Gastroenterologist recommendation in Wash DC area?

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BenY
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   Posted 12/19/2007 5:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Can anyone recommend a Gastroenterologist they are happy with in the Washington, DC area? Thank you!
 
 

Ben, 38
 
Symptoms started 10/06, diagnosed 4/07.
Currently on 8.75mg Prednisone (w/calcium), trying Sulphasalazine.
 


Rio in Maryland
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   Posted 12/19/2007 3:52 PM (GMT -6)   

I go to Dr. Schulman at Digestive Disease Consultants in Rockville, MD. He takes the time to explain courses of action and shows genuine concern for his patients.  However, since the practice is very busy you won't get him on the phone in-between visits but his nurse will act as a go-between and is prompt at addressing patient queries.  I got his information from the Washingtonian list of 'Best Doctors'.  If Rockville isn't convenient for you then take a look at the list on the Washingtonian website as they have GI specialists in other parts of the DC metro area.  Hope that helps and all the best.


Rio, 31 yr old male - diagnosed with UC in 07/2006.
 
Alternative therapies for several months (SCD, ayurvedic treatment, VSL#3): didn't work and became anaemic. Canasa, 2 daily: remission for a month then flared-up.
07/07-11/07: 4800mg Asacol (6 x 400mg, twice a day) & Aloe Elite.
Completed first (6 week) tapered course of Pred in 10/07, flaring up since coming off it.
Currently on: 12 x 750mg Colazal
12/07: Started Azathioprene 100mg, Pred 60mg for 3 days then taper to 40mg, Entocort 9mg
 


momhatesuc
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   Posted 12/19/2007 9:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I hope there are some good ones! I went to a new doctor today in Alexandria and I was not at all impressed. Maybe I'll check the washingtonian too :)
Leslie, 30~ left-sided UC diagnosed in 1999
9 asacol x day
nightly rowasa (as needed)
multi-vitamin, calcium


UMDTerp2001
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   Posted 12/20/2007 2:31 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been a Kaiser paient since having IBD last year and am now on my 3rd GI. Not at all impressed with their doctors across the board but im sure there are some good ones. My first and second doctors, Dr Bakhshi and Dr Shenk were decent but didnt want to take any time to explain anything or empathize. They did know how to prescribe the right meds which in retrospect is an important aspect of a good GI. My latest GI Dr Butterfield was touted as a good doctor on others recommendations and although my interaction has been minimal given ive been mostly in remission my visit with her was nothing to write home about. I guess with such a complicated disease we expect more feedback more direction than just here take these pills. I have also heard that Johns Hopkins has good doctors which is in the Baltimore area. Best of luck with your choice.

 
 
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- 29 y/o single IT professional male residing in Northern VA, USA
- UC Diagnosis - April, 2006 - Symptoms were sudden and drastic
- GI did not determine type of UC as I was too inflamed during the c-scope
- Completed 3rd Prednisone taper on 4/13/07 - Tapered from early January through mid-April after being hospitalized from a bad flare with anemia & severe joint pain.
- Currently in remission and enjoying life again since getting out of the hospital in early Jan 07' from a nasty flare
- Survive on 4 Colazal/day, 1 GNC Multivitamin, occassional Fish oil & Primal Defense Probiotics
- Enjoy the outdoors, relaxing and spending time with family and friends


momhatesuc
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   Posted 12/20/2007 12:33 PM (GMT -6)   
UMDTerp, I had Kaiser before I recently switched insurance and I LOVED Dr Butterfield. She is very compassionate, and at times when I called A LOT, she would always call me back at a time that was convenient to me (I was a teacher). I hope you find her to be the same :)
Leslie, 30~ left-sided UC diagnosed in 1999
9 asacol x day
nightly rowasa (as needed)
multi-vitamin, calcium


BenY
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   Posted 12/20/2007 6:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks! Yes, Rockville is convenient for me. I'm not so sure about the Washingtonian ratings, since my doctor is on there and I am not so impressed by him. Checkbook Magazine made a list based on recommendations from other doctors. Their top ten gastros are in the area are:

Dr. Lynn Duffy (18 recommendations)
Dr. Gabriel Herman (16)
Dr. Louis Korman (16)
Dr. Donald O'Kieffe (14)
Dr. Pradeep Gupta (14)
Dr. Richard Ranard (13)
Dr. Richard Gelfand (13)
Dr. Michael Albert (11)
Dr. Michael Schindler (11)
Dr. Ian Leibowitz (10)

But its always best to have personal recommendations!
Ben, 38
 
Symptoms started 10/06, diagnosed 4/07.
Currently on 8.75mg Prednisone (w/calcium), trying Sulphasalazine.
 


UC Wife in MD
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   Posted 2/8/2008 12:19 PM (GMT -6)   

I would NOT recommend Dr. Robert Hardi.  My husband has been seeing him for about a year and it has been the worst year of our lives.  He seems to just treat symptoms and not the underlying cause.  I feel like he doesn't really care about my husband and he's just another body to see.  In retrospect I think the Dr. made some very bad decisions regarding putting my husband on certian medications and taking him off of others.

We are looking for a new GI Dr.

I should add, my husband has lost 60 pounds in the last six months and he wasn't a big guy to begin with.  He's 5'9" and 116 lbs, was 175lb.

And Hardi just says wait for the appointment next week.

Post Edited (UC Wife in MD) : 2/8/2008 12:03:03 PM (GMT-7)

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