A while ago, I posted about how bummed out I was to not be able to find anyone in the medical community in Korea who could do celiac testing. Although the first doctor that I saw said that nobody in Korea could do endoscopic biopsies for celiac, or blood tests, I sent e-mails to the top hospitals in Seoul and was referred to a GI at one of the hospitals. He actually studied for a time in the GI Dep't of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and has performed plenty of biopsies and is very familiar with celiac disease and gluten intolerance. One bonus point! Additionally, he was kind and compassionate, and willingly listened to everything I had to say. He spoke to me for almost an hour, even though he is a busy doctor with a full schedule. Bonus point two! When I explained to him that I wasn't sure I could do a gluten challenge long enough to get positive blood results, but that I'd like to go ahead with an endoscopy after a 5 week challenge, he readily agreed and scheduled me without any hesitation. I can't believe how much I lucked out to find a celiac doctor in a country that has no celiac disease...and to find a doctor with relevant experience at a top medical clinic, and on top of THAT, to find a doctor who is kind, curious, and genuinely interested in listening to and helping his patient. Hooray!
Just wanted to share, as well as to put the word out there if there happens to be any other person wandering around in Asia looking for a GI.