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About Haruko A Akatsu

Haruko A Akatsu is a Doctor primarily located in Stanford, CA, with another office in Pittsburgh, PA. She speaks English.

Haruko A Akatsu has received 2 awards.

Rating Overview

31 Ratings with 15 Comments

The overall average patient rating of Haruko A Akatsu is Great. Haruko A Akatsu has been rated by 31 patients. From those 31 patients 15 of those left a comment along with their rating. The overall rating for Haruko A Akatsu is 4.0 of 5.0 stars.

Locations

Haruko A Akatsu has 2 locations

get directions Stanford Hospital & Clinics
300 Pasteur Dr
Stanford, CA 94305
get directions Haruko A Akatsu
3601 5th Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

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  • Specialty Expertise

    Haruko A Akatsu has the following 6 expertise

  • Diabetes
  • Diabetes, Type 2
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Endocrinology
  • Thyroid Diseases
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1

Reviews

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Five Stars

An absolutely FANTASTIC doctor - would highly recommend her to anyone with thyroid problems!

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Shot down

I haven't slept in 12 years (2-4 hours a night). My thyroid has nodules and my thyroid levels often come out abnormal. My father also had a severe endocrine disorder. But because my most recent thyroid blood test came out normal and my father, who lives 2000 miles away, couldn't come to an appointment with me, she refused to work with me. She ordered no tests and provided no answers regarding severe insomnia, hair loss and heart palpitations so bad I was referred to cardiology. She didn't even actually look at the ultrasound images, but made her decision based on a radiology report. She might as well have said "fantastic, not my problem," as she didn't seem to feel I was worth the time to really take a look at. She had no answer for what was causing my problems and didn't care. She actually said, "probably everyone in this hospital has abnormal TSH levels because they are all very sick people. Something is going wrong in your body and causing your TSH to be abnormal." And that was it. She referred me to a sleep clinic and a urologist, sending me on more wild goose chases that resulted in nothing. She said she would check with genetics and get back to me and recheck my thyroid levels in six months. I didn't hear from her again until 4 months later when I finally called to see what happened with the genetics referral, after completing the many other doctors visits from the referrals she made, driving over 50 miles back and forth to Stanford several times and still not getting any answers. She told me she'd recheck my thyroid in a year, through an office staff. When I asked to see another doctor for a second opinion I was told Stanford doesn't do that and I would have to go somewhere else, but that was already the end of the line for me. Stanford is the last resort. It's the the place where your supposed to finally get answers. Apparently its the place to avoid doing "unnecessary tests" as she put it, at least if you end up with her.

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Terrible Experience- I will there is a 0 star

I got referred to her by my surgeon. First appointment, she made me wait for more than one hour for a 15 minute appointment. She asked little question, did not want to bother with comprehensive tests. We got there 15 early as directed. Then, she did not prescribe me any medication timely . When I was getting low, I had to call her office 4 times to follow up. It was the worst experience ever.

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Five Stars

No complaints. Dr. Akatsu was very polite and answered all of my questions. Staff was also courteous. Highly recommend.

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Five Stars

Dr. Akatsu was overall very polite and sweet. She seemed rather busy, but other than that was willing to help and answered all of my questions. Although I did wait for about 15 minutes (and therefore was late for my next engagement), it was worth it. She apologized for the delay and got straight to business. She explained everything clearly and well.. I have no complaints, and I would definitely recommend her to a friend.

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15 minutes
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  • Awards

    2 Awards

  • Top 10 Doctor - Metro Area

    Top 10 Doctor - Metro Area (2014)

    Top 10 Doctors are chosen by the millions of patients who visit Vitals each year to find a new doctor and share their experiences by providing ratings and reviews. In order to differentiate highly-regarded doctors from the rest for patients in search of quality care, Vitals awards Top 10 Doctor honors to those physicians within a certain specialty and geographic area who are consistently given top ratings by their patients.

  • Compassionate Doctor Recognition

    Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2013)

    Compassionate Doctor certification is granted to physicians who treat their patients with the utmost kindness. The honor is granted based on a physician's overall and bedside manner scores.

  • Haruko A Akatsu Accepts the Following Insurance

  • Aetna
    • Aetna Choice POS II
    • Aetna HMO Deductible Plan CA only
    • Aetna Signature Administrators PPO
  • BCBS Blue Card
    • BCBS Blue Card PPO
  • Blue Cross California
    • BC CA California Care Small Group HMO
    • Blue Cross CA PPO Prudent Buyer Small Group
    • Blue Cross CA Advantage PPO Preferred DirectAccess Plus
    • Blue Cross CA California Care Large Group HMO
    • Blue Cross CA PPO Prudent Buyer Individual
    • Blue Cross CA PPO Prudent Buyer Large Group
    • Blue Cross CA Select PPO
    • Blue Cross CA Select Plus HMO

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