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Thomas S. Yang, MD

Pain Medicine Physician
Languages: English
Accepting New Patients
Education
Institution
Type
Field of Study
Tufts University School of Medicine
Medical School
University of Washington
Residency
Anesthesia
University of Washington
Fellowship
Pain Management
Board Certifications
  • American Academy of Pain Management, Pain Management
Services
Clinical Interests
  • amplified pain syndrome
  • back pain
  • baclofen therapy
  • chronic pain
  • degenerative spine conditions
  • epidural injection
  • erythromelalgia
  • fibromyalgia
  • headache
  • herpes zoster
  • interventional pain management
  • intractable pain
  • intrathecal pump
  • meralgia paresthetica
  • migraine
  • neck injury
  • neck pain
  • nerve block
  • nerve compression syndrome
  • neuralgia
  • neuritis
  • neuromodulation
  • neuropathic arthritis
  • neuropathy
  • pain clinic
  • pain management
  • paresthesia
  • phantom limb
  • post radiation pain
  • post thoracotomy chest pain
  • post-laminectomy syndrome
  • postherpetic neuralgia
  • radiofrequency rhizotomy
  • reflex neurovascular dystrophy
  • spinal cord stimulator
  • spinal cord stimulators
  • tens therapy
  • trigger point injection
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.

4.0 out of 5 (79 Ratings, 12 Comments)


50

10/30/2017
I was sadly disappointed with the care I received from this provider. I felt that he barely listened to me when I voiced any questions or concerns in regards to my physical health and treatment. Any of my meticulously comprehensive theories I had worked assiduously to formulate in regards to potential treatments we could pursue or in addressing the debilitating syndrome that has shown no signs of letting up, were disregarded and met with the same condescending indifference I've grown so used to being subjected to because naturally as a patient I have zero credibility, especially as a 24 year old "kid." He also made unnecessary comments about the psychiatric medications I had been on, and even then expressed skepticism over me battling depression/anxiety because "I was too young to be experiencing that." (I didn't realize there was a designated age in order to suffer from these afflictions...but, he might want to consider how trauma can happen early in life and seriously disrupt someone's psychological stability for the foreseeable future thanks to the insidious and pervading nature of PTSD. But, I'm not a doctor or anything, so what do I know. I've felt incredibly defeated after meeting with physician after physician during my recovery from my past dual infections over the summer, and never being provided a viable avenue of treatment to pursue. It was egregiously evident that each provider I saw met me with this same incredulous and doubtful attitude over the validity of my experience with this current persistent chronic pain. I've learned that doctors rarely listen to younger individuals from personal experience and from observations in my past work in the healthcare field. Apparently, the magnitude of the pain I've been enduring is negligible in their eyes (or they simply think I'm exaggerating), especially when I'm denied any sort of pain treatment for an entire month before I was finally able to be seen at the Pain Management Clinic, and much to my chagrin I was rewarded for my patience with an absolutely useless medication without any potential alternative avenues to explore for my treatment. [...] it should go without saying that my utter frustration and disillusionment with the physicians I've desperately sought out for help only to be repeatedly met with skepticism and detachment warrants my exasperation. [...]
100

08/24/2017
Dr. Yang is also incredible. He is personable, professional, kind and warm. Although I have always seen another Doctor in the clinic, I feel very fortunate that Dr. Yang was the one to perform my injection. He is an amazing provider.
10

06/07/2017
How about asking the patient about what they do, instead of assuming I'm an idiot and "try to make things as simple as I can" (dr.'s words). When I already have a very good grasp of the condition. He was a condescending [...]!
100

05/15/2017
Dr Yang is the best thing since sliced bread
100

04/27/2017
Everyone was very helpful.
70

04/19/2017
Dr Yang office or nurse at Seattle Pain Services never followed up with me after thesurgical procedure on [...] to see if the ESI injection worked or if I was still in pain. No right,very unprofessional.
90

03/16/2017
NOT A FAN FOR POSSIBLE INJECTION TREATMENT FOR SOME PAIN RELIEF BUT I AM CONFIDENT I WILL BE IN GOOD HANDS.
100

02/15/2017
dr. Yang is one of the best doctors in his field and I would recommend him to everyone and in fact have recommended him in the past.
80

02/07/2017
Prior back condition I was experiencing. I was not given good medical advice because of that my diagnose of osteoporosis had gotten so bad I will never be able to straighten up again I have last 5' of height.
60

12/07/2016
there seems to be quite a focus on speed of service with Swedish providers. No, i didn't have to wait long, but i feel like the time I have with MD is so short that things get left out and I leave feeling like all of my concerns were not fully addressed
0

11/28/2016
I have an extreme needle phobia. Dr. Yang was dismissive of my fears to the point of rudeness. I left the office WITHOUT getting the procedure!
60

11/10/2016
Dr Yang has a positive and congenial attitude but I'm not sure he knows my name; he continually calls me "Mam." My confidence was a bit shaken when whoever answered some questions via Mychart about an upcoming procedure (success/failure rate) I was told the doctor 'didn't have that information.' When I pushed on this, I was given a 'quote from the literature.' When I asked him in person, he seemed a bit defensive. (the procedure didn't work for me). One increasingly irritating factor in seeing him is that he is always running late which he attributes to 'the scheduler.' In my last visit, he was over an hour late, though the front desk told me he would see me very quickly. This is costly in my time and parking fees for what is supposed to be a 5-minute procedure.
 
Swedish Pain Services - First Hill
600 Broadway Suite 530
Seattle, WA 98122
206-215-2229
Affiliated Facilities
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Swedish Cherry Hill
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