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The following listing includes recommended doctors and practitioners for your thyroid care. Please note that being listed here in the Thyroid Top Doctors Directory doesn't necessarily mean a doctor is the right one for you. The doctor may be an empathetic and warm physician, but not open to working with drugs like Armour or T3 drugs. The doctor may be brilliant and innovative, but have a terrible bedside manner. Or the doctor may be quite costly and not on insurance programs. Always call the doctor's office ahead of time to find out more about the doctor's philosophy, approach, costs, and other important factors before going in for your first appointment. Please let me know if you have feedback -- positive or negative -- about doctors listed here, or would like to recommend your "top" doctor.

Thanks! -- Mary

Become part of the movement for better care! Help keep great doctors in business and encourage more doctors to properly treat thyroid patients by recommending the smart, caring, innovative practitioner who treats your thyroid condition. We might include him or her on the Top Docs Directory! And if you have criticism or feedback about a listed doctor, please let us know now!

Why is a Particular Doctor No Longer Listed?

Doctors who were previously listed here are removed for a number of reasons.
* The doctor has requested that his/her listings be removed because: he/she does not agree with this site’s philosophy or patient-orientation; the practice is too busy and can’t accept new patients; the doctor does not feel comfortable handling complicated thyroid problems; the doctor did not agree with what was said in the patient recommendations; or the doctor said “take me off the list” and offered no explanation.
* The doctor has moved, retired, or died.
* The doctor has lost his/her license, or given up his/her license, and is no longer practicing medicine.
* Patients have provided negative input about the doctor that is of sufficient concern that, in the opinion of the editor, the doctor should no longer be on the Top Thyroid Doctors List.
* Thyroid Top Doctors would face legal concerns if we published specific information about why patients had negative opinions about doctors, or if we shared a doctor’s occasional ranting ”take me off” email, or if we publicized doctors with licensing problems. So please, if you see that a doctor has been taken off the list and want to know why, talk to the doctor directly. If you write to us to ask why a doctor was taken off the list, we’re sorry, but we won’t be able to answer you or share that information.

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Dr. Baissier, General practice/internist/primary care, Tolstraat, Antwerpen, Belgium. A reader writes: "The thyroid, that is his baby. He is an AMAZING DR. Listens to you, takes his time, one of a kind!" (May 2008)


Dr. Robert, Surgeon and Thyroid specialist, St Elizabeth Hospital, Brussels. Tel ** 32 2 3731611. Dr. Robert provides an “excellent assessment of thyroid medication needs, excellent surgery, very open minded but conventional approach.”

Another reader writes:
Dr. Vincent Robert, Otorlaryngology , Ave De Fré, 206, Uccle, 1180 Brussels, Phone: +3223731611/+322 373 18 96, A reader writes: "Extremely accurate in his assessments; confident; top surgeon " (Added: Dec. 04)


Dr. Rodzynek, Endocrinologist, Dr. J.J. Rodzynek, Clinique Antoine Depage 101 Bd. Henri Jaspar, 1060 Brussels, Belgium, 00 32 2 538 61 40.

"I changed endocrinologists three times before finding Dr. Rodzynek. I was exhausted all the time, even after having my thyroid gland removed and taking Levothyroxine. Dr. Rodzynek put me on a thyroid medicine containing both T4 and T3. He also put me on a low sugar diet because my body releases too much insulin each time I eat slow or fast sugar. I started feeling better in a few weeks and in the last year have lost 25 pounds. I feel fantastic and people tell me I look 10 years younger. I have recently moved to France, but return twice a year to Brussels to see Dr. Rodzynek, my savior."(August 2007)


Thierry Hertoghe, Thierry Hertoghe, General practice/internist/primary care, Endocrinologist Avenue van Bever laan 9, Belgium, 1180, 011 32 373668686.

Note: Dr. Hertoghe is no longer seeing patients on a regular basis, but his associates will continue to consult with patients. Patients wishing to consult with Dr. Hertoghe should be aware that they will probably not be seen by him, and that another physician will be responsible for follow-up.

A reader writes:
“Extremely knowledgeable; will test all your hormones to detect possible deficiencies; prescribes Armour and treats adrenal fatigue by prescribing physiological doses of synthetic or natural hydrocortisone and DHEA.” (Added 1/06)

Another reader writes:
A reader writes: "I am a physician and a mother with a child with a hormone disorder. In search of a meaningful diagnosis and treatment plan for my son, I spent years researching specialists in this country. I dragged my child to many 'experts.' Dr. Thierry Hertoghe is the only physician who understood exactly my child's diagnosis, instituted life-saving treatment and has planned follow up." (October 2006)


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All information is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. You should seek prompt medical care for any specific health issues and consult your physician or health practitioner before starting a new fitness regimen.