In my first FAQ podcast of 2014, I talked extensively about the pieces of a comprehensive gastroparesis management plan and all of the things that we can do every single day to improve our symptoms and quality of life.
Though much of an effective plan comes down to self-care, proper diagnosis and appropriate medical treatment are equally important. Which brings me to another very frequently asked question:
“Where do I find a good doctor?”
I get lots of emails about this and it’s something that I really struggled with myself. I literally traveled around the country looking for a motility doc who was knowledgeable, compassionate, and open to working with an educated, proactive “patient.”
The good news is those kinds of docs are out there and with your help, I’ve put together a list of over 100 GPer-recommended specialists throughout the US and Europe. You’ll find the list below. My hope is that it makes building this part of your management plan a little easier.
If you’d like guidance and support to help you build and implement the rest of your personalized management plan, be sure to check out the Living (Well!) with Gastroparesis Program.
Please note: I am not personally recommending or endorsing any of these physicians. This list is based solely on feedback received from other GPers. Just like everything else with gastroparesis, experiences will vary depending on circumstances, needs, goals, and preferences. The perfect doctor for someone else may not be the perfect doctor for you. Consider this list a starting point for research and don’t be afraid to continue looking if one physician isn’t a good fit for you.
If you’d like to recommend a gastroenterologist or other healthcare provider specializing in the care of those with gastroparesis, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the name, location, and any feedback you’d like to share.
GPer Recommended Doctors (updated March 2015)
As I continue to receive feedback and recommendations, I will periodically update this list. Hopefully it will cover all 50 states in the near future. In the meantime, here are two additional resources that may also be helpful to those looking for a specialist:
- American Neurogastroenterology and Motility Society’s Registry of GI Motility Laboratories (updated 2013)
- Enterra Therapy Directory of Surgeons (This can be a roundabout way to find a GI doctor who is familiar with gastroparesis. The listings in this directory are surgeons who implant the gastric neurostimator not GI doctors specializign in gastroparesis. However, you may be able to call their offices and ask which GI doctor(s) in your are refer patients to them for the neurostimulator.)