Dr. Darel Butler, MD

Neurology •  Male • Age 59
  
Dr. Butler
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East Tennessee Medical Group

266 Joule St Alcoa, TN 37701

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(865) 984-3864

Dr. Darel Butler, MD is a Neurology Specialist in Alcoa, TN and has over 37 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Butler has more experience with Headache, Epilepsy, and Neurodegenerative Disorders than other specialists in his area. He graduated from Harvard Medical School medical school in 1983. He is affiliated with Blount Memorial Hospital. He is accepting new patients. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Butler to book an appointment.


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Dr. Butler accepts the following insurance:

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Practice Areas

Headache

Headache is a common symptom that can sometimes signal a more serious condition, such as migraine, high blood pressure, or cerebral hemorrhage.Compare with other Headache specialists.

Typically treats 97% more than similar doctors

Based on claims data for 3 conditions and procedures

TreatmentsTreatment Frequency
All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Butler treats All Headaches (incl. Migraine) more than 98% of their peers

Dr. Butler treats this condition more than 98% of their peers

Headache
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Butler treats Headache more than 98% of their peers

Dr. Butler treats this condition more than 98% of their peers

Migraine
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Butler treats Migraine more than 95% of their peers

Dr. Butler treats this condition more than 95% of their peers

Epilepsy

Epilepsy specialists diagnose and treat spectrum of brain disorders that cause seizures due to an interruption of normal nerve activity in the brain.Compare with other Epilepsy specialists.

Typically treats 84% more than similar doctors

Based on claims data for 3 conditions and procedures

TreatmentsTreatment Frequency
EEG (Electroencephalogram)
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Butler performs EEG (Electroencephalogram) more than 94% of their peers

Dr. Butler performs this procedure more than 94% of their peers

Seizure Disorders
high
high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Butler treats Seizure Disorders more than 85% of their peers

Dr. Butler treats this condition more than 85% of their peers

Epilepsy
normal
normal

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Butler treats Epilepsy more than 74% of their peers

Dr. Butler treats this condition more than 74% of their peers

Neurodegenerative Disorders

Neurodegenerative disorders specialists diagnose and treat diseases, such as Parkinson's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Lewy body disease, and Huntington's disease, that break down motor neurons, resulting in debiliating and life-threatening symptoms.Compare with other Neurodegenerative Disorders specialists.

Typically treats 69% more than similar doctors

Based on claims data for 4 conditions and procedures

TreatmentsTreatment Frequency
Parkinson's Disease
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Butler treats Parkinson's Disease more than 89% of their peers

Dr. Butler treats this condition more than 89% of their peers

Dementia
high
high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Butler treats Dementia more than 83% of their peers

Dr. Butler treats this condition more than 83% of their peers

Alzheimer's Disease
normal
normal

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Butler treats Alzheimer's Disease more than 67% of their peers

Dr. Butler treats this condition more than 67% of their peers

General Neurological Disorders

General neurological disorder specialists diagnose and treat a range of conditions such as epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson's disease that affect your brain, spinal cord or nerves, anywhere throughout your body.Compare with other General Neurological Disorders specialists.

Typically treats 70% more than similar doctors

Based on claims data for 25 conditions and procedures

TreatmentsTreatment Frequency
Peripheral Nerve Disorders
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Butler treats Peripheral Nerve Disorders more than 98% of their peers

Dr. Butler treats this condition more than 98% of their peers

Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Butler treats Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) more than 97% of their peers

Dr. Butler treats this condition more than 97% of their peers

Brain Disorders
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Butler treats Brain Disorders more than 96% of their peers

Dr. Butler treats this condition more than 96% of their peers

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Dr. Butler's conditions and procedures:

  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Aneurysm
  • Anterior Horn Disease
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Autonomic Disorders
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuritis
  • Chronic Pain
  • Cluster Headache
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Concussion
  • Confusion
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Dementia
  • Diabetic Polyneuropathy
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Diplopia
  • Dystonia
  • EEG (Electroencephalogram)
  • EMG (Electromyography)
  • Epilepsy
  • Essential Tremor
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Headache
  • Herniated Disc
  • Huntington's Disease
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • Inflammatory and Toxic Neuropathy
  • Insomnia
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lyme Disease
  • Meningiomas
  • Menstrual Migraine
  • Migraine
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Muscular Dystrophy (MD)
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Myelopathy
  • Myoclonus
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Non-Cosmetic Chemodenervation
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Parkinsonism
  • Peripheral Autonomic Neuropathy
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Polyneuropathy Due to Alcohol and Drugs
  • Post-Concussion Syndrome
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP)
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Seizure Disorders
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Disorders
  • Stiff-Man Syndrome
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Syncope
  • Temporal Arteritis
  • Thrombosis
  • Torticollis
  • Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Tremor
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vasculitis
  • Vertebral Column Tumors
  • Vertigo
  • Visual Field Defects

Dr. Butler's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Butler

2.0

Based on 31 ratings

5 Stars
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2 Stars
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1 Star
70.96774193548387%
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What went well
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  • Appointment scheduling (9)
  • Appointment wasn't rushed (7)
What could be improved
  • Didn't explain conditions well (23)
  • Didn't listen or answer questions (23)
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions (22)
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All about the money apparently. He grossly misrepresented an expensive new drug in order prescribe it. Does not like to explain anything. His nurse is absolutely terrible and has broken standard practices.
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  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Migrain woman in Maryville, TN – May 31, 2019
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Based on our last experience, I would NEVER recommend this doctor to anyone. He has the worst nurse with the most ignorant and rude attitude that I've ever experienced from a medical professional. Recommended 3 procedures for testing, and we still have no idea of the results. It's been over 3 months now. We'll not be going back and heed my advice to anyone considering this office. Completely incompetent.
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  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
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  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
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Knoxville, TN – Sep 28, 2018
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As a veteran I am the Choice Program gives me the option of who to use outside the VA. I was referred to Dr. Butler. I was very happy with him. I have had auditory, sensory and muscle challenges that were concerning me post Bells which the doc thoroughly evaluated. He was kind, considerate & answered all my questions thru the process of each test. I was very happy with him. As a specialist I understood his time was valuable and I was lucky to get an appt. I highly recommend him. Come prepared.
What went well
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  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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  • Long wait times
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C. R. Mercer in Louisville, TN – Aug 17, 2018
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Just had follow up appt.(finally) for test results from April. He is starting off with arms (which I did not even have test done), then medication (which I am not even taking) I am wondering what world he is living in. He was very arrogant and rude. He threw out diagnosis of Parkinson's with no real symptoms to back up said based on looking at patient. Then when he was questioned, he got defensive and at that point gave me the paper "to take to the front desk". Can't believe Blount keeps him
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  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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maryville, TN – Aug 06, 2018
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Went as a new patient, he didn’t listen to my symthoms or anything going on and just wrote a lot of RXs. That’s not my style so I will be taking my business somewhere else.
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Mar 20, 2018
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Been a patient since 14’ He has always dismissed ?s I’ve had Pushed me to have a VNS put in my chest & when there were issues he said he would no longer see me for VNS. Put his hand in my face & stopped me from talking at times Waited 1hr in lobby to see him for every appt. I’ve left numerous msgs With no return calls ever He told me today to write msgs down drive up to ETMG & deliver to front desk to get a better response SURE! Lol I fired him today Moving on Can’t take it anymore! AWFUL DR. ??
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Maryville, TN – Sep 26, 2017
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I do not recommend this doctor. Like many neurologist, he chooses to try different medicines because he makes money off of them. If you want results to tests, plan on waiting at least a month or two because you are required to go in the office (again, probably due to making a profit); and most of the time he doesn't even remember you having the test done. Find a different neurologist, especially if you are looking for a diagnosis, because this one will not help you.
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Knoxville – Aug 31, 2017
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I had an MRI done about 6 months ago.....Dr Butler canceled our follow up apt. I'm still having same issues & had to see my Primary Care again today. I wouldn't recommend this office at all. Some people I realize just want meds I want fixed so I can have a somewhat normal life. I am very disappointed.
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Clinton, TN – Jun 14, 2017
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Dr Butler is a compassionate emphatic doctor who is genuinely interested in his patients. Not only is the patient his concern but he realizes their family also plays a major role in their well being. KUDOS to this Great Physician.
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Memphis, TN – May 08, 2017
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Dr. Butler is a very good neurologist and he provides excellent service. He is very through and knowledgeable with a good educational background.
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May 08, 2017
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Drove 2 hours today see this arrogant egomaniac and was almost 15 min late. Stood in registration line for almost 20 min and sit in waiting room 30 min when receptionist come out and said he would not see me. The only reason I gave him one star is because zero is not an option. STAY AWAY!!
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Randall whitson in Johnson city tn – Apr 18, 2017
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Let me just start off by saying I am a nurse of 21 years and have dealt with a lot of drs and medical professionals and I have NEVER been treated with complete disdain by a physician. He was arrogant and rude and completely resented any questions we asked. Never looked me In eye while he was speaking actually kept his back turned the whole time he was speaking and was just rude and arrogant. He might be a good Dr and may help my son but he is compleley lacking in any bedside manner whatsoever!
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Melinda in Kingston tn – Jan 18, 2017
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Great Doctor, answered all my questions with patience and a complete answer.
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Terry Ramsey in Maryville, TN – Dec 30, 2016
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I was referred to Dr. Butler through a primary care years ago when I was on a bad health insurance plan, where I did not get to choose my own doctors. My experience in his office was awful. I don't like to say bad or negative things ever about other people, but I felt like my appt. with him was a terrible experience, especially considering how many weeks it takes to get an initial vi.sit with this type of specialist. I felt that he did not listen to my questions and did not care about me.
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HonestlyTryingToHelp in Maryville, TN – Sep 29, 2016
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He pushes BOTOX, and we you tell him you don't want it he throws you out and tells you to find a new Neurologist.
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SG in Harriman, TN – Aug 26, 2016
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One of the rudest people I have ever met, and I am a military veteran who has traveled the world. This man's pockets are obviously lined by pharmaceutical companies because when I didn't want a quick fix pill,he was done. Do NOT waste the time or money with this doctor!
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Lenoir City, TN – Jun 23, 2016
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I will never go back to this doctor again.he is arrogant and condescending. Would not recommend him to anyone.
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Blount County, TN – May 07, 2016
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Today I had a follow-up visit with Dr. Butler.He was a condescending and acted like Dr God. I was expecting to hear about tests results. He said it looked normal. Very rude. Interrupted me when asking questions. A dozen blood test have been run and I asked him what he had ruled out he said You would need a medical degree to understand the results. Excuse me! Have we ruled out MS? Anything specific? How rude and condescending. I will not be going back.Shameful. I'm transferring to UT
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DK in Knoxville, TN – Feb 18, 2016
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I've been a Pt of Dr. Butlers for over 5 yrs. The wait time is ridiculous and good luck getting his nurse Tammy to call you back in a timely fashion. Usually takes her roughly about a wk. Then there is something messed up. He has very poor hygiene, long fingernails etc. Very rude to Pts and will not even look them in the face will talking to them and likes to belittle them as much as possible. Wish I could find another Neurologist but bc of insurance can't. Likes to push pills done your throat!
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Sz Pt in Knoxville Tn – Feb 04, 2016
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I've been a patient of Dr. Darel Butler since Oct. 2015. HIS ARRAGANCE, CONDESENDING, YOU DON'T KNOW ANYTHING ATTITUDE, IS APAULLING! I could Not ask a Q or say anything w/o a Put-Down comment from him First. DOES NOT take time to explain anything! Too busy talking over me & cutting me off. He questioned how I knew this or that, etc.My PCP/other drs ARE NOT stupid & Neither am I! Still don't know about my results! Can't say more here, due to lack of space in this box, but WILL get the word out!
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Maryville, TN – Dec 22, 2015
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Biography

Dr. Darel Butler, MD is a Neurology Specialist in Alcoa, TN and has over 37 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Butler has more experience with Headache, Epilepsy, and Neurodegenerative Disorders than other specialists in his area. He gra...Read more

Specialties

  • Neurology

Board Certifications

Education

Ca Pacific M C Pacific
Residency Hospital
University Ca Sf Med Center
Residency Hospital
1983
Harvard Medical School
Medical School

Awards

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Locations

East Tennessee Medical Group

East Tennessee Medical Group266 Joule St Alcoa, TN 37701
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Blount Memorial Hospital

Maryville, TN

59% Patient experience rating, 10% lower than the national average