Dr. Joel Ang

★★★★☆

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This was the worst Dr.'s experience I've ever had. I went in merely to get a generic birth control prescription and ended up waiting for 1.5 hours in two different waiting rooms to finally see a nurse who systematically drew a blood sample and told me to wait again. Then Dr. Ang went over my blood results - which I did not want - and finally got around to the reason I came there - the prescription.

When I tried to go back another time I was sick, I noticed a sign on the counter saying a blood drawing was REQUIRED for each visit. What?! How is that possible that a doctor can require you to have your blood drawn for common, everyday visits. This is outrageous and my insurance was billed over $300 for the visit. Luckily, they paid most of it, but I have a suspicion that this Dr. is just trying to get insurance payments by requiring blood drawings for every visit. I'm never going back!

In response to Tom R -- he gave me a similar recommendation and I am a 25-year-old cross country runner with very little fat intake. I was shocked by his inaccurate assessment and the wait time, required blood sample, etc. I would advise anyone against going here.

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This was the worst Dr.'s experience I've ever had. I went in merely to get a generic birth control prescription and ended up waiting for 1.5 hours in two different waiting rooms to finally see a nurse who systematically drew a blood sample and told me to wait again. Then Dr. Ang went over my blood results - which I did not want - and finally got around to the reason I came there - the prescription.

When I tried to go back another time I was sick, I noticed a sign on the counter saying a blood drawing was REQUIRED for each visit. What?! How is that possible that a doctor can require you to have your blood drawn for common, everyday visits. This is outrageous and my insurance was billed over $300 for the visit. Luckily, they paid most of it, but I have a suspicion that this Dr. is just trying to get insurance payments by requiring blood drawings for every visit. I'm never going back!

In response to Tom R -- he gave me a similar recommendation and I am a 25-year-old cross country runner with very little fat intake. I was shocked by his inaccurate assessment and the wait time, required blood sample, etc. I would advise anyone against going here.

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If you do have Dr. Ang as your physician, I would advise you make sure he hasn't overlooked something before you take action on the basis of a diagnosis. After a blood test as part of a physical, he told me to cut out the fat from my diet. This was on the basis of a cholesterol test which was not valid because I hadn't fasted and had breakfast several hours before the test (this fact is stated on the lab report which he interpreted for me). Not only did he not notice this or ignore it, when I brought it to his attention in an email and asked if I should be re-tested, he merely forwarded me the same results and diet recommendations. An independent cholesterol test at another laboratory confirmed what a doctor friend had suspected: my cholesterol level is fine. Dr. Ang had told me to eliminate anything over 2% fat content from my diet--a pretty significant change. I'm sure he's incredibly busy, but in my case I'm also glad that I got the test independently to get valid results.

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★★★☆☆

If you do have Dr. Ang as your physician, I would advise you make sure he hasn't overlooked something before you take action on the basis of a diagnosis. After a blood test as part of a physical, he told me to cut out the fat from my diet. This was on the basis of a cholesterol test which was not valid because I hadn't fasted and had breakfast several hours before the test (this fact is stated on the lab report which he interpreted for me). Not only did he not notice this or ignore it, when I brought it to his attention in an email and asked if I should be re-tested, he merely forwarded me the same results and diet recommendations. An independent cholesterol test at another laboratory confirmed what a doctor friend had suspected: my cholesterol level is fine. Dr. Ang had told me to eliminate anything over 2% fat content from my diet--a pretty significant change. I'm sure he's incredibly busy, but in my case I'm also glad that I got the test independently to get valid results.

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Very personable guy. He takes time in his office to explain your situation and encourages you to contact him if you have any questions.

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Very personable guy. He takes time in his office to explain your situation and encourages you to contact him if you have any questions.

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I have been Dr. Ang for 4 years now and I continue to be impressed by the level of care over the years. He is thoughtful, thorough and takes the time to go over testing which is done in house. This prevents the need to go to a separate lab and incredibly it is ready by the end of the visit. It is concierge care without the price tag done under the insurance. The billing system has also been improved and now I can tell what insurances actually pay for.
Overall, his practice is impressive and an asset to the community.

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★★★★★

I have been Dr. Ang for 4 years now and I continue to be impressed by the level of care over the years. He is thoughtful, thorough and takes the time to go over testing which is done in house. This prevents the need to go to a separate lab and incredibly it is ready by the end of the visit. It is concierge care without the price tag done under the insurance. The billing system has also been improved and now I can tell what insurances actually pay for.
Overall, his practice is impressive and an asset to the community.

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I have been going to Dr. Ang for the last two years. In reality I've probably been there 5 times due to some pre-existing health problems I have. I have been consistently impressed by Dr. Ang and his whole operation. I was very surprised to find the negative review listed on this site, especially since I've been raving about him and his practice to all of my friends and family.

First and foremost, unlike many other doctors and specialists I have been to in the DC area, I feel like Dr. Ang cares about me and takes the time to ask me about any symptoms I am experiencing. Although all doctors are pressed for time, I haven't felt like he is rushing me out the door which is a pleasant change.

I have also been incredibly impressed with the thorough digital printout of all blood test results, symptoms and topics we have discussed about my medical background that is given to me as a report with each visit. Further (at least for my condition which affects my absorption of nutrients) he has extensive nutrition testing done with every visit which is available by the time I see him in his office (the results are processed on site at their lab within an hour). Every time I go in they take blood and check my vital signs (done by nursing staff) and then all the results are available when I sit down with Dr. Ang (admittedly this can take about an hour to process in the in-house lab). He also has various specialty equipment available in house. I have had an EKG, bone density scan and breathing test for asthma all in house (included in my one insurance co-pay for the visit - instead of having to go to a specialist and paying another co-pay).

CONS:
The only cons I have experienced are with billing. The admin staff has always been nice and reasonably competent, but I wouldn't say they are extraordinary. They did once list charges on my bill which they were later able to get the insurance company to pay for. If I didn't ask them to press my insurance company, they would have had me pay for it. Also, it does appear to be VERY expensive if you don't have insurance that covers everything. Check carefully that he is in-network with your insurance plan before choosing him as a doctor. I would also say the office, which is in the bottom 2 floors of a beautiful town home is a little dark, but still functional.

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★★★★☆

I have been going to Dr. Ang for the last two years. In reality I've probably been there 5 times due to some pre-existing health problems I have. I have been consistently impressed by Dr. Ang and his whole operation. I was very surprised to find the negative review listed on this site, especially since I've been raving about him and his practice to all of my friends and family.

First and foremost, unlike many other doctors and specialists I have been to in the DC area, I feel like Dr. Ang cares about me and takes the time to ask me about any symptoms I am experiencing. Although all doctors are pressed for time, I haven't felt like he is rushing me out the door which is a pleasant change.

I have also been incredibly impressed with the thorough digital printout of all blood test results, symptoms and topics we have discussed about my medical background that is given to me as a report with each visit. Further (at least for my condition which affects my absorption of nutrients) he has extensive nutrition testing done with every visit which is available by the time I see him in his office (the results are processed on site at their lab within an hour). Every time I go in they take blood and check my vital signs (done by nursing staff) and then all the results are available when I sit down with Dr. Ang (admittedly this can take about an hour to process in the in-house lab). He also has various specialty equipment available in house. I have had an EKG, bone density scan and breathing test for asthma all in house (included in my one insurance co-pay for the visit - instead of having to go to a specialist and paying another co-pay).

CONS:
The only cons I have experienced are with billing. The admin staff has always been nice and reasonably competent, but I wouldn't say they are extraordinary. They did once list charges on my bill which they were later able to get the insurance company to pay for. If I didn't ask them to press my insurance company, they would have had me pay for it. Also, it does appear to be VERY expensive if you don't have insurance that covers everything. Check carefully that he is in-network with your insurance plan before choosing him as a doctor. I would also say the office, which is in the bottom 2 floors of a beautiful town home is a little dark, but still functional.

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Went to Dr. Ang last week for a phyiscal and was impressed by the level of service of his staff and the practice itself. Packed in a row house just off of Dupont Circle, the practice has in house lab for running the blood work quickly. Comprehensive physical, actually sat and chatted with Dr. Ang for a bit and felt very comfortable. Highly recommended and very convenient if you live or work down there.

PROS: comprehensive service, sent copy of blood work to my house
CONS: long wait but hey, it's a Dr.'s office!

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★★★★☆

Went to Dr. Ang last week for a phyiscal and was impressed by the level of service of his staff and the practice itself. Packed in a row house just off of Dupont Circle, the practice has in house lab for running the blood work quickly. Comprehensive physical, actually sat and chatted with Dr. Ang for a bit and felt very comfortable. Highly recommended and very convenient if you live or work down there.

PROS: comprehensive service, sent copy of blood work to my house
CONS: long wait but hey, it's a Dr.'s office!

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