Recommended Doctor's in the NYC or Rockland County, NY area

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Anthony1977
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   Posted 7/31/2009 9:00 AM (GMT -6)   
i am currently looking to switch GI docs and was wondering if anyone has any recommendations. I am in dire straits and really need to find someone that actually gives a darn. Thank you all!

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princesa
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   Posted 7/31/2009 1:04 PM (GMT -6)   
If I was anywhere near NYC, I'd go see Dr. Ronald Hoffman in a heartbeat. I've debated traveling across country to see him, but now that I've been doing so well, I can't justify the expense.

You can read about him here:
http://www.drhoffman.com/

And his approach to IBD here:
http://www.drhoffman.com/page.cfm/169


Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999. Have been in remission for years with only a few minor blips. Scope on 6/22 showed no inflammation at all.
 
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine. Probiotics, vitamin D, fiber supplement and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice and l-glutamine for gut healing. Mostly grain-free and dairy-free low carb diet.
 
 


yankeespg23
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   Posted 7/31/2009 2:34 PM (GMT -6)   

I go see Dr Ullman in Mount Sinai hospital for my Crohn's. Very caring, listens, Good Doctor. Mount Sinai has G.I specialists for Crohn's and Colits.

Mount Sinai Gasto dept is located at 5 East 98th street, 11th floor. (212) 241-4299


34 yr old Male from NYC, DX with Crohn's in oct of 1987
Resection in 1990
Switching to Remicade, Aug 6th. 2009
Entocort 3mg 3 pills each morning.
Currently on Humira pen shots, 40mg weekly. Cipro 2x a day.
Anemic again, Start Iron infusions August 31.


julee70
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   Posted 7/31/2009 6:01 PM (GMT -6)   
The doctors at Mount Sinai hospital is at the forefront of UC research. I think you would do well with anyone from Mt Sinai.
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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


Old Hat
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   Posted 7/31/2009 8:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Ullmann might be good for Crohn's but he's apparently super-ready to chop out UCers' colons. I wouldn't pick a fanatic when Mt. Sinai has plenty of IBD gastros who are better balanced. Look up the earlier posts on Mt. Sinai where members praise Drs. Steinlauf, Legnani, and others. / Old Hat (30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])

Anthony1977
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   Posted 8/1/2009 6:41 AM (GMT -6)   
thank you for your responses. I actually did try going to steinluaf I believe but they wouldn't take my insurance and the consulation fee was like 800 bucks. I can't afford that at all. Again, thank you all again.

Old Hat
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   Posted 8/1/2009 7:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Alas, that's the problem with 98% of the IBD gastros in NYC. Plus the few who do accept insurance generally hook up with Aetna or Cigna only. You can try looking up the Roberts IBD Center at Weill Cornell in NYC-- because Bosworth & Jacob there accept some insurance. It really is outrageous that people have to suffer with UC itself, then experience so much trouble trying to find a caring, competent gastro who will treat patients on insurance plans. (Not to mention the additional problems with meds!) / Old Hat (30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])

julee70
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   Posted 8/2/2009 9:28 AM (GMT -6)   
I think that Dr Charles Gerson --also at Mt Sinai -- takes insurance and is also very good. He and his wife run the Mind-Body Digestive Center. Here's the website:

http://www.mindbodydigestive.com/about.html

They really do care about treating people holistically and not just throwing drugs at you.
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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


Old Hat
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   Posted 8/2/2009 8:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Another who was recommended on the forum last yr-- Dr. Leon Kavaler. The member picked him because a family member who was a doctor in a different specialty praised him, plus he also accepted insurance. / Old Hat (30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])
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