Good UC Doctors in SF Bay Area (San Francisco - Oakland - San Jose)

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AKB
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   Posted 3/15/2008 9:57 PM (GMT -6)   
As the subject says, I'm in the market for a new GI. Anyone have any recommendations (or anti-recommendations!) ?

I'm looking for someone that actually reads the latest research and is willing to try new things instead of simply turning to prednisone every time there's an issue. A gentle hand with the flex sigs would also be a plus ;)

Thx
Dx:

Left-sided UC, Jun 2005. Flex-sig only... clear for first 20cms, then inflamed through next 30cms.

Therapies:

Pharmaceutical: Pentasa 3G/day, hydrocort 1x every 7 days
Probiotics: Acidophilus Pearls, Primadophilus Bifidus
Naturals: Caprylic Acid, Methylated B-12, Vit ACDE, Zinc (w/copper), Selenium, Turmeric, Bromelain, Luteolin
Killer Foods: Soda, Fried Food (especially french fries!), Beer, Red Wine, Pepperoncinis


birdiem
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   Posted 3/15/2008 10:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I love my GI in S.F. Her name is Dr. Nguyen with California Pacific Medical Center. Keep me posted on how it goes...
katie; 23
diagnosed with cecal volvulus, 2006; two colon resections in the same year; diagnosed with colitis 2007; malrotated colon; no cecal valve, removed during surgery; gastritis
Amitriptyline to slow gastric emptying; Forvia; Compazine; 2 TSP of apple cider vinegar before meals (weird, but so far I am a believer in it).


AKB
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   Posted 3/29/2008 9:21 PM (GMT -6)   
hi! is it linda nguyen? There's a couple Dr. Nguyen GIs in The City. Thanks!
Dx:

Left-sided UC, Jun 2005. Flex-sig only... clear for first 20cms, then inflamed through next 30cms.

Therapies:

Pharmaceutical: Pentasa 3G/day, hydrocort 1x every 7 days
Probiotics: Acidophilus Pearls, Primadophilus Bifidus
Naturals: Caprylic Acid, Methylated B-12, Vit ACDE, Zinc (w/copper), Selenium, Turmeric, Bromelain, Luteolin
Killer Foods: Soda, Fried Food (especially french fries!), Beer, Red Wine, Pepperoncinis


princesa
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   Posted 3/29/2008 10:13 PM (GMT -6)   
If you're interested in exploring alternative or complementary therapies, I'd highly recommend Dr. Len Saputo, founder of the Health-Medicine Forum and Network. Here's more info:
 
 
 
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999.
 
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine.
Probiotics, l-glutamine and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice. Oregano oil antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal.
 
 


birdiem
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   Posted 3/31/2008 8:32 AM (GMT -6)   
yep, linda nguyen. she's hard to get in touch with, though--i speak from experience! that said--excellent and wonderful doctor. let me know!
katie; 23
diagnosed with cecal volvulus, 2006; two colon resections in the same year; diagnosed with colitis 2007; malrotated colon; no cecal valve, removed during surgery; gastritis
Amitriptyline to slow gastric emptying; Forvia; Compazine; 2 TSP of apple cider vinegar before meals (weird, but so far I am a believer in it).


Old Hat
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   Posted 3/31/2008 10:33 AM (GMT -6)   
I recall that *Jen* posted a couple months ago that she's very satisfied with treatment by Uma Mahadevan at UCal/SF Medical Center. That's a doctor who definitely keeps up with current research, especially on UC & pregnancy issues. / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])

digezy
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   Posted 4/1/2008 1:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Since you listed the Southbay as well, I would suggest Dr. Anamali Veerappan in Fremont.
Diagnosed with UC in 2002
Colazol 3X3
Rowasa X 1
Imuran 100 mg
5th Remicade infusion December 4, 2006
 


me,too
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   Posted 4/1/2008 6:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I recommend Dr. Mary Chan in Menlo Park... She saved my life.

wrxBRAH
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   Posted 4/2/2008 4:08 AM (GMT -6)   
I would suggest NOT going to Dr Bhupinder Bhandari in fremont. Not only do you have to wait 2-3hrs after your scheduled appointment time to actually see him every time but he pretty much never answers any questions on alternative medicines to prednisone/sulfasalazine. Im also in the San Jose area and currently looking for a new GI. If you find a decent one in the area, pls update here so I myself can give him/her a shot aswell.
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