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THYROID TOP DOCTORS DIRECTORY

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
TELL US ABOUT YOUR DOCTOR!

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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Cranston

Dr. Raymond Maxin , Primary Care Physician/Gerontologist, Oaklawn Avenue, Cranston, RI 02920, 464-4417. A patient writes: "He is very caring, takes time with his patients and is understanding and thoughtful. Dr. Maxim is brilliant when it comes to medical care and used up to the minute resources and information." (Added 1/06)

Cranston

Robert Ortiz -- NO LONGER LISTED

Lincoln

Nathan Beraha, Pediatric Cardiology, Anchor Pediatrics, Lincoln, RI 02865, 793-8484, A reader writes: "He is just the best pediatrician and cardiologist around!" (Added June 2005)


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N. Providence

Dr. Wassid Azer M.D., General practice/internist/primary care, Other, 1630 Mineral Spring Ave, N. Providence, RI 02904, N. Providence RI, 02904, 401-632-4000
Dr. Azer is a Great M.D. that takes the time to listen and treat you... He is not a Doctor to be told what you need by some HMO, He will fight for any and all treatment and meds you need to feel better. DR. Azer and his staff always get you into his office without waiting! And when you show up at you appointment you will never wait more then 5-mins in the waiting room. Also the Girls that run the office (Missy & Ninette) are always there to help you!" (August 2007)

Providence

Dr. Paul Akerman Gastroenterology 25 Staniford Street 2nd floor Providence, RI 401-421-8800 A reader writes: "I was having some serious problems with stomach pain, vomiting and others. My current doctor, at the time, was not listening to me so I was referred to Dr. Akerman by a friend's retiring doctor. After getting orders for some tests from my original doctor but having the results to Dr. Akerman, I was diagnosed with Crohns disease by him, even though I had not even met with him at all. Once we met at my first appointment, he scheduled me for some follow-up tests to verify his initial findings, began treatment and it was like night and day as to how I began to feel. He listens well, has a great sense of humor, is young enough to stay on top of the newest advances. He was recently listed as a top doctor in RI Monthly magazine as a doctor who other doctors would go to if they needed to be treated for gastro problems. Enough said." (Added 11/02)

Providence

Dr. Frank B. D’Alessandro internal medicine and endocrinology 1515 Smith Street Providence, RI (401) 353-1110. "He is very personable and a good listener," this reader shares. "He feels standard thyroid tests are not that reliable and bases diagnosis on free T3 and free T4 tests as well as some others. He seems open minded in this controversial field."

Providence

Endocrinologist/surgeon, 153 Waterman Ave. Providence, RI (401)273-2450. This doctor is described as an "excellent surgeon, caring, compassionate - recently operated on me for thyroid cancer."

Another reader recommends Dr. Monchik:

"Amazing and refreshing to have a surgeon that cares for his patients above and beyond what is expected-he is giving surgeons a better reputation in Rhode Island." (Added 2/03)

Another reader recommends Dr. Monchik:
"I have never been so confident in a Doctor. . . . because he deserves it! I just had ca and Dr. Monchik removed my thyroid 9 mos. ago." (Added 4/03)

Another fan:
"Doctor monchik is informative, caring, and did a great job during surgery. he also takes pride in his skills." (Added 1/06)

A reader writes:
"Dr. Monchik, first was recommended to me by my regular endocrinologist. I found him to be compassionate, personable, caring and was willing to take time to answer all my questions. As a singer, he addresses my concerns honestly and professionally. I have never been so comfortable with a doctor before. I have no doubts he's the best in the business." (Added Apr 06)

Another recommendation:
A reader writes: "I just had a parathyroid gland removed a little over two weeks ago. I was concerned about the scar, yet it looks fantastic already! I think Dr. Monchik's expertise is why the scar at less than three weeks old, looks great! Dr. Monchik is kind and genuine and I felt at ease going into surgery." (June 2006)

Providence

Robert J. Dobrzynski, Diabetes & Endocrinology, 49 Seekonk Street, Providence, Rhode Island, 401-351-7100. A reader writes: "Dr. Dobrzynski is a compassionate, kind doctor. He understood my concerns re: "residual" symptoms that other doctors refused to treat. I've been to a few others, including Lahey Clinic and there is no comparison to the treatment I'm currently getting with Dr. Dobrzynski. I'm finally exhaling after three years, knowing that I'm going to be the person I was before hypothyroidism!" (June 2006)

Another fan:
"Dr. Dobrinski treats you as if you are his only patient for the day. He is thorough and easy to talk to. I found him to be up to date on his thyroid knowledge and was recommended to me by another patient. Finally a Doctor who understands the complexities of the thyroid!" (August 2007)

Wakefield

Beatriz Demoranville Endocrinology 481 Kingstown Rd. Wakefield, RI 401-783-5044. "She is a warm and caring woman. She spends a lot of time listening to her patients. I never feel rushed when I visit her. She also understands my emotional needs and how having thyroid cancer has affected my life." (Added 6/03)

A reader writes:
"I feel that Dr. Demoranville makes every attempt to listen to what I am telling her. She treats the symptoms, not just the numbers. I don't feel like I am just an insurance claim like I have with other doctors. She is sensitive to my needs. I have heard this from others I know who see her." (Added October 2007)

A reader writes:
"Beatriz Demoranville is the best! I highly recommend her to anyone whom is dealing with thyroid disease. She cares about her patients and she doesn't rush you. And she has helped me so much to give me the correct dosage for my thyroid, so that it doesn't worsen. She's the best!" (May 2008)

Warwick

Dr. Nathalie Campbell, Endocrinologist, Tollgate Road, Warwick, RI, 02888, Ph/Fax: 401-7371485.

Note: some patients report that while they find Dr. Campbell caring and knowledgeable, she tends to cancel appointments at the last minute, and then rescheduling in a timely manner can be difficult.

Note: some patients report that while the doctor is great, the office and its billing are disorganized, and getting followup is difficult. (March 2009)

A reader writes:
"I had been dealing with symptoms of both hypo and hyperthyroidism for several years and each Dr. only treated the one according to my blood tests until I developed thyroid storm and Dr. Campbell got involved. With thorough evaluation and appropriate tests, it was found that one lobe was hypothyroid and the other lobe hyperthyroid and they were battling each other. She worked very closely with my GP and the cardiologist to get the best result. None of the other MDs had been as thorough. She is warm, compassionate, listens to what you say and is willing to Rx Amour Thyroid. She is in such demand it may take several months to be seen unless your Dr. contacts her them self. My only option will be surgical removal of my thyroid, but she is willing to work with you whichever way you want to go. She has recommended Dr. Jack Monchik. I will rate him after my surgery." (May 2008)

Another reader writes:
"I got her name from this website. She is wonderful and knowledgeable. She is also the only doctor I've visited willing to prescribe Armor." (May 2008)
A reader writes:

"Dr. Campbell is a compassionate and caring endocrinology doctor. She is very knowledgeable and she makes you feel like you are her only patient. She is concerned about all the ways my hypothyroidism affects me - including my mental status and helps me cope with the ongoing treatment and possible surgical removal of my thyroid. She also recommended Dr. Monchik of Providence, RI to me as the top endocrinology surgeon in RI." (Added Dec. 2006)

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