GI Docs in DC Area

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   Posted 7/6/2009 4:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Group -
I am fairly certain (still a few things to finalize) that I will be relocating from Southern California to the Northern Virginia/Washington DC area later this year. While I'm excited about the move for personal reasons, the biggest concern I have is starting all over with a new GI doctor. Wanted to see if anyone had recommendations for a doctor in the area. I have a great relationship with my GI now and will be asking him if he has any colleagues there, but thought getting a good word from a fellow patient is even more of an endorsement!
I'm 32, have Crohn's colitis, and have only had 2 major flare-ups since diagnosed in 2001 (one was earlier this year...still coming out of it).
**Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2001; diagnosis changed to Crohn's disease in 2009 (but still only impacts colon)
**Asacol (4800 mg daily), 6-MP (100 mg daily -- recently switched from Imuran), Prednisone (8 mg daily...for a few more weeks), Flagyl (250 mg every other day), Nexium (40 mg daily)
GOAL of one day being immunosuppressant free...still working on my doctor on this one but I am a world traveler who desperately wants to go to Africa one day!

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   Posted 7/6/2009 5:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Bookgal77,

I recommend the GI's of Medical Faculty Associates with the George Washington University Hospital. They are alocated in Georgetown one block from a Metro stop. My doc is Dr. Allen Ginsberg. His title is Professor Emeritus in Residence, which means he is part-time. He is really good and hard to get an appointment with, but there are several other good GI docs too. I find Ginsberg to be responsive and very straight forward. GW has an email system that makes it easy to talk to your docs outside of an appointment.

I hope you find a great doc that is right for you!
And welcome to DC!
Diagnosed with Crohn's in early 2007.  Several peri-rectal abscesses and two fistulae with setons.  Allergic to Remicade and Humira.  Currently on 6MP, and vitamins D and B-12.

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   Posted 7/9/2009 7:13 PM (GMT -7)   

I do NOT recommend George Washington University Hospital for IBD many reasons. When my daughter was hospitalized there they used a "GI Service" which was a nightmare and when I asked for Ginsberg, was told he wasn't really actively seeing their patients. "Part-time" seems to be more like never, at least for new patients. 

BUT Dr. I David Shocket, associated  with Washington Hospital Center, and also has offices in Chevy Chase, was a real sweetheart. Great at answering emails and very down-to-earth. His website is


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   Posted 7/9/2009 7:26 PM (GMT -7)   
If you need a rhuematologist as well I recomend Dr. Emma DiIorio in Rockville Maryland (its withing a 1 hour drive-I live in Norther Virginia) Arthritis and Rhuematism Associates.
She is awesome, knowledgable and she returns phone calls herself usually the same day you call her.

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   Posted 7/13/2009 8:10 PM (GMT -7)   


I live in south Central PA and I drive 90 miles to my GI in Baltimore, MD at Johns Hopkins.  It should only be about 45-60 minute drive for you.  My doc is one of the best in the country (Dr. Ted Bayless) and I believe he is accepting new patients. He's the director of the Meyerhoff Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center at Hopkins. Just expect a 6 month wait to get your initial appointment...after that, they'll squeeze you in when you have issues.  The other docs are great as well.  He's been at Hopkins since 1964 and has co-written medical text books on the subject.  I highly recommend Dr. Bayless.  Here is a link:


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Diagnosed at age 26 with small bowel Crohn's disease; also have enteropathic arthritis, fibromyalgia/myofascial pain syndrome, gallstones and gallbladder removal, kidney stones,erythema nodosum, eye inflammation, hiatal hernia, GERD, lactose intolerant, migraines, Vitamin B-12 deficiency
Abnormal MRI containing 9 lesions-recently discovered this was due to inflammation from Crohn's, sore and swollen ankles, experiencing constant headaches, blurred vision-dizziness, nausea, numbness/tingling, vibration sensation while resting, muscle weakness & stiffness, abnormal liver enzymes and high inflammatory marker blood work, Vitamin D deficiency
Current Medications: Nexium

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   Posted 7/14/2009 5:06 AM (GMT -7)   
If your going to Northern Va, by the way I live in Hampton Roads (what we call it) which is basically southeastern VA, with Va Beach and Norfolk, Then I would check out Inova, its a level 1 trauma center, they train students just like other level ones, and its in Fairfax County/Arlington, So you'd be very close to it. I would actually recommend not going into DC just because of the traffic coming and leaving Virginia on I-95. John Hopskins would be good but I wouldnt drive an hour or more when you have Inova one of only like 5 level one trauma center in the state directly near you.

And George Washington University cant be bad at all, I mean many many Senators and the presidents and vice presidents go there. Not for just routine things but serious issues.

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   Posted 7/14/2009 3:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Inova has "campuses" everywhere around here. I have great things to say about them but I don't know their GI docs. They saved my sister and her baby though and their physical therapy department is awesome.
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