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What a wonderful year 2014 turned out to be

January 3, 2015

Even before I became a gastroenterologist, many years ago, I remember going to the medical center and sifting through gobs and gobs of data with Cinda Clark and Dr. Anand on liver disease.  My favorite topic of study was hepatitis, especially Hepatitis C.  After collecting and analyzing reams of data I would come home with mixed feelings about the therapies available at the time.  Then I did my fellowship in gastroenterology and setup practice in Sugar Land, TX.  As my career progressed, I always kept my ear to the ground about emerging treatment modalities to treat the most daunting of all Hepatitis variants – Hep C.  Finally, last year was the year of deliverance for many of my patients who suffered the ravages of this disease.   As a doctor it is never easy to tell any patient that she needs to go on the liver transplant wait list,  especially since this disease has a way of sneaking up unexpectedly. Hepatitis C hits one like a train out of nowhere.

We now have drugs that have high cure rates for this horrible disease that wreaked havoc on many unsuspecting patients and their families.  Certain genotypes have such high rates of cure that I finally feel vindicated. Having fought this enemy for fifteen long years, I am finally watching it wither and die. Of course, there’s still a catch: we need to screen for and detect this disease early on.   My only regret is that these miracle drugs were not discovered sooner.  Imagine how many more wonderful lives we could have saved! C’est la vie.

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Dr. Leka Gajula on America’s Top Physicians from the Consumers’ Research Council of America

July 24, 2011

In recognition of her accomplishments as a physician specializing in gastroenterology, Dr. Leka Gajula earned a spot on the Consumers’ Research Council of America’s list of America’s Top Physicians in 2007, 2008, and 2010. A research organization based in Washington, D.C., the Consumers’ Research Council of America works closely with a number of professional fields in the United States to identify the top performers in each sector. In addition to publishing annual lists of America’s Best, the Consumers’ Research Council of America provides a wealth of information on a wide array of topics.

When compiling its list of America’s Top Physicians, the Consumers’ Research Council of America draws upon a point system that takes into account several key components of effective medical practice. First, physicians earn points based on their experience in their given fields, the quality of their education, and continuing education participation. The Council also considers membership in professional medical associations such as the American Medical Association and the American College of Physicians. Finally, candidates benefit from successful completion of board certification programs, which require applicants to complete a rigorous examination and clinical evaluation.

Any physician who meets the point requirements set forth by the Consumers’ Research Council of America earns a spot on the list of America’s Top Physicians. Although many studies make use of peer recommendations in a sort of survey, the Council seeks to establish a more objective means of evaluation, as demonstrated by its use of the point system. When developing its point ranking system, the Council set out to remove emotional and personal factors from the physician evaluation process.

Above all, the Consumers’ Research Council of America intends for readers to use the list of America’s Top Physicians as a starting point in the search for an experienced and accountable medical specialist. When choosing a physician, the Council recommends initiating conversations with a wide variety of personal and professional contacts, including family members, friends, the local Chamber of Commerce, local medical agencies, and a family doctor. When meeting with a physician, the Council stresses the importance of asking thorough questions that leave potential patients comfortable and satisfied.

To learn more about the activities of the Consumers’ Research Council of America, visit the website at consumersresearchcncl.org.

Dr Leka Gajula’s Blog

April 14, 2011

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