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Qualifications and Experience
Dr. Sheree Saunders is a dedicated and attentive internist and primary care doctor serving the Washington, DC community. Dr. Saunders attended Howard University, where she earned her medical degree. She completed her residency at the National Naval Medical Center. She is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Before joining MedStar Physician Partners, Dr. Saunders was an internist at the James Lovell Health Care Center in Great Lakes, Illinois. Dr. Saunders is dedicated to helping patients receive the treatment they need so they can enjoy a positive and fulfilling lifestyle.
Verified Patient Reviews
I’m going to start my review by saying that I actually like Dr. Saunders…I really do. My experience with her practice, though, has been tragic. One star is generous. I’ve been a patient of Dr. Saunders’s for a couple of years and I’ve never been happy. I just haven’t felt like going through the process of finding a new internist and starting over. I’ll try to highlight a few of the things that have really annoyed me briefly… 1. I sent a form from my job to have Dr. Saunders fill out verifying that I am healthy so that I could pay a reduced rate for my insurance at work. I let her office administrator (S. Wright) know the deadline and everything. I followed up three times. No one ever responded, the doctor never filled out the form and I had to pay the higher rate. (This was in 2016) 2. I called to get a prescription called in sometime in 2016 and I was told that it would be sent over. I sat at the pharmacy waiting. No one ever sent the prescription and the office closed. I had to call a nurse line and try to send a message to Dr. Saunders. She never responded to my message so I just had to go to Urgent Care. 3. I scheduled an appointment on ZocDoc because no one would answer the phone. I scheduled the appointment three weeks in advance and made arrangements to be off of work etc. The day before my appointment, S. Wright called me to tell me I couldn’t be seen on that day and I needed to reschedule. She was not apologetic at all and just told me that “You gotta reschedule that.” Never gave me a reason why. So, I rescheduled for about two weeks later and was very annoyed. 4. I went to my rescheduled appointment in September 2017 and got a lot of referrals for several issues I was having. I also had lab work done. After the appointment, I went to pay my copay and my card was swiped several times, but nothing was happening. S. Wright told me that my card was charged but that she would have to have my receipt sent to me because the machine wasn’t printing. I told her that the receipt was important because I paid with my flexible spending card and would need to verify the payment. She assured me I would receive the receipt. (Two months later, I’m still trying to get the receipt) 5. Dr. Saunders called me after that appointment and told me I needed to redo the urine sample and that I could come do it again at any time. Again, I scheduled time off of work and came to her office. I followed the instructions given by the front desk (leave name and date of birth on the cup and place it in the window). Weeks passed and I heard nothing back. When I finally got a hold of Dr. Saunders (for something completely unrelated) I asked her about the findings of my urine sample and she told me that one was never received. I told her I had come and given the sample and that I could provide her with the date I came and gave it. She told me that the date wouldn’t matter and that I just needed to come and do it again. This blatant disregard for my time and effort really irritated the crap out of me. She didn’t apologize for the mishap or anything. Just nonchalantly told me that I just had to come back. I asked if I could give the sample at a Labcorp closer to me or something and she simply said “if you want to” … Irritating. Needless to say, I never got a req. form or anything despite the fact that I’ve been following up frequently. 6. I went to a Neurologist who has been working with me to identify the source of some headaches I have. He called me on October 4th and told me that he sent some lab results to Dr. Saunders the day before and that I had a low vitamin D level and would need to follow up with a hematologist about an abnormal blood finding that concerned him. I followed up with Dr. Saunders that same day. She called me back on October 6th and left a quick message at 3:01PM. I called back at 3:03PM and the phones were off!!! The answering service sent a message to her, I left a voice message on the number she called me from and still no response. So frustrating! I called again and again. I didn’t hear back from her until darn near the end of October. When she called me back, I asked her about the urine sample and she told me she didn’t know what happened to it. I also asked about the test results from the neurologist. She said “Let me see…” as if she’d never looked at them before. She said “Oh, you have low vitamin D so I’ll send a prescription for that and I’ll get you a referral for the hematologist sent over.” Her tone made me feel like whatever was going on with me really didn’t matter at all. So I asked how important this all really was because I don’t want to be wasting time taking off of work and everything for things that aren’t that serious. She said “well, we have to follow up so…” Ok, but you didn’t follow-up! So if it’s something serious, that means you’ve just not been caring and I’ve been having to chase you around! FOUL!!! Anyway, I got the prescription, but I never got a hematology referral or anything to present Labcorp with for a urine sample. 7. On the morning of Friday, October 27th, I sent an email to S. Wright following up on all of the things I’ve noted above (the urine sample, the payment receipt for my FSA verification & the hematology referral)…all things which I think are pretty important. She never responded. So, on Monday, October 30th, I sent the email again and asked if she could please confirm receipt of my email sent on Friday. She replied a few hours later and told me that she was on her way to lunch and would follow up with me when she got back. She never did. I saw my neurologist again yesterday and he asked if I’d gotten the hematology referral, because the abnormal finding could be benign but could also be very serious (as serious as blood cancer) so I needed to follow-up swiftly. I told him that I’d been having difficulty getting the referral from my PCP and asked if he would refer me instead. So, I got a referral from him and will be seeing the hematologist shortly. At least someone cares about my well-being…because Dr. Saunders obviously does not. Anyway, I’m in the market for a new internist and I’d strongly advise anyone who has a busy schedule/ productive life and no time to waste on nonsense to refrain from seeking care from Dr. Saunders. It’s just not feasible.
I am grateful that Dr. Saunders sees patients on an urgent care basis. Thank you Dr. Saunders.
Very professional and matter of fact. large geriatric population which I think mkaes things a little slow.
Dr. Saunders is a warm, friendly person that made me feel relaxed. She gave me a very thorough physical exam and ordered all the tests that I need.
She barely listened to what I had to say and disagreed with what I've experienced for my body because it didn't fit the general idea of how the body works.
Very professional and likable person.
Dr. Saunders provided some literature to address my concerns about my elevated blood pressure. She told me that my blood pressure didn't warrant an EKG or stress test. I was given a new prescription, Amlodipine (calcium channel blocker) Besylate 5 mg to help in lowering my blood pressure.
I generally had a positive experience with my first visit to Dr. Saunders's office. I was able to get in and out quickly, and Dr. Saunders was very direct with me about what I need to improve on with my health. Staff was also extremely attentive while I was getting my blood taken, which was very much appreciated. Looking forward to working with Dr. Saunders again!
I was there 15 minutes before my appointment and I was called in on the dot of my appointment time. Ivana was great; Sandra, who checked me out was really nice and very, very helpful.
Very good excellent
She was very detailed and professional. I would recommend her to anyone who's looking for a new primary care physician ......
When i left Dr. Saunders office I felt like I could breathe again. Dr. Saunders made me feel like I was important to her as her patient and that she genuinely cared about my overall health. She was very attentative, respectful, thoughtful and aware. I needed help in another area of my life, but I was afraid to ask for a referral she sensed that and initiated the conversation. What a relief, i felt so much better when I left her office and now I am able to get the medical attention that I need. The entire staff in that department was great, from the time I checked in, I was greeted with a smile and the wait time was less than 15 minutes. When I checked out I received the same professional and courteous treatment that i got when I arrived. Thank You
I have mixed reviews on my visit with Dr. Saunders. The one positive I can say is that she seemed personable. However, I would not recommend her to others for two main reasons. One: I was set to come in for a physical and from past experiences when you get a physical usually blood is drawn and you have to fast. Well, when I asked the staff member who called to confirm the appointment what I need to do or not do before the appointment, she said "nothing". I thought that was strange so I asked her will there be blood drawn and she replied "no". When I came in for the visit, lo and behold, I was told that blood needed to be drawn. However, because I was previously told I did not need blood work I ate breakfast before coming in. So that resulted in me having to come back on another date to have blood work taken. Two: I told Dr. Saunders about a huge pain I was having and she replied " You know people come in here with all kinds of pains. I dont know everything". Which is a fair enough response, but isnt one of your roles as a doctor to investigate issues that your patients bring up to you? The doctor was so dismissive about the issue that I told her, "I guess I will have to google it."A phrase you should not have to say in a doctors office. She offered a few meager solutions, but at that point I decided that I can not have a primary care physician who is not willing to look into issues I bring up. So, I dont not plan on going back there.
Overall, I would say below average. She talked down as if I was one of the regulars who come to this hospital often, metro setting. She began to say my BPI index was obese after I corrected her that the previous nurse recorded my height 3 inches shorter. Even with that information she still said I at at 30% using the generic calculator but failed to even use her own eyes to see I'm a muscular person who lifts heavy weights 3 times a week. Either way, I am few pounds over I can dig that but then she recommended cardio 30 minutes for 5 days, would love to see her BPI!! SMH, I lift for about 40-60 and burn calories that way. Anyways, very nice lady, just not sure I would recommend her to a close friend.
I found the doctor and staff to be friendly and calming.
She was thorough, attentive and very pleasant. I intend to keep her as my primary physician