California Doctors – So far

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The doctors listed here have been recommended to Cushing’s Help by other patients as being helpful to them.  These physicians are familiar with the symptoms and treatment of Cushing’s Disease (pituitary) and Cushing’s Syndrome. Your primary care physician may be able to order very basic screening tests. Some of these doctors may require a referral and/or an abnormal test result prior to scheduling an appointment.

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California

Beverly Hills

Cohan, Pejman 

Specialty: Neuroendocrine 

Location: 150 N Robertson Blvd # 210
Beverly Hills, CA

Phone: 310-657-3030

Patient Comment: He’s been my Endo for 15 years. Only sees neuroendocrine patients


Freemont

Kunwar, Sandeep

Specialty: Neurosurgeon

Hospital: Washington Hospital

Location: Freemont, CA

Hospital: UCSF

Location: San Francisco, CA

Website: http://www.ucsfhealth.org/sandeep.kunwar

Patient Comments: And dr kunwar at ucsf was my very skilled surgeon. I didn’t have to see his endo preop

I also had my surgery done with Dr. Kunwar at Washington Hospital in Fremont (East Bay). He does a few days a week in Fremont and the rest in SF. This is my third recurrence and I would definitely recommend him


Srinivasan, Lakshmi

Specialty: Endocrinologist

Hospital: Palo Alto Medical Foundation

Location: Freemont, CA

Patient Comments: My endo is Dr. Lakshmi Srinivasan at Palo Alto Medical Foundation in Fremont. She is fantastic–takes a lot of time during every appt and is very attentive and responsive to email and calls.


Los Angeles

Friedman, Theodore

Specialty: Cushing’s, Growth Hormone Deficient, Hypopituitary, adrenal, thyroid, fatigue

Address: 1125 S. Beverly Drive. Suite 730

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Hospital: Charles Drew

Website: http://goodhormonehealth.com

Patient Comments:  I am a Dr Friedman patient, he is wonderful.


 Orange

Linskey, Mark 

Specialty: Neurosurgeon 

Hospital: UCI

Location: Orange, CA

Website: http://www.ucirvinehealth.org/find-a-doctor/l/mark-linskey/

Patient Comment: The pit surgery was done by both Linskey and Bhendarkar and I am doing well post op, they are very diligent in their care. If I have to have another surgery for Cushing’s I will definitely use this team again.


Bhandarkar, Naveem

Specialty: ENT

Hospital: UCI

Location: Orange/Irving, CA

Website: http://www.ent.uci.edu/faculty/naveen-d-bhandarkar-md

Patient Comment: The pit surgery was done by both Linskey and Bhendarkar and I am doing well post op, they are very diligent in their care. If I have to have another surgery for Cushing’s I will definitely use this team again.


San Francisco

Kunwar, Sandeep

Specialty: Neurosurgeon

Hospital: Washington Hospital

Location: Freemont, CA

Hospital: UCSF

Location: San Francisco, CA

Website: http://www.ucsfhealth.org/sandeep.kunwar

Patient Comments: And dr kunwar at ucsf was my very skilled surgeon. I didn’t have to see his endo preop

I also had my surgery done with Dr. Kunwar at Washington Hospital in Fremont (East Bay). He does a few days a week in Fremont and the rest in SF. This is my third recurrence and I would definitely recommend him


More coming soon!

“My feet are killing me!” An unusual presentation of Cushing’s syndrome

Adverse effects of steroid excess on bone metabolism are well established but presentation of Cushing’s syndrome with metabolic bone disease is reported to be uncommon. We describe a case of Cushing’s syndrome presenting with pathological fractures probably present for 8 years before diagnosis.

A 33 year old nurse first sustained spontaneous stress fractures of her metatarsals in 1994, with repeated fractures occurring up to 2002. In 2001 she developed hypertension, acute lumbar back pain and gained weight.

In 2002 she was admitted to hospital with chest/back pain. Lumbar spine X-ray showed new fracture of L3,old fractures of L4/5,with fractured ribs on CXR. Isotope bone scan revealed multiple hot spots. MRI showed collapse of T8 with features consistent with malignant disease. The primary malignancy was sought and a left-sided 1.5 centimetre thyroid nodule detected.

Suspicious cytology prompted thyroid lobectomy revealing follicular variant of papillary carcinoma. T8 biopsy revealed chronic infection with Propionobacteria rather than metastatic carcinoma. Despite antibiotic therapy further spontaneous vertebral fractures developed. Bone densitometry revealed Z scores of minus 2.4 at L2-4, minus 2.5 and 2.9 at the hips.

Referral to our centre prompted investigations for Cushing’s syndrome. Serum potassium was 4.1 millimols per litre, androgens, calcitonin and urinary catecholamines all normal. TSH was suppressed by T4 therapy. Urinary free cortisol values were raised,(563-959 nanomols per 24hours) with loss of diurnal rhythm in cortisol secretion (9am 429-586,midnight 397-431 nanomols per litre)and no suppression on low or high dose dexamethasone. Abdominal CT showed a 3.5 centimetre adrenal mass. These findings were consistent with adrenal dependent Cushing’s syndrome. Risedronate and metyrapone were commenced before adrenalectomy, completion thyroidectomy and ablative radioiodine.
Comment: Cushing’s syndrome may present with spontaneous fractures in both axial and appendicular skeleton in the absence of marked clinical features. This case demonstrates the importance of thorough investigation of unexplained fractures.

LM Albon, JD Rippin & JA Franklyn

From http://www.endocrine-abstracts.org/ea/0005/ea0005p26.htm

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