Narendra S. Punjabi, MD

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Dr. Punjabi listened to my problems in details. He was in no rush.
I used the free first consultation to get know him first.
On subsequent visits after blood tests he formulated a long term plan of action for me which has been very effective.

- Marvin H

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Dr. Punjabi listened to my problems in details. He was in no rush.
I used the free first consultation to get know him first.
On subsequent visits after blood tests he formulated a long term plan of action for me which has been very effective.

- Marvin H

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At first I was trying to forget this miserable excuse for a doctor ever existed. Unfortunately I live near him and just saw him at the local home depot, and now I have to do this.

I am posting this so hopefully someone else can avoid serious health issues by avoiding his clinic, and going to someone more interested in treating patients than talking down to them and selling vitamins. In spring of 2008 I began to have a good bit of wheezing and violent coughing fits. I went and say Dr. Punjabi and was diagnosed as having bronchitis or asthma type symptoms. Went on an inhaler and antibiotics, got chastised for being honest on his health screen forms - "So you have over 10 alcoholic beverages in a week? Hmm... how does that make you feel?", and didn't get any better. Went back a couple weeks later and got a chest xray along with another shot of antibiotics. Oh, and $80 worth of overpriced vitamins that he pushed on me and I didn't realize were not free samples until I was almost out the door and on the way back to work.

I believe I gave him one more shot, I can't really remember at this point, but after more of the same disinterested care my father - who was a general practicioner for 20 years in houston - suggested I go see a pulmonary specialist. I did and after one visit and a look at the x-ray Dr. Punjabi had already seen - he knew there was something very wrong. A subsequent CAT scan and bronchoscopy revealed a massive tumor in my right lung, which after surgery was diagnosed as Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma. Fortunately it had not spread anywhere else, but if my father hadn't told me to go see someone else, who knows what would have happened? After massive surgery to remove my top right lobe and 5 months of chemo, I'm fairly back to normal. I don't think his fish oil and multivitamins would have helped much with that.

James T. Heisler, Jr.
713-817-0166

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At first I was trying to forget this miserable excuse for a doctor ever existed. Unfortunately I live near him and just saw him at the local home depot, and now I have to do this.

I am posting this so hopefully someone else can avoid serious health issues by avoiding his clinic, and going to someone more interested in treating patients than talking down to them and selling vitamins. In spring of 2008 I began to have a good bit of wheezing and violent coughing fits. I went and say Dr. Punjabi and was diagnosed as having bronchitis or asthma type symptoms. Went on an inhaler and antibiotics, got chastised for being honest on his health screen forms - "So you have over 10 alcoholic beverages in a week? Hmm... how does that make you feel?", and didn't get any better. Went back a couple weeks later and got a chest xray along with another shot of antibiotics. Oh, and $80 worth of overpriced vitamins that he pushed on me and I didn't realize were not free samples until I was almost out the door and on the way back to work.

I believe I gave him one more shot, I can't really remember at this point, but after more of the same disinterested care my father - who was a general practicioner for 20 years in houston - suggested I go see a pulmonary specialist. I did and after one visit and a look at the x-ray Dr. Punjabi had already seen - he knew there was something very wrong. A subsequent CAT scan and bronchoscopy revealed a massive tumor in my right lung, which after surgery was diagnosed as Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma. Fortunately it had not spread anywhere else, but if my father hadn't told me to go see someone else, who knows what would have happened? After massive surgery to remove my top right lobe and 5 months of chemo, I'm fairly back to normal. I don't think his fish oil and multivitamins would have helped much with that.

James T. Heisler, Jr.
713-817-0166

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Rick's review below my is dead on. At $174 per office visit you would think the guy is capable of taking better notes. I asked him for a prescription of probenecid and as he began to write the prescription he asked me what dosage and I told him it didn't matter I would adjust it at home as needed. He apologized and asked me to have Walgreen's call him because he couldn't recall the dosages for that product off hand. This conversation is with prescription pad in hand mind you.

Once again; at $174 per visit you would think he could get out a PDR and look it up or direct staff to do so. But here is the good part; a couple of weeks later I had my prescription provider fax him a form to issue the prescription. His assistant told me that I had to come in for another appointment because he had never prescribed that medication for me before. Unreal. The guy neither took notes that he had intended to write me this prescription nor could he remember it. He obviously denied even remembering it as she did her best to accommodate me and ending up telling me "that without being in the room at that time there wasn't much she could do". These people expect to get paid for this level of service? I will never return to this incompetent buffoon again. I am so disappointed because I had originally thought this guy was going to be a real breath of fresh air. This incident ended up causing me a lot of trouble and I intend to file a complaint. Additionally, he routinely upgraded my level of appointment for enhanced insurance fees. This guy needs to be out of business.

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Rick's review below my is dead on. At $174 per office visit you would think the guy is capable of taking better notes. I asked him for a prescription of probenecid and as he began to write the prescription he asked me what dosage and I told him it didn't matter I would adjust it at home as needed. He apologized and asked me to have Walgreen's call him because he couldn't recall the dosages for that product off hand. This conversation is with prescription pad in hand mind you.

Once again; at $174 per visit you would think he could get out a PDR and look it up or direct staff to do so. But here is the good part; a couple of weeks later I had my prescription provider fax him a form to issue the prescription. His assistant told me that I had to come in for another appointment because he had never prescribed that medication for me before. Unreal. The guy neither took notes that he had intended to write me this prescription nor could he remember it. He obviously denied even remembering it as she did her best to accommodate me and ending up telling me "that without being in the room at that time there wasn't much she could do". These people expect to get paid for this level of service? I will never return to this incompetent buffoon again. I am so disappointed because I had originally thought this guy was going to be a real breath of fresh air. This incident ended up causing me a lot of trouble and I intend to file a complaint. Additionally, he routinely upgraded my level of appointment for enhanced insurance fees. This guy needs to be out of business.

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Dr. Punjabi orders tests like DHEA-S, Vitamin D OH 25, and various hormone panels for women, so that goes in the plus column.

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Dr. Punjabi orders tests like DHEA-S, Vitamin D OH 25, and various hormone panels for women, so that goes in the plus column.

Cons: Sometimes takes awhile for them to get back to you

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Dr. Punjabi does not have a clue as to "bedside" manner.Loses his chain of thought very easily. Lost his prescription pad on two occasions. Definitely does not understand the needs of his patients. Promotes vitamins/minerals, hypnotherapy. I don't know where he got his medical degree, but I hope they take it back.Very expensive! He has recently acquired medical records from a physician that now works at a hospital. Information is lost and scattered. You might want to avoid this "Wellness" center or get sick of it.

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Dr. Punjabi does not have a clue as to "bedside" manner.Loses his chain of thought very easily. Lost his prescription pad on two occasions. Definitely does not understand the needs of his patients. Promotes vitamins/minerals, hypnotherapy. I don't know where he got his medical degree, but I hope they take it back.Very expensive! He has recently acquired medical records from a physician that now works at a hospital. Information is lost and scattered. You might want to avoid this "Wellness" center or get sick of it.

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...and during the appointment I was asked if both my kids had the same dad and when I said no, i was asked how I was going to talk to them about intercourse and how I was going to keep them from making the same mistakes i did. I was told that when my daughter is a teenager, who is now 3, I need to tell her, "you get pregnant and I will hurt you." definitely posting a complaint with the state on this one. I was humiliated and scared.

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...and during the appointment I was asked if both my kids had the same dad and when I said no, i was asked how I was going to talk to them about intercourse and how I was going to keep them from making the same mistakes i did. I was told that when my daughter is a teenager, who is now 3, I need to tell her, "you get pregnant and I will hurt you." definitely posting a complaint with the state on this one. I was humiliated and scared.

Pros: none

Cons: weird, weird, weird person

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I've been a patient of Dr. Punjabi and so has my husband. He and his staff have helped me lose weight and develop an eating/exercise plan and maintenance plan to keep it off. He is always friendily and takes time to listen. He is informative and promotes education of things inwhich he says. He even gave me a book and suggested others to read about subjects we discussed outside of weight loss. I have never had to wait long for any appt. Though he is considered out of network for our insurance. He accepts my regular copay.

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I've been a patient of Dr. Punjabi and so has my husband. He and his staff have helped me lose weight and develop an eating/exercise plan and maintenance plan to keep it off. He is always friendily and takes time to listen. He is informative and promotes education of things inwhich he says. He even gave me a book and suggested others to read about subjects we discussed outside of weight loss. I have never had to wait long for any appt. Though he is considered out of network for our insurance. He accepts my regular copay.

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I thought I had tried everything to lose weight. A friend told me about Dr. Punjabi and how he had helped her lose over 40 pounds. She talked me into going to see him. I?ve been seeing him now for 11 weeks and have already reached my goal of 20 pounds. I can?t believe it. I still have one more visit but am so happy with my results and the way this has changed my life.

He took the time to set me up with the right nutritional supplements, weekly visits with his weight loss coach and has monitored my health every step of the way. I would highly recommend this program to anyone who cares about losing weight and trashing their bad eating habits for good. I feel like a new person! Thanks, DR. P!!!

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I thought I had tried everything to lose weight. A friend told me about Dr. Punjabi and how he had helped her lose over 40 pounds. She talked me into going to see him. I?ve been seeing him now for 11 weeks and have already reached my goal of 20 pounds. I can?t believe it. I still have one more visit but am so happy with my results and the way this has changed my life.

He took the time to set me up with the right nutritional supplements, weekly visits with his weight loss coach and has monitored my health every step of the way. I would highly recommend this program to anyone who cares about losing weight and trashing their bad eating habits for good. I feel like a new person! Thanks, DR. P!!!

Pros: You get the results you're looking for...

Cons: none

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Rip Off! I went to this doctor to get help with my weight gain. He talked to me briefly, walked out of the room, and came back with over five different bottles of vitamins. I told him I had these things at home
(fish oil, etc.). He said that his vitamins were better. How would he know??? The total of all of the bottles of vitamins were over $200. He also tried to push thyroid medicine to replace the one I was already taking. He said that they make their own thyroid medicine and that it's better than synthroid. Note that insurance doesn't pay for any of this! This has to be the worst doctor I have ever been to. I felt like he was trying to get money out of me within the first five minutes of the visit.

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Rip Off! I went to this doctor to get help with my weight gain. He talked to me briefly, walked out of the room, and came back with over five different bottles of vitamins. I told him I had these things at home
(fish oil, etc.). He said that his vitamins were better. How would he know??? The total of all of the bottles of vitamins were over $200. He also tried to push thyroid medicine to replace the one I was already taking. He said that they make their own thyroid medicine and that it's better than synthroid. Note that insurance doesn't pay for any of this! This has to be the worst doctor I have ever been to. I felt like he was trying to get money out of me within the first five minutes of the visit.

Pros: None

Cons: Expensive, Long wait, Waist of time and Money

 

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