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When Pete does the procedures on Ralph, he comes out and always comes looking for me (I also make sure the nurses know that I am there). Pete is one of the best Dr's who perform EUS's . It is his diagnostic skills that make him so good. The EUS is not an end all be all- some tumors can not be reached (like Ralph's) so it is the 'eye' of the Dr performing the test that is what we are depending on. Until more research is done for detection- this is what we got as a best shot combined with all other tests.
Pete is an expert in pediatric eus and spends a lot of time at babies- he gets called for emergency procedures and it a hard guy to nail down-all that being said, he saved Ralph's life. We've waited for him many times- but I could care less- I want the best- I wait.
When I go to Columbia and we see any of the Dr's I bring any test we had done outside of Columbia. When Chabot, Allendorf, Stevens or any other of the Columbia Dr's are trying to look at things and it is not on Columbia's intranet (i.e. Cat Scans) it takes time. So we have all the tests done down there to help this all along. Ralph's local doctors know this is how we have it set up and he is not being sent for tests locally.
Obviously your situation is different, because you are coming into Columbia with tests not having been done there.
I can only speak from my experience and how I help make sure that I get what I need. I tell the doctors and nurses there what I need and how we can best communicate and I have never had an issue.
If it was me and my pancreas- it would be Pete Stevens telling me what to do.
Keeping you all in our thoughts.
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