My experience with CC included the following:
3/10/09 ERCP w/ 1 long and 2 short stents Columbia Presbyterian Hospital (now known as NY Presbyterian) New York, NY
Dr. Peter Stevens, Director of Endoscopy, Diag: bile duct cancer CC
(note: Dr. Stevens passed away 8/2011 of prostate cancer)
3/18/09 PreOp consultation Columbia Presbyterian Hospital
New York, NY
Dr. Tomoaki Kato, Chief, Division of Abdominal Organ Transplantation
Columbia University Medical Center
PH Room 14-105
622 West 168th St
New York, NY 10032
Secretary: Delia Garcia
4/8/09 Left hepatic lobe resection Columbia Presbyterian Hospital
Dr. Tomoaki Kato, (two VT events, 12 hr surgery)
5/09 CAT scans Columbia Presbyterian Hospital
Dr. Abby Siegel, Oncology follow up - clear
12/2009 Chemo done
12/09 to present routine followup (CT and CT/PET scans, blood tests)
Dr Kato is a superb surgeon, and very easy to talk to. He is also willing to take more risk than more than most cc surgeons and he has the skills to go along with that. My experience at NY Presbyterian was overwhelmingly positive. One aspect of NY Presbyterian that I think is unique is the way the hospital tends to insulate patients from their own administrative internal procedures. While Dr Kato may discuss taking a patient or not for surgery with others in the Digestive Diseases Group, he is the final word, not a 'cancer board'. He will also render opinions w/o a person formally becoming a patient and traveling to NYC.
If anyone would like to email me, feel free to use this board's email feature. I will also make myself available to anyone who would like to talk on the phone ... just email me and I'll email my cell number to you.
Hospitals/Doctors Link, Our Experiences: http://www.cholangiocarcinoma.org/punbb/viewtopic.php?id=3126 See page 4 of thread for Dr. Tomoaki Kato info.
Major USA Cancer Centers: http://www.cholangiocarcinoma.org/majorcancercenters.htm