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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.

Rating Overview

24 Ratings with 6 Comments

The overall average patient rating of Dr. Robert A Sands is Good. Dr. Robert A Sands has been rated by 24 patients. From those 24 patients 6 of those left a comment along with their rating. The overall rating for Dr. Robert A Sands is 3.3 of 5.0 stars.

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Primary Address

Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates

111 Grossman Dr
Braintree, MA 02184
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Specialties

Dr. Robert A Sands has the following 2 specialties

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Specialty Expertise

    Dr. Robert A Sands has the following 9 expertise

  • Tendinitis
  • Rheumatic Diseases
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Arthritis
  • Lupus
  • Gout
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Polymyalgia Rheumatica
  • Knee Osteoarthritis

Dr. Robert A Sands has 2 board certified specialties

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Board Certifications

Dr. Robert A Sands is Board Certified in 2 specialties

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Reviews

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Low Quality Health Care Provider

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.

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Insensitive Physician

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.

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Mediocre

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.

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Uncaring

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.

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Why would a doctor act so bad ?

Dr. Sands was rude !

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  • Awards

    5 Awards

  • Patients' Choice Award

    Patients' Choice Award (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)

    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.

  • Compassionate Doctor Recognition

    Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2010, 2012, 2013)

    Compassionate Doctor certification is granted to physicians who treat their patients with the utmost kindness. The honor is granted based on a physician's overall and bedside manner scores.

  • Top 10 Doctor - State

    Top 10 Doctor - State (2014)

    Top 10 Doctors are chosen by the millions of patients who visit Vitals each year to find a new doctor and share their experiences by providing ratings and reviews. In order to differentiate highly-regarded doctors from the rest for patients in search of quality care, Vitals awards Top 10 Doctor honors to those physicians within a certain specialty and geographic area who are consistently given top ratings by their patients.

  • Top 10 Doctor - Metro Area

    Top 10 Doctor - Metro Area (2014)

    Top 10 Doctors are chosen by the millions of patients who visit Vitals each year to find a new doctor and share their experiences by providing ratings and reviews. In order to differentiate highly-regarded doctors from the rest for patients in search of quality care, Vitals awards Top 10 Doctor honors to those physicians within a certain specialty and geographic area who are consistently given top ratings by their patients.

  • Patients' Choice 5th Anniversary Award

    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.

  • Hospital Affiliations

    Dr. Sands is affiliated (can practice and admit patients) with the following hospital(s).

  • Education

    40 Years Experience

  • Baylor College Of Medicine

    Graduated in 1978

  • Brigham & Womens Hospital

    Residency

  • Accepted Insurance

    Dr. Robert A Sands accepts the following insurance providers.

  • Aetna
    • Aetna Choice POS II
    • Aetna HMO
    • Aetna Managed Choice POS Open Access
  • 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
  • Cigna
    • CIGNA HMO
    • CIGNA LocalPlus
    • CIGNA Open Access Plus
    • CIGNA PPO
  • First Health
    • First Health PPO
  • Harvard Pilgrim
    • Harvard Pilgrim ChoiceNet HMO
    • Harvard Pilgrim HMO
    • Harvard Pilgrim PPO
  • Multiplan
    • Multiplan 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

Locations & Directions

Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, 111 Grossman Dr, Braintree, MA
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