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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
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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.
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Aberdeen

Dr Quentin, GP Camphill Medical Practice Myrtle Estate North Deeside Road, Cults, Aberdeen 01224- 868935 Dr Quentin was willing to listen to me and help me despite having a TSH level in the normal range. He accepts that the normal range is not always a guide to being well. He is also has a holistic approach which includes homeopathy. I have being working with him to lower my TSH is sub 2 levels but more importantly to make me feel better. He is on the NHS.

Ascot

Dr Scott, Consultant. Heatherwood Hospital, Ascot. This reader "saw a request for Windsor area GP. My consultant at Heatherwood was excellent. My GP in the area referred me as soon as he knew I had been diagnosed with Grave’s Saw Dr Scott on NHS - he was very patient and friendly Although treatment on the NHS was not lightning fast my disease was methodically controlled."

Bedfordshire

Dr N Finer, Endocrinologist, Luton Dunstable Hospital, Dunstable Road, Luton, A reader writes: "Kind, caring and very experienced in his field. Keeps a keen interest in what is going on in the world - lectures and appears on many TV programmes to educate the public.

Birmingham/London/Sway/Scotland

Dr. Gordon RB Skinner, M.D., 22 Alcester Rd, Moseley, Birmingham, B13 8BE phone/fax 01214498895. http://www.thyroideducation.com

Dr. Skinner is a private practitioner in the UK, with particular interest in patients with thyroid problems. He holds clinics in Birmingham and Scotland. "I think he is a Top Doc because one of the first things he said to me was "Patient first, blood test results later," said one patient.

Another reader on Dr. Skinner:
A reader recommends Dr G.R.B.Skinner, virologist, 22 Alcester Road-- Moseley-- Birmingham B13 8BE Tel 0121 449 8895. "Gordon Skinner is the author of BMJ article in one of Mary's links which is how I found him -- Bless you-- Mary. He is very kind and knowledgeable -- watch wicked sense of humour! And takes a common sense approach to treatment with synthetic thyroxine and Armour if necessary. Although based in Birmingham he holds clinic in Scotland."

Another reader writes of Dr. Skinner:
"After 27 years of an undiagnosed overactive thyroid I finally had it treated with radio iodine. When I started to feel ill again quite soon after treatment I was dismissed as 'cured' with a 'normal' T4 reading. My husband then became ill and was diagnosed with depression-- although he had severe physical symptoms he had no feeling of depression. After we both battled for several years with our GP's we heard about Dr. Skinner. He listened-- and he gave us hope. In my husband's case he was diagnosed immediately as having an underactive thyroid and put on a course of thyroxine. In my case he explained that it could be my parathyroid had been damaged during treatment-- or following breast cancer and a thyroid disorder-- maybe I have a problem with my adrenal glands. Whatever-- I was made aware that no stone would be left unturned until he found out what was wrong with me. I was so impressed that on my second visit I asked him to see my son who has not been fit for quite a few years. Although he had been tested and found to have thyroid antibodies-- his GP would not treat him for his symptoms because he blood test levels were within the normal reference range. Well he too is now on a T4 -T3 thyroxine supplement and doing well. Dr. Skinner has turned this family around 2 out of 3 are now fit and well-- and I have great hopes of being well as soon as my problems are found out.

Another fan for Dr. Skinner:
"My GP told me that the reason for my extreme fatigue was because I had 2 young children. My thyroid test (which I had to ask for) came back 'normal'. I asked to be referred to Dr Skinner because a friend of mine was seeing him and he changed my life. I have energy again!!! My GP is still sticking to the blood tests and says that I am now overactive. I would rather listen to a doctor who is not afraid to go by the patients' symptoms instead of sticking to a broad band blood test no matter what."

Yet more praise for Dr. Skinner:
"Excellent practitioner. He listens!!! He is reassuring and very knowledgeable. He puts you at complete ease .He recognises the patients needs first and foremost. A life saver. One warning -beware of the wicked sense of humour." (added 1/04)

A reader writes:
"Dr Skinner is a wonderful Dr and one of the few that really understands hypothyroidism. I was bloated, overweight and looked 20 years older than my 42 years until Dr Skinner sorted out my thyroid . He listens to the patient." (Added: June 2004)

Yet another reader writes:
"I believe that Dr Skinner has actually saved my life. He was the first specialist to listen to me and not rip me off. He observed me and interviewed me for close to two hours and in the end told me to not give up my hopes of getting better. Despite the opinions of other doctors, thanks to him, I as yet have no need of a hysterectomy." (Added 6/05)

More fans:
"I found Dr Skinner through the UK Thyroid support Group nearly 6 years ago after 10 years of misery feeling so very poorly - I had blood tests several times over the years before I met him and they all appeared 'normal' by my GP and several consultants. I was told I had a stressful job - needed a diet - needed a hobby and on it went - I was absolutely at my lowest. My first consultation identified my hypothyroidism and Dr Skinner told me I had been hypothyroid for years. I wept with the relief. He is so compassionate and understands the wretchedness of this silent disease as so many fail to get diagnosed. I see him regularly either in Scunthorpe or wakefield as he has clinics all over the UK. I know the battle he has with mainstream endocrinologists who will only be guided by out of date and simplistic blood tests. I am treated with Armour Thyroid as I respond better." (Added June 2005)

Another fan:
Really listens and understands put me on T3 after years of feeling unwell l feel like a light has gone on and l no longer need antidepressants and am know looking for work. He is the only person who has not treated me as if l was a ranting female. My endocrinologist did not listen although money was wasted on sending me for tests for ME and Fibromyalgia. He is not expensive and well worth a visit and funny too.

Dr. Skinner needs his own page
"I have had years of feeling so tired and run down - always attributable to stress or lifestyle. Blood tests always showed as 'normal', but actually were at the low end of the scale. I saw Dr Skinner in late August 2005 and can not begin to explain how different I now feel. I have more energy and enthusiasm for life. I no longer feel that I can't get out of bed in the morning. He does have a 'wicked' sense of humour. But more importantly he listened to what I said and responded. I am so glad that I took the courage to call for the appointment and see him." (Added Apr 06)

A reader writes:
"When my TSH blood test results came back as 'normal' and after undergoing sleep tests etc in hospital under a consultant because I couldn't keep awake, and also had numerous signs & symptoms of an underactive thyroid condition which were ignored and told I probably had ME and to live with it with the help of anti depressants. 3 years ago I found Dr G Skinner and travelled to Birmingham from Blackpool to his surgery. It was such a relief to have a Dr that actually understood and could treat me. I started to feel the difference after a week although its taken 3 years to regain full health. If I had not found a Doctor who was prepared to listen and treat me I know I wouldn't have been here today as life wasn't worth living. I am now able walk again able to get up and go to work. Thank God for Dr Skinners medical knowledge and why can't other doctors follow the same practices?" (Added Apr 06)

Another recommendation:
A reader writes: "My Gp diagnosed me as borderline, & wanted me to wait another 3 months to do more tests even though i was suffering all the symptoms of an underactive Thyroid. So i went to see Dr Skinner who had treated my mother once and turned her life around. Dr Skinner looked at my test results telling me that i was quiet low and started me on Thyroxine. He wrote to my Gp who is now treating me. This has saved me months & months of waiting around and suffering unnecessarily." (June 2006)

Another recommendation:
A reader writes: "Dr Skinner literally saved my life. I now have a life. Passing out all the time, weak unable to keep my eyes open after a full days work, I was the walking dead. Within the NHS not so much as a stethoscope was put to my chest, nor my pulse felt when my heartbeat was barely detectable and my pulse was down to 40 beats a minute. Dr Skinner took the time to do a proper examination and above all he listened. I have nothing but praise and admiration for him. I have since switched myself over to Armour, not through the NHS, as I no longer trust them or their limited tests. Thank God for Doctors like Gordon Skinner, without his tireless work, some of us might not be here today enjoying a quality of life denied us by arrogant endocrinologists and general practitioners. " (June 2006)

A reader writes:
"Dr Gordon Skinner turned my life around just as he has done for so many people. I never stop recommending him to friends and acquaintances who are 'hypothyroid', I dread the day when Dr Skinner retires. I am so appreciative of his expertise. Sites like this are superb - keep up the good work. " (March 2009)

Bristol

Chris Wong, Endocrinologist, Surgeon, The Glen BUPA Bristol, Redland Hill, Durdham Down, Bristol, BS6 6UT. 0117 973 2562 christopher.wong@nbt.nhs.uk. A reader writes: "Mr Wong was trained in Cardiff and in the South West in endocrine surgery. Under the guidance of the late Professor Farndon, Mr Wong was awarded a PhD in the research of endocrine diseases. Mr Wong provides surgical care for the full spectrum of endocrine surgical diseases especially in complicated and re-do neck surgery." (October 2006)

Bristol

Dan Brett -- not listed (see Onmedica site for info on his practice philosophy)

Cambridge

Dr. Angus Stewart GP, Trumpington St. Medical Practice, Trumpington Street, Cambridge, 01223 361611. "Dr. Stewart listens. He has always been prepared to prescribe me the things I need when he his able, especially when I've given him research from the internet to back up my ideas. A truly helpful GP who works with me to improve my health. Highly recommended." (Added 6/02).

Cardiff

Dr Peter Evans, Endocrinologist, BUPA Cardiff, Cardiff, 02920735515. A reader writes: "Dr Evans was approachable and i felt able to talk and ask about anything (unlike with my GP). I took a friend to take notes and he was happy with this. He said he liked the fact i was well informed. His approach was conventional, but he said for me to carry on with alternative therapies if they worked for me and were overseen by qualified practitioners. I liked his treatment plan and he wasn't expensive and i spent an hour with him and was not rushed. He holds evening clinics at BUPA. I was impressed by him, and left a lot happier than I entered!" (June 2006)

Cranleigh

Dr. Clarke, General Practitioner, Cranleigh Health Centre, Cranleigh, Surrey UK. "After 5 years on antidepressants under another doctor, and missing out on most of my university years due to illness, he diagnosed me on my second visit and was a wealth of information as well as being open to questions and new ideas" (Added 6/02).

Crawley

Barry Durrant-Peatfield --no longer listed

Dublin, Ireland (Periodically London, England)

Dr. Patrick Magovern, MB, MICGP, D OBST(RCPI), CAFCI General practice/internist/primary care, Holistic/complementary/alternative MD, 3 Drummartin Road, Goatstown, Dublin, Ireland 14, T: 353 (1) 296 5993 F: 353 (1) 296 6189, http://www.integrativemedonline.com/Thyroid_Adrenal_Problems.html http://www.drummartinclinic.ie/medical-philosophy.html

A reader shares:
"Dr. Magovern is a private practitioner of Integrative Medicine based in Dublin, who holds regular surgeries in London. He is a wonderful doctor and healer. His approach is a complementary one, using conventional as well as alternative methods, including nutritional medicine, homeopathy, acupuncture and identification of food intolerances. The great thing about him is that HE LISTENS TO YOU WHEN YOU DESCRIBE YOUR SYMPTOMS and does something about the cause of them. He is knowledgeable about thyroid problems (and is pro-T3). He will treat you himself (or suggest further specialist treatment if necessary). He is not "protectionist" and is concerned with getting you better, whatever that takes. The emphasis is on treating the root cause of a patient’s symptoms, not merely suppressing the symptoms, and he is enthusiastic about trying to help the patient who has "been everywhere" with his or her problem. I went to Dr. Magovern with an already-diagnosed hypothyroid condition which I felt had not been properly addressed for five years, as well as other symptoms, including lack of energy, depression and migraine. He has helped me tremendously with the thyroid problem and the other symptoms and has helped me to regain some of my confidence and general vitality through a combination of conventional and natural remedies. My husband went to him on my recommendation with irritable bowel syndrome and other stomach disorders from which he had not felt well for many years. He is a new man thanks to Dr. Magovern. We cant recommend him highly enough. Please consult his website as it will give you a good idea of what he has to offer."

A reader writes:
"He does prescribe Armor and takes his time with patients. He does not tell patients they are "just depressed;" nor does he make snap diagnoses. He does not have a "doctor is God" attitude." (May 2008)

A reader writes:
I went to see Dr Patrick Magovern based on the recommendation from this website. I would like to thank the lady who took the time to recommend Dr Magovern, he wasn't what I expected but I committed to it and he has changed my life for the better. It took about 6 months for all tests and treatments to kick in but I honestly have never looked back." (March 2009)

Exeter

Dr A Midgley -- no longer listed (October 2007)

Great Missenden

Andrew McLaren, Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery, Chiltern Hospital, Great Missenden, Bucks, UK, 01844 274755, www.bucksendocrine.com, mclaren@doctors.org.uk "Mr. McLaren provides state of the art endocrine surgery in Southern England including minimal access techniques for parathyroid surgery." (Added Dec. 04)

A patient writes:
"Caring attitude and modern approach to thyroid surgery. He only wants to operate when absolutely necessary." (Added: Dec. 04)

Gwent, S.Wales

Dr. P. Holland, Surgeon, Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport, Gwent., S.Wales, UK

"I had a total thyroidectomy due to a very large goiter protruding into my chest. Mr. Holland has been outstanding both pre and post surgery, treating me with respect and dignity at all times. He contacts me personally over the phone with any results or change in medication,and is a credit to his profession and the NHS." (May 2008)

High Wycombe

Dr Ian W Gallen MD FRCP, Endocrinologist, Shelburne Hospital, High Wycombe, BUCKS HP11 2TR, 01494 888700. "For my own Hypothyroid condition Dr Gallen believes in treating with thyroxine until Free T4 in upper half or range, and then adding T3 in small increments until patient feels better."

Another reader writes:
"Dr Gallen co-runs runs a special antenatal clinic for women with problems such as diabetes and thyroid problems. He always explained what he was checking for, why and treatment very clearly. After I was admitted to the hospital for an unrelated pregnancy problem he regularly visited the ante-natal ward after his clinic to check me. I would recommend anyone in the Berkshire, Bucks and Oxfordshire region ask for him by name. Pregnant women with thyroid problems living close to High Wycombe but out of that catchment area for ante-natal care should seriously consider registering to have their babies at High Wycombe and getting a referral to attend his clinic (generally the ante-natal care in High Wycombe is good)." (Added 6/05)

Another fan:
"I would just like to be added as another strong supporter of Dr Gallen. If you have the opportunity to choose an endocrine specialist, Dr Gallen is superb. He treated me for Graves disease and could not have been better. He is a rare breed of specialist - he engages with his patient, listens, creates a partnership in treatment, explains without being patronizing. One in a million. Highly recommended." (October 2006)

Hull

Dr Stephen Atkin, Endocrinologist. The Michael White Centre for Diabetes and Endocrinology, HS Brocklehurst Building, 220-236 Canlaby Road, Hull HU3 2RW 01482 885365. A reader writes, "He listened. He examined me. He took me seriously. He did a wide range of tests. He sent a letter to start my medication before my next visit. I'll keep you posted on how it continues."

Kent

Dr Paul Ryan, Endocrinologist, Maritime Hospital, Medway, Kent, UK. "Dr Ryan, listened to me and didn't make comments about my mental health! He really wants to help and is not worried about stepping outside of the TSH rules, He is simply lovely. Even though my labs are now 'normal' he understood that I was still suffering and is helping me get back to the person I was. Brilliant man." (August 2007)

Leeds

Dr Paul Belchetz -- NO LONGER LISTED (June 2006)

London

Dr. Gregory P Sadler, Endocrine Surgeon, 10 Harley Street, London W1N 1AA Tel# 020 74678373 e mail gregsadler@endocrinesurgery.co.uk

London

A reader recommends Professor Ariel Lant, Professor of Therapeutics / Endocrinology, 61Wimpole Street, London WIM 7DE 0171 486 1800 FAX 0171 486 0990. "He is by far the most caring and considerate but highly approachable doctor. It’s been my privilege to meet him. Others give up where he starts."

A reader writes:
"Professor Lant has been looking after my familys health for over 40 years. I cannot speak highly enough about him. He takes the greatest care, dedication,and attention to every detail. He has prolonged quality and quantity to my loved ones lives. " (March 2009)

London

Mr WJB Smellie, Endocrine surgery, Lister Hospital, Lower Sloane Street, London 0207 350 0881, james.smellie@btopenworld.com. "Specializes only in endocrine surgery."

London

Professor Ashley Grossman -- NO LONGER LISTED

Manchester

Professor J R Davies, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester UK 0161 276 1234. "For a top guy," this reader tells us, "he was willing to listen to what would probably be considered a run-of-the-mill thyroid tale (hyperthyroid and later iatrogenically hypothyroid). Having been treated by my local hospital really quite badly, it made a refreshing change when I transferred to the Manchester Royal Infirmary. There is also an Endocrinology Nurse Specialist attached to his department, Mr. Tim Drowley, who is knowledgeable and easy to get hold of if you need any advice between appointments. The junior docs attached to Professor Davies' team are also helpful and keen to monitor you."

London

Proff Besser, Endocrinologist, Harley Street, London. A reader writes: "The Proff as he is known looked after me during my treatment for thyroid cancer.He has been amazing, continuing my aftercare for 3 years now every 6 months i am checked for my bloods etc! I feel totally relaxed and confident to call any time to speak to the nursing staff they are a great team.The best in London I would say!!!" (August 2007)

London

Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, Beta Cell Diabetes Unit, 369 Fulham Rd, London, UK, SW10 9NH

"He is very understanding. There is no pressure to take the course of Radioactive Iodine -- I am Hyper and prepared to work in harmony with a holistic approach."

Another reader writes:
"An intelligent, humorous, confident, thoughtful doctor who LISTENS. Dr Shotliffe went to much trouble to try to find slow release T3 for me, which in fact is unavailable in the UK. He then prescribed liothyronine to supplement thyroxine and willingly referred me to another consultant for more tests, so that after 20 years of health problems I was diagnosed with an additional problem with my pituitary gland, for which I am now being successfully treated. I saw 4 endocrinologists before Dr Shotliffe, varying from terrible to clever but without Dr Shotliffe's capacity to see the patient first, the function tests second. I think he is great. " (August 2007)

A reader writes:
I would recommend Dr Shotliffe. He is the very best I have seen and have absoloute confidence in. Very patient and listens to symptoms. Does not push for RAI either." (March 2009)

London

Dr. Mark Vanderpump, Endocrinologist, St John and St Elizabeth Hospital, 60 Grove Rd, London, NW8 9NH, United Kingdom +44 20 78064000, United Kingdom NW8 9NH, http://www.markvanderpump.co.uk/

"Was prepared to listen to my extensive history of endocrine/thyroid problems and agree that in view of very distorted blood tests that TSH was not the one to measure and that thyroxine was suitable at this time for treatment at a dose that made me feel well as well as bring most thyroid related hormones into the normal zone." (May 2008)

Oxford

Dr Eleanor Price, General practice/internist/primary care, Morland House Surgery, Wheatley, Oxford, United Kingdom, OX33 1DZ.

A reader writes: "I have had an underactive thyroid since July 2000. When I first went to see Doctor Price in 2000, I had no idea what the problem was. However, after listening and asking me questions about my lifestyle for about 1/2 hour, Dr Price said "I think it may be your thyroid". She was very kind, understanding and listened! My care with her has been excellent and she referred me to the great Dr Skinner who helped me continue my journey to wellness. I am indebted to both doctors." (August 2007)

Stoke on Trent

Dr Shabbir Ahmed, Family physician, Somerset Surgery, Somerset Rd, Hanley, Stoke on Trent Staffs UK, 01782212192. Email: shabbirdr@msn.com. A reader writes: "He undertakes alternative, complementary treatments and practises Integrated medicine.He has to see u in surgery though!He runs his own integrated med forum on the closed doctors net-educating docs as much as he is able to re- other therapies.Listens to patients not results of investigations." (Added: June 2004)

Surrey - Chertsey

Dr Baxter, Private Endocrinologist The Runnymede Hospital, Chertsey, Surrey. A reader writes, "This doctor is helping me with subclinical hypothyroidism despite lab values. He was very caring in explaining the thyroid and through in his examination."

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