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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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Marco F. Manzoni Endocrinology Scientific Institute San Raffaele Via Olgettina, 60 Milan, Italy +390226431

A reader writes: "He saved my life!" (Added 11/02)

Another reader writes:
"The best doctor in Italy! I suggest his professional support in any case of endocrine disease." (June 2008)

A reader writes:
"I never knew such an expert and kind doctor. He followed me through my complex disease from the very beginning to the unexpected and joyfull solution." (March 2009)


Dr. Enrico Macchia, Associate Professor of Endocrinology at the Department of Endocrinology University of Pisa, Italy. Address: Dipartimento di Endocrinologia dell'Università di Pisa, Presidio Ospedaliero di Cisanello, Via Paradisa 2, 56124 Pisa, Italy Phone: 0039,050995013 Fax: 0039,0623319814

Reggio Emilia

Roberto Valcavi, Edno, Unita Operativa di Endrocrinologia - Unit of Endocrinology, Reggio Emiglia, Italy, 42100, 011-39-0522-29-6537. A reader writes: "This doc was GREAT! From across the world, he was able to listen and help. Thank you Valcavi!" (Added: June 2004)

Another fan:
"He is what we call a professional! Not only he saved my husband's thyroid, but he also proved wrong all best (?!) doctors in Parma who had assured his thyroid had to be removed with urgency! Thank God we sought his advice. He is skilled and humble, always helpful. One more thing: he remembers his many patients (coming from all over Italy) by name, even when he meets them in the street... he does not just think you are a serial number: he really cares. This is what we all look for in a doctor. And there are so few of them REAL GOOD GOOD GOOD DOCTORS! Well, he is definitely one of them!). Thank you, doctor. And thank God, for you exist." (Added 1/06)


Vincenzo Bacci, Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, Via Nizza, 22, Rome, Italy 00186, +39 06 841-3992, / www,
A reader writes: "Fully American trained. Perfect English. Excellent physician." (Added: June 2004)


Dominique Van Doorne, Endocrinologist, Villa Margherita, Rome, Italy, 06 2751, "She is very patient and thorough. She is well up-to-date on recent thyroid developments. She speaks good English." (Added 4/04)


Tullio Nazzareno, Surgeon, Clinica San Luca, Via Teano 8 , Rome, Italy, +39337802696, A reader writes: "he is a surgeon of big experience." (Added Apr 06)


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IMPORTANT NOTE: Mary Shomon, the patients who have recommended these physicians and practitioners, or physicians and practitioners who have recommended/listed themselves make no guarantees or warranties, expressed or implied, as to the accuracy or validity of the information provided here. Mary Shomon, patients writing in to recommend their doctors, and the doctors/practitioners themselves assume no responsibility for any services provided by listed physicians or practitioners. It is your responsibility to investigate any physician with whom you plan to have a consultation, and you consult with physicians listed here expressly at your own risk.

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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.