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About Dr. Judith Sondheimer
Dr. Judith Sondheimer, MD is a Doctor primarily located in Washington, DC, with another office in Washington, DC. She has 43 years of experience. Her specialties include Pediatrics and Pediatric Gastroenterology. Dr. Sondheimer is affiliated with Georgetown University Hospital. She speaks English.
Dr. Judith Sondheimer has the following 2 specialties
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.
- Pediatric Gastroenterology
Pediatric gastroenterologists can treat a variety of diseases and conditions in infants and children related to their liver, pancreas or intestines. If your child has severe or recurrent abdominal pain, constipation or diarrhea, a pediatric gastroenterologist can help you get to the bottom of it. They can also help identify the many possible causes of failure to thrive in infants.
Other common conditions they treat include Crohn's Disease, inflammatory bowel disease, liver disease, short gut syndrome and hepatitis C, as well as nutritional disorders like celiac disease and lactose intolerance. In order to diagnose and treat your child’s condition, gastroenterologists can perform colonoscopies and other diagnostic testing before deciding on the best treatment plan.
Dr. Judith Sondheimer has the following 2 expertise
- Acid Reflux Disease (Gastroesophageal Reflux / GERD)
- Short Bowel Syndrome
Dr. Judith Sondheimer is Board Certified in 2 specialties
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She is currently the chief of pediatrics gastrointestine dept at georgetown univ hopsital. We took our son to see her because our pediatrician referred her. We went to see her for celiac. She appears to have good manners, very informative, looked at my son's mouth and ab area. She gave us an hour, which is more than you will ever get in any doctor's office. Asked about our family history, my son's behavior and eating habits. Told us to ask our relatives about their health history. Even asked us to email or call her with we have any questions-call her, not a nurse. Making the appointment is through a central scheduler-I don't like that. The front desk staff--eh, ok and a friendly but not entirely. Maybe because there were a couple of demanding parents who just won't move out of the way, linger around and waited in the hallway when there are 2 non-sick waiting rooms-so annoying.
This doctor has a very poor bedside manner. She is old, bitter, and way past time for her time to retire. She did not examine my child nor did she look at the medical records I brought with me before she jumped to conclusions and told me there was nothing wrong with my son. She made me feel that my sons problem was in his head and made me feel I was crazy for tolerating him to throw up. She said my son was habit throwing up and had no medical problem. However, my son only throws up after fatty meals and it becomes violent. If he eats a benign meal such as bananas and applesauce, he is fine. So, how is that a habit I ask? She hurt my and my sons feelings with her curt harsh tongue. It slices thru you like a sharp knife. On a positive note, her office staff was the polar opposite of her, very kind, empathetic, and helpful.
It has been 11 years since I was a patient of Dr. Sondheimer's. She diagnosed me with ulcerative colitis in 2000. She put me on high doses of a medication I didn't know I couldn't handle and within two months of my diagnosis my colon ruptured in three places. Throughout the two months, she kept insisting that my pain was "in my head" and refused to believe that my disease was as bad as it was. My father literally had to beg her nurse to admit me into the hospital, and eight days after I was finally in the hospital my colon ruptured and I had to have an emergency colectomy leaving me with an open abdominal wound for six months and an ostomy bag for over a year. After it ruptured, she came to my hospital room once. Care was not within her emotional capacity. No apologies, no next steps...nothing. It was her fault for giving me such high doses of a drug I later found out causes inflammation and intestinal bleeding in me. It was her fault my colon ruptured. It was her fault I lost 25 pounds in two months and spent six weeks in the hospital recovering with abdominal drains, an open wound, and no strength even to walk. I would never tell anyone to see her for medical care.
Dr. Sondheimer is affiliated (can practice and admit patients) with the following hospital(s).
Georgetown University Hospital
43 Years Experience
Graduated in 1970
University Of Colorado Health
Dr. Judith Sondheimer accepts the following insurance providers.
- PHCS PPO
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