Dr. Arthur Ugel, MD

Dermatologist

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5454 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 745, Chevy Chase, MD, 20815

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Dr. Ugel received his Bachelor of Science Degree from the George Washington University in Washington, DC where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He received his medical degree from the George Washington University Medical School and was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha. Dr. Ugel performed his residency in dermatology at Johns Hopkins University Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland. He did additional residency studies at the New York University Medical Center, New York City, which included clinics at Bellevue and New York Skin and Cancer Hospitals. Dr. Ugel then completed a fellowship as a Clinical Associate in the Dermatology Branch of the National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Maryland.

As a Medical Officer and Senior Investigator at the National Cancer Institute he published numerous articles on skin biochemistry. His experience includes teaching dermatology at Johns Hopkins Hospital and at the Childrens Hospital in Washington, DC. He is an Associate Clinical Professor of Dermatology and Pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Science in Washington, DC. Dr. Ugel served as Chief of Dermatology of the Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, DC. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Dermatology, and a member of the American Academy of Dermatology.

Dr. Ugel has been named a "Top Doctor" by Washingtonian Magazine, and has been selected as "Best Dermatologist" by Bethesda Magazine.

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He will not spend a lot of time with you, but he is very nice and professional. This was my 3rd time visiting Dr. Ugel for my chronic acne problem. I had small white heads all over my face for about an year. It started during my senior of college and never ceased. I was so depressed. His prescription and treatment helped me to clear my skin. My skin is actually better than what I use to have before my acne problems!

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Dr. Ugel continues to be no nonsense in and out in a jiffy M.D. He is the best!!!!

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I don't think. I know for a fact I won't be back there. Staff was good, the doctor himself though awful. Stubborn and stuck in his ways. I wanted something specific done but he would not do it. We wanted to drag it out for weeks and multiple visits. Felt like he just wanted to keep billing my insurance.

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My visit started right on time and was very efficient (but not rushed), which was very much appreciated, especially in the middle of a work day. I had a mole removed, and was in and out in about 10 minutes. The procedure was painless and the assistant clearly explained to me how to care for the incision site. Hopefully this instance doesn't require any follow-up, but I'd be happy to be seen here again.

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One of the best/easiest doctor's visits I've ever had. Highly recommend.

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Though I am confident that Dr. Ugel has the expertise to identify concerning skin spots, I did not feel that my exam was thorough enough. He did not check my scalp and other areas that my previous dermatologist would check. When he located a cyst on my skin, he did not suggest treatment options for removing it. When I asked about suggestions for preventing fine lines on my face, he dismissed me by saying that I am "too young" to be worrying about such things.

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Excellent Doctor. No nonsense but that is what I like. In and out and he is always on target.

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Outstanding. No nonsense, competent doctor and staff.

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I was pleased at how quickly I was seen, and at how confident he seemed about the diagnosis. Also appreciated the care and knowledge shown by the nurse practicioner.

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The nurse was wonderful. Took my info and issues... when the doc came in, didn't shake my hand...just walked in and sat down and started listening to the nurse repeat my issues. The doc looked at everything quickly and gave the nurse instructions for my prescriptions. The nurse explained all of the prescriptions and how to use them. After I got dressed and was leaving I did find the nurse to ask what exactly was 'wrong' with me since all the doc did was tell her the prescriptions and I didn't really have a clue what might have caused my skin irritations.

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He was pretty nice but quite no nonsense. Would have liked a little more time and consideration.

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Perfect short and sweet

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He's a no nonsense pro. He's seen it all and is quick to diagnose and treat. Gives me great comfodence

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I did not have a good experience at Dr. Ugel's office. He prescribed me a medication for acne, despite the fact that I told him I had been on it before and experienced bad yeast infections as a side effect. While I could have been more pushy about this, I felt steamrolled when I tried to express my opinion. Additionally, at the end of the appointment when the nurse practitioner came in and they were discussing when I should come in next, the nurse practitioner suggested a month and then Dr. Ugel looked at my face and said "This is REALLY bad, she should be back in just a few weeks." I do not feel like my acne is REALLY bad. I had run out of the medication I usually use, so I had been unmedicated for a week and a few areas flared up. I felt disrespected by his comment about my acne and condescended to when I tried to explain my history with the medication he prescribed. I left feeling self conscious and like I should have stood up for myself more - as a young woman, I was frustrated at myself for not making sure my voice was heard. Also, the wait was longer than I expected from other reviews, but I didn't mind and the woman working at the front desk explained a few people were sick and that was why. I would like to say something positive about the nurse practitioner who was working alongside Dr. Ugel. I did not catch her name, but I felt like she listened to my concerns and she was the only reason I left the appointment feeling like it was at all worth it. She paid attention when I told her what medication had worked for me in the past (a topical cream) and gave me a prescription to use in addition to the one Dr. Ugel gave me.

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He knew exactly what was causing my rash and told me how to treat it. He knows his stuff and that's so rare these days. His colleagues in his office were also friendly and knowledgeable. Very efficient and no fuss.

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Professional and excellent bedside manner and staff.

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The doctor and staff were nice, but I felt very rushed. The doctor saw me for less than five minutes. He looked at my concern, brushed it off and then rushed out the door. He didn't suggest checking other areas and didn't really take the time to listen to my concerns.

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As a clinician, I think Dr. Ugel is fine. I just think he is not as up-to-date on some cosmetic procedures as he should be, I went for an annual screening and he identified a problem and was very clear with my 3 options which I appreciated. Promptly sent me down the hall to the appropriate medical person to make an appt. to have it handled. His manner is very direct which is fine. Exam was thorough and didn't take long.

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I have liked Dr ugel. He's older and experienced enough to recognize a problem quickly and scan you efficiently. He doesn't monkey around and have you return multiple times if its not needed.

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Just like you imagine a doctor is like. Very helpful, caring, and confident. I would appreciate if there was like an overview in the end. But, super awesome place!

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Amazing doctor! He was very quick and straight to the point. Extremely friendly and made me feel very comfortable. I did not have to wait long at all and his staff is also very efficient! Highly recommend Dr. Ugel!

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I get shown in to see Dr. Ugel, he does a full-body skin check, and I'm out again in about 5 minutes. His confidence is extremely reassuring, and I appreciate his no-nonsense attitude. If you're looking for a conversational doctor who will try to really get to know you of their own volition, this isn't the guy you want. If you're looking for someone who knows their stuff and wants to be as effective as possible, this is the place to go.

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He gave me a prescription that was very effective, but both times I visited him, he kept dodging my questions by repeatedly responding that I should just keep doing what I've been doing and didn't provide much helpful advice. Thus my follow-up visit was a huge waste of money.

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I liked very much Doctor.

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Dr. ugel was straightforward and attentive to what I needed. I'd recommend him to others.

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My appointment was very quick and efficient. Dr. Ugel was polite, but as other reviews have mentioned, he doesn't spend extra time talking to you. I personally like this, as I was back at work before people even really had time to notice I was gone. He still spent enough time with me that I got the treatments I needed/wanted.

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I had read previous reviews of Dr. Ugel's brusque manner and was prepared to be underwhelmed. I was pleasantly surprised. When he came in, he shook my hand, addressed me by name, asked me how I'm doing, etc. Within seconds of starting the examination, he was already explaining to me his thoughts and observations. His assistant -- didn't catch her name -- was also helpful and Dr. Ugel took care to mentor her throughout the examination. All in all, appears very competent and significantly warmer than I expected. I will return.

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Very direct, thorough and confident. I trust him. I don't need a best friend from a doctor but I do need an expert medical opinion and that's what I got. He was not hurried with me; gave a thorough explanation and rx. Nurse and office staff were great too and it's a metro accessible location, easy walk from Friendship Heights. Strongly recommended.

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I think Dr. Ugel is great; he is professional, and gives a thorough examination. And he takes early morning appointments, before 8am -- what doctor's office does that? I have been seeing him for many years and hope he does not retire! I think he is wonderful.

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It was a pretty easy visit and covered all the basics but I was more like a client to see in and out rather than a patient.

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I've been seeing Dr. Ugel for decades, but recently only every few years because I've had no problems. I found the service this time to be as fine as always, the front desk and the nurse are efficient and the doctor is his thorough, reassuring and completely competent self. I like his style of communication and I am confident he knows exactly what he's doing -- because he always has to date.

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Dr. Ugel was very nice, straightforward and efficient.

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Very nice bedside manner.

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Me gusto la experiencia muy buen servicio y buen personal todos muy amables , se los recomiendo !

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I will never visit this Dr again. He was in the room with me for 2mins and 47 seconds. Did not make much eye contact.. He did not give me a chance to fully explain my issues. Kept cutting me off. He didn't even completely look at the lesions I was trying to show him He kept saying that my skin issue was not "cancerous". If course not. I knew that and never thought for a second that it was. I left there feeling cheated. What a waste of a co pay & parking fee. Worst dr appoinment I have ever been to. he needs to go ahead and retire instead of just taking patients money and not helping them.

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Quick, no nonsense Doctor. Straight to the point. Just my kind of physician.

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Quick and easy, very efficient. Straight to the point.

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Dr. Ugel runs his operation his way. If you want a doctor that is going to sit there and talk to you, ask you things beyond your medical needs, bond with you, and become more than a medical professional, don't go to Dr. Ugel. Dr. Ugel is there to diagnose your symptoms and prescribe you medication that he knows will solve your problems. I only gave him 5 stars on bedside manner because I didn't want it to negatively reflect on my overall rating of him. In reality, his bedside manners are nonexistent; he isn't there to chat or get to know you. You tell the nurse your symptoms, Dr. Ugel comes in, asks the nurse what your symptoms are, he looks at your skin and he prescribes you medication. You are in and out in 20 minutes. You will never experience a 45 minute delay sitting in a waiting room because a doctor is delayed do to bedside manner. You have to be ready to work with his structure, or else you'll be somewhat confused. Personally, I love the way he operates. My skin needs medication; I don't need new friends or another primary physician. I don't want to be in a doctors office for an hour and a half, I have things to do. He has always solved my problems. He doesn't know who I am, but I'd rather a doctor be upfront about how his business operates rather than spend 3 minutes outside the door re-learning my file so they can act like they know me and be delayed because they are making small talk.

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I really did not have a good experience with this doctor. He came into the office for 30 seconds tops and did not even make eye contact when he spoke with me. As I was asking him something he just left the room and told me to listen to whatever his nurse says. After asking about birth control for hormonal acne, the nurse recommended that I go somewhere else or to a free clinic to get birth control. She prescribed me medication that I am already on, and after letting her know she still insisted I use the same regimen (instead of trying to think of other potential treatments). I do not anticipate going back to this doctor.

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Professional, quick, conclusive and great overall.