Dr. Alan Buchman - Chicago IL

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Date Joined Mar 2007
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   Posted 10/5/2009 12:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone,
I recently moved to Chicago for a new job, and I have a GI appointment tomorrow morning with Dr. Alan Buchman at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Have any other Crohnies seen him? Likes or dislikes? My last GI doctor was pretty abrasive at first, and took some getting used to.
I know how important it is to find a doctor you trust, so I thought I'd try to get some inside information before my appointment tomorrow morning. I was surprised they were able to fit me in the day after I called, but Northwestern Memorial is a pretty big facility.
Thanks for your help!

Post Edited (RedOctober) : 10/5/2009 1:34:27 PM (GMT-6)

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Date Joined Nov 2008
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   Posted 10/6/2009 8:04 PM (GMT -7)   
If you want really good doctors, go to John Stroger Jr.'s Hospital (Cook County Hospital). They are really good. It would be free treatment too. You have to either go through the walk in clinic. They would give you an appointment in 5 months to see a GI. If you go through the ER, you will meet a GI in about 3 weeks. The waiting period to do anything absolutely horrible, but if you are not too busy do it.
27m - Dx January 2005: UC/Crohn's
Entocort 9 mg, Zosyn IV 4.5g x 3, Flucanozole 200mg, Asacol 4 x 3

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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 10/7/2009 7:16 AM (GMT -7)   
This is who i saw Dr. Robert Carroll at the U of I hospital in Chicago.  The meeting went well and i seemed to like him and his staff.  here is his link... good luck
Crohn's since June 2005
Relapse/flare up since Oct. 2007
Been on Pentasa, Asocol. Prednisone, Entocort, Imuran, Protonix, various anxiety meds, painkillers
Humira for 1 month from July 2008-Aug 2008 then contracted histoplasmosis and was in hospital for 11 days in Aug. 2008

Surgery on March 6th 2009
Surgeon clipped my colon during surgery, in hospital for 14 days.  Fistulas formed with immense pain along scar line. Have ostomey bag for now until I get well enough to reverse the bag. (cannot come soon enough!!! I HATE THE BAG!!!)
Out of work from March 6 2009- Sept. 1 2009.

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Date Joined Apr 2009
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   Posted 10/7/2009 10:34 AM (GMT -7)   
I went to Dr. Buchman for about a year and he's no good. He's quite abrasive and has no bedside manner. He'll do a colonoscopy and not even talk to you afterwards. He also does not acknowledge a dietary relationship with crohn's. I would recommend Dr. Ece Mutlu at Rush.

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Date Joined Aug 2009
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   Posted 10/8/2009 9:52 AM (GMT -7)   
I recommend the University of Chicago they are ranked #6 in the country for IBD (Northwestern didn't even break the top 50)

Dr. David Rubin (my doctor) Co-Director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center
Dr. Russell Cohen Co-Director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center
Dr. Stephen Hanauer-Section Chief and the chair of the CCFA's 2009 Advances in IBD a CCFA national conference

For an appointment call 773-702-6140

It takes about 3 months for an appointment but it is definately worth the wait wish I went there sooner!
Crohn's disease, currently no medications, 2 surgeries, ostomy since 2004

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