that he didn't notice it: I had ALL the warning signs. As well, I had been requesting a referral to the High Risk Unit for weeks. Dr Im denied multiple requests for transfer to a High Risk unit and you cannot self-refer. It wasn't until my husband (a lawyer) came with me and asked quite strongly that Dr Im agreed to send me for a check up at the High Risk unit within St. Mikes, and made the referral. THAT VERY AFTERNOON the other doctor saw my file sitting on the desk, called me and my babies lives were saved. The two surgeons at Mt Sinai estimate the babies had 24 hours to live without the surgery. It has been so traumatic for me, that it has taken me over five years to write this review.
This Dr receptionist was rude and made no effort to help me. I had 3 meetings with him and he never took the time to examine me. His goal at each meeting was to determine a exam to perform, send me to it and then call me back for a consultation. At the end of the third apointment he proposed to do a "little cleanup" but basically put it in my hands to tell him what to do. Since I didn't feel comfortable with his assessment and handling of the situation, I took it upon myself to find another Gynecologist. That other Dr, examined me and referred to an hospital for some additional test as she was concerned by her initial assessment. It was then discovered that I had cancer. I am disgusted by the lack of caring and professionalism of Dr Im. Felt like he was more concerned about booking additional appointments rather than examining me and completing his oath.
We visited his office early in the morning, and we waited for 10-15mins before we saw him. Unlike the below comments, his receptionist was very nice and helpful. Dr. Im is very nice, and knowledgeable. This is our first visit, hope next one will be good as this one.
I would have to agree with majority of these reviews on here, he in unorganized, has no idea who his patients are (even a couple of weeks after surgery), gives patients no information on what they are dealing with, BUT he's nice enough and my surgery was scheduled quite quickly after diagnosis. After being diagnosed with a large (9cm in diameter) ovarian cyst, laparoscopic surgery was performed to removed the cyst, where endometriosis (later diagnosed with biopsy resoles from surgery) was discovered on said cyst. I awoke from surgery to find him almost leaving without any update/information whatsoever "Oh, uh, surgery went fine, cyst is removed, took a biopsy of tissue that we found on the cyst, we will have the results during your follow-up appointment" - I then received ZERO information about endometriosis during my post-surgery follow-up, was just told that I should remain on birth control for basically an entire year, no other alternatives. So, it's been a couple of years since I have gone back to see Dr. Im and I feel the exact same as I did when I was taking ridiculous amounts of birth control... Possibly not the best choice if you have any sort of gyne illnesses/diseases.
Scheduled appointment seems to mean nothing. Sees you for 2 minutes after waiting an hour past your appointment time. Didn't seem to ask any futher questions about what I am experiencing, just told me I need birth control and surgery. I am trying to get referred to different gyno for a 2nd opinion.
He always makes everybody wait more than 1.5 hour. Regardless waiting time, he doesn't remember my file who just had a surgery. Scary... When my current doctor read Dr. Im's surgery report, he couldn't get any information. He said report doesn't mean anything.
I have no idea if doctor Im is any good since it's my follow up appointment today. Booked for 9am and now 9:30. I can wait for an appointment but to not even be open and have anyone here is ridiculous. Will be asking for a referral to another doctor immediately. Don't tell this is the Healthcare system. Someone should be here and working if you are handing out appointments. Or you know common courtesy to call and cancel. Thanks for nothing but wasting the morning I took off work.
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