Christopher E. Etzkorn, MD


Specialties
  • Family medicine
Accepting New Patients
800 5th Ave.
Suite P100
Seattle, WA 98104
206-320-3351
206-554-7787

General Information


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
Professional Associations
Academy of Family Physicians, Washington Academy of Family Physicians
Personal Interests
Raised in the Pacific Northwest, Dr. Etzkorn returned for his residency at Swedish after attending medical school in New York. He resides in Seattle with his wife and son. He enjoys playing tennis, backcountry skiing, art, design and architecture.

Clinical Experience

Specialties
  • Family medicine
Services Provided
Clinical Interests
  • Preventive Medicine
  • Primary Care
  • Procedural Medicine
  • Sports Injuries

Reviews

Patient Ratings and Comments
 

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.

3.8 out of 5 (141 Ratings, 38 Comments)

10

05/26/2016
He was extremely insulting and dismissive. He completely derailed the purpose of the visit and ignored the health concern I was there for, instead seemed adamant that I have a mental illness I do not have (this 'diagnosis' if you can call it that was based on a very short first time visit with this provider), and recommended treating this with medication that I told him repeatedly had very bad side effects for me. It was obvious he didn't care. The medical concern I was there for was not solved. [...] He ignored what I had to say, which made me want to repeat myself even though I knew he wouldn't listen the second time if he didn't listen the first. Will not go back or recommend.
30

05/17/2016
Dr Etzkorn has attrocious "bedside manner". The second he walked in the room he seemed like he couldn't wait to leave. He seemed to have borderline contempt for me before I had even spoken a word about my very routine and normal questions. He cut me off while speaking several times and left the room while I was in the middle of asking him a question. I don't think he had any bad or dangerous advice, but it was a very poor experience because of his extremely poor communication.
40

05/17/2016
I came to the office with a concern about having felt run down and returning flu/stomach symptoms. [...] i'd been under a lot of stress and just wanted to make sure my blood work looked okay (i.e. vitamin deficiency, thyroid, etc.). I wasn't feeling and looked awful and he seemed to persist that I was depressed and needed to explore taking anti-depressants. I was quite surprised because I'm not depressed at all and generally have a good attitude, but I had been losing energy quickly throughout the day so it was concerning me. I have some anxiety about my health, but I was there to address that by getting a blood test. On my sheet that I was given when I left, he actually had the audacity to say that I had been seen for a "HCC Mood Disorder".
 

05/17/2016
I will not be returning to DR Etzkorn. DR Etzkorn was belittling, unhelpful [...]. Sitting there, I debated walking out of the room [...]. I went to him genuinely trying to improve my condition, but his condescension is unmatched by any health care provider I have seen. DR Etzkorn seemed like I was causing some sort of problem and doing nothing about it, when that could not be further from the truth. He did end up filling my prescription, which was what I needed anyway, but again, I WILL NEVER RETURN TO SEE HIM.
20

05/10/2016
Provider told me my back and neck pain were "imaginary symptoms" that I had made up because of my anxiety (to which I am being successfully treated), was pushy in trying to prescribe anti-anxiety medication even though my psychiatrist and I have ruled that out as a necessity. [...] He did provide referrals to a Physical Therapist for my back and neck at my request, but told me it was probably all made up in my head. [...] I was so upset I cancelled my future Annual Physical with him [...]
20

05/10/2016
I will never see this physician again, and I would recommend anyone who uses Swedish Physicians to avoid him. [...] I said "Nice to meet you" when Dr. Epzkorn came in the exam room, and he said "I've seen you before" which I thought could have come across as abrupt but I gave him the benefit of the doubt. I then had him examine me for what I was concerned might be a lump [...]. He then said everything was fine after he examined my [...] and said there was nothing that appeared abnormal. When I said it felt different and had changed in the last couple of months, he said I needed to make an appointment with an imaging provider from Swedish for an ultrasound. Fair enough, but the way he was so abrupt and quite frankly, rude, left a very bad taste in my mouth [...]. I will continue to see Dr. [...], who I really liked, but I will never use this particular physician again.
70

05/03/2016
Provider seems efficient and smart. Lacked any caring, concern, engagement or personality. Very robotic
 

05/01/2016
This was the most horrific experience I have ever had with a care provider. The doctor entered the room and seemed extremely annoyed by my presence. I have never been spoken to so condescendingly by a provider. I had questions about when I needed to schedule a follow up blood draw and what needed to be scheduled/not scheduled and where I could have the lab done. Instead of answering the question he said "I wrote it down for you" and pointed to the screen so that I could read it. I had questions about the next steps after my next test results (whether I had to have another visit to adjust my dosage or not) and he again seemed irritated that I had any questions and spoke to me like I was an idiot. He then coded the visit and walked out of the room. [...] I will NOT be returning to this clinic after my experience with the nurse and doctor.
90

04/29/2016
Dr Etzkorn has always been great with me. no problems at all
50

04/24/2016
Dr. Etzkorn appears to be quite knowledgeable but needs to work on his people skills. He always comes across kind of annoyed.
 

04/20/2016
Provider was very rude and disrespectful. Repeatedly stated he would not be my "pill pusher" and that it was "not what he went to medical school to do" for an rx that I take 2-3 times per year for panic attacks on flights. Dismissive when I stated I would prefer female provider for pap
50

04/19/2016
Dr. Etzkorn seems to have no bedside manner. [...] He is not personable, comes off cold and seems to be in a hurry to get out of the room. I'm not sure what the deal is, but he is not a very engaging medical care provider. May know his stuff medically and was professional, but has no personal connection with this patient.
50

04/12/2016
Overall, provider did what he needed to. The experience itself was very monotone. There was no warmth from the doctor and it felt like just an interaction with a robot. I will be visiting another physician in the future.
 

04/05/2016
The doctor was rule and had no personal skills.
80

03/22/2016
The doctor got to them core of more than one health issue (and thorny ones too), and collaborated with me well on a treatment plan. He was "right down to business", but still cordial and respectful. He responded well to follow up email with that same focus on treatment. His treatment-focused demeanor might not work for you if you're seeking a high-touch primary care provider, but I would certainly recommend him if you are sick.
50

03/15/2016
I asked him about vegetables for my condition I was eating and he had no knowledge about its benefits. Even though I was benefiting from eating and drinking the juice of the vegetable he didn't think it was helping me. I didn't hear back from him about him looking into it.
20

03/08/2016
This was my first (and last) time seeing this provider. Scheduled a routine check-up, first in 18 months, hoping to get a wellness exam [...]. Provider seemed confused by the point of my visit and probed for specific problems I was experiencing. When I brought up 3 (likely) unrelated issues, he seemed annoyed and asked me if I knew 'how going to the doctor worked'. I never received an opinion about my wellness and general health maintenance - which was the main point of the visit - except the suggestion that I not come back for another check-up until I turn 40. […] Maybe this is how preventative medicine works, but it's the first time it's ever been explained to me so bluntly and goes against the conventional wisdom I've grown up with.
100

02/24/2016
I wasn't sure I would like anyone as much as Dr. [...], but I really like Dr. Etzkorn a lot & will stay with him.
40

02/22/2016
This was a follow-up visit after a visit to the ER (on a holiday when it was only option) for a serious illness. This provider showed a strong lack of compassion for my concerns. I do/did not question his medical capabilities, however.
70

02/05/2016
I felt when I told the doctor that I was looking for a female doctor as my permanent physician, he turned a bit colder to me. Otherwise, he talked to me about my health concerns and that went fine. I was confused at the end if I was done or not when he left.
10

02/02/2016
This provider was rude and dismissive.
40

02/02/2016
[…] When I called for an appointment, I learned that my normal doctor had left Swedish and that I could see this doctor who was taking on her patients. When I met with him, he was not very friendly or personable. […] I felt like I was wasting his time. I was being seen for a sore throat, which had been bothering me for several days but he made me feel like it wasn't severe enough for me to come in. He asked me if I had any other health concerns to share and I did bring up several that I had been waiting to see my GP about. This must have been the wrong thing to do because he told me that I should only be seen for the ailments that I schedule appointments for, which further confused me because he had just asked me if I had anything else to discuss. […] I couldn't help but feel like I had offended him or inconvenienced him. […] My former GP was much more friendly and warm, so this experience was really strange to me and not a positive one.
 

01/31/2016
The only thing I didn't like was I felt the doctor was in a rush to get me in and out of there. Other than that, everything was great.
90

12/29/2015
Dr. Etzkorn was very thorough and very helpful.
60

12/13/2015
Was a good, quick visit. Provider was well informed.
100

12/09/2015
I am going to try to get him as my regular doctor.
20

10/27/2015
This physician definitely did not do what he said he was going to do [...]
 

09/01/2015
I had a very bad cold, was sick for almost a week. [...] I called the office and asked if I could see anyone, knowing my regular DR was booked. They booked me to see Dr. ETZKORN. The only good thing about my visit was, he was very prompt. I did not have to wait to see him. Other than that, I felt as if he did not care about my well being. He did not do a thorough exam, he did not feel my throat, to see if anything was swollen. He looked in my ears and throat, determined there was there was fluid in my ear. He asked if I was taking something for my bad cough, I told him I was taking cough medicine. [...] He spent 10 mins with me. The next day, I had a follow up with my primary, Dr. [...]. She found there was a minor infection in my right ear, she prescribed me antibiotics [...] What I received from Dr. ETZKORN [...] was the worst service I have ever gotten from a provider.
70

08/27/2015
I prefer a provider with a sense of humor.
30

08/27/2015
Dr. Etzkorn had the worst bedside manner of any medical person I've ever met. Extraordinary.
 

08/20/2015
lacks personal skills
60

08/16/2015
I didn't feel my problem was sufficiently addressed, and was dismissed. The doctor seemed to be in a bit of a hurry.
100

08/10/2015
An excellent care provider! Though I had requested a female provider for certain exams, he was completely understanding and helpful, listened without rushing me (which is very important to me), and thorough in his explanations. Fantastic.
20

08/06/2015
I did not feel he was friendly or cared about me at a personal level. It was the first time I met with him and I just didn't feel welcome. I am looking for another primary health care doctor where I feel more accepted. I feel like I was judged for the mental illness that I have and the medications that I take. I felt very uncomfortable and defensive. You shouldn't have to feel like that with a doctor. I am new to town and someone referred me to the clinic because she saw another doctor there. I couldn't get in with that provider so this one was offered as an alternative. I left the appointment feeling worse about my condition.
100

08/04/2015
I'm very happy with the service offered.
100

07/30/2015
I like the fact that Dr Eztkorn really cares about my health and situations. He also invites me to text him anytime I have a problem.
20

07/19/2015
The actual care provided during the visit was fine, where I had issues was with the referral. The physician explained to me that he would like to see me again after four weeks of physical therapy to assess whether or not a surgical correction may be required. I was referred to a physical therapist with Swedish; but when I called the clinic that I was referred to, they weren't available for an appointment for 4 weeks. After this news I sent Dr. Etzkorn a message through the MyChart service asking if there was another physical therapist that he would suggest. His response explained that I should just make an appointment with the Swedish physical therapist. [...] Had I listened to the advice of my doctor, I could have delayed my treatment by 4 weeks.
20

07/14/2015
My experience with my provider was a very poor one. No doubt he know what he is talking about, but he completely lacks empathy and ability to talk to someone with any emotion. I had concerns that were talked down to and by the end of my visit, I felt like all he saw was a fat girl with swollen feet. I know I am over weight, he was not the first doctor to tell me that, and I don't mind discussing weight in a doctors office, but he made me feel like I was nothing but a number on a scale and failed to look past my weight when talking with me. He did not listen, try to get to know me, or seem remotely interested in my care or me as a person. Because of this interaction, I did not trust his diagnosis or advice. I went to another doctor that day, got a similar diagnosis, but this doctor explained things to me in a friendly way that didn't shame me. He explained things fully and took time to answer my questions and give a thorough exam. [...]
800 5th Ave.
Suite P100
Seattle, WA 98104
206-554-7787