Christopher E. Etzkorn, MD


Specialties
  • Family medicine
Accepting New Patients
800 5th Ave.
Suite P100
Seattle, WA 98104
206-320-3351
206-554-7787
1912154428

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
  • sports injury

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.

3.4 out of 5 (172 Ratings, 49 Comments)

60

12/11/2016
It was the end the day.. I did not find him engaging.. I came in for a back problem and explained I had another issue. The other issue was more of a concern for him. He did not treat them the same. I called back and there was nothing on my chart for my back(original issue). I went to urgent for another company and they treated me very well explained what was going on, How long this could last what to do if it continues.
100

11/27/2016
Always a great experience. No question seems too foolish to ask. He always takes the time to explain everything. I leave with no questions unanswered.
20

11/11/2016
Even though the care provider was able to answer all my questions and concerns regarding my health, he was aloof and seemed to be upset about seeing me there. As a non-native English speaker, there were times when I had to ask him to explain something that he had just said, but rather than responding using simpler words, he just repeated himself again. Overall it was a poor experience and I would not go back again.
40

11/03/2016
I would like a NEW care provider
40

11/01/2016
I've been a patient at Swedish Downtown for years, and used to see Dr. [...]. When Dr. Etzkorn took over, I became his patient. I have been consistently unimpressed with the interactions I have with Dr. Etzkorn. Although obviously very knowledgeable, his unsmiling, impersonal demeanor is rather off-putting and I'm not convinced he really cares one way or the other about my medical issues. Questions are met with what appears to be indifference or disdain. If I'd had a similar encounter with Dr. [...], I feel as though I could have discussed it directly with him, but am not comfortable speaking directly to Dr. Etzkorn about these concerns [...]. The staff, receptionists, RNs, and MAs at the Downtown Clinic have always been exceptional-- helpful, courteous, and attentive. However, I will be looking for a new primary care provider, both because of my concerns with Dr. Etzkorn and also because I'd like to find someone closer to home in West Seattle. I intend to stay in the Swedish Network and hope for a better experience with my next provider.
0

11/01/2016
I don't understand why he is still working at Swedish.
40

10/18/2016
it is the second time I have seen him. He is obviously competent but needs to be warmer and less condescending.
70

10/11/2016
Experience has been the best possible despite "industrial" standards for providing services and work load management.
90

10/04/2016
doc has a serious demeanor, but that's ok; sounds very good technically and answers all questions thoroughly; i don't feel intimidated and am comfortable talking to him;
0

09/27/2016
I didn't answer his questions well enough that he started to treat me like i was stupid. [...]
50

09/27/2016
The provider lack bed side manner and seems to be robotic and in a hurry
30

09/23/2016
The care provider didn't have me do any basic exercises to better access my concerns. There was only a visual assessment and an open suggestion to having an x-ray. Nothing seemed to matter all that much. It felt like an in and out situation. Not much care from the provider.
0

09/22/2016
Would never see him again! Absolutely horrible! No bedside, No information, but walked out of the room! Had to ask front desk staff what was going on!
30

09/20/2016
This was by far the rudest, most pretentious doctor I've ever worked with. He had no bedside manner whatsoever, however he seemed knowledgeable. I would never recommend anyone [...] to visit him.
0

08/31/2016
I have never had such a poor experience with a physician. He showed neither interest, nor concern in my health asking questions like- so what do you want me to do? The appointment started with a lecture about having seen so many doctors and coming to him for a quick fix that he would not be able to provide. After I mentioned I had photos of severe swelling in my face, I asked if should I show him. His response, without looking at me, "Do you want to show me?" His bedside manner was appalling, every comment or question was belittling. I left the appointment more frustrated and upset than I was walking in.
40

08/28/2016
While I wasn't overly concerned about my condition either, the degree to which he kind of blew me off was extremely off-putting. [...]
60

08/24/2016
Not a warm fuzzy feeling from this doctor. He is knowledgeable just not overly friendly.
60

08/24/2016
provider seemed knowledgeable and was informative, but he didn't show much compassion or concern. honestly, he seemed bothered by having to see a patient.
50

08/09/2016
Dr seemed socially awkward
10

08/08/2016
I felt the provider was very condescending. When asked how I would rate my allergies, I said "normal." His response was "allergies aren't normal." When asked if I had a primary care physician, I said no. I had been trying to find one and was hoping that I had found one His response to my answer of "no" was "well, maybe you need to get one." [...] It was just the tone of his voice that turned me off to ever seeing him again.
30

08/03/2016
Wound up with Etzkorn after [...] retired from the practice. I've only met him a couple times. While I generally find doctors humorless and clinical, I find Etzkorn to be particularly dismissive. He didn't take time to examine me and seemed as though he was in a rush to leave the room. I'll probably ask for a different doctor in the future, or maybe just find a new clinic
50

07/27/2016
I don't have any concerns about the knowledge or experience of the physician I see there, but I feel like he lacks interpersonal skills. When I've been there I always walk away with the opinion that I'm just a task in his day. Probably the way to best describe it is clinical. His medical advice is specific to my problem, my comment should not reflect on his medical knowledge, just that I wish I didn't feel like a task. Essentially, there's no small talk when I walk in, no "hi, how are you?" or "how many kids do you have?" or "where do you work?", no extraneous conversation-no relationship building so I feel comfortable there. If I was experiencing a medical problem that would require more intensive physician oversight I would have switched physicians by now.
90

07/26/2016
I want to be healthy, this DOC is going to see to that.
20

07/26/2016
abysmal experience. will be looking for a different doctor.
0

07/24/2016
we did not discuss any prescription medication so I was completely surprised when my pharmacy called to tell me my prescription was ready. who does that?? Turned out he called in an over the counter nose spray. I did not get it.
0

07/19/2016
Went in for physical and also wanted to discuss chronic low back pain. Provider made me feel like he didn't have time to discuss my issue [...]. Felt like he didn't listen to anything I had to say and instead read me statistics about obesity. I will definitely be back to the clinic but will be seeing a different provider.
100

07/13/2016
[...] very happy.
0

07/10/2016
The provider was very cold and condescending. I will never see provider again. He was supposed to email me on my chart after speaking with the financial advisor regarding how much a blood test would cost and I never received the email.
0

07/07/2016
This doctor complained that he had seen me more often for my sinus infections than Dr. [...] and that it was taking up time he could spend with his own patients. He asked if I had come for drugs(antibiotics) to which I replied that I was hoping he had a better solution. He suggested that next time I found myself with a sinus infection I just called in and he would prescribe antibiotics. He then backed away from that and said I should see my own doctor. He was short, rude and hostile and barely examined me. The only positive thing that came from the visit was his suggestion that I see a sinus specialist. He made me feel as though I got these infections just to annoy him and that I was some kind of antibiotic addict. Nothing could be further from the truth and I was insulted to be treated this way. With the exception of this particular individual I have been quite satisfied with the care I have received at this clinic.
0

06/04/2016
Dr Etzkorn completely misdiagnosed my condition, prescribed an unnecessary and useless antibiotic and focused on secondary conditions that were not relevant for my immediate problem.
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".
0

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
0

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.
0

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.
0

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.
800 5th Ave.
Suite P100
Seattle, WA 98104
206-554-7787