Yager, Howard S MD General or Family Practice Physicians

Yager, Howard S MD

(404) 975-4448

3109 E Shadowlawn Avenue NEAtlanta, GA 30305 map »

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Business overview

Dr. Howard Yager is a primary care doctor treating patients in Atlanta, Georgia, and the surrounding communities. He is eligible for certification from the American Board of Family Medicine and is affiliated with facilities including the Emory University Hospital and Saint Joseph?s Hospital of Atlanta. Dr. Yager is also a member of professional organizations including the American Medical Association, the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians, and the Southern Medical Association...

Originally from Fort McClellen, Alabama, Dr. Yager attended George Washington University in order to pursue his medical education. He continued his medical education at the Los Angeles Medical Center of Harbor-University of California. Here, he relieved his residency training.

Patients visiting Dr. Yager can receive a full range of medical services. He provides cardiovascular screening visits, annual pediatric checkups, annual physical examinations, and prescriptions and refills. Treatment is also available for issues including asthma, migraine, arthritis, food intolerance, and general illness.

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Treatments Offered

  • Disability Evaluations
  • In-Office Procedures
  • Medications
  • Physical Exams
  • Referrals

Service Area

  • Acworth
  • Alpharetta
  • Buckhead
  • Cobb County
  • Decatur
  • DeKalb County
  • Downtown
  • Druid Hills/Emory
  • Duluth
  • Dunwoody
  • Gwinnett County
  • Lawrenceville
  • Lilburn
  • Marietta
  • Midtown
  • Norcross
  • Peachtree City
  • Riverside
  • Roswell
  • Sandy Springs
  • Smyrna
  • Snellville
  • South Fulton County
  • Stone Mountain
  • VA Highland/Morningside
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Hospitals

  • Emory Crawford Long Hospital
  • Saint Joseph's Health System

Diagnostic Testing

  • Diagnostic Testing

Appointment Types

24 Hour Answering Service

Consultations

Early Morning

Emergency

Outpatient Care / Ambulatory Care

Phone Consultation

Same Day

Physician UPIN

D31485

Education 1

George Washington University 1963 BA

Education 2

The George Washington School of Medicine 1966 MD

New Patients:

Yes

Kudzu's "Best Of" Winner

2012, 2013

Hours of Operation

  • MON
  • 8:00am
  • 4:00pm
  • TUE
  • 8:00am
  • 4:00pm
  • WED
  • 8:00am
  • 4:00pm
  • THU
  • 8:00am
  • 4:00pm
  • FRI
  • 8:00am
  • 4:00pm
  • SAT
  • SUN

* By Appointment Only

Payments Accepted

  • Debit Card
  • Mastercard
  • Money Orders
  • Visa

Year Established

1973

Documents

[PDF] Patient Registration
[PDF] Privacy Practices Notice & Acknowledgement

Languages Spoken

  • English

Reviews

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A caring doctor, 11/23/2013

He has cared for me since college, he has saved my life more then once.. I call him and he helps me. what more can you ask of a Doctor. thank you Dr. Yager


Knowledgable, Caring, Flexible & Timely Doctor!, 11/03/2013

Dr. Yager is always spot-on with diagnosing my health concerns and identifying my care needs. He's also very understanding and practical when discussing suggestions. Dr. Yager is flexible with his... appointments and with my hectic work schedule, he finds times that work for me and always gets me in and out in a timely manner. Most importantly, he always remembers who I am even if I haven't seen him in a year. I've only been his patient for going on two years and I don't have to go often so this was impressive and made me feel valued.

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ocampo0106

Reviews: 1

Real family doctor

I like the personal attention you get at Dr. Yager's. As opposed to most doctors, he sees you at the actual time of your appointment. And when i say he sees you, it's the actual doctor, not armies of nurses and MA's.

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tonyteach

Reviews: 1

…I've been a patient since '93

I have been seeing Dr. Yager since I came to Atlanta in 1993. He is very direct, and works with you on preventing things BEFORE they arise. He sees both myself and my wife. On at least two occasions he caught life threatening issues that other physicians had missed. He is not for everyone, you will love him, or hate him… no room for middle ground. As for my wife and I, we LOVE HIM!!

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thewards

Reviews: 1

Dr. Yager is great!

Dr. Yager has been our family physician since 1999. He gives us personal attention and follow-up that is beyond compare. He calls to make sure the treatment or medication is doing the intended job. His staff is great. This medical team is awesome. The headnurse is very helpful, too. Many times, Doc answers the phone himself. Also, you can get an appointment quickly. There is nothing more you could ask for from a family doctor/physician.

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ilovepits

Reviews: 27

WHO ARE THESE 5 STAR PEOPLE?

I went in with a semi-serious problem.He ignorned it.I have been on one med for almost 15 years-all other doctors give a 1 year prescription,he gave only a six month supply. I asked him to check some blood levels he said "that test is too expensive" I didn't ask him the cost, I asked him to do the test. He never touched me or listened to my heart,took less than 5 mins with me. I would never go back!!!!

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roninazure

Reviews: 1

This is what all Doctor's need to strive to be.

Dr. Yager has been my Physician for 15 years and he gives you the personalized attention you need. He or the staff can usually get you in the same day and if you need refills he will call them in for you. What I like is the ease of getting to his office. He is not in a large medical office building which is a pain to access in and out.

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MissAtl

Reviews: 6

Convenient and Available

I began going to Dr. Yager a year and a half ago after reading his ratings on Kudzu. I appreciate that every time I have needed to go to the doctor, I have been able to get an appointment right away. Also, the nurses and staff are not rude as has been suggested in other postings. I am satisfied with the prescriptions and diagnoses that I have received. I think Dr. Yager is a nice person who cares about his vocation. He has even answered the phone when I have called the office for refills.

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leeandvee

Reviews: 1

Great Doctor

Dr. Yager and his staff are professional, caring and compassionate. I've been going to Dr. Yager for years because I get treatment that is responsive.

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JoJo66

Reviews: 3

Convenient

I have been going to Dr. Yager for 9 years. He listens and asks questions which is very important. They are respectful of my time (unheard of for a doctor).

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amboyce

Reviews: 1

Great doctor, great service

Dr. Yager is special because he's not only going to give you medicine and send you on your way! He will always suggest keeping a healthy diet, excersise, and stress relief. This lets you know he cares for you and not just the office fees. I strongly recommend him to anyone needing a good doctor and tired of just being given pills.

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Survivor2

Reviews: 1

He's always been there for me

Dr. Yager is the only "solo" MD I've been to in Atlanta, and I've been seeing him for about 30 years. Hardly ever a wait; sometimes he answers the phone himself; definitely no "herd" mentality. I recently was diagnosed with breast cancer; he helped me with referrals to appropriate specialists. The chemo treatment was debilitating and I wound up in the hospital. Throughout this entire process Dr. Yager called me periodically, offering encouragement. I can't imagine another MD in Atlanta doing that.

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james84

Reviews: 1

don't trust the good reviews

Whoever gave Dr. Yager positive reviews must either be related to him or employed by him. I went in for a physical after reading all the great comments about him. Truth is, he took my blood pressure and listened to my breathing. He spent less than five minutes with me and only stayed that long because I asked so many questions. The killer is that it cost nearly 500 dollars. I'm new to the area and felt like a well reviewed doctor would be worth it. Now I get to go through the process again. Would not recommend him to my worst enemy.

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jentoo

Reviews: 5

If only I could rate NO stars

My husband originally went to Dr. Yager after reading all the sterling Kudzu reviews. We were looking for a primary care doc anyway, but my husband went in first because he'd had swolen lymph nodes in his neck and leg that weren't going away and I was concerned. I was happy with all the reviews talking about how much time and attention Dr. Yager takes with each patient, and we were eagerly expecting the same. My husband called after his appointment, much earlier than I expected. He said Dr. Yager came in and spent *maybe* 5 minutes with him, said the lymph nodes were nothing to worry about (without examination or any questions asked) probably just an infection, and told him to lose weight...oh and he could prescribe weight loss drugs if my husband wanted. My husband isn't nearly as picky about doctors as I am, but even he was shocked at how pointless the visit was. He turned down the prescription and we found another doctor. One who actually examined my husband, ordered tests accordingly. I'm glad we did...Dr. Yager's "nothing" ended up being lymphoma. I understand things can be overlooked and be misdiagnosed, but that is ridiculous. Go to a doctor that will actually take the time to pay attention.

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jeninatl

Reviews: 1

What a joke this Dr. is! Avoid like the plague

I usually don't take the time to join sites like this, but when I saw the reviews for Dr. Yager I couldn't help myself. He is such a joke. I just happened to stumble upon reviews of Dr.Yager while I was searching for a new PCP. Dr. Yager is the biggest QUACK! I haven't been to him in over 6-years but my boyfriend and I both still laugh about our experience in his office. Just walking into his office which is decorated in antique medical equipment and bottles sorta freaked us out. Definite co-pay scam getting you to come back just so he can get another $20. His staff turns over so much that you never see the same people twice and they always have been rude and uncaring. One of the staff members actually told my BF once what a quack he was and how he gets all his staff from one of those schools they advertise on TV so he can get them cheap. He always perscribed medicines that didn't really seem to be needed and even had my BF on a blood pressure medicine that was the wrong strength and caused him lots of problems. Thank goodness he went to a qualified Dr. before he keeled over dead from the meds Dr. Yager prescribed. He's unqualified and we still talk about his shotty skills and how stupid we were to go to him to this day and about our awful experiences in his office. Don't waste your time. Seriously I wouldn't put it past him to write his own reviews either, he always seemed like a schiester to me. Avoid at all costs if you value your health and possibly even life.

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anicoledn

Reviews: 1

Don't Believe The Other Reviews!!

I went to this doctor after reading all the great reviews which are false. I had an awful experience. I went in with a problem I was having with low back pain and my sciatic nerve caused by a herniated disc. He did not even examine me. All he did was sit in his chair for about 3 minutes and talk to me and wrote me a prescription for a medicine that did not work or anything. Then, he referred me to an orthopedic doctor and filled out a form, but didn't take the time to refer me to any particular orthopedic doctor or make any suggestions. Also, I have 2 small children. One is not walking yet...so I took him in a stroller. The office is so small and cluttered that I had to leave the stroller in the waiting room and hold him while I was talking to the doctor which was very inconvenient and uncomfortable considering I was there for my lower back pain and I have a 25 pound 12 month old. There was so much junk covering up the door that the stroller wouldn't fit through the door. So if you have small children that need to be in a stroller, don't bother. Please do not waste your time going there!! I was very disappointed. I really expected to have a good experience after reading these reviews and I was looking for a new general practicioner since I had to quit seeing mine after changing insurance companies. So my advice is to please steer clear of this doctor's office. I personally believe that these reviews were written by the doctor or his staff. BEWARE!!

Yager, Howard S MD replied on 02-22-2009

I apologize for the referral problem, but I usually leave the decision up to the patient, although if asked, make a suggestion. There are other doctors I will vouch for, but I believe each patient has their own personal choices. The reason I do not have a list of doctors for a patient to go to is because each insurance company requires a patient to go to certain doctors. Considering the amount of insurance companies, I cannot keep track of all the doctors for each one. I tell the patient to look up a doctor near them that there are good reviews on and call me and I will fax the referral. About the condition, the reason there would be a shorter examination is due to the condition. For your sake and mine, it is redundant for me and wasteful for you for me to re diagnose and tell you. There is nothing more that I can do than prescribe you medication. The only option for a patient in this condition is orthopedic or neurosurgery. For the surgery, you must go to a orthopedist or surgeon, have xrays, and a surgery planned. Again, I am sorry for your troubles, but I try to make my office as comfortable as possible. There are pictures online to review before you come.

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RJM289

Reviews: 1

Great Doctor!

Dr. Yager and his associates treat me with respect and dignity--a real rarity in this day and age. Our appointments take place on time. He listens to any medical concerns I have and takes them seriously. I've been to larger practices at which I was herded around like cattle. There, I was nothing more than an income source. If you're as tired of that as I was, give Dr. Yager a call.

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atlmom404

Reviews: 1

sketchy

I went to Yager for a few years when I first moved to Atlanta. While it's true his office has a very old fashioned small town appeal. If you know what medicine you want he will give it to you without much of a hassel. However if you don't know he may push on you a new pill some drug rep recently promoted to him, which can be bad news for your pocket book when they ring you up at the pharmacy. Plus he simply is too old to accuratly diagnose anything but your standard basic stuff (e.g.head colds etc.). And worst off is he does dome type of pharmacuticle treatment for drug addicts and thus every time you have an appointment you are doomed to run into one of these "recovering drug addict types".

Yager, Howard S MD replied on 02-22-2009

The medicine I prescribe first may be more expensive and brand new, but I prescribe it for that reason. For example, the new antibiotics have less resistance, are 10-20 times stronger, quicker, and treat more bacteria. Usually I try to prescribe the best medicine, but if you ask for a substitute, I will gladly prescribe something generic. I also never refuse a patient. I require all my patients to maintain politeness, or else I will not allow them back. I am sorry if something happened, but I was never made aware of the situation. I believe in equal treatment and that everyone deserves to be helped.

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