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About Dr. Holly Rothermel

Dr. Holly Rothermel, MD is a Doctor primarily located in Boston, MA. She has 25 years of experience. Her specialties include Pediatric Rheumatology, Rheumatology and Pediatrics. Dr. Rothermel has received 2 awards. She speaks English.

Rating Overview

7 Ratings with 4 Comments

The overall average patient rating of Dr. Holly Rothermel is Good. Dr. Holly Rothermel has been rated by 7 patients. From those 7 patients 4 of those left a comment along with their rating. The overall rating for Dr. Holly Rothermel is 2.7 of 5.0 stars.

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Primary Address

Massachusetts General Hospital

55 Fruit St
Boston, MA 02114
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Dr. Holly Rothermel has the following 3 specialties

  • Pediatric Rheumatology
  • Rheumatology

    A rheumatologist is a physician who has received extensive training in diagnosing and treating rheumatic conditions. Rheumatic conditions involve the joints, soft tissues, autoimmune system, vascular system, and connective tissues.
    Some of the conditions that rheumatologists treat are rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, gout, sarcoidosis, vasculitis, and lupus. These are all conditions that involve a lot of pain and make mobility difficult. Rheumatologists use medications, such as analgesics, NSAIDs, steroids, DMARDs, infliximab, and adalimumab, as well as occupational therapy, in order to decrease pain and improve a patient's quality of life.

  • Pediatrics

    A pediatrician is a doctor who specializes in the regular care of children, as well as the diagnosis and treatment of illness in children. Young patients are often more complicated to treat because they are still growing and developing.
    While pediatricians may sub-specialize in specific therapy areas like oncology, surgery, ophthalmology, and anesthesiology, in general, pediatricians provide services like vaccinations, health exams, and treatment of common ailments and injuries. In addition, pediatricians are trained to handle the complex emotional and behavioral issues faced by children, especially during puberty.
    Pediatricians normally see their patients from birth until the age of 18, although some may agree to treat patients into their early 20s, if requested.

  • Expertise

    8 Expertise

  • Gout
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Lupus
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Lyme Disease
  • Tendinitis
  • Osteoarthritis (Hand and Wrist)
  • Rheumatic Diseases

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Missed that my child's pain was from Ehlers Danlos Disorder

We were hoping that out of all the doctors my child would see, a rheumatologist would be able to diagnose why my child wa having so much musculoskeletal pain, sob, etc. I suspected Ehlers Danlos but Dr. Rothermel did not find anything wrong with my child. Mentioned counseling like other doctors. Our saving grace was a geneticist! I couldn't believe the questions he asked which she never did like the obvious "does your joints dislocate?" "lets see if you have stretchy skin?" "Does your joints ache?" Never assessed my child for hypermobility which she scores a 7/9 on the beighton scale. So long story short, if you suspect Ehlers Danlos see a geneticist.

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Poor diagnostician, unempathetic

Dr. Rothermel completely missed a very obvious pneumonia. She took a very poor history, did not peel back the layers, listened to my daughter's lungs and said they were clear, was dismissive to my husband 'this is a viral cold'. Five hours later I return from my job seeing patients, as I am a medical provider as well, and my non-asthmatic daughter was in respiratory distress. We rushed her to the ER where the doctor said 'it's quite clear she has pneumonia- I'm not sure how the Dr who saw her five hours ago missed this.' If you are put on this doctor's schedule, ask for different clinician you're wasting your time. Hard to believe she works for MGH, 'man's greatest hospital'.

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March 27, 2014

Our appointment with Dr. Rothermel was a waste of time. We went there expecting to have a bullet MRI, and see a physical therapist. Neither of which happened. After a few minutes with my daughter, the doctor made many dismissive remarks and really did not listen to my daughter's concerns. Her advice, therapy and yoga and a list of medications for us to research. She said if she did not feel better in four weeks, we should call and she would give us a script for one of said meds. She also said she did not need to see her again before prescribing the meds. We left feeling more upset than when we arrived. Not the way an appointment is supposed to go.

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Does not care

Our appointment with Dr. Rothermel was a waste of time. My son had many symptoms. She was dismissive and unempathetic. Her advice "push through" and seek therapy. My son was diagnosed with POTS. Pushing through was NOT an option and therapy not a treatment. When I later researched POTS-he was a classic case. I suggest Dr. Rothermel actually listen to her patients and not be so dismissive and judgemental

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  • Awards

    2 Awards

  • Bridges to Excellence: Physician Office Systems Recognition Program

    This program is designed to recognize practices that use information systems to enhance the quality of patient care. To obtain Recognition, practices must demonstrate that they have implemented systematic office

  • NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home

    The patient-centered medical home is a way of organizing primary care that emphasizes care coordination and communication to transform primary care into what patients want it to be. Medical homes can lead to higher quality and lower costs, and can improve patients' and providers' experience of care.

  • Education

    25 Years Experience

  • Stanford University School Of Medicine

    Graduated in 1993

  • Massachusetts General Hospital


  • Accepted Insurance

    Dr. Holly Rothermel accepts the following insurance providers.

  • Aetna
    • Aetna Choice POS II
    • Aetna HMO
    • Aetna Managed Choice POS Open Access
    • Aetna Signature Administrators PPO
  • BCBS Blue Card
    • BCBS Blue Card PPO
  • BCBS Massachusetts
    • BCBS MA Blue Care Elect PPO
    • BCBS MA HMO Blue with Managed Care Behavioral Health
    • BCBS MA Preferred Blue PPO
  • First Health
    • First Health PPO
  • Harvard Pilgrim
    • Harvard Pilgrim ChoiceNet HMO
    • Harvard Pilgrim HMO
    • Harvard Pilgrim PPO
  • Humana
    • Humana Choice POS
    • Humana ChoiceCare Network PPO
  • Multiplan
    • Multiplan PPO
    • PHCS PPO
  • Tufts Health Plan
    • Tufts Granite Advantage EPO, PPO and Saver
    • Tufts PPO
  • United Healthcare
    • UHC Choice Plus POS
    • UHC Navigate HMO
    • UHC Navigate POS
    • UHC Options PPO
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Locations & Directions

Massachusetts General Hospital, 55 Fruit St, Boston, MA


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