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Richard Diethelm

Dr. Richard G. Diethelm, MD



Dr. Diethelm graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in 2003. He works in Birmingham, AL and specializes in Neurology and Psychiatry. Dr. Diethelm is affiliated with St Vincent's East Hospital.


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4.5 Explains conditions and treatments
4.5 Takes time to answer my questions
4.0 Provides follow-up as needed
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48 Medical Park Dr E Ste 351, Birmingham, AL, 35235
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4.5 Office cleanliness
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4.5 Scheduling flexibility
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48 Medical Park Dr E Ste 351
Birmingham, AL, 35235
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"I have been repeatedly disappointed by Dr. Diethelm, or Dr. D'ham, as some call him. He's arrogant and entirely too quick to throw around a terminal illness diagnosis. In my uncle's case, Dr. Diethelm says ALS within 10 minutes of talking to my uncle and having had no tests run to confirm it. He doesn't listen and instead interrupts patients to somewhat jokingly remind them they're terminal so other health issues don't matter. Further, he opts to offer pain pills or blocks rather than trying to find the reason behind pain. My uncle, who has no interest in pain meds, simply asked why Dr. Diethelm didn't see a a correlation with his leg weakness and the excruciating pain in his back. His weakness didn't start until the back pain began. Dr. Diethelm simply said, "I don't know," and even acknowledged there is rarely any pain with ALS. My uncle just wanted answers. He may have ALS and will acknowledge it's a possibility, but thus far the only doctors to take his pain seriously have been chiropractors ...
who've confirmed herniated discs can indeed cause weakness in the legs. The wait time is also horrific. On my uncle's second appointment, we drove an hour and a half to wait nearly as long only for the doctor to come in for 5 minutes and ask dumb questions. Seriously... "Are you able to walk to the bathroom?" "Were you able to get into a car to come here today?" Come on. He clearly came by a vehicle. I drove him there myself and sat in on the appointment. Then the belittling and condescending behavior started. Oh, and he didn't even get my uncle's last name right. So, in short, do not accept any referral to Dr. Richard Diethelm. The man is a hack with no bedside manner. I will say his staff was polite, though. "
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  • May 17, 2023
"Very thorough. Takes time to explain as well as listen to the patient. We drove 3 hours to see him and we don't regret one mile! He's the best!! Great bedside manner and he is genuinely concerned about his patients. "
  • August 17, 2022
"Dr. Diethelm is one of the best doctors that I have ever gone to. He is kind, interested and patient. I had been told by several people that he was the best. I am so glad to have found him. Dr. Diethelm also has a wonderful staff. I highly recommend and trust him. "
  • November 30, 2020


48 Medical Park Dr E Ste 351
Birmingham, AL, 35235
  • Accepting New Patients
  • Medicaid Accepted
Mon8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wed8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri8:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Accepting New Patients
  • Medicaid Accepted




Medical School
University Of Mississippi School Of Medicine
Graduated 2003


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