Dr. Allen Sawitzke MD Patient Reviews

  • Rheumatology Salt Lake City, UT

Overall Rating

2.7
  • 6 patient ratings
  • 4 comments

6 Patient Reviews

  • Excellent
    33%
  • Great
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  • Good
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  • Poor
    33%
  • Bad
    33%
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  • Fair and Accurate Diagnosis
  • Easy Appointments
  • Wait Time 15 minutes

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5.0 of 5
September 1st, 2015
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Great Doctor, he even personally called me a week after my appointment to see how I was doing. I have never had another Doctor do that.
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2.0 of 5
April 22nd, 2015
i second that
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5 minutes
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I was about 17 months into the course of my disease when I saw Dr Sawitzke. He works at a teaching hospital, of course, so that means they send a student in to listen to your spiel first, then the student gives them a rapid-fire one minute summary, and THEN the doctor deigns to speak to you directly. I made the apparently horrible mistake of objecting to this procedure. I understand they are training doctors on the spot; but I am there to seek answers and a solution to this problem that is ruining my life. This, of course, doesn't seem to occur to them. So I said no, I won't speak to you, I came to speak to a doctor with experience. The PA took great offense and I relented to save time. I'll give Sawitzke points for actually spending time with me, listening and answering questions. He was basically high-handed, as though he doesn't trust signs of intelligence from patients; this seems to be typical of doctors. In the end, he hit me with a "possible diagnosis" - not a real one? - of EDS Type III, with more "possibilities" of infectious arthritis, as I had guessed from day one, or psoriatic arthritis without the skin problem. Then it was ok, have a nice life, PA will see you out. Just like that. I received my first automated message with b.s. about physical therapy, etc. I couldn't believe any of this; it seemed too Kafkaesque that a doctor could essentially declare that my life was over, then totally withdraw without even a robotic "I'm sorry". Oh, I forgot: the day after my visit, he goes on vacation to a conference with other rheumatologists, promising to review my case therewith. It was two weeks before I heard back from him. To his credit, he actually called me, and confirmed his suspicion of EDS Type III. Fine, whatever. Again, not a single word of sympathy. I'm a man and don't need people to weep for me: but these people have really lost their humanity. Note: I saw two rheumatologists after him, in Vermont and New Hampshire, and both disagreed with his "possible diagnosis". Of course, they offered none of their own.
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1.0 of 5
October 3rd, 2013
Worst doctor I've ever been to
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1.0 of 5
August 31st, 2010
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25.0 minutes
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poor follow up with this doctor, poor communications
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5.0 of 5
September 22nd, 2015
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2.3 of 5
November 29th, 2014
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