Biography & Education

Biography
Good healthcare is dependent on a trusting relationship between a patient and physician. My goal is to build a relationship with my patients to promote wellness and well-being in the hope of preventing illness and disease. However, trust is conditional and requires time and effort from all parties involved to develop.
Specialties
  • Family Medicine
Education Background
Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
Residency: Swedish Family Medicine - Cherry Hill, Seattle, WA
Languages
  • English

Care Locations

1001 Fourth Ave. Plaza
Suite 420
Seattle, WA 98154
Fax 206-554-7787
Accepting New Patients
Accepting Medicaid

Specialties

Specialties
  • Family Medicine
Clinical Interests
  • Pediatric Care
  • Preventive Medicine
  • Primary Care
  • Procedural Medicine
  • Sports Injuries

Reviews

Patient Ratings and Comments
About Our Survey

The Patient Rating score is based on responses given during the CAHPS Patient Experience Survey. Responses are measured on a 10-point scale, with 10 being the best score. These scores are then translated to a 5-point scale in order to display results in a 5-star rating. Comments are also gathered from the same survey and displayed in their entirety with the exception of any language that may be considered slander, libel or contain private health information, which will be removed prior to publishing the comments.

4 out of 5 (126 Ratings, 28 Comments)

90

06/28/2015
i felt very comfortable talking to the doctor, explaining my ailment and understanding what he had to say.
Swedish Patient
 

06/15/2015
awesome job!
Swedish Patient
 

05/28/2015
I was told I was doctor hopping and that this was not ok because I hadn't seen my primary care physician for a long time, been having to go to whoever I could get in with. I understand this and it made sense, however the manner in which I was told was more of an admonishment and I felt disrespected. He was very cold. [...] Unless I have an emergent need that can't wait for anyone else to free up, I will not see this provider again. I can say one positive thing about him, which is he was very good at getting my samples without hurting me. I do appreciate his skills, just not his bedside manner.
Swedish Patient
 

05/25/2015
Medication prescribed turned out to be over the counter. Diagnosis turned out to be incorrect. [...]
Swedish Patient
90

05/06/2015
I was very pleasantly surprised with the level of service by Dr. Etzkorn and the staff during my visit! I felt he in particular gave me very detailed and thorough explanations to my health concerns and let me decide on particular courses of action. The assistant gave me a great breakdown of costs for any potential followup tests/injections. Before my visit I was in the process of looking for a new doctor since my new job and residence are in an adjacent city. I've decided to stay with Dr. Etzkorn and Swedish team due to the exceptional service during my visit. I've been going to Swedish Physicians about 25 years, and Dr. Etzkorn is relatively new to the office, but the whole staff kicked it up a notch since my last recollection and history with the clinic.
Swedish Patient
10

04/22/2015
From the moment he sat done it was why didn't you tell them you needed a 30 minute appt. we don't have time to discuss all your questions, I would have to make another appt. to do that. He upset me so much when I tried to explain all medical issues I have been thru lately I started to cry, then he said I should see someone for my depression ( in my opinion the word should be overwhelmed not depressed) He did not apologize for upsetting me just handed me a tissue. [...] I have seen him 3 times, each time the experience got worse. I will be going back for a blood test he requested but he will no long be my primary care provider
Swedish Patient
70

04/21/2015
Dr Etzkorn seems knowledgeable and thorough, but his style lacks a bit of warmth. [...]
Swedish Patient
30

04/16/2015
I've gone twice with relatively simple concerns and both times any attempt to talk about peripheral conditions was cut off. My meeting was very short, probably 5 minutes at most and yet I could not ask about my total health situation. I'm used to doctors that try to take in all your concerns and help you prioritize. I am looking for a different doctor. While I was there a nurse popped in and asked a question about another patient. The doctor's answer showed a complete lack of bedside manner and general concern for the patient.
Swedish Patient
 

04/14/2015
It was a very brief interaction with the provider. I didn't feel like he was particularly concerned about the fact that the persistent cough I had was really bothering me.
Swedish Patient
10

04/14/2015
I got all of 5 mins with the provider and it was made clear that my time was a nuisance. I expressed major concerns with my ears and the provider spent less than 1 second looking in them. I was then told that my issue was likely allergy related (I do not have allergies outside of penicillin) and was told to take Clariton. Not helpful and incredibly frustrating. It felt like a complete waste of my time and money.
Swedish Patient
 

04/09/2015
This provide was arrogant, rude, made me feel bad for taking my child in for a fever and various symptoms. I do not think my insurance co. should pay for this visit. It was that bad.
Swedish Patient
20

04/08/2015
[...] Felt like provider did not listen and instead assumed anyone with back pain just wanted pain meds. Was told to come back for xrays in a week with my primary care--she still was unavailable so I scheduled with him. Huge waste of two appointments. Now finally have an appointment to the spine clinic 3 weeks from now. My Physical Therapist was able to diagnosis my back issue almost immediately and recommended x-rays. [...] Will not return, plan to change my primary care provider as well.
Swedish Patient
 

04/08/2015
Without a doubt, the worst concern I've ever had from a "physician" no concern whatsoever for my well-being, completely dismissive about my condition, and seemed irritated that he had to see me at all. My suggestion would be that he not be on the "on-call" list, as he is CLEARLY not into it [...]
Swedish Patient
70

04/01/2015
I came into the office for an appointment knowing exactly what was wrong. After spending the whole appointment telling me I wasn't suffering from what I thought I was, my tests came back positive for the malady I had insisted I had. give the patient a little credit for knowing their own body.
Swedish Patient
 

01/06/2015
This was not my normal physician so there was really no connection or much interest in me.
Swedish Patient
 

12/31/2014
he has no knowlage of the drugs he was prescribing and provided false information. extremely disappointed. not going back to the same doctor
Swedish Patient
30

12/26/2014
This doctor's first words were "ok i don't have much time...." which, in my opinion sets the tone for an unpleasant experience. knowing he was in a hurry, and him talking fast and with an apparent non-concern for me, was not something i appreciated. I understand that he's busy but, at that moment, i the patient should feel like the most important person in his world. i'm there for a problem and even if his mind is elsewhere (which i hope it's not), i'd hope he'd give the courtesy to show more respect. After he spoke too fast for me to understand and i asked him to repeat things, he did and it was fine, but he needs to slow down! i would highly recommend this location and have enjoyed it previously for years but, i would not recommend this doctor. [...]
Swedish Patient
30

12/23/2014
When he entered the room, the doctor said "have we met?" despite the fact that I established care with him about 11 months ago as my PCP and he had my chart in his hand. Then the doctor cut me off mid-sentence as I tried to give history of the type of rash I was experiencing, curtly stating "I only want to know about the rash you are experiencing right now." He provided diagnosis within about three minutes and prescribed an anti-fungal cream. The amount prescribed was not enough to cover the affected area twice much less twice a day for two weeks. The provider also did not indicate that the medication was available over-the-counter, which I learned from the pharmacist. Finally, as I expressed concern about a general itchiness that I had been experiencing in other parts of my body over the last six weeks he quickly attributed it to the "generalized anxiety" he saw listed in my chart. He may be right, but he did not ask any clarifying questions or seem to care about my concern.
Swedish Patient
50

12/23/2014
I've seen Dr. Etzkorn twice now and he's not my normal doctor that I see in that clinic. I have a feeling he knows the medical piece really well, but his bedside manner is not great. He appears bored and disinterested when discussing my health concerns. There is no invitation to discuss the health concern, it's more closer to asking questions and then he types while you respond to the question. So there is no eye contact and no real ability to engage or connect to the doctor. I thought the first time I saw him that I may have caught him on an off day, but this was my second visit for another health concern and he interacted the same way as the first time. He makes me feel that he is not invested in my care or really interested to be meeting with me as a patient.
Swedish Patient
90

12/09/2014
I just started seeing this doctor this year and there has been a period of getting to know him. I feel that he has gotten better, at least with me, at explaining the causes of my ailments and why he prescribes the medications that he suggests.
Swedish Patient
80

11/04/2014
Very knowledgeable and reassuring, but not very personable - quite mundane.
Swedish Patient
 

10/20/2014
Dr. Stephen was very helpful! It was the first time I ever had a good experience with a doctor
Swedish Patient
80

10/19/2014
I arrived on time to my appointment yet the first words out of my provider's mouth were something about not having much time so this would have to be quick. [...] I feel like I'm a number, just being rushed through as quickly as possible [...] I'm not made to feel like I'm actually cared about.
Swedish Patient
70

10/01/2014
I was relieved to know the source of my illness. Still need assistance in replacing one of my medications which is causing me more pain and nausea but overall satisfied.
Swedish Patient
 

09/17/2014
Was great
Swedish Patient
80

09/08/2014
Polite, but not an outwardly warm person... just personality... common among surgeons, I've found.
Swedish Patient
 

09/07/2014
This was not my normal doctor, and I would not recommend him or see him again. He spent very little time with me and seemed like he was in a hurry to leave for the day. He was very dismissive and I do not feel like he was fully listening to me. I went in for irritation in my eye and was told there was nothing in it or anything he could do other than prescribe me eye drops that were available OTC. I saw an eye specialist two days later and there was something in my eye that had to be removed.
Swedish Patient
80

09/07/2014
I have only seen the doctor for a few visits and have not yet formed a long term opinion about him. He seems very knowledgeable but can be intimidating. He has been getting noticeably better with his interface with patients.
Swedish Patient