Post Edited (ginger71) : 3/9/2008 6:43:09 PM (GMT-6)
Kaycie - I am a patient of Dr. Hanauer. If you can get in to see him - GO!!! Seriously. I'm 3 1/2 hours from him and it's been worth every single minute of time spent in the car going to and from his office. I was referred to him in early 2002 when my local GI was just having a heck of a time getting me into remission. My local GI basically told me that I was just going to have to get used to not feeling 100% because of having Crohn's. The very first time I saw Dr. Hanauer, he told me he's "seen worse" and he would be able to help me. And he did. :) After we left his office for the first time, I told my husband that he was definitely an answer to my prayers. With his help, most days my Crohn's is a non-issue and I thought that wasn't ever going to be possible.
Dr. Hanauer has seen me through 1 (almost 2) pregnancies - I'm 32 weeks now. With my older daugher, he kept me on Imuran the entire time. She was born at 36.5 weeks, but weighed 8 lbs 3 oz and scored a 9 and 10 on her Apgars. She's healthy and perfect and will be 3 in May. This pregnancy, I was on Imuran and Humira at the beginning, but was able to go off the Imuran and am currently only on Humira.
I was seeing an RE when I conceived my daughter because of having 2 miscarriages prior to that pregnancy. She conferred with Dr. Hanauer about the use of Imuran during pregnancy and deferred to his expertise on the subject. My OB also defers to him. I wouldn't have it any other way.
He's not only one of the leading experts on IBD, he's also one of the nicest men you will ever meet. He takes time to answer any question I have and has never made me feel like I'm rushed or he can't spend a lot of time with me. His nurse, Debbie, is amazing too.
He is one of the top Crohn's GIs in the country. He subscribes to the step down approach -- using the strongest meds, first. Instead of the step up approach, which uses the least effective (but also least toxic) meds, first.