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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. Grant Phillips, surgeon, Westville Hospital Medical Centre, 031-2651086. A reader tells us, "this man is special. You are not just a patient, you are more like a partner. He does not let you out of his rooms until he is 100% satisfied that you understand a situation and can cope with it. Half my battle was won from the moment I entered his rooms. He wouldn’t even see my husband until he was confident that I was completely in the picture. These facts were just as important to me as the fact that he is a first class surgeon."


Dr. Dale Hacking, oncologist, Durban Oncology Centre, 031-2618221. Writes this reader, "First, he tells no lies. Second, you are a person learning new facts not a patient being told what to do and when, just the why’s. Third, he is such a positive personality that you can only benefit from being around him even when he has something to say that you don’t want to hear."


Dr Fraser Pirie, Endocrinologist, c/o Medical School, Durban, South Africa, 4000, +27 031 264111,

"After becoming acutely ill and being rendered helpless and hopeless within a short space of time, I was referred to Dr Fraser Pirie (endocrinologist) by my treating surgeon. Dr Pirie is a quiet spoken, meticulous man who accurately and rapidly diagnosed me Hashimoto's Encephalopathy. Once on steroids it was like someone had given me back my computer screen, I was now able to access information from my brain, function physically and be a human being again. He admits to being involved with one other case in his career but has spent time researching for my benefit and assisting me every step of the way. I'm happy that this has had positive spin off to a prominent neurologist Dr Colin Wolpe who has since done research and will certainly be viewing patients with similar symptoms in a different light."(August 2007)


Dr. Gurtunca, Pediatric Endocrinologist, Donald Gordom Medical Centre, 17 Eton Road Parktown, Johannesburg, 2711-3566518, "Dr. Gurtunca is an extremely approachable. My daughter is only eight and has congenital hypothyroidism and we travel from Zimbabwe to see her. We are most impressed." (Added 4/04)


Dr Johan Cillie, Gynecologist Femina Clinic, Pretoria (012) 324 4400. A reader shares, "He helped me with so many problems, miscarriages, etc., and he always is very understanding and trying to help giving good and proper medication. He does not look at only blood tests to make a decision."

Suite 112, Curamed Kloof Hospitaal, 511 Jochemus Street, Erasmuskloof Ext 3, Pretoria, Gauteng 0048, 012 367 4367. A reader writes: ""Helped me through pregnancy and gave sensible great help." (October 2006)


Dr Sterna Franzsen Gynecologist, Pretoria East Hospital. Phone number (012) 9984221, (012) 9984222. A reader tells us, "Dr Franzsen is very open minded and will answer any questions on thyroid related problems without being condescending at all. She is very pro the patient finding out about their condition by reading books and researching on the Internet. She will spend time discussing anything related to research that the patient has done. She does not force her opinion on the patient and is very knowledgeable on improving health via nutrition. I really recommend her."


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