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Misdiagnosis and Mistreatment
Self-verified patient of Dr. Byron S Cooper - Posted on August 5th, 2019
I was a patient of his for two years a while back. He misdiagnosed my condition as sarcoidosis--an inflammatory disease affecting primarily the lungs--put me on steroids for over a year and subjected me to two bronchoscopies. When my condition failed to improve, thankfully, my wife took me to another doctor who determined I never had sarcoidosis, but suffered from adult onset asthma and severe sinus problems.
Self-verified patient of Dr. Byron S Cooper - Posted on July 8th, 2019
Dr Cooper is a excellent doctor who cares about his patient well being .
Just had the weirdest doctor appointment in my life
Self-verified patient of Dr. Byron S Cooper - Posted on December 21st, 2018
After telling me “it’s not related to your sleep apnea”, Doctor Cooper kept asking about a specific OBJYN condition of mine. He also commented on my look, saying stuff like “you are perfect”, and gave me a weird smile when he told me “you don’t need to take off your bra”. He also seemed unorganized and disoriented. The whole experience is creeping me out.
FIND ANOTHER DOCTOR
Self-verified patient of Dr. Byron S Cooper - Posted on June 20th, 2018
Dr. Cooper charges insurance companies and patients for tests that have either not been done or are not necessary. If all you need is a routine physical exam, most insurance companies now a days allow patients to have one routine physical per year and there should be no copay or balance to the patient. He charges the insurances hundreds of dollars and they charge patients for copays. Also, I found that the reason he was not forthcoming about some of the tests he ordered is so you don't know until you receive your explanation of benefits from your insurance or a bill. One last thing, if they ask you to leave a credit card number NEVER LEAVE A VALID ONE BECAUSE THEY WILL CHARGE YOUR ACCOUNT FOR TESTS HE DECIDED TO ORDER NOT THAT YOU ASKED HIM TO ORDER!
Self-verified patient of Dr. Byron S Cooper - Posted on January 16th, 2018
Dr. Cooper provides excellent care. He is always up to date on the latest treatments and research and discusses the latest research papers with me. He takes time to talk with me and he proactively identifies opportunities to minimize costs of prescribed medications. I have been his patient for over 30 years.
Self-verified patient of Dr. Byron S Cooper - Posted on January 12th, 2017
Lack of Concern!
Self-verified patient of Dr. Byron S Cooper - Posted on January 7th, 2016
Time to move on!!!
Self-verified patient of Dr. Byron S Cooper - Posted on December 19th, 2015
Self-verified patient of Dr. Byron S Cooper - Posted on April 14th, 2015
Self-verified patient of Dr. Byron S Cooper - Posted on March 30th, 2015
Self-verified patient of Dr. Byron S Cooper - Posted on March 29th, 2015
Good Physician, Rude Office Staff
Self-verified patient of Dr. Byron S Cooper - Posted on November 7th, 2013
Dr. Cooper has been my internist/cardiologist for several years now. He has a highly busy practice and he does genuinely care about his patients. I would trust him to treat any of member of my family. As far as my health care goes, he has been willing to see me on a moment's notice, has clearly explained my diagnosis, and has always called me with test results. Dr. Cooper has referred me to highly qualified doctors outside of his field of expertise and is always up front in what he thinks the problem is. However, his staff -- like many medical offices in DC --- are how shall I put it: rude. Not all of them, just a majority of them. Dr. Cooper is not unaware of this situation, and has said so to me on a number of occasions. But instead of complaining, he should take action. What he needs is a strong office manager, which I don't think he has --- otherwise there wouldn't be these problems. I think Cooper should get rid of many of these unhelpful employees, find new ones with a better attitude, cut back on the number of new patients, and hire additional doctors to share the load. Cooper cares about his patients, but I do think he is stressed and in need of a vacation and/or a hobby. A note: he treats many prominent members of the Washington establishment as well as high-level executives and civil servants. With more of these people getting hammered on by events outside of their control, they feel ill and end up in Cooper's office. This is an added stress for a physician and it's tough. This has been my experience; you may not like the staff, but the doctor is caring, competent, will go out of his way to make sure you understand your diagnosis; If you don't care for his office employees tell him so. If he looks exhausted, tell him he needs to take a break, because you don't want to be treated by a tired physician. Just say it.