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About Dr. Russ T Shimizu
Dr. Russ T Shimizu, MD is a Doctor primarily located in Santa Monica, CA. He has 51 years of experience. His specialties include Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Shimizu is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Saint John's Health Center. He speaks English.
Dr. Russ T Shimizu has the following 2 specialties
A psychiatrist is a doctor with specific training in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness.
He or she can not only provide the counseling necessary to both diagnose and treat a patient, but can also prescribe medication when needed. In some cases, a psychiatrist will only provide the medication and the counseling will be provided by another healthcare specialist, like a certified counselor or psychologist.
Like other doctors, psychiatrists employ diagnostic tools like CT scans and MRI in order to observe the structure and function of a patient's brain.
Once a diagnosis is made, these specialists may use behavior or cognitive therapy in order to address the patient's condition, or a multitude of other types of therapy, in conjunction with or in place of medication.
A neurologist is a physician who diagnoses and treats disorders of the nervous system which is comprised of the brain, spinal cord and nerves. These doctors do not perform surgery, but refer patients to neurological surgeons when they determine that surgical intervention is necessary.
Some of the conditions that neurologists diagnose and treat are epilepsy, aneurysms, hydrocephalus, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, stroke, spinal disc herniation, and spinal disease.
In addition to using diagnostic tests like MRI, CT scans, EEG and EMG, neurologists also employ neurological testing to gauge muscle strength and movement, balance, reflexes, sensation, memory, speech, and other cognitive abilities.
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Nerve Conduction Studies
- Alzheimer's Disease
- Migraine Disorder
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Dr. Shimizu is an outstanding doctor. He is extremely intelligent and cares about his patients--like you're a member of his family. I have been his patient for twelve years, and he has been right with me as I have gone through the process of a serious autoimmune neurological illness. I'm grateful to be walking and living--I was in a wheel chair for 18 months. I've been to the so called leading medical institutions in the US for treatment, and learned that these visits were completely unnecessary as Dr. Shimizu knows more than all of them. You will not find a better doctor in this country than Russ Shimizu.
Horrible experience with this doctor and his office staff. Rude, incompetent, and uncaring all around. I have a history of herniated discs and when mine flared up again I went to this neurologist. The first appointment was okay. My goal was to get prescriptions for a sciatic pain med I knew worked for me, an MRI, and physical therapy. As we talked after my initial exam he wrote all those prescriptions quickly and handed them off to me. He repeatedly asked me if I had ever had a spinal injection in my back for the problem, 3 or 4 times I had to say no. Then he said "I'm surprised you got better." THEN the nightmare began. 1. Had to call his office something like 5 times over 4 days (while in a lot of pain) to get my prescription because he didn't specify the type of release (fast/slow) for the medication. Instead of making a judgment call on such he required me to read off an old prescription bottle from a previous doctor. The office people kept saying they would call the pharmacy and correct it and each time I gave them 2-4 hours leeway but whenever I called the pharmacy, nope no call from the office. Really?! Tired of the crap, I asked if the staff could confirm something with the doctor while I was on the phone with them (to make sure they actually did what they said they would do) and I was rebuffed with "we won't page the doctor unless it's seizure medication." The office didn't call the pharmacy until I left a message on Day 4 begging them to please get it to the pharmacy before Xmas and everything closed because I was in a lot of pain. 2. The pharmacy wouldn't fill another non-urgent prescription because he wrote my name wrong- like totally a different name wrong. 3. I had to wait 30 minutes in an empty office before I was seen for my follow-up. No one greeted me, looked at the sign-in chart, or said anything to me about delays. I had to ask when I'd be seen and I was rudely responded to by office staff. I don't mind waiting, but please acknowledge my existence, it's basic customer service. 4. When I finally saw Dr. Shimizu he didn't seem like he had recently reviewed my file and kept pushing for a spinal injection despite me telling him that I want to stick with conservative treatment. I asked questions about decompression and other things, he didn't seem to be up to date on the latest research. 5. I stopped by the office in between appointments and asked if he would provide a written note to my employer explaining my work limitations so I could work from home while recovering. I dropped off my request a week in advance of when I needed it. They told me the doctor usually charges for notes, seems a bit ridiculous but okay. One week later, I had a follow-up appointment and I asked him about the letter and he had no idea what I was talking about. Either his staff didn't give him the letter or he straight up forgot/ignored it. While checking out I discussed with him the gist what it needed to say. I asked if he could write it today since my employer was expecting it today and I gave it to him a week ago. He said maybe, it depends on how busy he gets. Alright, not a helpful answer especially since they were the ones that messed up. I called the next day to follow-up and I took a firmer tone and his staff got really nasty with me and snapped that he's busy and will get to when he does. I informed them that I was cancelling my next appointment and I wasn't returning. The staff said "Oh so you're cancelling your appointment because he won't write you a note?" To which I responded, "No, I'm cancelling my appointment because of the utterly poor treatment I have received from both the doctor and this staff." Now it's war. It took a call literally every hour all day long to get them to actually write the note (handwritten and did not follow the simple directions provided), which I suspect was done by the staff and signed by the doctor. Ultimately my employer rejected it. In any event, RUDE and DISRESPECTFUL staff and an ignorant doctor. I was treated so poorly that after speaking with his staff I was brought to tears. AWFUL people.
I found Dr. Shimizu's office staff to be friendly and caring. I found Dr. Simizu to be both competent and caring. He demonstrated a great deal of patience with me and spoke in a way that I understand everything he explained to me about my symptoms and diagnosis.I would highly recommend him to others seeking out a well thought out differential diagnosis and therapeutic plan.
Dr. Shimizu is an excellent listener and open to alternative and Western medicine compromises. He works to problem solve my neurological needs. I trust him.
Dr. Shimizu is affiliated (can practice and admit patients) with the following hospital(s).
51 Years Experience
University Of Colorado School Of Medicine
Graduated in 1967
Lac Usc Medical Center
Dr. Russ T Shimizu accepts the following insurance providers.
- CIGNA LocalPlus
- CIGNA Open Access Plus
- CIGNA PPO
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Locations & DirectionsNeurological Associates Wla, 2811 Wilshire Blvd Ste 790, Santa Monica, CA
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