Why is it so hard to find a new doctor?

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fimk
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   Posted 4/6/2009 9:35 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been with the same doctor for several years and he is ok but he is extremely traditional.  I live in a smaller town with 3 gastrointeroligists.  The one I see, my nieghbor, and a rookie fresh from med school.  So I have been looking in Springfield IL., St Louis MO, Columbia MO, Iowa City IA. all of them within two hour drive from me.  I can find their names and where they went to school but how do you find out if they are any good? I've been searching the web for some type of rating site for doctors but have not found anything, do any of you know of a site?
Over 30 years experience! Dx 1976, surgery every seven years, the only effective long term drug has been prednisone.


Celey
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   Posted 4/6/2009 9:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Another Missouri person! Hey! I'm from Missouri, too...

I don't know what to tell you, though.... I'm stuck where I am for the time being, so I have to stick with the doctor I have... :(... (I come from a small town, as well) St. Louis might be a good bet...

I hear the doctors at Barnes Jewish Hospital are good (since Barnes Jewish Hospital is one of the best hospitals in the country. That's what I've heard, anyway...)


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janicea
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   Posted 4/6/2009 9:39 AM (GMT -7)   
http://www.ratemds.com/social/

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fimk
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   Posted 4/6/2009 9:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Actually I not from Missouri, but on Illinois side of river. 100 miles north of St Louis. Went to Barnes for last surgery and they did very well. But I was dealing with a surgeon and I would like to find a gastroenteroligist. I have a personal bias that surgeons like to fix things with a knife.
Thanks Janicea, I'll check it.
Over 30 years experience! Dx 1976, surgery every seven years, the only effective long term drug has been prednisone.


FallColors
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   Posted 4/6/2009 10:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Fimk,

A rookie might be more willing to consult with others who know more. Have you looked at the CCFA website for doctors? www.ccfa.org These doctors claim to know CD, but I would try to find info on them. University and teaching/uiversity hospitals often have good websites where doctors list their specialties. Teaching docs tend to consult more with each other in order to keep op on advancements. Also, search the intranet for scientific papers (Pub Med). Another thing to do is to call and talk to the doctors assistant (nurse or physian's assistant -- someone with medical training) and ask them questions about who would be a good doctor for what you have. They may be candid with you. Some docs may actully call you back if you leave them a message explaining that you are hours out of town and need a doctor who knows about what you have. Its worth a shot rather than driving 2 hours to see a lame doc.

Hope it goes well!!
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njmom
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   Posted 4/7/2009 7:52 AM (GMT -7)   
www.castleconnolly.com ranks doctors based upon what their peers think of them.
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