I had the pleasure of being seen by Dr. Petri and her fellow Dr. Albeyda. They are two very conscientious, dedicated, thorough and caring female physicians. In my opinion, they are equivalent to the real life "Dr. House."
This was my third trip to Hopkins, but I hadn't been to the Lupus Clinic before & had not yet been diagnosed with anything specific. My husband and I made a (long) day trip, and I can't be happier that I went and finally got some answers! Dr. Albeyda called me for several phone interviews prior to my actual appointment & both doctors had round table discussions about my case prior to my arrival. I was so impressed!!
From the moment that I walked through the door, I was ushered to the correct elevator & waiting area. I checked in and waited only a short time. I had my vitals taken & was dressed in a gown. All of this took maybe 15 minutes tops -- in such a large hospital!!! I then had a records review/recap of the interview & physical exam with the doctors. I was informed of my diagnoses & my husband and I were allowed to ask as many questions as we desired. The doctor gave me her e-mail address, which she answers daily - most often same day (even on weekends)!! I was also given a list of foods and medications to avoid, and counseled on medications I should take and important research/data. These two amazing women spent about an hour and a half with me. I then went down and had extensive bloodwork done in the lab. Total time arrival to departure was under two hours, with well over 1:30 of that being spent with the doctors. I've waited longer than that in a GP's waiting room without being seen yet! These people are among the foremost experts & the upper eschalon in the area of Lupus diagnosis & treatment. The fact that they were female was also VERY important to me, as I have been blown off by many male doctors in the past. I highly recommend them!!