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Dr. Francis O'Donnell, DO

Neurology ·  Male · Age 60

Dr. O'Donnell
1509 Doctors Cir Wilmington, NC 28401

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Dr. Francis O'Donnell, DO is a neurology specialist in Wilmington, NC and has been practicing for 34 years. He graduated from At Still University Health Sciences/Kirksville College Of Osteopathic Medicine in 1985 and specializes in neurology and headache management.


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(910) 662-7500

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No malpractice claims found for North Carolina
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Dr. O'Donnell's Top Procedures and Conditions

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

Treatment Frequency

Dr. O'Donnell treats All Headaches (incl. Migraine) more than 99% of his peers

Dr. O'Donnell treats this condition more than 99% of his peers

Headache
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. O'Donnell treats Headache more than 98% of his peers

Dr. O'Donnell treats this condition more than 98% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Benign Exertional Headache
  • Benign Sex Headache
  • Cervicogenic Headache
  • Chronic Headache
  • Chronic Tension-Type Headache
  • Cluster Headache
  • Cough Headache
  • Drug Rebound Headache
  • Headaches (Shunt Related)
  • Hypertension Headache
  • Icepick Headache
  • Lower Half Headache
  • Mild Headache
  • Muscle Contraction Headache
  • Post-Traumatic Headache
  • Psychogenic Headache
  • Recurrent Headache
  • Severe Headache
  • Tension Headache
  • Vascular Headache
Essential Tremor
normal
normal

Treatment Frequency

Dr. O'Donnell treats Essential Tremor more than 64% of his peers

Dr. O'Donnell treats this condition more than 64% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Benign Essential Tremor

Dr. O'Donnell's conditions and procedures:

  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Chronic Pain
  • Cluster Headache
  • Concussion
  • Confusion
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Dementia
  • Diabetic Polyneuropathy
  • Dystonia
  • Epilepsy
  • Essential Tremor
  • Headache
  • Inflammatory and Toxic Neuropathy
  • Migraine
  • Neurological Testing
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Post-Concussion Syndrome
  • Seizure Disorders
  • Stroke
  • Syncope
  • Tension Headache
  • Tic Disorders
  • Tourette's Syndrome
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Tremor

About Me

Biography

Dr. O'Donnell is a Board Certified Neurologist specializing in headache treatment and research. Dr. O'Donnell, was born and raised in northern New Jersey where he attended St. Peter's Preparatory School. Following high school graduation Dr. O'Donnell...

Specialties

  • Neurology
  • Headache Management

Board Certifications

Education

Ohio State University
Residency Hospital
Doctor's Hospital North
Internship Hospital
1985
At Still University Health Sciences/Kirksville College Of Osteopathic Medicine
Medical School
1985

Awards

Dr. O'Donnell's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. O'Donnell

3.2

Based on 88 reviews

5 Stars
43.18181818181818%
(38)
4 Stars
11.363636363636363%
(10)
3 Stars
4.545454545454546%
(4)
2 Stars
6.818181818181818%
(6)
1 Star
34.09090909090909%
(30)

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Over 5 months has made me worse. Neither he, or his staff follow through on prescribed treatments. He is condescending, rude & dismissive. I get conflicting information with each visit about medications & why no one has done my prescriptions. He thinks everyone should fit into a cookbook protocol & blames you if this single minded approach fails. His medical staff is rude & always ready to blame someone else for their lack of work to help your case. Unfamiliar with & disinterested in my history.
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No bedside manner. Rude and disrespectful. Does not explain medication management or treatments; does not listen to what has worked for the patient in the past. I’m fact, he doesn’t recall what he even did a week ago for his patient because he does not review the medical records prior to seeing the patient. Very condescending. Very pompous not to take other MD treatment plans into consideration. He tosses them out the door as if he’s too good to work with someone else. Bright lights need to go!
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Dr. ODonnell helped me so much, trying different things over the years to get to the point where the placement of the injections kept my headaches and migraines in check for the 12 weeks between each injection appointment. He was very easy to talk to. When I called his assistant, I always received a returned call with an answer to my questions.
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I saw Dr. O'Donnell for over a year for migraines and I would NEVER recommend him. It was great at first, but slowly he shifted me to seeing his physician assistant instead. When I did meet with him, he stopped listening. At first, he spent time with me, asked me questions, and seemed to listen. By the end I waited longer and longer to see him (even once I was back in the room) and when he came in he never listened and did whatever he wanted.
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Do yourself a favor and read and believe the negative reviews. I would give zero stars if possible. Find another neurologist
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Dr. O'Donnell was arrogant, condescending and dismissive during my follow up visit after seeing him for debilitating post concussive headaches, etc. He seemed annoyed when I told him that the meds he prescribed at my first visit we're not helping. It never made sense to me why I was given 10 steroid pills for acute blinding headaches. I asked him to explain what could be going on neurologically after my head injury and his response was, "you had a concussion and now you have headaches". AVOID
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I have never written a review but thought it was necessary today. We just left our first visit with this physician and will not return. He was rude, dismissive, and impersonal! He did not listen to the history of my husbands symptoms over past 14 months just passed him off to see other physicians. I would discourage anyone from seeing him!
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I have seen Dr. O'Donnell for the past few years. I've had chronic migraines for years and needed my FMLA certification updated because I had more than allowed last month. He refused to recertify me and I told him I could lose my job. He didn't care and went on with the apt while I am literally bawling my eyes out. It was truly unreal the way he treated me. At each appt. he swears he doesn't prescribe me certain medicines when he absolutely does. He is untrustworthy and appears to be uncaring.
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As others have noted - he was condescending. I was trying to update him regarding my symptoms and experiences and he did not seem to take me seriously. His responses to my questions were snarky and dismissive. He has never discussed my condition with me or provided advice on how to deal with my condition - only prescribed medication. He got upset with me because the ER neurologist upped my dosage after 2 seizures in one night. A lab result showed the new dosage was still below treatment level.
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He was very nice, listened to what I said and relied with plain words instead of doctorspeak
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I cannot in good faith ever recommend this physician. Dr. O'Donnell failed to address my concerns and discuss any diagnosis or thoughts on what might be happening. Our appointments were extremely brief (5 minutes) and merely consisted of him addressing me very condescendingly, adjusting my medications, and sending me on my way. I never truly felt that my experience, thoughts, or concerns were being taken seriously; I described the symptoms of my headache to him over and over again as thoroughly
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Abrupt and condescending. Does not take the time or make effort to explain himself. Appears annoyed when patients ask questions.
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I am sure the Doctor is a smart and brilliant man, but I did not care for his interpersonal skills. He does not appear to be a good listener, and I always felt rushed. I changed doctors because he was not a good fit for me personally.
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I've see this doctors several times over 5 years and I never will again. While I was reading my list of symptoms he yelled at me 3 times. I'm 38 on disability, degenerative brain disorder, and he was well aware of this knowing its why I couldn't respond quickly. He's well aware of how this affected me and still never apologized. The Pickerington office is clean, staff is friendly, but someone needs to teach this doctor what it means to "not due harm." Patients are vulnerable do not trust him.
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Went to see him for headaches and dizziness. He couldn't determine why I was having either so he prescribed me an ANTI DEPRESSANT! Didn't tell me that's what it was, just handed me the script. I had to google it to find out. It's interesting that the side effects for this drug are headaches and dizziness....hmmm.
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The worst doctor I have even seen in my 50 some odd years of life. He is rude, interrupts you as you attempt to answer his questions, walks in/out of exam room without explanation, etc...I could go on and on about this man's deficiencies as a physician. He was testing (I guess because he never told me what or why he was doing this) my neck range of motion. My neck will only turn so far due to a prior condition/surgery. Now my neck hurts and until he touched it...it hasn't hurt for years!!!
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Visited twice now and he does not answer questions, just says yep, ok. Didn't review my headache journal on my first followup, just said well come back in 6 weeks and stay on the medication. Still having issues seeing in my right eye and had four major attacks since he first prescribed the medicine, but he spent total of 5 minutes with me.
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He didn't actively review my headache diary after the first visit. He took 1-2 hours to see me. He didn't really discuss his thoughts or ideas for treatment at all he just gave me my next treatment and sent me on my way.
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