If you ever have any issue that is not a common cold, virus, or minor ache/pain, DO NOT see Dr. Romana Usman. She is by far the worst diagnostician I have ever observed.
I first met her when I needed a primary care referral for knee surgery (I had switched jobs and insurance plans, so I had to get a new primary care.
I already knew about the knee injury). Dr. Usman looked at my knee for ~30 seconds, was skeptical of any injury, told me to “rest it” (I had had a torn meniscus for 6 weeks at that point so rest wasn’t going to do anything).
After I repeatedly asked during my appointment, she gave me a referral to a wonderful orthopedic surgeon who operated on me a month later (yay no more knee pain!).
Had I not been so pushy, I would still be suffering with knee pain at the behest of Dr. Usman.
Fast forward 6 months. I notice a rash on my hands, identical to something I had in college.
I go to Dr. Usman’s office and she tells me that I DEFINITELY do NOT have what I think I have.
She prescribes me an antifungal medicine to take daily for 30 days because she sees a spot on my back that might look like a fungus.
I start to take this medicine and become incredibly ill on the 3rd day – fatigue, lack of appetite, headache, hair loss.
I consult my pharmacist friend on the 5th day and he informs me that my dosage is higher than anything he has ever heard of.
It’s meant to be taken 1x every 2-3 days for a week (so 3 pills total, spread out over a week).
I immediately stop taking the medicine as I had been poisoning myself.
I decide to go to a dermatologist about my rash.
That doctor confirms via a skin scraping test (which Dr. Usman did not even suggest) that I do indeed have the same type of rash as I had in college and prescribes treatment.
Two weeks later, I receive a phone call out of the blue from Dr. Usman asking me why she received a report from the dermatologist saying I had this certain type of rash.
I was dumbfounded. Why would you call a patient to ask them why they got a second opinion / why you were wrong??? It was one of the most awkward calls of my life.
I meant to find a new primary care doctor after that, but got busy with work, so when I got extremely sick right before the holidays, I scheduled an appointment with Dr. Usman.
She correctly diagnosed a double ear infection, sinus infection, and bronchitis. (Told you she’s fine for the “normal” stuff!)
However, while I was there I decided to inquire about lab test results from 6 months before, since I had not ever heard from her office about them.
She first tells me “everything was normal”, then as I am leaving the office, the nurse grabs me and brings me back in so that Dr. Usman can tell me I have a vitamin deficiency.
Wouldn’t that have been something useful to know for the past 6 months?? Why did she tell me everything was normal then call me back in as I was leaving??
Needless to say, I am incredibly dissatisfied with her performance as a physician and am moving on to a new one after 3 tries with her.
She seems unable to treat each case individually and/or look at issues objectively (always assumes you have whatever standard disease without looking at all of your symptoms).
If you need basic first aid treatment or antibiotics, she is meh.
If you have a complex presentation or unique symptoms, you are better off going to urgent care or the ER.