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
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.

Care Locations

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

Specialties

Board Certifications
  • Family medicine
Services Provided
Clinical Interests
  • 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 (125 Ratings, 28 Comments)

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.
Swedish Patient
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.
Swedish Patient
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.
Swedish Patient
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.
Swedish Patient
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.
Swedish Patient
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.
Swedish Patient
10

02/02/2016
This provider was rude and dismissive.
Swedish Patient
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.
Swedish Patient
 

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.
Swedish Patient
90

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

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

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

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

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.
Swedish Patient
70

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

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

08/20/2015
lacks personal skills
Swedish Patient
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.
Swedish Patient
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.
Swedish Patient
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.
Swedish Patient
100

08/04/2015
I'm very happy with the service offered.
Swedish Patient
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.
Swedish Patient
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.
Swedish Patient
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. [...]
Swedish Patient
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