Dr. Richard Diethelm, MD

Dr. Richard Diethelm, MD

Neurology  |  
Male  |  
Age 49
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Dr. Richard Diethelm, MD is a neurology doctor who practices in Birmingham, AL. He is 49 years old and has been practicing for 15 years.

48 Medical Park Dr E Ste 351

Birmingham, AL 35235

Contact Information

(205) 836-9366

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Cigna-HealthSpring
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • CoreSource
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Humana
  • Mail Handlers Benefit Plan (MHBP)
  • 4 More

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  • Neurology

Board Certifications

  • Neurology
    Accredited by: American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology*

Conditions Treated

  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Aneurysm
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Autonomic Disorders
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Chorea (Excluding Huntington's Chorea)
  • Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuritis
  • Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML)
  • Chronic Pain
  • Cluster Headache
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Concussion
  • Confusion
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Dementia
  • Diabetic Polyneuropathy
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Diplopia
  • Dizziness
  • Dystonia
  • Epilepsy
  • Essential Tremor
  • Febrile Convulsion
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Headache
  • Huntington's Disease
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • Inflammatory and Toxic Neuropathy
  • Leukodystrophy
  • Meningiomas
  • Migraine
  • Movement Disorders
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Myelopathy
  • Myoclonus
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Peripheral Autonomic Neuropathy
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Polymyositis
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Postherpetic Neuralgia
  • 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 Stenosis
  • Spine Disorders
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Syncope
  • Temporal Arteritis
  • Thrombosis
  • Torticollis
  • Tourette's Syndrome
  • Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Tremor
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vertigo
  • Visual Field Defects


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  • Botox® Injection
  • EEG (Electroencephalogram)
  • EMG (Electromyography)
  • Lumbar Puncture
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Blocks
  • Nerve Conduction Studies
  • Neurological Testing
  • Non-Cosmetic Chemodenervation

Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

Healthgrades does not collect malpractice information for Alabama.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Univ Of Ms Sch Of Med
    Medical School | Graduated 2002
  • Uab Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Diethelm has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Diethelm's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Diethelm to family and friends
based on 45 total reviews (11 with comments)
Dr. Diethelm's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Comments (11)
in Pinson, AL |
Dr. Diethelm has saved my wife's life on more than one occasion, she had brain seizures, he precripted her a great medicine, when my insurance changed, and it had to be preapproved, his staff was working on it but he gave her a three month supply, that is $2100.00 worth, he is very caring, does take the time find the problem and sits down and explains in detail what is going on and what to expect, she has Autoimmune Encephalitis, he had is the best thing that has happened to us we owe him life!!
in Pinson, AL |
I think he would be great if you could get to him when you need him. In other words get past the staff. I was diagnosed with RLS and was given med but was prescribed wrong and has taken almost a week to get it straight so I can sleep. I really liked him and seemed to care about my problem but I can't seem to talk with him to get this problem took care of.
in Fruithurst,Al |
No recommendation here what so ever...terrible bedside manner...would not take complaints seriously...checked for MS..wrote it off as a pinched nerve causing numbness....went to MS Center in Atlanta Ga...they used Diethems mri....promptly diagnosed me with Ms
Pinson, AL |
Missed diagnosed my disease. Not concerned about my complaints
in Hanceville, AL |
Dr Diethelm is a very kind, compassionate doctor, who really cares about his patients. He takes all the time necessary to find the problem and treat it. His staff is wonderful. I know I can trust him and the value of that confidence is priceless.
in Birmingham, AL |
On July 2, 2016, I had a brain stem small vessel stroke. Dr. Diethelm is a remarkable physician who is analytical and thoughtful. He works at a high level of efficiency. I especially appreciate his communication skills - active listening, attentiveness, clarification. He has worked cooperatively with me and my family throughout this frightening health crisis. Dr. Diethelm is professional, polite, warm and open to questions. I want to extend my heartfelt appreciation to him and his staff.
in center point |
I love Dr Diethelm, he has helped me in more ways than one, and when i see him in the hospital i just want to grab him and hug his neck for being here for me. He is the best Dr that i have and i have quite a few. I love you Dr Diethelm you make me feel so safe and comfortable. When you walk into the room all my fears are gone. Thank you so much for being so great to me. Neda Wiley
in Birmingham, AL |
Minimized the issues I have which are constricted vessels in the brain stem and multiple lesions. My husband asked a fairly simple question about any possibilities of early onset dementia or Alzheimer's and Dr. Diethelm's response was to abruptly hand my chart to his Nurse Practitioner and leave the room without answering. I found this to be very unprofessional and alarming. I was told to play Lumonisity to improve memory and problem solving skills. In the past year both have diminished greatly.
in Gadsden, AL |
Horrible Dr. Spent less than 3 minutes with me and told me to take a med that I had a previous reaction to and ended up in ER. I had enough knowledge and walked out knowing I would never take the med. Told me I had neuropathy without even pulling a lab. B6 toxicity. Thank God I figured it out and am healing..this Dr is horrible.
in Birmingham, AL |
Dr. Diethelm has treated two of my family members. He has treated us with the utmost respect and dignity. I feel confident in trusting my loved ones' care to him.
in Pell City, Al |
He made me feel as though he was looking down at me like he didn't believe a word I told him. A Doctor or nurse should never look down their nose to a patient under no circumstances. No one knows how I feel better than me!!! I know when something is wrong with my body.I will never use this doctor again!!!
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Dr. Diethelm accepts 13 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Advantage HMO
    Blue Cross
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
    Open Access
  • Cigna-HealthSpring
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • CoreSource
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO
  • Mail Handlers Benefit Plan (MHBP)
  • Medicaid
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO
  • National Elevator
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Navigate HMO
    Navigate POS
    Options PPO

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Hospitals where Dr. Diethelm has admitting privileges

St. Vincent's East
50 Medical Park Dr E
Birmingham, AL 35235
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