San Francisco VA Medical Center
The Endocrine-Metabolism Service at the San Francisco Dept of Veterans Affairs Medical Center has General Endocrine clinics on Monday, Thursday, and Friday mornings. At these clinics, care is provided for the entire spectrum of endocrine disorders including diabetes, lipid disorders, osteoporosis, thyroid problems, calcium disorders, adrenal and pituitary disease, and gonadal disorders. Tuesday morning the Endocrine-Metabolism Service has a joint clinic with the endocrine surgeons where patients who may need endocrine surgery for thyroid, parathyroid, and adrenal disorders are evaluated together with surgeons. On Tuesday afternoon the Endocrine-Metabolism Service has a joint clinic with bariatric surgeons where patients are evaluated for bariatric surgery, and patients who have already had surgery are closely followed. Finally, the Endocrine-Metabolism Service will also evaluate obese patients and provide medical therapy and nutritional referrals to assist in weight loss.
The San Francisco Dept of Veterans Affairs Medical Center has 5 full- time staff endocrinologists that provide and supervise the management and care of patients with endocrine disorders. The staff has particular expertise in the care of patients with diabetes, lipid disorders, osteoporosis, calcium disorders, thyroid diseases, endocrine surgery, and bariatric surgery.
To obtain care at the VA one first needs to be approved for this benefit. To be approved, a veteran can go to the San Francisco Dept of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (4150 Clement Street, San Francisco, CA 94121) and meet with a Members Service advisor or one can fill out and submit an application on-line.
Members Services telephone numbers are (415) 221-4810 ext. 5907 and 4066. Once a patient is approved he or she is assigned a primary care provider who can refer the patient with the endocrine disorder to one of the Endocrine-Metabolism Clinics for evaluation and care.
If you are already a patient in the VA system, you can ask your primary care provider or other providers that you are maybe seeing to refer you to the endocrine clinic for the care of an endocrine disorder.
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