Ezra S. Elkayam, MD

★★★☆☆

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Against the initial advise of my primary care md, I found Dr. Elkayam's office to be conveniently close to my home. I've attended all yearly appointments-This year was no different. However this is the exception and most likely the reason I wont return! I scheduled my appointment (allegedly they didn't have any information about me, I filled out any paperwork needed). I waited 30 mins while the MD was next door discussing his Ford Expedition, his enjoyment of Vodka, and his preference of Chardonnay with the patients.He lovingly came into the exam room I waited by to tell me he was going to spend some extra time with them because they were in need. (aaalllllrighty then!!!) Upon his return, he proceeds to tell me of an injury to his buttocks as he plugs a heating pad and sits on it with (Direct quote: "But don't worry if you dont like it just let me know I know a patient who takes about 10 medications and she didn't like it-It might make you a little sleepy...no bloodwork needed and I have lots of samples") I looked at him in a speechless daze because Im no MD, but even I know there is no such thing as a non-bloodwork seizure medication. (Second quote "hey-not all medicines work for everyone" as he tells us he has just self-prescribed to Celebrex and another medicine for his pain.) Again, Im no MD but the last thing I do is tell my clients that Im medicating!! His attention span similar to that of an ant. As my appointment is going on, in comes the nurse with questions about the previous patient and also to interrupt because she has a spanish-speaking patient and she doesn't speak spanish. My husband's serious face said lots, and I began to have that 'funny gut feeling' which tells you "get a second opinion about what this guy is saying". We just wanted to leave. I asked for a refill on my med and his reply was "Oh I don't do that- that's handled in the front" as he rushed off to speak to the Spanish-speaking client on the phone. We went up to pay and ask for a refill. The nurse then notifies me that since I havent been to their office in over two years, they don't know what I'm taking and it is MY JOB to know how many mg of med I take so I could let them know....I told her "the last time I was in this office was last year at the same time with the same medication your office has been contacting my pharmacy to approve refills on a monthly basis." I then suggested she look through my records or ask the Md for this information which is what she obviously didn't want to inconvenience herself to do as one of the papers sittting at the top was an approved pharmacy request for the medication she was curtly asking my husband and I to drive home and give her the information. At this point, I had ENOUGH of this nonsense and said "Ma'am I don't want to seem rude" when mid-sentence she stands up finger in the air condescendingly admonishing me.....At this point I just snapped! Bottom line: As annoying and petty as this incident may be in isolation, the combination of the incidents at the appointment from start to finish made me realize that I should probably HAVE listened to my doctor instead of giving this guy a chance-what a waste of time!

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Against the initial advise of my primary care md, I found Dr. Elkayam's office to be conveniently close to my home. I've attended all yearly appointments-This year was no different. However this is the exception and most likely the reason I wont return! I scheduled my appointment (allegedly they didn't have any information about me, I filled out any paperwork needed). I waited 30 mins while the MD was next door discussing his Ford Expedition, his enjoyment of Vodka, and his preference of Chardonnay with the patients.He lovingly came into the exam room I waited by to tell me he was going to spend some extra time with them because they were in need. (aaalllllrighty then!!!) Upon his return, he proceeds to tell me of an injury to his buttocks as he plugs a heating pad and sits on it with (Direct quote: "But don't worry if you dont like it just let me know I know a patient who takes about 10 medications and she didn't like it-It might make you a little sleepy...no bloodwork needed and I have lots of samples") I looked at him in a speechless daze because Im no MD, but even I know there is no such thing as a non-bloodwork seizure medication. (Second quote "hey-not all medicines work for everyone" as he tells us he has just self-prescribed to Celebrex and another medicine for his pain.) Again, Im no MD but the last thing I do is tell my clients that Im medicating!! His attention span similar to that of an ant. As my appointment is going on, in comes the nurse with questions about the previous patient and also to interrupt because she has a spanish-speaking patient and she doesn't speak spanish. My husband's serious face said lots, and I began to have that 'funny gut feeling' which tells you "get a second opinion about what this guy is saying". We just wanted to leave. I asked for a refill on my med and his reply was "Oh I don't do that- that's handled in the front" as he rushed off to speak to the Spanish-speaking client on the phone. We went up to pay and ask for a refill. The nurse then notifies me that since I havent been to their office in over two years, they don't know what I'm taking and it is MY JOB to know how many mg of med I take so I could let them know....I told her "the last time I was in this office was last year at the same time with the same medication your office has been contacting my pharmacy to approve refills on a monthly basis." I then suggested she look through my records or ask the Md for this information which is what she obviously didn't want to inconvenience herself to do as one of the papers sittting at the top was an approved pharmacy request for the medication she was curtly asking my husband and I to drive home and give her the information. At this point, I had ENOUGH of this nonsense and said "Ma'am I don't want to seem rude" when mid-sentence she stands up finger in the air condescendingly admonishing me.....At this point I just snapped! Bottom line: As annoying and petty as this incident may be in isolation, the combination of the incidents at the appointment from start to finish made me realize that I should probably HAVE listened to my doctor instead of giving this guy a chance-what a waste of time!

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Ezra S. Elkayam, MD Office Locations:

813-854-4124

1840 Mease Drive

Safety Harbor, FL, FL 34695

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813-854-4124

11031 Countryway Boulevard

Tampa, FL, FL 33626

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