Gale L. Gordon, MD

★★★☆☆
  • 4760 West Sunset Boulevard

    Los Angeles, CA 90027

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  • 323-783-4011

About Gale L. Gordon, MD

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  • Pediatricians
  • Pediatric Nephrologists

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Dr. Gordon ranks with the best pediatricians I've had, and with 4 kids I've seen a lot. I am very surprised at the negative reviews on this site. Every clinic or HMO has problems -- usually with too many patients and too few health workers. However, I just got off the phone and the scheduler did some problem-solving to get me seen today for my own complaint and typed a message for Dr. Gordon regarding my daughter's complaint to call me back. This system has worked very well in the past.

In the past I have had PPO coverage and Blue Cross. In both cases I ran back to Kaiser and thanked my lucky stars I had Kaiser to turn to. The permission took two days, during which the condition got worse. At Kaiser I've gotten every test the same day, right down the hall, and no hassle for some expensive diagnostics, including MRI.

Problems? Difficulty getting an appointment with my personal Dr., and the need to remember which pharmacy I used.

My current personal physician ranks with the best I've ever had. If he can't fit me in on the same day he calls me. The alternative physicians have been universally good.

The only substantive complaint I have is that twice I've been misdiagnosed at Urgent Care, but that's 2 out many visits in the last 20+ years.

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Dr. Gordon ranks with the best pediatricians I've had, and with 4 kids I've seen a lot. I am very surprised at the negative reviews on this site. Every clinic or HMO has problems -- usually with too many patients and too few health workers. However, I just got off the phone and the scheduler did some problem-solving to get me seen today for my own complaint and typed a message for Dr. Gordon regarding my daughter's complaint to call me back. This system has worked very well in the past.

In the past I have had PPO coverage and Blue Cross. In both cases I ran back to Kaiser and thanked my lucky stars I had Kaiser to turn to. The permission took two days, during which the condition got worse. At Kaiser I've gotten every test the same day, right down the hall, and no hassle for some expensive diagnostics, including MRI.

Problems? Difficulty getting an appointment with my personal Dr., and the need to remember which pharmacy I used.

My current personal physician ranks with the best I've ever had. If he can't fit me in on the same day he calls me. The alternative physicians have been universally good.

The only substantive complaint I have is that twice I've been misdiagnosed at Urgent Care, but that's 2 out many visits in the last 20+ years.

Pros: Knowledgeable, personable with common sense

Cons: can't just walk in

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Absolutely the worst experiences have come from this place. I have a family member who is in the late stages of cancer and they made so many mistakes along the way, I have no doubt had we been able to afford other private insurance, he would have extended his quality of life. They always try to kick a patient out early, despite the instability of the patient, I witnessed nurses stabbing half-concious patients repeatedly in the arm trying to find veins with patients eventually yelling in pain, but the nurse wouldn't stop and was obviously frustrated with the patient. Finally, and thankfully, another nurse came in and wondered what was going on and she kindly told the other nurse how to do it, then showed her.

Ive had residents and doctors make terrible mistakes on my family member - almost fatal mistakes and of course there's no way to keep track of anyone because each patient gets a new doctor every two weeks - how the hell can anyone provide excellent care under those circumstances???

The hospital rooms are filthy and the nurses and staff always look to be on break. They always have excuses if you ask them a question - like "well, I'm not his nurse." Wow. Thanks.

All in all, do not take any of your loved ones here. If all you have is kaiser, then you have to do all the work. If it were not for my family staying 24/7 in the ICU to make sure my family member had his tube cleaned, his mucous suctioned, he would have been in a worse state. And this is unconcious!!! I've witnessed terrible service here consistently - in the CCU, ICU and general care as well as emergency. The staff are impatient, rude and easily annoyed. The doctors seem extremely incompetent for the most part and have no bedside manner. After 3 years, I only met one doctor who was kind and compassionate enough to treat my family member like a human being. The other doctors were company men. dont go here - you will stay sick or die.They don't want you to be well.

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★☆☆☆☆

Absolutely the worst experiences have come from this place. I have a family member who is in the late stages of cancer and they made so many mistakes along the way, I have no doubt had we been able to afford other private insurance, he would have extended his quality of life. They always try to kick a patient out early, despite the instability of the patient, I witnessed nurses stabbing half-concious patients repeatedly in the arm trying to find veins with patients eventually yelling in pain, but the nurse wouldn't stop and was obviously frustrated with the patient. Finally, and thankfully, another nurse came in and wondered what was going on and she kindly told the other nurse how to do it, then showed her.

Ive had residents and doctors make terrible mistakes on my family member - almost fatal mistakes and of course there's no way to keep track of anyone because each patient gets a new doctor every two weeks - how the hell can anyone provide excellent care under those circumstances???

The hospital rooms are filthy and the nurses and staff always look to be on break. They always have excuses if you ask them a question - like "well, I'm not his nurse." Wow. Thanks.

All in all, do not take any of your loved ones here. If all you have is kaiser, then you have to do all the work. If it were not for my family staying 24/7 in the ICU to make sure my family member had his tube cleaned, his mucous suctioned, he would have been in a worse state. And this is unconcious!!! I've witnessed terrible service here consistently - in the CCU, ICU and general care as well as emergency. The staff are impatient, rude and easily annoyed. The doctors seem extremely incompetent for the most part and have no bedside manner. After 3 years, I only met one doctor who was kind and compassionate enough to treat my family member like a human being. The other doctors were company men. dont go here - you will stay sick or die.They don't want you to be well.

Pros: none

Cons: incompetent staff - admin and medical, unhelpful nurses, uncaring environment

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In the past, I've had Kaiser coverage and received services and care at the Sunset facility. The plus is that, as one of the largest in the HMO's network of hospitals, this location has it everything Kaiser offers: pharmacies, general practice, specialty care, surgery, outpatient services, etc., etc. But the place is so large, finding your way to an appointment can be like an episode of "The Amazing Race." Get explicit directions, including info on where to park, when you schedule your visit, and allow yourslef an extra 15 minutes or so to get to where you're going. As for customer service and patient care, like at most big hospitals, it's hit-or-miss. Getting through the phone system and locating where you're supposed to be can be hugely unpleasant, but most of the doctors and nurses, in my experience, have been efficient if not overly friendly.

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★★★☆☆

In the past, I've had Kaiser coverage and received services and care at the Sunset facility. The plus is that, as one of the largest in the HMO's network of hospitals, this location has it everything Kaiser offers: pharmacies, general practice, specialty care, surgery, outpatient services, etc., etc. But the place is so large, finding your way to an appointment can be like an episode of "The Amazing Race." Get explicit directions, including info on where to park, when you schedule your visit, and allow yourslef an extra 15 minutes or so to get to where you're going. As for customer service and patient care, like at most big hospitals, it's hit-or-miss. Getting through the phone system and locating where you're supposed to be can be hugely unpleasant, but most of the doctors and nurses, in my experience, have been efficient if not overly friendly.

Pros: Many services

Cons: Confusing layout

 

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