While living in Massachusetts, I was referred to Dr. Present about ten years ago, in the midst of a terrible flare. I liked him a lot and I think he saved my colon. I was hospitalized and treated with IV cyclosporine. Since then, I have had only minor flares (knock wood).
I recently moved to New York and decided not to use him as my regular GI because he doesn't take insurance. I now see Dr. Leon Kavaler who I like and who takes my insurance. He is associated with Mt. Sinai and promised to refer me to Dr. Present, if a problem arises. I should add, however, that I have only had one office visit with him and a colonoscopy. He was recommended to me by a cousin who is a doctor at Mt. Sinai, but not a GI. Hope this is helpful.
Diagnosed UC 1975.
Azulfidine Entabs 500 mg. 4 twice a day
Azathioprine 100 mg per day
Colocort - as needed
Folic acid, vitamins C and D, multivitamin, metamucil, fish oil, turmeric
Hospitalized 1997 - intravenous cyclosporine.