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About Dr. John J Pahira

Dr. John J Pahira, MD is a Doctor primarily located in Washington, DC, with another office in Chevy Chase, MD. He has 44 years of experience. His specialties include Urology. Dr. Pahira has received 2 awards. He speaks English.

Rating Overview

30 Ratings with 6 Comments

The overall average patient rating of Dr. John J Pahira is Great. Dr. John J Pahira has been rated by 30 patients. From those 30 patients 6 of those left a comment along with their rating. The overall rating for Dr. John J Pahira is 3.8 of 5.0 stars.

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Primary Address

Medstar Georgetown University Hospital

3800 Reservoir Rd NW
Washington, DC 20007
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Georgetown University Hospital

5530 Wisconsin Ave Ste 950
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
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Dr. John J Pahira has the following 1 specialty

  • Urology

    A urologist is a physician who specializes in diagnosing and treating conditions affecting the male reproductive system, as well as the urinary tracts of both males and females.
    These doctors cover the kidneys, ureter, urinary bladder, adrenal glands, urethra, and the male reproductive organs which include the testes, epididymis, vas deferens, seminal vesicles, prostate and penis. Some common disorders that urologists treat are urinary tract infections (UTI), stress incontinence, benign prostatic hyperplasia, kidney stones, erectile dysfunction, kidney cancer, prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and cystitis. These urological specialists also perform vasectomies and vasectomy reversals.

  • Expertise

    10 Expertise

  • Prostatitis
  • Urinary Catheterization
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Urinary Tract Stones (Urinary Calculi)
  • Erectile Dysfunction (ED)
  • Urologic Emergencies
  • Kidney Stones
  • Lithotripsy
  • Bladder Issues
  • Overactive Urinary Bladder

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Outstanding Urologist

I have had Dr. Pahira as my urologist for many years. He is professional, kind, and experienced.

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The Residents Do a Lot of His Work

My first appointment was all right; he seemed respectful enough, though not very warm. On my second visit, he sent his residents or interns in to "consult" with me; they seemed to be reciting from a script, and nervous that I would go "off script" and ask a question they couldn't answer. At the end of the appointment, Pahira came in for a few minutes. Maybe it was just that day, but he seemed less than thrilled to be there. There was no transition between the first part of the appointment, with the junior doctors, and the second. It was disconcerting. I don't want a doctor who farms out a big chunk of the doctoring to the youngsters who are supposed to learn by practicing on me. And worst of all: I didn't feel I could really talk to anyone there--a bad feeling when you're at the urologist.

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Five Stars

Dr John Pahira is the best kidney stone doctor period and also a great person

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Several problems

He ordered a couple of tests, and the results did not match my symptoms. When I later got a second opinion, the new doctor ordered a different test, which did reveal the problem--a potentially urgent one--causing my pain. Dr. Pahira's tests missed the problem, and he hadn't seem interested in investigating further. Also, I had a very common urological condition, and Dr. Pahira told me there were only three drugs that are effective for it. I found out later there was another medication that the FDA had approved for the condition four years earlier and that was safe for me to take--a medication he either forgot to mention or didn't know about. These problems, compounded with the near-impossibility of getting a phone call returned by a nurse, let alone a doctor, made me give up on Georgetown Urology.

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Not cold, exactly...

He's not a cold doctor, exactly, but he's not at all warm either. He comes in the room, takes charge of the appointment, stands the entire time, and makes it difficult for the patient to ask questions, offer thoughts, or contribute much of anything. He is definitely uninterested in the patient's emotional state, and there were times he was borderline insensitive. You come away feeling like you are only a surgical possibility to him. He's probably happiest in the operating room, when the patient is unconscious and silent.

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  • Awards

    2 Awards

  • Patients' Choice Award (2010, 2012, 2011)

    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.

  • Regional Top Doctors

    Castle Connolly is America's trusted source for the identification of Top Doctors. Their physician-led research team reviews and screens the credentials of tens of thousands of physicians who are nominated by their peers annually, via a nationwide online process, before selecting those physicians who are regionally or nationally among the very best in their medical specialties. Castle Connolly believes strongly that Top Doctors Make a Difference™.

  • Education

    44 Years Experience

  • Pennsylvania State University College Of Medicine

    Graduated in 1974

  • Abington Memorial Hospital


  • Accepted Insurance

    Dr. John J Pahira accepts the following insurance providers.

  • Aetna
    • Aetna Choice POS II
    • Aetna HMO
    • Aetna Managed Choice POS Open Access
    • Aetna Select
    • Aetna Signature Administrators PPO
  • Anthem
    • Anthem HealthKeepers HMO POS
    • Anthem KeyCare PPO
  • CareFirst BCBS
    • CareFirst BlueChoice Advantage
    • CareFirst BluePreferred PPO
    • CareFirst Maryland POS
  • Cigna
    • CIGNA Open Access Plus
  • First Health
    • First Health PPO
  • Multiplan
    • Multiplan PPO
    • PHCS PPO
  • United Healthcare
    • UHC Choice Plus POS
    • UHC Navigate HMO
    • UHC Navigate POS
    • UHC Optimum Choice Preferred POS
    • UHC Options PPO
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