If your daughter is in the NY Metro Area I would highly recommend going to a GI that is associated with Mount Sinai, it is one of the top GI hospitals in the Country. They have all the resources for IBDs, most of the clinical trials (if you wanted to try that route), excellent nurses who specialize in IBDs, and some of the top GIs in the Country. I have stayed there twice for my UC and I wouldn't go to another hospital for my UC. I love my GI and I couldn't ask for a better doctor (I've meet a lots of GIs over the past few years), unfortuantely he does not take insurance either but I can usually get my insurance company to pay for my visits.
Dr Hoffman..... personally I wouldn't go to a doctor who has his/her name on the side of bottle of supplements that I know he/she would be trying to sell me and on top of that it looks like he has his own radio show. At first glance he looks more like a businessman than a doctor to me. I know there are lots of people out there who pray on people with IBDs....it's real easy to make unfounded claims of treating or curing IBDs but in reality they are just lies to get you to purchase their products. I tried that route too when I was first dx'd but it was a waste of my money and time, I would have been better off taking that money and buying softer toilet paper.
DX'd with Pan-Colitis June 2005
Current Status: Flaring since May
Current Meds: 50 mgs 6-mp, Colocort, Oral Cyclosporine (500 mgs)