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About Dr. Walter H Burnham Jr
Dr. Walter H Burnham Jr, MD is a Doctor primarily located in Pasadena, CA, with another office in Ontario, CA. He has 23 years of experience. His specialties include Orthopaedic Surgery of the Spine and Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Burnham is affiliated with Methodist Hospital Southern Ca and Huntington Hospital. Dr. Burnham has received 1 award. He speaks English.
Dr. Walter H Burnham Jr has the following 2 specialties
- Orthopaedic Surgery of the Spine
- Orthopaedic Surgery
- Osteoarthritis (Hand and Wrist)
- Wounds and Injuries
- Vertebroplasty (Kyphoplasty)
- Hip Osteoarthritis
- Knee Osteoarthritis
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My teen returned for consultation for the 3rd time for back issue & we've finally decided enough is enough. We waited 2 hours for our appt & he only saw us for less than 5 mins. Instead of giving us a solution to my teen's back issue, he asked, "What do you need?" How do you expect a patient to know what's needed? There's literally NO privacy when consulting with this Dr. Doors to consultation rooms are wide open & one can hear any consultation in progress. I don't know if you'd like the "whole world" to know your medical issues when you consult a dr? We are moving on to another dr. who can hear us out instead of being treated like a production line. Dr. Burnham gives us the impression that he's there to claim as many insurance as he can but not provide the care & be giving his patients a listening ear.
He is rude, judgemental, negative, unfeeling, arrogant, and needless to say, very unprofessional. The best advice I can give to a very good friend is trust your gut, after all, it is "your health" and if your "healthcare professional" doesn't care, then you need to find one that does care. I did and so can you. Believe me, there are plenty of doctors out there who will actually take the time to talk to you and try to help you. Good luck!
This was the WORST experience I've ever had in a medical office! It started off on a bad note and only got worse. 1. I spoke on the phone to the appointment woman and asked if I could see someone on that day for a back that I sprained several weeks ago on a cruise ship. She said "We have nothing today" and paused for 30 seconds and said 'are you still there?" to which I responded "Would you mind my asking when I might see someone?" W e set up an appointment the next day with Dr. Burnham. 2. Xrays were taken and I was put in a small room closely surrounded by 5 other rooms with their doors open and Burnham talking to patients...best described as a musical chairs circus. He never spent more than 4 minutes in my room before going to the next and then returning 20 minutes later. His personality is best described as a used car salesman trying to impress with his brilliance. I explained my pain had gone from a 10 down to a one over the past few weeks, yet he insisted I get an epideral and an MRI. He never explained what he found in the xrays, or explained the negative side effects of the shot he gave me (they were horrible, something I also learned about on the Internet ). With his obtrusive bedside manner, out of nowhere he said to me "You are nervous." I wanted to say "Heck yes, I have been in pain for three weeks and with all the pain killers and inflammatories the doctor gave me on the cruise ship that were affecting my nerves, sleep, and gut, yah I am nervous. And playing musical chairs with you bouncing in and out is getting on my nerves, too!" 3. His nurse Julie gave me her telephone extension in case I had questions. After one or two hours of musical chairs, I told Julie that I wish Burnham would stay so we could carry on a conversation with all the questions I had. She said "Would you like me to get him?" to which I respond "no" and walked out. 4. I called later that day and left a message for her to call me with the name of the injection he gave me because I was going to our family doctor. She didn't return the call. I called again the next day...same result. I called the operator and asked to speak to the supervisor and had to leave a message on her recorder. I waited several hours for a response then called the operator and demanded to speak to the supervisor and not to her recorder. The supervisor picked up the phone and said she would have nurse Julie call me right back, which she did and gave me the name of the injection. I also gave her the address of my family doctor who wanted to see the xrays; she said she would have them mailed in time for my upcoming appointment with him next week. 5. The xrays were never mailed. I called several times and was put on hold or more telephone recordings. Finally my family doctor called them and was told "We do not mail xrays." So I had to drive over, pay for parking, and pick up a CD that would have cost them 50 cents for a CD envelope, and another 50 cents for the postage. It didn't occur to them to call me and say they didn't mail xrays, but this is typical of what I would expect in this place. 6. My family doctor, who is an orthopedic, said an epidural is out of the question, as is an MRI at this point because I was doing better, something Burnham was made fully aware of on that awful visit. There were other negatives, but the only positive was the young black man who operated the xray machine and made my stay on the table pleasant.
I had back surgery by Dr Burham severel years ago. I had full recovery. However there were some issues. Dr Burnham did not allow time for the blood thinners that I was taking to leave my body so,I had bleeding after the operation which forced me to stay in bed for a week after surgery in terrible pain. He also did not advise me to take stool softners after surgery which caused me to strain and sprain muscles in my lower body which was also very painful. He also sent me home the next day after surgery which was too soon.
I have a lot to say but more importantly always question things and go with your gut! This Doctor scheduled disk replacement surgery in the middle of nowhere! When I arrived there was a mortuary across the street, no emergency staff / room nor intensive care unit. Something out of a horror movie it was small, dirty, old stiff sheets and beds which there were 2 to 4 beds to a room. I have a PPO plan that covers the best Hospitals but Dr. Burnham said he wanted this facility for purposes of having the best vascular surgeon and that was a lie! I was later told there were two other surgeons he could have used. The one he referred was out of network and would have also been very costly. Iâm glad I went with my gut, I began looking into the history of the run down hospital and turns out it had been closed in 2004 because of its conditions and reopened by a group of investors in 2008. After waiting 30 minutes for his call I just took off. On my way home he called trying to sell me the story about how much it costs to remodel. His nurse also called the next day and rescheduled the surgery for the following week at a reputable hospital. Yet, the damage is done and I NO LONGER TRUST this doctor. I learned his reasons for conducting surgery at this horrible place were PERSONAL "he's king" and gets breakfast and who knows maybe even a kickback (not my words but I don't want to get anyone in trouble). My Dr's ego should never be more important than my health! I'm currently looking for a new specialist.
Dr. Burnham is affiliated (can practice and admit patients) with the following hospital(s).
23 Years Experience
Loma Linda University School Of Medicine
Graduated in 1995
Dr. Walter H Burnham Jr accepts the following insurance providers.
- Aetna Basic HMO
- Aetna Choice POS II
- Aetna HMO
- Aetna HMO Deductible Plan CA only
- Aetna Managed Choice POS Open Access
- Aetna Savings Plus of CA
- Aetna Signature Administrators PPO
- Aetna Vitalidad Plus CA con Aetna
BCBS Blue Card
- BCBS Blue Card PPO
Blue Cross California
- BC CA California Care Small Group HMO
- Blue Cross CA PPO Prudent Buyer Small Group
- Blue Cross CA Advantage PPO Preferred DirectAccess Plus
- Blue Cross CA California Care Large Group HMO
- Blue Cross CA PPO Prudent Buyer Individual
- Blue Cross CA PPO Prudent Buyer Large Group
- Blue Cross CA Pathway X HMO
- Blue Cross CA Priority Select HMO
- Blue Cross CA Select HMO
- Blue Cross CA Select PPO
- Blue Cross CA Select Plus HMO
Blue Shield California
- BS CA Platinum 90 PPO
- Blue Shield CA Access Plus HMO
- Blue Shield CA Access Plus Savenet
- Blue Shield CA Bronze 60 PPO SHOP
- Blue Shield CA Bronze Full PPO 4500
- Blue Shield CA Local Access Plus HMO
- Blue Shield CA Platinum Access+ HMO 25
- Blue Shield CA Platinum Local Access + HMO 25
- Blue Shield CA Silver 70 PPO
- CIGNA HMO
- CIGNA LocalPlus
- CIGNA Open Access Plus
- CIGNA PPO
- First Health PPO
- Health Net CA CommunityCare Network HMO
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- Health Net CA Individual and Family PPO
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- Health Net EPO - PureCare One Small Business
- Health Net PureCare HSP Individual and Family Plans
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- UHC Choice Plus POS
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