Dr. Venkatarama Donepudi, MD

Internal MedicineMaleAge 51

Dr. Venkatarama Donepudi, MD is a Internal Medicine Specialist in Hickory, NC and has over 26 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from American University of the Caribbean medical school in 1995. He is affiliated with medical facilities Catawba Valley Medical Center and Frye Regional Medical Center. He is accepting new patients. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Donepudi to book an appointment.

Dr. Donepudi

Piedmont Endocrinology PA

311 9th Avenue Dr NE Hickory, NC 28601
Accepting new patients

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No malpractice claims found for North Carolina
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Dr. Donepudi's conditions and procedures:

  • Abnormal Thyroid
  • Asthma
  • Asymptomatic Post-Menopausal Status
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Calcium Metabolism Disorders
  • Chest Pain
  • Chronic Sinusitis
  • COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
  • Diabetes Counseling
  • Diabetes Type 1
  • Diabetes Type 2
  • Diabetes With Renal Manifestations
  • Diabetic Polyneuropathy
  • Dyslipidemia
  • Enlarged Prostate (BPH)
  • Hair Loss
  • Hernia
  • Hypercalcemia
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Hypertension
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Hypogonadism
  • Hypotension
  • Hypotension (Excluding Maternal)
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Intertrigo
  • Iodine Deficiency
  • Lipid Disorders
  • Malaise and Fatigue
  • Mineral Metabolism Disorders
  • Obesity
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteopenia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Overweight
  • Painful Urination (Dysuria)
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Sinusitis
  • Testicular Dysfunction
  • Thyroid Goiter
  • Urinary Stones
  • Venous Insufficiency
  • Vitamin D Deficiency

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(828) 322-7338

Dr. Donepudi accepts the following insurance:

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First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO

Dr. Donepudi's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Donepudi

3.1

Based on 13 ratings

5 Stars
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What went well
  • Office environment (9)
  • Wait times (9)
  • Explained conditions well (8)
What could be improved
  • Didn't listen or answer questions (5)
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions (5)
  • Appointment was rushed (4)
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Dr. Donepudi used to put his patients first, but now he puts his front office staff and office manager first, dismissing his patients from his practice that have issues with his office staff. He does not even care to hear his patients issues with the front office staff. I am beyond disappointed with Dr.D. If all the doctors at Piedmont Endocrinology dismiss patients like him, then they will have to close their practice. What happen to Dr. D. to cause such lack of compassionate for patients?
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • 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
11 people found this helpful
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Hickory, NC – Nov 07, 2017
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Dr. Donepudi used to be a good doctor but he has changed last few years . He seems distracted and short. His office staff has always been difficult to the point of nasty and rude. Dr. Donepudi assistant is some times lazy and rude to the point of yelling at patients when called for assistance.
What went well
  • Office environment
  • Wait times
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
9 people found this helpful
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Charlotte, NC – Nov 07, 2017
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Dr. Donepudi used to be a great doctor. Over the past few years, something has changed. He now comes across somewhat rude and rushed. He is not willing to listen to the patient to come up with a solution to the problem. The awesome bedside manner he once had, is no longer there. The PA (Michelle Woods) is horrible. She is very rude, and also has no bedside manner. Definitely would not recommend Piedmont Endocrinology.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Wait times
What could be improved
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
8 people found this helpful
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Oct 13, 2017
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Dr. Donepudi probably saved my life by making changes in amounts of insulin before each meal. He suggested wearing a monitor to alarm when my blood sugar is too high or too low. Suggested things I could try to lower my A1C. Also checks my A1C every 3 months. Precious doctor only had me come once a year, & only told me in a written report to try to lower my A1C. Never a suggestion telling me how. Dr. Donepudi has appealed more than one time a decision made by my insurance company.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
7 people found this helpful
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Joseph Smith in Hickory, NC – Jul 18, 2016
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Worse office staff I've ever encountered. If you are sick and poor, you're at their mercy and they have no problem letting you know that's how it's going to be or you can leave. You must do everything they say or out you go! Don't know if the doctors know or care or instructs the staff to behave this way. But It's demeaning and degrading. Starts with office manager on down. Hope they never find themselves in this position cause what comes around, goes around. Shame on them treating sick so bad
What went well
  • Wait times
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
8 people found this helpful
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Hickory, NC – Feb 18, 2016
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Dr. Donepudi has done a great job with my medical issues diabetes and cholesterol. He talks with you not at you like he is above you like other Doctors, I feel comfortable with his knowledge and concern about his patients and their health. He is more than a Doctor he is also a friend to you.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
3 people found this helpful
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Feb 14, 2016
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Dr. Venkatarama Donepudi, MD is a Internal Medicine Specialist in Hickory, NC and has over 26 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from...Read more

Specialties

  • Internal Medicine

Board Certifications

Education

2003
IN U Sch Med
Fellowship Hospital
1999
Ball Mem Hosp
Residency Hospital
1997
Ball Mem Hosp
Internship Hospital
1995
American University of the Caribbean
Medical School
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Awards

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What are Dr. Venkatarama Donepudi, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Donepudi frequently treats Hypothyroidism, Diabetes With Renal Manifestations, and Abnormal Thyroid. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Donepudi treats.

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Dr. Donepudi's office is located at 311 9th Avenue Dr NE, Hickory, NC 28601. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Piedmont Endocrinology PA

Piedmont Endocrinology PA311 9th Avenue Dr NE Hickory, NC 28601
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Catawba Valley Medical Center

Hickory, NC

76% Patient Experience Rating, 7% higher than the national average

4 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2021)

Frye Regional Medical Center

Hickory, NC

66% Patient Experience Rating, 3% lower than the national average

1 Award Received

Award Highlight: Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2019)