I received a letter over the weekend stating Dr. Shen is leaving the Cleveland Clinic.  No new appointments after November 15th.

I'm now searching for a replacement as he has been my regular pouch doc for the last 10 years (local resident to Cleveland).  They supplied the names of a couple of other docs in the letter, but I don't know where to even begin with selecting one.

Has anyone had any experience with any of the following doctors?

Dr. Jessica Philpott
Dr. Benjamin Click
Dr. Aaron Brzezinski

Any feedback is greatly appreciated!

-James

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He is going to columbiA Presbyterian in NY. He seemed very happy about the move when I saw him last month. I did not receive my letter yet, but as soon as I do I will start the process of sending my CC records to his new office. I just sent ) records from recent scope to my local doctors. I had to do it through the records office—not Shen’s office.

i hope the new Staff will be as good as the ones at CC (I have always had a good experience with the staff)

 

yes I posted this well over a month ago when he told me in August. He was supposed to start in NYC November 1st but letter says hes staying till the 15th. His daughter goes to college there and Cleveland Clinic is going downhill. A lot of the good docs left a few years ago due to the new leader changing their focus to cancer. They have dropped from #2 to #4 this year . Remzi was my surgeon for my redo and I am local to Cleveland as well. No idea who I will see at this point as Shen has helped me with a lot of odd issues that no other GI knows of the pouch.

I am a patient of his from NJ and couldn't be happier to hear of the move.  I would make the drive out to Cleveland to see him periodically for about 10 years.  I recommend that the local Cleveland folks make the drive to NYC to periodically visit and to maintain a relationship with another local GI.  The trip was always well worth it to me since I have a quirky pouch.

The drive is only about 6 hours.  Its about 2.5 tanks of gas (round trip) and a hotel room.  I would normally leave around 4PM the night before, arrive at the hotel late and go right to sleep.  I'd try for a morning appointment and leave the Clinic asap to drive home. 

Don't fly...If you fly, you'll need to plan all sorts of extra buffer time so you don't miss a flight and you'll also risk missing an appointment altogether if there is poor weather and flights are cancelled. 

Good luck all!

JPouchJoe posted:

I am a patient of his from NJ and couldn't be happier to hear of the move.  I would make the drive out to Cleveland to see him periodically for about 10 years.  I recommend that the local Cleveland folks make the drive to NYC to periodically visit and to maintain a relationship with another local GI.  The trip was always well worth it to me since I have a quirky pouch.

The drive is only about 6 hours.  Its about 2.5 tanks of gas (round trip) and a hotel room.  I would normally leave around 4PM the night before, arrive at the hotel late and go right to sleep.  I'd try for a morning appointment and leave the Clinic asap to drive home. 

Don't fly...If you fly, you'll need to plan all sorts of extra buffer time so you don't miss a flight and you'll also risk missing an appointment altogether if there is poor weather and flights are cancelled. 

Good luck all!

its a 7 hour drive and I don't think my health insurance would cover that unfortunately

marz posted:

He is going to columbiA Presbyterian in NY. He seemed very happy about the move when I saw him last month. I did not receive my letter yet, but as soon as I do I will start the process of sending my CC records to his new office. I just sent ) records from recent scope to my local doctors. I had to do it through the records office—not Shen’s office.

i hope the new Staff will be as good as the ones at CC (I have always had a good experience with the staff)

 

does health insurance cover out of state docs that move like that? I don't think mine would, or it would be out of network which is way to costly

I have not reached out to Dr. Shen yet, but I thought he was still at CCF until mid-November. If that is the case, his response makes sense as he would have legal issues if he talked about taking on patients at his next job. That would be unethical and certainly an issue if he did so as a CCF employee. It would be best to go through the new entity when he is on staff there. That is what I am planning to do. 

I saw Dr Shen only 2 times loved him as I moved to Erie,Pa and drove to Cleveland to see him...It was crazy as he knows my Dr’s at Cedar Sini in CA whom were the BEST then I did research before having to move and Dr Shen was it!!! Now, his move saddens me tho I’m the person whom follows a GREAT DR, it’s a MUST...So, I’m planning on following him... 

Wish everyone well.....

 

I have been a patient of his for 17 years and am devastated. As of now None of my original Doctors are there. I got to see him Oct 29 and he seemed kinda sad. I gave him two hugs and told him thank for everything he has done for me and wished him the best. I don't think my state/government insurance will cover me seeing him. I am open to any recommendations or tips in that area. He recommend that I see Dr. Philpott he said she is good. And another Doctor I see said the same. I am counting on it seeing how my case can be difficult. Thursday was is last day then he was making the drive from Ohio to NY then going to China  for a week. 

someone said he was there until Nov 15th? guess not, Yeah I have had him since my first surgery in 2008.. he has helped me with so many problems and I am devastated as well.. I saw him a few months ago and he said I was the first patient he told. He did seem sad as you said.. Cleveland Clinic messed up bad letting him and Remzi walk.. They say patient first, that's BS.. They are all about power and money..

I’ve been having lower back pain, cramping, nausea, tummy feels like a balloon at times, tight, very uncomfortable. It’s been almost 4 weeks.. if eat I feel uncomfortable. I go through this few times a year. With Dr Shen gone I have to wait till end of March to see Dr. anyone ever go through this..J-Pouch 19 years now.Thanks

   

TAJ posted:

I’ve been having lower back pain, cramping, nausea, tummy feels like a balloon at times, tight, very uncomfortable. It’s been almost 4 weeks.. if eat I feel uncomfortable. I go through this few times a year. With Dr Shen gone I have to wait till end of March to see Dr. anyone ever go through this..J-Pouch 19 years now.Thanks

   

that is unacceptable.. Which doctor did you call? His letter had 3-4 doctors to followup with. I have been with Shen for over 10 years and this is my concern, who to see that's competent

TAJ posted:

I gave them three of the Dr names, tho I have appointment in March it’s just when you need a Dr you are unable to see one...

its always go to ER and they don’t ever know anything about a J Pouch!  

 

Yeah its amazing the Cleveland Clinic ER staff knows nothing about a jpouch, you would think since they are one of the top hospitals that do them they would at least me somewhat knowledgeable about them.. I don't know how many times they ask to see it..lol

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