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About Dr. Alan D Piha

Dr. Alan D Piha, MD is a Doctor primarily located in Birmingham, AL, with another office in Huntsville, AL. He has 30 years of experience. His specialties include Neurology, Geriatric Medicine, Geriatric Psychiatry and Psychiatry. He speaks English.

Rating Overview

14 Ratings with 8 Comments

The overall average patient rating of Dr. Alan D Piha is Poor. Dr. Alan D Piha has been rated by 14 patients. From those 14 patients 8 of those left a comment along with their rating. The overall rating for Dr. Alan D Piha is 2.4 of 5.0 stars.

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Primary Address

BIRMINGHAM VA MEDICAL CENTER

700 19th St S
Birmingham, AL 35233
(205) 933-8101

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ALAN DAVID PIHA MD

500 Markaview Rd NW
Huntsville, AL 35805
(256) 705-6454

Specialties

Dr. Alan D Piha has the following 4 specialties

  • Neurology

    A neurologist is a physician who diagnoses and treats disorders of the nervous system which is comprised of the brain, spinal cord and nerves. These doctors do not perform surgery, but refer patients to neurological surgeons when they determine that surgical intervention is necessary.
    Some of the conditions that neurologists diagnose and treat are epilepsy, aneurysms, hydrocephalus, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, stroke, spinal disc herniation, and spinal disease.
    In addition to using diagnostic tests like MRI, CT scans, EEG and EMG, neurologists also employ neurological testing to gauge muscle strength and movement, balance, reflexes, sensation, memory, speech, and other cognitive abilities.

  • Geriatric Medicine

    A geriatric specialist is a physician who treats the elderly population and the conditions that most commonly affect them. These doctors have special training in the effects of aging on the body and mind of a patient.
    Geriatric specialists treat common ailments faced by senior citizens, such as frailty, incontinence, memory problems, arthritis, senility, decreased functioning and more.
    In addition, geriatric specialists keep abreast of the different medications that an elderly person is prescribed to treat their more complex health issues in order to decrease adverse side effects and avoid dangerous drug interactions.

  • Geriatric Psychiatry
  • Psychiatry

    A psychiatrist is a doctor with specific training in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness.
    He or she can not only provide the counseling necessary to both diagnose and treat a patient, but can also prescribe medication when needed. In some cases, a psychiatrist will only provide the medication and the counseling will be provided by another healthcare specialist, like a certified counselor or psychologist.
    Like other doctors, psychiatrists employ diagnostic tools like CT scans and MRI in order to observe the structure and function of a patient's brain.
    Once a diagnosis is made, these specialists may use behavior or cognitive therapy in order to address the patient's condition, or a multitude of other types of therapy, in conjunction with or in place of medication.

  • Specialty Expertise

    Dr. Alan D Piha has the following 16 expertise

  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Senility
  • Osteoporosis
  • Depression
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) / Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • EOL Care
  • Confusion
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Depressive Disorder
  • Insomnia
  • Cognitive Issues/Testing
  • Osteopenia
  • Dementia
  • Dementia Testing

Dr. Alan D Piha has 2 board certified specialties

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Board Certifications

Dr. Alan D Piha is Board Certified in 2 specialties

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Reviews

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Two Stars

He made me withdraw off of antipsychotic cold turkey which made me very sick andrefused to start me on new medication because no one would give me a pregnancy test. He told me was going to have to drive over an hour to a clinic that would if I wanted to be treated. I offfered to come in and take an on site home test because I could not take the time off work to go to his recommend pregancy center and he told me he refused to accept a home test. He didn't really listen to my issues and complaints and when I suggested a possible problem based on symptoms of past history of me and my family he acted offended.

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One Star

DO NOT SEE THIS DOCTOR,!! THERE WAS A WRECK ON THE WAY THERE , I WAS 5 MINUTES LATE AND HE WOULD NOT SEE ME, AND I HAD AN HOUR APPOINTMENT!! THIS IDIOT CARES ONLY ABOUT GETTING MONEY, HE DOESN'T CARE ABOUT HIS PATIENTS!!! THIS IS SAD, DO NOT GO HERE!!!

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One Star

I have been seeing him for 2 years due to low income. I agree with others he makes you answer the same questions on each visit and doesn't let you explain anything. He is rude and short with you. I would not recommend him unless you absolutely had to. I am trying to find me a new Dr now.

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I had 2 previous sessions with therapists who took down an immense amount of information in regards to my problems, none of which was passed on to Dr.Piha as the conversation started with "I don't know anything about you so I am going to ask you a bunch of questions". He didn't listen to anything I had to say, I was constantly being interrupted while trying to convey answers to questions that he had asked in regards to previously diagnosed conditions, he would cut me off constantly saying "You're complicating things". Within a 5 minute period I was asked 7 different times if I was feeling suicidal, and 4 different times if I was depressed; I'm not the Doctor, it isn't my place to make a diagnosis. His entire attitude changed when he found out I didn't have insurance and was one of "those" patients that was on a low income payment option. He became very brief and at times outright rude with how short he was being. I literally left the office in tears because I had been looking forward to receiving help for going on 3 months jumping through hoops just to get to that appointment, only to be treated like a pariah, and feel worse than when I went in. He was 40 minutes late to my session, I am guessing that due to being one of the "pro-rated" patients, that is the reason why the 40 minutes he spent elsewhere was taken out of my session time and I was rushed out the door for a patient who had insurance. End result, I was shuffled out the door with 90 days of medication after being told that I couldn't be seen again for 3 months. I have never taken medication before, and I have to go the full 90 days before addressing whether or not the treatment is even working. That is 90 days of playing around with brain chemistry that I have to contend with because this "Doctor" couldn't be bothered to actually listen for a moment. The rest of the office staff was very compassionate and friendly. Their offices had been recently remodeled, judging by the lack paint odor, I would say well over a week ago, yet Dr.Piha had his degrees in the floor stacked together leaning against the wall, so full of himself that he didn't feel the need to have them up on the wall; "pure arrogance" pretty much sums it up.

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Four Stars

Dr. Piha has been a great doctor. I was wrongly diagnosed by another DR. and it almost cost me my life. I then started to see Dr. Piha, he then figured out what was going on with me , he started to see me at my worse and I can now honestly say I feel better then I have in my life. He has really taken the time to help me, to be honest and gentle at the same time. I just wish that he did not have so many patients.

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  • Education

    30 Years Experience

  • University Of Florida College Of Medicine

    Graduated in 1988

  • Accepted Insurance

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