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About Dr. Massoud H Soumekh

Dr. Massoud H Soumekh, MD is a Doctor primarily located in San Diego, CA. He has 44 years of experience. His specialties include Neurological Surgery. Dr. Soumekh has received 1 award. He speaks English.

Rating Overview

39 Ratings with 14 Comments

The overall average patient rating of Dr. Massoud H Soumekh is Great. Dr. Massoud H Soumekh has been rated by 39 patients. From those 39 patients 14 of those left a comment along with their rating. The overall rating for Dr. Massoud H Soumekh is 4.2 of 5.0 stars.

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Primary Address

M Hertzel Soumekh Md Pc

8008 Frost St Ste 401
San Diego, CA 92123
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Dr. Massoud H Soumekh has the following 1 specialty

  • Neurological Surgery

    A neurological surgeon is a physician who surgically treats disorders of the nervous system, which is comprised of the brain, spinal cord and nerves.
    In addition to treating trauma of the head and spine, these doctors also treat disorders like epilepsy, aneurysms, hydrocephalus, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, stroke, spinal disc herniation, and spinal disease.
    Neurological surgeons can perform surgical procedures on the brain, such as stereotactic surgery, microsurgery, endoscopic surgery, stereotactic radiosurgery, and endovascular image guided methods.

  • Expertise

    9 Expertise

  • Craniotomy
  • Cerebrovascular Disorders
  • Aneurysm
  • Brain Surgery
  • Laminectomy
  • Stroke
  • Cancer
  • Brain Tumor
  • Glioblastoma

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Five Stars

We will be forever greatful to Dr. Soumehk. He is the most human and caring doctor we've ever met. Behind his personality wich may seem cold to others; is a man with a heart of gold and with the highest skills and knowledge. He was an angel sent to my husband and saved him from being paralized. He recently had 2 spinal fusions plus a huge mass taken out of his spine and could not had a better doctor Than dr. Soumehk, he went above and beyond his call of duty to help my husband have his surgery done. No bedside manners? Who cares. Short answers? Who cares. He truly is a genius and a magnifficent neurosurgeon!!!

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Excellent surgeon

I had back surgery with Dr. Soumekh in 2008 for a ruptured disc. I was in excruciating pain and I was told that I would not be able to walk without a leg brace if surgery was put off. I had only heard amazing testimony as to his skills. Guess what...8 years later and I am still pain free. I am stronger than I have ever been and this is due to the complete competence of this man. Is his bedside manner lacking? Yes. Is he abrupt? Yes. Will he ever waste your time? No. Will he ever tell you an untruth? No. I truly feel that his skill and expertise trump any lack of social skills or bedside manner that this highly skilled surgeon has. I would not let another surgeon touch me if given the choice.

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One Star

If there's a ZERO rating, that is this Soumekh is going to get !!! NO COMPASSION, NOT CARING. RUDE. You wait for your him for 30 minutes & he will just be w/ the patient for 3 minutes. Always rushing. One word answer to all the questions. Needless to say , we're looking for another Neurosurgeon for my Mom. NO matter how long someone's experience in their field, If that person has NO manner, that's what the patient sees. NO MANNER !!!!

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Absolutely horrid behavior by him and his staff!!

I am appalled!!! I had my Pre-op appointment with him today and just could not believe the lack of professionalism and complete disregard his office practices. I was initially excited, and very much so, that he had decided that I was a worthy candidate for the fusion that I had earlier been told I could not have. Then I read raving reviews about him that further made my heart dance for joy, although I had read he is lacking in the area of bedside manner however more than making up for this with his quality of service and medical competence. So I went into the office having prepared my wife beforehand that he may be a little on the blunt side or not necessarily kind. Boy, was I underestimating this by a long shot... I have never in my entire, long medical history, EVER been treated so rudely or rushed so impatiently or handled with such non-professionalism. At first, going into the office (I am handicapped), I stood at the counter and was ignored (almost appearing to be deliberate) for over ten minutes before being acknowledged and when I was acknowledged it was with an extremely patronizing tone and rude, as if to insinuate that I was wasting her time by asking my question about check-in protocol. Furthermore, when the doctor called me back to have my appointment, which I was told was to specifically address any concerns I had with my surgery and answer any questions I may have, he never once looked me in the face. He pointed to where he wished I would sit and came in about three minutes later and said, "So, any questions?". To which I responded, "Yes, I wrote them down, so I wouldn't forget". He passively placed his left hand entirely inside the collar of his scrub top and let out a sigh while keeping his eyes trained on the floor and occasionally pausing to look at my wife impatiently, as if to silently say, "Is he done yet?". I might add I had 14 very relevant questions that anyone facing major spinal surgery might wish to know the answers to. Each question I asked was responded to with very short, abrupt answers that indicated clearly, how he wished not to be there at that moment. When I asked "How long should I expect following the surgery, should I expect to wait before riding a motorcycle?", he looked at me for the first time and insulted me for having asked such a rude question and said "One year. You do not wish to undo everything I am going to accomplish by operating on you... Any more questions?" All the while, his hand was resting where I could imagine would be "fingertips in the armpit", inside his collar, pulling it down in a very unprofessional manner. At the front desk after the appointment, we were further treated with rudeness and as a result of the entire experience, and much to my sadness, decided NOT to have this man operate on me and take the chance that this abrasive, horrible behavior will manifest itself in surgery as well. Again, I am appalled! And more importantly, I am suffering as a result of hoping to have my back fixed, to be let down this badly.

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Thank you forever

There will always be those who find fault and yes sometimes a Dr. with a lot on his mind already knows what he is looking for and even what you are going to say and may seem a bit impersonal. His staff may have to interrupt him because another patient was just brought in and needs him more, but when it is your time and it is your life on the line you will not want anyone else in that operating room with you, your child or loved one. He won't be distracted and he won't give up on them. We just celebrated 11 years more life with my son this year and not an anniversary, birthday or any holiday goes by that I don't give thanks to Dr. Soumekh for all this extra time. He gives so much of himself day and night when the call comes in to save a life. There are not enough stars in this rating to give him all that he deserves.

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  • Awards

    1 Award

  • Patients' Choice Award

    Patients' Choice Award (2012, 2015, 2014, 2013)

    Patients' Choice recognition reflects the difference a particular physician has made in the lives of his/her patients. The honor is bestowed to physicians who have received near perfect scores, as voted by patients.

  • Education

    44 Years Experience

  • Iran University Of Medical Sciences

    Graduated in 1974

  • Wayne State University School Of Medicine


  • Accepted Insurance

    Dr. Massoud H Soumekh accepts the following insurance providers.

  • Aetna
    • Aetna Basic HMO
    • Aetna Choice POS II
    • Aetna Managed Choice POS Open Access
    • Aetna Savings Plus of CA
    • Aetna Signature Administrators PPO
    • Aetna Vitalidad Plus CA con Aetna
  • 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 HMO
    • Blue Cross CA Select Plus HMO
  • Blue Shield California
    • BS CA Platinum 90 PPO
    • Blue Shield CA Access Plus HMO
    • Blue Shield CA Access Plus Savenet
    • Blue Shield CA Bronze 60 PPO SHOP
    • Blue Shield CA Bronze Full PPO 4500
    • Blue Shield CA Local Access Plus HMO
    • Blue Shield CA PPO
    • Blue Shield CA Platinum Access+ HMO 25
    • Blue Shield CA Platinum Local Access + HMO 25
    • Blue Shield CA Silver 70 PPO
    • Blue Shield CA Trio ACO HMO
  • Cigna
    • CIGNA LocalPlus
    • CIGNA Open Access Plus
  • First Health
    • First Health PPO
  • Health Net
    • Health Net CA HMO Employer Group
    • Health Net CA HMO Whole Care Network
    • Health Net CA Individual and Family PPO
    • Health Net CA PPO
    • Health Net EPO - PureCare One Small Business
    • Health Net PureCare HSP Individual and Family Plans
  • Humana
    • Humana Choice POS
  • Sharp Health Plan
    • Sharp Health Blue Choice
  • UHC West
    • UHC SignatureValue Flex2
    • UHC SignatureValue Flex3
    • UHC West SignatureValue Alliance
    • UHC West SignatureValue HMO
  • United Healthcare
    • UHC Choice Plus POS
    • UHC Navigate HMO
    • UHC Navigate POS
    • UHC Options PPO
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M Hertzel Soumekh Md Pc, 8008 Frost St Ste 401, San Diego, CA


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