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About Dr. Robert A Sands
Dr. Robert A Sands, MD is a Doctor primarily located in Braintree, MA. He has 40 years of experience. His specialties include Rheumatology and Internal Medicine. Dr. Sands is affiliated with Brigham And Womens Faulkner Hospital and Nsmc Salem Hospital. Dr. Sands has received 5 awards. He speaks English.
Dr. Robert A Sands has the following 2 specialties
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.
- Internal Medicine
An internist is a physician who focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of conditions that affect the adult population—both acute and chronic.
These doctors are often who adults see as their primary physicians because they treat a broad range of illnesses that do not require surgical or specialist interventions. They also work to help a patient maintain optimal health in order to prevent the onset of disease.
In addition to treating the common cold and flu, internists also treat chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease.
Dr. Robert A Sands has the following 9 expertise
- Rheumatic Diseases
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Polymyalgia Rheumatica
- Knee Osteoarthritis
Dr. Robert A Sands has 2 board certified specialties
Dr. Robert A Sands is Board Certified in 2 specialties
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I am a mature and educated female and Dr. Sands treated me like I was ignorant. He refused to engage in a conversation about medications or my health condition. Very impatient- like you're taking up his time. Talked in one or two words. For most of the visit, he occupied himself typing on his computer most likely answering his email messages. His secretary served as his "nurse". Not worth the time and money. I would not recommend him.
Dr. Sands needs to learn anger management and basic manners on how to treat a human being with respect and compassion. This doctor was extremely rude to a mature woman with a serious arthritic condition who went to him desperately seeking help and treatment. He was very curt, dismissive and patronizing to me - most likely because I was a woman. Instead of feeling better when leaving his office, I felt worse.
I agree with the other two reviewers- Dr. Sands is rude and uncaring. Absolutely no compassion or empathy for the patient. He spends more time typing on his computer than evaluating and talking to the patient. He never remembers prior lab results and tests. Clueless about your condition. He seems to be distracted and disorganized. Not what you'd expect from a doctor who claims to have high ratings and many "awards". I expected much more from a doctor with those credentials. Plus he has no bedside manner - rarely smiles or says anything pleasant or encouraging. He's mediocre at best.
Not good - go elsewhere. Bad bedside manner- very rude and arrogant. I was actually yelled at several times for asking questions. Lack of respect for patient. Does not thoroughly examine patient. Rushes through visit - wants to move on to next patient as soon as possible. Absolutely no follow-up- doesn't read evaluations that other specialists send him. Go to someone caring and competent and get your money's worth. You're paying for it.
Patients' Choice Award (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2010, 2012, 2013)
Top 10 Doctor - State (2014)
Top 10 Doctor - Metro Area (2014)
Patients' Choice 5th Anniversary Award (2015)
The Patients' Choice Award - 5 Year Honoree is a recognition granted only to those doctors whose ratings have reflected excellence in care for five years in a row. Only 1% of all doctors in the United States are bestowed this honor by their patients.
Dr. Sands is affiliated (can practice and admit patients) with the following hospital(s).
40 Years Experience
Baylor College Of Medicine
Graduated in 1978
Brigham & Womens Hospital
Dr. Robert A Sands accepts the following insurance providers.
- Aetna Choice POS II
- Aetna HMO
- Aetna Managed Choice POS Open Access
BCBS Blue Card
- BCBS Blue Card PPO
- BCBS MA Blue Care Elect PPO
- BCBS MA HMO Blue with Managed Care Behavioral Health
- BCBS MA Preferred Blue PPO
- CIGNA HMO
- CIGNA LocalPlus
- CIGNA Open Access Plus
- CIGNA PPO
- First Health PPO
- Harvard Pilgrim ChoiceNet HMO
- Harvard Pilgrim HMO
- Harvard Pilgrim PPO
- Multiplan PPO
Tufts Health Plan
- Tufts Granite Advantage EPO, PPO and Saver
- Tufts PPO
- UHC Choice Plus POS
- UHC Navigate HMO
- UHC Navigate POS
- UHC Options PPO
Locations & DirectionsHarvard Vanguard Medical Associates, 111 Grossman Dr, Braintree, MA
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