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James L. Rubenstein

MD, PhD

4.9

Overall Experience
125 reviews
About our process
Mar 20, 2022
We had a very productive discussion. We talked about a plan to watch for recurrences of the lymphoma and what treatment options we might consider should that happen. That included Dr Rubenstein being sensitive to the fact that I will never have imaging at UCSF again after a horrible experience at the Parnassus MRI. (Now I go to NorCal which has superior patient care.) We also talked about what I should do if I believed that I had been exposed to COVID. Finally we discussed all of the vitamins and supplements I take to stay healthy. We covered a lot and I appreciate that Dr Rubenstein was able to approach my health from multiple perspectives.
Mar 12, 2022
I love everyone
Feb 12, 2022
Dr. Rubenstein is incredible. He has taken great care of my health. It's rare to find a doctor that combines such personal touches and care for a patient as a person with outstanding quality of medical care. I highly recommend becoming his patient!
Dec 18, 2021
I appreciate that Dr Rubenstein takes extra time to listen to my concerns and discuss the best ways for us to work together. He's been very creative in his approach with me because I'm a difficult patient. He thinks outside the box. That makes a tremendous difference to me because I have a great deal of anxiety when it comes to medical care. I had a lot of very painful childhood vaccinations and blood tests and I need a sense of control if I'm going to have any procedures at all.The heading for this section is "Clinician and Group Experience" but the specific questions deal only with the clinician experience. So the numbers above are very good because I answered honestly. They don't reflect my experience of the group. I feel a loss of control when I come to the clinic. The staff is very busy and they have to work in an efficient manner. That's true in some other UCSF departments as well. Maybe that can't be helped but I can choose not to be on the receiving end of such care and I often do.
Sep 28, 2021
I haven't able to get the order from the after visit comments yet but I will ask for help
Sep 13, 2021
Dr. Rubenstien is a thoughtful and patient doctor who alsways gives me a thorough check of my condition. He has answered all my questions and explained very well his answers to my questions. I appreciate all of his follow up appointments and would recommend him to anyone who has the same health condition I do.
May 28, 2021
Dr. Rubenstein is awesome. a perfect "10" for me. i feel fortunate to have him on my team. if only all docs could have the qualities of patient care excellence that he does we'd be in great shape!
Apr 04, 2021
great Dr
Mar 18, 2021
some instructions were unclear. He mentioned he will prescribe me medications but didn't explain how.
Feb 10, 2021
Excellent informative visit ith Dr. Rubenstein.
Jan 08, 2021
Dr. Rubenstein is genuinely concerned for my health and well being.
Aug 29, 2020
I feel very lucky to have Dr. Rubenstein as my oncologist. I had hoped to go through my entire life without ever having to use the phrase "my oncologist." It's very difficult to accept a diagnosis of cancer even if it's highly likely that it won't be fatal. Dr. Rubenstein is a very good listener; he's figured out how to motivate me when it's time for me to make a decision about treatment or have a test. He goes out of his way to do little things that make a huge difference. For example he wrote an email to radiology asking that they use a small-gauge needle on my next MRI because I'm afraid of needles. I find it easy to talk to him. He's sensitive and non-judgemental. For most people it might be enough to have a doctor who's at the top of his field but I demand more in addition to that. I'm grateful to have found that in Dr. Rubenstein.
Aug 16, 2020
Dr. Rubenstein took the time to explain all of my question and provided further information to move forward.
Jun 26, 2020
good
Jun 03, 2020
I had a list of 15-20 questions about my condition and how our treatment plan might change because of COVID-19. We had a very productive discussion. Dr. Rubenstein gave me detailed answers to all of my questions. He's a very good listener and that's one of the most important qualities a doctor can have. I really appreciate his ability to think outside the box and find solutions for the unique problems I present.
May 29, 2020
Doctor can't hear my voice though zoom I can hear his voice we used the cell phone and zoom at the same time. I need to learn about voice in zoom.

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