San Francisco Bay Area GI Recommendation

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AKB
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   Posted 2/2/2009 2:17 AM (GMT -6)   
As the title says, I'm looking for a GI in the SF Bay Area. Sutter Health would be best, as I know my insurance will cover it.

How do I define a good GI? Gentle, understanding, and open to trying new approaches-- not set in the ways he/she was taught 30 years ago in med school.

Thx in advance guys,
AKB
Dx:

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

Therapies:

Pharmaceutical: Lialda 2/day, Rowasa/hydrocort as needed
Probiotics: Primadophilus Bifidus
Naturals: Caprylic Acid, Vit ABCDE, Zinc, Turmeric, Bromelain, Fish Oil, Flax Oil


qazwsx12
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   Posted 2/2/2009 7:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm about to try a doctor at UCSF Medical Center. A lot of the doctors there are also professors at the university and are active in current research. I was told by my old doctor to check out UCSF doctors. I'm hoping it's a pretty good place.

Old Hat
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   Posted 2/3/2009 6:44 PM (GMT -6)   
There are a couple members here who have praised Uma Mahadevan at UCSF's Med School. / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])

*Jen*
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   Posted 2/6/2009 12:12 AM (GMT -6)   
I see Uma, thanks to Old Hat's recommendation.  She is good and not one of those "old stuffy men" that so many GIs are...haha.  But, she is still a doctor.  Doctor's live and breath scientific fact and base things on studies, so if you are looking for someone that is going to tell you to go for a lot of non-traditional treatments, I would not describe her that way, though I haven't really discussed that with her so I can't say she wouldn't at least hear you out.  I have relatively minor UC so I haven't had to see her that much(only 2 visits) but I do like her and drive all the way from San Jose to see her.  The thing I love the absolute MOST about her is she actually checks and responds to e-mail and very quickly.  So it isn't like you have to wait to get an appointment to get help asap.  I find that when my flare is starting I need to catch it quickly and up meds or change meds and she doesn't mind answering by e-mail and calling prescriptions into your pharamacy.  Not sure what insurance she takes.  I have Aetna.  Good luck Neighbor!  Nice to see someone from the bay area on here.

Diagnosed: 
Officially Diagnosed with UC in June 2003.  Have had stomach issues since 1989.  Unknown if they are related or not.  Have mild/moderate UC.  Have had 4 flares, the last one caused by hormones from stopping breastfeeding.  Currently back in remission!  Only taking 6 Asacol a day.   Will take Rowasa enemas as needed. Colozal did not work for me.  Luckily my UC is relatively minor and responds well to meds, but man do those flares hurt!
 
 


Lonie
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   Posted 2/6/2009 8:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Gosh, her name sure rang a bell with me. I had forgotten that about 5 years ago I was going to be in one of her studies at UCSF. In the mean time, I had found an incredible GI up here in Sac, and he was also on the cutting edge of things, so I decided to go another route, but I hear the GI center at UCSF is incredible. Actually, my nephew had two liver transplants there at the ages of 11 & 12...and is now 26 years old and doing very well.

Carol

Remicade - will have my 27th infusion on March 19 Vitamin B-12/Biotin, Probiotics
 
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AKB
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   Posted 2/6/2009 3:43 PM (GMT -6)   
wow, thanks for all the info guys! :) Much appreciated
Dx:

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

Therapies:

Pharmaceutical: Lialda 2/day, Rowasa/hydrocort as needed
Probiotics: Primadophilus Bifidus
Naturals: Caprylic Acid, Vit ABCDE, Zinc, Turmeric, Bromelain, Fish Oil, Flax Oil

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