Dr. Stephen Hart, MD

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2999 Regent Street, Suite 622, Berkeley, CA, 94705

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Although trained across a full range of Family and Community Medicine, I no longer deliver babies; but continue to provide routine GYN care and family planning options, in addition to general primary care, both acute and on-going.

As well, I practice Travel Medicine, providing vaccines, malaria prophylaxis and information to travelers heading off to the Four Corners of the globe.

Always available for emergencies, I welcome the use of email for both appointments, referrals, and refills; as well as "mouse calls" for (limited) medical advice.

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Dr. Hart is a seasoned physician well versed in direct communication. Enjoyed his sense of humor as well as his clinical response to my questions. Am grateful for the sound advice on wholesome living he provided to me. Great find! Thank you Dr. Hart.

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Extremely impressed. Dr. Hart saw me right away, and took the time to address all of my concerns. He's intelligent, has a wonderful sense of humor, and I trust him. I'm thrilled to have found a competent and caring doctor!

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Amazing doctor. They don't make physicians like this anymore, unfortunately... Caring, insightful, professional while backed by a wealth of medical knowledge. Keeps it real without any influence form big pharma BS. Can't recommend him highly enough.

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The doc was through and friendly I felt well taken care of.

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Great guy, really took the time to make sure I understood what was going on with my body and shared practical tips that would help prevent future illness.

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Stephen Hart is such a well-rounded, comical, "cynical", calm, pleasant and overall, intelligent and helpful. He tells awesome stories, suggests multiple solutions (highlighting diet and exercise) and is real with you. Definitely recommend.

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I had to wait a little while but Dr. Hart was very personable and made me feel at ease. Very competent.

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Dr. Hart is a fine Dr. I would highly recommend him to my friends and family. He was very helpful and made me feel at ease. Dr. Hart was knowledgeable and was more that just an M.D. Praises to a great find. :-)

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I felt very comfortable and was able to discuss my health record. Dr. Hart provided some important information and was a good listener.

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Dr. Hart is very much focused on science-based medicine, so he won't ask for a test just "to be doubly safe". He is well versed in the trade-offs involved, e.g. tests have false positives which can leave you in quite a limbo for months. And he is trying to keep you healthy through better nutrition etc. Exactly the kind of doctor I was looking for.

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Like getting excellent medical care from an erudite Jeff Goldblum. Awesome.

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I'm new to the area and I've found my doctor.

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I felt very comfortable. He was kind, funny, and very professional. Totally recommended

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I went in for a consultation with Dr. Hart and had a great experience. He was friendly, made me feel comfortable (it was my first trip to the doctor in over a decade), and we had a nice discussion. No wait time, either. I recently moved to California from the east coast and am happy to have found a doctor whom I like and trust.

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Highly intelligent, vast reservoirs of knowledge and information, and cross-disciplinary approaches to healing. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit and feel confident that I can take charge of my long-term wellness as a practice and lifestyle, versus just a treatment.

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Shares lots of knowledge with his patients. I really appreciated that.

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The appointment was fine - not great, not bad. I got what I needed out of it, but I will not be returning as a regular patient. Lots of talking about things that weren't particularly relevant or of interest to me, and just assumed the appointment was over before allowing me to ask questions about the specific things I had come in to ask about. He did a fine job of checking those things out and letting me know what I needed to know, but having to stop him from leaving to ask didn't feel great. It felt less like a conversation and more like a lecture.

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Doctor started late and rushed me out toward the end. While that alone would've been ok, he failed to realize that throat swabs needed to be done in the office rather than through the lab- so when I went to the lab later, for the primary purpose of getting a throat swab, they told me I should have already had it done in his office. That's pretty mediocre, especially considering my chief concern for the appointment was my throat concern.

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In my experience, I've found that doctors can be roughly divided into one of two general camps: those who bandage the problem, and those who try and solve the root cause. Dr. Hart belongs to the latter group. He's an excellent doctor.

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I am a first timer with the Dr. When I arrived I received a very friendly welcome. I did not have to wait long to see the doctor. He was quite pleasant. I will see him again and hope that everything turns out well.

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I thought he was great. He is, as some other reviewers have mentioned, talkative -- he likes to explain stuff and occasionally runs off on a tangent -- but if you like getting a little extra knowledge (as I do) and enjoy having what feels like a REAL discussion and relationship with your physician, I'm not sure you could do much better.

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very funny and caring

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Professional, very kind.

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Very informative. Didn't rush me out the door. Good guy

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He explained everything to me and he is real into nutrition.

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I really enjoyed talking with Dr. Hart. I felt like I was in good hands, and I learned a lot.

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Dr. Hart was extremely disrespectful and rude. He offended me personally and I would NEVER go to him again. Safe yourself the time and stay away.

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He came off like a know it all, and when I told him that I was considering getting allergy treatment he said immunotherapy was 'bunk'.

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Dr. Hart appears to be a knowledgeable doctor, but his intake process was frustratingly all over the place, unproductive, and well...baffling. Before even asking me what he could help me with today, he immediately starting talking about something in my past history based on what he read in my intake form and then went off into many, many tangents. I really just wanted a direct conversation about this is why I am here- my present health concern based on symptoms, with some past health context, and treatment. But it was really hard to get a word in and not have the conversation completely go off track. He was talking so much and making assertions and judgments about me that weren't accurate, and when I tried to provide context and explain my symptoms, experiences, actual medical record, he would cut me off and then at some point abruptly reprimanded me for not being a good listener. Which almost made me laugh because he clearly wasn't interested in hearing relevant info from the patient- even when he had asked me a question! He concluded with- he didn't have enough time and he couldn't help me. He just wrote it off as stress and diet (which he clearly didn't try to hear me explain I am happy, eat cleanly (I study nutrition), and do a lot to relax and take care of myself to reduce stress). I tried to ask some questions about his views on treatment for my case but he wouldn't answer- he just sent me on my way. To his credit, he offered to refund the co-pay (which I didn't have anyway because I have to pay the bill in full anyway, darn). But I left thinking...what a strange whirlwind interaction- what exactly just happened??

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'Doctor' Hart is a scoundrel. He is rude, arrogant, drunk off a sense of infallibility, and does NOT care about you. Not only did he accuse me of lying and forgery about a mistake he made by giving me his personal emergency pager number and then DID NOT tell me it was for emergencies only (I would most certainly not call an emergencies only number if it wasn't an emergency as long as I was informed of such), he then reused to see me after I called the number about a prescription concern (I thought the number was simply his direct office number, such that he was being nice and not making me have to through the front desk phone) because he would "never make such mistake." Even after I shared the picture of his card in which he wrote his pager number on, he refused to concede he made a mistake and continued to berate me. This exchange concerning the pager number was over email. Him in person is just an equal awful experience such that he essentially pushed me out of his office so he could get on with another patient because he was running behind although I wasn't done asking questions concerning my health, saying we'd have to schedule another appointment for follow up. Are you kidding me?! How obvious are you going to make it that you've just turned money hungry and lost the (hopefully) once true purpose of your profession - helping people. I am astounded that this man is allowed to practice medicine. After his heated exchange of accusations I told him I would write negative reviews of him, in which he replied, "anyone who writes reviews is akin to a whining dog." If you're looking for a doctor just because they carry your insurance (which is why I first saw him), pass on him and find someone else - he's not worth it. DO NOT SEE HIM! Please see reviews in Health Grades and Yelp for more comments that shed some light on this terrible man. "Bad riddance" to him.

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Dr Hart is the best Doctor I have ever seen. He is Very knowledgeable , polite and even funny when kidding around but serious point gets thru. He has a true gift and I am lucky I found him. The office staff is very nice and accommodation.

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Dr. Hart is very personable and knowledgeable. Within just 5 minutes, I could tell he is a great family doctor and primary care provider. Will visit for all my internal medicine needs.

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Dr. Stephen Hart is very current on his specialty, he makes a good first impression. Also, he can teach others (even old adults) new medical information. I enjoyed my visit with Dr. Hart. I also got useful medical information which helped my health (on the first visit).

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It took several months to find a competent, personable doctor when relocating from the East Coast to East Bay. I am too happy to have found Dr. Hart, and can't suggest him highly enough.

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Very friendly and attentive. Always professional.

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Dr. Hart was nice but I dislike waiting (20-mins without accounting for me coming in early) and my appointment was cut short because of this. He seems to care a lot for his patients and be willing to talk about areas outside of internal medicine/general medicine, but did not perform basic tests of blood pressure, heart rate, and other general tests. While Dr. Hart stressed for someone of my age and physical profile these are needed less frequent, it had me slightly worried after leaving the office. All together, Dr. Hart seems like a very nice person and to care a lot. I hope in the future I won't have to wait and can have more baseline tests and measurements done.

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was very good.

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This was my first visit, and I really liked Dr Hart. He was right on time, tested me right there and determined that I had Strep. He was also very thorough and spent time catching up with my last few weeks' history. He was pleasant too. ++

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I saw Dr. Hart for frequent headaches. I got an appointment right away and there was no other patient when I went. That should have been my clue to turn around and leave. I visited his office for the first time and had a mediocre experience at every stage. The receptionist was cold and behaved like she hated working there. Usually on the first visit, they take the patient's vitals and since I went for headaches I thought blood pressure levels would definitely be checked. Nothing! They didn't check my weight or blood pressure. The doctor himself was ok. He is a nice person but not a great doctor. I followed up for some referral the doctor promised and he responded a month later! Who takes that long to respond to an email?! It just shows that neither the doctor nor his office takes the patients seriously. I am definitely never seeing him again and do not recommend him to anyone.

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