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Posts made in August, 2012

The Art of Integrative Medicine – Tak Poon, M.D.

Tak Poon, M.D., a PAMF Mills-Peninsula Division cardiologist who works at the Burlingame Center, is known by his colleagues and patients as a passionate advocate for integrative medicine.  He thrives on the challenges and rewards of blending state-of-the-art modern medical treatments with “time-tested” ancient wisdom, as he helps his patients achieve better health.

In this video, which is part of a series highlighting the diverse voices of PAMF physicians, Dr. Poon describes his holistic approach and his enthusiasm for his work as a doctor.

 

Treating Infants to Centenarians – Kevin Gersten, M.D.

 

For PAMF ears, nose and throat (ENT) specialist Kevin Gersten, M.D., one of the most enjoyable aspects of his practice serving generations of people.

“I became an ear, nose and throat specialist because I wanted to take care of people of all ages, from infants to people a century old,” says Dr. Gersten.

As an ENT specialist, Dr. Gersten treats a variety of conditions, from sleep disorders to sinusitis. He values all the medical and surgical options he can use to treat his patients, depending on their desires and what is most appropriate for their condition. “One of the most rewarding things for me about being a doctor is the friendships that I develop,” says Dr. Gersten, “and having the opportunity to meet my patients’ kids, and their kids’ kids.”

Dr. Gersten practices out of PAMF’s Fremont  and Dublin Centers. Learn more about him in this video, which is part of a series highlighting the diverse voices of PAMF physicians.

 

Weight Loss Lessons

Dina Barr lost 130 pounds with PAMF’s HMR Weight Management Program.

Dina Barr’s big dream was always to ride on one of the swings at the Great America theme park in Santa Clara. But at 350 pounds it wasn’t just a tight squeeze – it was impossible.

As long as she could remember Barr had been battling her weight – always on or off a diet.

“I was always really good at sticking to a diet and losing weight,” says Barr. “But I just could never keep it off. Finally, I just gave up.” Read More

A High-Tech Approach to Personalized Care – Sanjay Ramrakhiani, M.D.

When treating people for digestive health conditions, PAMF gastroenterologist Sanjay Ramrakhiani, M.D., finds having the latest technology helps him individualize treatment. PAMF’s electronic health records enable Dr. Ramrakhiani read up on their medical and surgical history and devise a treatment plan tailored to that patient.

“One of the most gratifying things about being a physician is you can sit across from a person and know you helped that person feel better,” says Dr. Ramrakhiani in his video profile.

Dr.  Ramrakhiani practices out of PAMF’s Mountain View Center.  Learn more about him in this video, which is part of a series highlighting the diverse voices of PAMF physicians.

Culturally Sensitive Care – Angeline Hadiwidjaja, M.D.

Tailoring her care to the unique needs of her patients is what’s most important to Angeline Hadiwidjaja, M.D., a pediatrician at PAMF’s Fremont Center.

“Many of my patients come from different backgrounds and cultures. Members of one family might speak two or three different languages,” says Dr. Hadiwidjaja.

The most rewarding part of her work is being included as a member of the families she cares for. “I have the most wonderful job,” the pediatrician says. “I get to see babies who have just been born and young adults who are excited about heading off to college.”

Learn more about her in this video that is part of a series highlighting the diverse voices of PAMF physicians.