I finally got a reproductive endocrinologist appointment!

I have been trying to score an appointment with a reproductive endocrinologist (RE) for a year, now. For one reason or another, the REs that I’d contacted never got back to me, or I had to cancel the appointments – it’s hard to track back in my calendar why it hasn’t worked out.

But today! Today I began going down the list of reproductive endocrinologists in my area as per Aetna’s website. I found that the first one – Dr. Ryszard Chetkowski – has a record against him. Some kind of public reprimand set in 1997 and not due to expire until March 31, 2010! There’s no way I wanted to book an appointment with him.


I called the office of Dr. Mary Hinckley and Dr. Deborah Wachs. I was told by the receptionist that the REs there will ONLY see patients who are looking to get pregnant!!!
So you have experience as an RE, you know the inner workings of your patients, you have basically what I call the user’s manual to that area of the body, but you REFUSE to help a woman with endometriosis simply because she does not wish to have children?!?!?!

This is the second time I have been given this line. The first time was on February 4, 2010, when the receptionist for Dr. David Adamson – also a RE – told me he does not see patients with endo unless they wanna get knocked up.

I was so triggered by the receptionist at the office of Dr. Mary Hinckley and Dr. Deborah Wachs that I nearly gave up. I felt the rage surging. But I took a deep breath, exhaled slowly, and went on down my insurance list.

I contacted the offices of reproductive endocrinology at UCSF/Mt. Zion, where I’d had my laparoscopy in 2007, and within minutes I scored an appointment with a Dr. Linda Giudice.

I decided to look her up – do a background check – to make sure she would be okay, since the receptionist let slip that Dr. Giudice works in the same office as Dr. Sharon Knight, who saw me back around 2001 and refused to do a lap on me, and whom I filed a complaint against after stage III endometriosis was found by her colleague, Dr. Marilyn Milkman, six years later.

What I found out about Dr. Giudice made me burst into tears.

According to the World Endometriosis Research Foundation, Linda Giudice was appointed vice president of their foundation in October 2006.
Their site says “Professor Giudice is a biochemist, gynaecologist, and reproductive endocrinologist who specialises in endometriosis, infertility, assisted reproduction, and ovulatory disorders. Her research includes environmental impacts on reproductive health, endometrial biology, and placental-uterine interactions.”

According to endometriosis.ca in April, 2008, Dr. Linda Giudice was appointed to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Advisory Committee on Research on Women’s Health (ACRWH).

According to endometriosis.org in November, 2008, The American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) gave Dr. Giudice the Distinguished Researcher Award, adding that she has “devoted decades of her career to the study of endometriosis.”

More from endometriosis.org – “Professor Linda Giudice, has spent much of the last two decades studying the human endometrium, including normal and abnormal aspects of endometrial development and the relevance of that development to miscarriage, implantation disorders, foetal growth, and endometriosis.

“She is a biochemist, gynaecologist, and reproductive endocrinologist specialising in endometriosis, infertility, assisted reproduction, implantation, and ovulatory disorders. She also has an interest in reproductive infectious diseases.

“Some of her recent research has focused on environmental effects of reproductive health and has fostered research in the area of effects of environmental toxins on reproductive tissue – a topic covered at the 64th Annual Meeting of the ASRM. She has also investigated human embryonic stem cell differentiation to the trophectoderm, endometrium as a mucosal tissue, placental-uterine interactions, and function genomics of human reproductive tissues. Her research has led to greater understanding of the role of steroid hormones, particularly progesterone, in infertility and the development of endometriosis. Her functional genomic studies in the endometrium of women with endometriosis have paved the way for improved diagnostics and biomarkers for endometriosis and new avenues for targeted therapeutics for endometriosis-related infertility, and they could lead to the development of more effective therapies for endometriosis-related pelvic pain.

“As a classic physican-scientist, whose long career of very productive research has advanced the field of reproductive medicine and biology, Professor Giudice is a very deserving recipient of the Distinguished Researcher Award”, said Andrew La Barbera PhD HCLD, ASRM’s Scientific Director. “She is unusual in that she does both basic and clinical research. She has made significant contributions to the understanding of signal transduction in ovarian and uterine cells”, he said, citing her three decades of productive research and her ongoing success in advancing understanding of signal transduction and communication among cells within reproductive tissues as the basis for her selection as the recipient of this prestigius award, which was designed to recognise meritorious research within the previous decade.”

She has no state or federal public actions against her as a medical practitioner.

My appointment with her is April 21. :)

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