Ratings for Dr. Jonathan Katz
If the game is Survivor, then you want Jonathan Katz on your tribe. …Expert, experienced, efficient, knowledgeable, confident, steady-at-the-helm. Matter-of-fact, blunt, no-holds-barred. He’ll stare-down a grizzly bear while he points towards you and says, “Don’t move – I got this.” Bedside charm? …None. It’s gonna be a love-hate thing. ...And if you think you hate him - think twice. Situation: My wife had been diagnosed by our primary neurologist eight days earlier with ALS, terminal. He sent us to Dr. Katz for second opinion/validation. Dr. Katz sniffed out IBM, Inclusion Body Mysositis, a very rare variant of Muscular Dystrophy. Degenerative, not treatable, no cure, but also not terminal. The primary neurologist had missed the finger flexor testing and had not detected a pattern of muscle strength loss that distinguishes IBM from ALS.
I saw Dr. Katz in San Francisco for Guillian Barre Syndrome. This is a rare and hard to diagnose illness. And hard to fight back from in 3 days I was paralyzed from the neck down. I was coming along pretty well then just stopped get better. This is where Dr. Katz came in, I found him on the GBS website. I found he was caring and interested in what was happening. He does know his stuff and was worth the drive to see he.
I saw Dr. Katz at the Forbes Norris clinic. He entered the room and slumped into the chair, as if I was the last thing he wanted to see. When I asked about a certain medication, he made me feel like an idiot for asking. I've got ALS, so the last thing I needed was a doctor with a bad attitude. He apologized, but I would NOT recommend him. Months later a bill for $333 arrived. My insurance covered most of it, but my visit was not even worth the $25 I had to pay. BEFORE the consult, I asked the staff if I had to pay anything they said they didn't know -- say what?
Dr. Katz comes across as rather indifferent and cold. He gives a terminal illness diagnosis in the most matter of fact way. He is very straightforward and won't give you any false hope. If the symptoms fit the disease, no matter how grave, he won't be searching for other possibilities. He leads a number of clinical studies, but is sceptical about all of them. If you want a an encouraging doctor who will give you hope he is certainly not the one.
If your condition is not glaringly obvious when you walk in the door, you will likely be dismissed. Very little is done diagnostically and the motto here seems to be "I've been doing this for YEARS and I would know right off the bat if you had anything." I was very disappointed in the arrogance.
I don't recommend to see Dr katz. He had another doctor to see us and we have to wait for 2 hours to see Dr Katz. when he finally show up after 2 hours, he didn't even do any diagnose. He ask couple questions and said everything ok. I was very dispoint to see Dr Katz.
Dr. Katz is now located at the Forbe Norris ALS Clinic in San Francisco, located on Sacramento Ave. Dr. Katz was willing to take on my severe case when other doctors turned me away. He is very caring and compassionate. He will take time with you and not rush you. He is willing to learn more about your disease if he is not sure or there are new studies out. I have recommended other people to Dr. Katz several times.
Dr. Jonathan Katz's Credentials
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- Tulane University School Of Medicine (Grad. 1988)
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