How do you pick a GI doctor when moving to a new area?

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   Posted 7/27/2009 6:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm going away to school and don't know anyone in the area. I did a search on the CCFA website and see the nearest GI is about 45 minutes away. There is a large group as well as a few individual doctors. Right now I'm going to a doctor who is part of a large group and have mixed feelings about him and the way things are run there. Is there any kind of research I can do on the doctors in my area to see if there are any problems or who is good? I also need a GP so I was thinking of asking whichever GI I get for a referral.

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   Posted 7/28/2009 12:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Click on the state and you can narrow it down I think to city and the specialty field.
Hope this helps.
The other thing is to ask here  specifically for doctors names in what city, etc.
*Heather* Status: flaring...Asacol 3 twice daily; Salofalk enemas nightly
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 @ 2x daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance 
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(RenewLife Ultimate Flora Critical Care + Primadophilus Reuteri). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!

puffed rice
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   Posted 7/28/2009 6:31 AM (GMT -6)   
When I moved last time I asked the specialist that I was with to refer me to one in the area where I was moving to and they do know of  doctors in different cities.  This way I didn't have to go searching around for someone good and they made my first appointment so I didn't have to wait and go through my family doc to get a referal. 
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis 1995
Salofalk Tablets  2pills -3xday
salofalk suppositories or cortifoam nightly when needed
Bio-K Probiotic (evening) ultimate flora critical care probiotic (morning)
metamucil nightly
cut out all wheat-finally in remission

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   Posted 7/28/2009 8:16 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm with Puffed Rice, ask your current GI to recommend a new GI for you in your new city. GIs network so he/she is bound to refer you to someone good.

dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free

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   Posted 7/28/2009 4:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Insurance coverage, take note of how they run their office, then trust my instincts.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering. Asacol maintenance for 20+ years; used prednisone & Rowasa for flares.  Probiotics (Ultimate Flora, 50 billion), salmon oil (omega-3) when I can remember. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed wheat/gluten, other intolerances; eliminated wheat/gluten from my diet.
Bad flare in March, used prednisone. Humira denied, started Remicade 4/12 and doing great~ learning what normal is~ wow

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   Posted 7/28/2009 6:14 PM (GMT -6)   
i post right here in this forum... we have wonderful people here who are great help. I recently relocated to california and the members helped me choose not only the doctor but also which is a better insurance in this area...Sweetie & Lonie were a great help... Carol(lonie) has been SUPER-SUPER help ... she helped me choose my GP, GI and even gynecologist.
UC forum : Dx Jan'2009: Canasa suppositories 1000 nightly - worked for 2 months then re-flare
13 may: canasa 1000 X2 daily for 2 weeks; 30May: LialdaX2 started on 30th may.
Symptoms: Mucus, blood, constipated (not always), Lots Gas
Also started Probiotic from 23 Mar & fresh Turmeric root from 25 March'09- stopped both on 10th May
Thyroid Forum: Dx in Dec'08, levothyroxine from 50mcg to 75 mcg in June'09 :-(

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   Posted 7/30/2009 11:18 AM (GMT -6)   
If there's a good hospital in the area, you could call the head of GI medicine and ask who they would recommend for a young person with UC.
UC for the last ten years
Current Meds: 6MP since 2006, Lialda, Asacol foam, Lomotil
Past Meds: You name it; I've tried it. (Asacol, Colazol, Pentasa, DiPentum, Rowasa, Canasa, Cortenema, sulfasalazine, Cortifoam)
Alternative treatments I have had success with: Acupuncture, Hypnotherapy

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   Posted 7/30/2009 1:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the help everyone. When I was first diagnosed my GP recommended me to a GI doctor and he was horrendous. I was a good athlete and had never been sick before then so I didn't know any better than to listen 100% to the doctor which was big mistake. That whole experience has made me realize the importance of a good doctor. The area I'm going is pretty far from where I live now, so I'm not sure my current GI would know anyone. There is a hospital in the area so I'll try that in addition to asking my current doctor. Its nice to know I can run things by people in this forum.

Where I'm relocating is in the Salt Lake City area. These are the ones listed on the CCFA website. Has anyone been successful in asking the CCFA for advice?

Mark E. Boschert ,M.D.
Mountain West GI
6360 South 3000 East
Ste 310
Salt Lake City, UT 84121

Peter O. Fenton ,M.D.
Mountain West Gastroenterology
6360 South 3000 East
Ste 310
Salt Lake City, UT 84121

Gordon E. Harmston ,M.D.
Mountain West GI
6360 South 3000 East
Ste 310
Salt Lake City, UT 84121

Robert G. Jones ,M.D.
Mountain West GI
5770 S 250 E
Salt Lake City, UT 84107

Peterson Kathy, M.D.
30 N. 1900 E. Suite 4R118
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
(801) 581-7804

Pedersen Peder
Gastroenterology Associates
1250 E 3900 S, #360
Salt Lake City, UT 84124
(801) 263-3041

Michael Sossenheimer ,M.D.
Mountain West GI
6360 South 3000 East
Ste 310
Salt Lake City, UT 84121

Griffin John A.
1220 E 3900 S
Suite 4D
Salt Lake City, UT 84124

Thompson Kimberly
Primary Children's Medical Center
100 North Medical Drive Suite 2650
Salt Lake City, UT 84113

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   Posted 7/30/2009 9:59 PM (GMT -6)   
You could check out the University of Utah Medical Center to find out whether any gastroenterologists there treat IBD patients. RE CCFA listings: yes, I got my gastro from their NY listings in 1990. This doctor happened to have been trained by a gastro who co-founded CCFA in 1967, Dr. Henry Janowitz. Someone I worked with occasionally consulted Dr. Janowitz about GI problems & told me that if anyone could figure out what was going wrong, HE was the gastro to see. And he trained his grad doctors very well! / Old Hat (30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])
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