Dr. Alan Dackiw

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Practice: Johns Hopkins Hospital
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Grad. Year: 1990

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Rating: 4.7 out of 5 (5 is best), based on 15 reviews. Dr. Alan Dackiw has an excellent overall rating on RateMDs.com. smile

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Endocrinologist-related: Cushing's syndrome, hyperthyroidism, hypogonadism, metabolic bone disease, diabetes mellitus, pituitary dysfunction, neuroendocrinology, diabetes, pancreas, pituitary gland, ovaries, testes, thyroid, adrenal glands
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RID: 1551676
02/10/11 5 5 5 5 Dr. Dackiw did my total thyroidectomy and right neck dissection a year ago, and I couldn't be happier with it. Even right after waking up post-op, I could speak...didn't have to whisper and wasn't hoarse. Even though there was cancer around my vocal cords that had to be taken off, within a week or two I was talking as loudly as ever. Now, one year out, my scar (all six inches of it) is so thin and flat that nobody even sees it unless I point it out, and I haven't had any complications. I'm going back to Dr. Dackiw for my next surgery because he did such a great job last time. Would highly recommend him, as well as all the JH staff. Everyone there was great!  Respond
RID: 1460336
08/06/11 5 5 5 5 I had a rather large thyroid tumor (4.5cms) in which the biopsy revealed abnormal cells but unsure what they are. After much discussion with Dr. Dackiw, we decided to remove the tumor and one lobe of the thyroid (done 2/15/11). The pathology came back positive for papillary cancer with metastasis to my lymph nodes. Fortunately, he removed all the cancer. On May 23rd, I went back for a thyroid completion. I am now currently being treated with radioactive iodine with an endocrinologist. I cannot describe in words how professional, courteous, knowledgeable and respectful he is. He answered all my questions, treated me like a human being and did a fantastic job on both of my surgeries. I am a nurse and being on the other side of health care is hard. Dr. Dackiw took away all my fears and made me feel comfortable. I would recommend him to anyone anyday!  Respond
RID: 1380042
06/03/11 5 5 5 5 He is an excellent doctor and surgeon. He did our son’s surgery in 2002 and saved his life. We are for ever grateful to him. Our son has MEN 2B and had to have his thyroid removed and parathyroid and several lymph nodes. Thanks to Dr. Dackiw he has been well.  Respond
RID: 1377705
03/03/11 5 4 3 5 I saw Dr. Dackiw after I was diagnosed with hyperparathyroidism. He performed my parathyroidectomy earlier this year. Dr. Dackiw and the Hopkins staff were wonderfully accomodating and knowledgable. He has great bedside manner and more importantly, he is an excellent surgeon. My scar is healing nicely and I am very happy with the results. The only thing I was unhappy about was my post-op treatment. I began to experience symptoms of hypocalcemia about three weeks post op and called both him and his nurse practicioner, Brenda Smith, to get advice on what to do. Neither of them ever called me back. They both encouraged me to contact them should I have any problems and symptoms of hypocalcemia can be quite scary. I would recommend this surgeon BUT I would caution - should you have any complications, you may have to look elsewhere.  Respond
RID: 1339837
18/01/11 5 5 5 5 Im a 46 year old male in Maryland. I had 2 biopsies that came back suspicious for Hurtle Cell Neoplasm. I searched long and hard for an EXPERT surgeon in the Thyroid field. After talking to people at the New York Thyroid Medical Center (a leader in the Thyroid field) I was referred to Dr Alan Dackiw as an expert. They consider an Expert to be someone who has done over 1000 operations on the Thyroid Gland. I was a big sissy going thru this but Dr Dackiw and his assistant Brenda made me alot more relaxed. I had the surgery to remove half my Thyroid on 01/12/2011. Whithin 2 days I was up and around and pretty much doing day to day stuf. Dr Dackiw took great care in avoiding my vocal nerves, nerves in my neck and my parathyroids which controls calcium. The surgery went perfect. Dr Dackiw is an EXPERT in this field and I would give him the highest rating. My email is [email protected] I would be happy to talk to anyone with any questions about this excellent surgeon 
Insurance: United Healthcare
RID: 1326768
04/01/11 5 5 5 5 My 11 year old daughter was diagnosed with a suspicious tumor (possible papillary carcinoma) via fine needle aspiration last October. We were stunned, but were very fortunate that Dr. Dackiw agreed to take her case (pediatric). He saw my daughter within ten days of the diagnosis, and performed the surgery within the next month. He was extremely professional and was there for my little girl every step of the way. The tumor pathology confirmed the diagnosis. The surgery went as well as could be expected. No bleeding or complications. I am very greatful to Dr. Dackiw and the staff at Hopkins. 
Insurance: Blue Cross / Blue Shield
RID: 1274959
19/10/10 5 5 5 5 Dr. Dackiw is AWESOME! I can not imagine anyone ever saying anything bad about him. He has always gone the extra mile to take very good care of me. Even one year later, we still keep in touch. I have referred family and friends to him and they only have good things to say too. He is a wonderful person and a very gifted surgeon. I can not imagine that part of my life without him in it. Thanks Dr. Dackiw!!! 
Insurance: Coventry
RID: 988470
16/09/09 5 5 5 5 Dr. Dackiw is a very knowledgeable and thorough endocrine surgeon. He listens to his patients and gives wonderful care. I had parathyroid surgery with him in 2007 and I currently have another parathyroid tumor and I will not consider having any other surgeon remove this tumor. He is very caring of his patients. My parathyroid surgery was the easiest surgery I have had. I was and still am impressed with the care I received. Thank you, Dr. Dackiw.  Respond
RID: 756231
05/01/09 5 5 5 5 Dr. Dackiw is a superb surgeon and an exceptional human being. I was humbled by his exemplary skill as a surgeon, the quality of his care, his immense concern for my comfort and well being, and his sincere compassion. In recent years I have had extensive interactions with a variety of doctors. Dr. Dackiw stands out as amongst the finest, most professional, most competent and most caring doctors I have ever met. I will always be in his debt for the superb care he provided and the genuine concern he always showed. 
Insurance: United Healthcare
RID: 676600
30/08/08 5 5 5 5 I had a tumor on one right parathyroid removed 4/17/07. Dr. Dackiw removed said tumor, and before I left the hospital, some of my symptoms had already started to subside. Before my surgery, I was so sick, I thought I was going to die. I researched, visited, and chose Dr. Dackiw. He removed the correct parathyroid, and gave me my life back. Thank you, Dr. Dackiw. I will be forever grateful to you for your expertise, professionalism, knowledge, and kindness. Should I ever develop a problem with my thyroid or parathyroid again, you will be the first doctor I will consult! 
Insurance: GHI
RID: 386092
15/08/07 5 4 5 5 A very knowledgeable and highly respected surgeon. He explained all procedures before surgery and also good follow up care. Listened to my concerns,answered all questions and never seemed rushed. He has a lot of experience and that's important when you are having delicate parathyroid and thyroid surgery. I travelled from another state to see him and was worth the commute. A kind and highly skilled Dr. I would refer family and friends to his care with confidence. 
Insurance: Blue Cross / Blue Shield
RID: 350544
21/06/07 5 5 5 Just to clarify regarding the comment below, thyroid nodules on biopsy can be malignant, benign, indeterminate or non-diagnostic. It is not uncommon for a nodule to be indeterminate or non-diagnostic on a biopsy and it does not mean the biopsy was done improperly. Indeed our radiologists and pathologists are experts at these needle biopsies. Repeating the biopsy or thyroid removal are options. If a nodule is benign on biopsy but symptomatic or the patient wishes, follow-up or removal are also respective options. Removal is certainly an option for a 3-4 cm nodule. It is true that the pathologists keep the thyroid in a container when analyzing it, but the operation is done very meticulously and gently and I do between 200 and 300 thyroid and parathyroid operations every year and take great pride in taking care of all of my patients, I think reflected in the other comments below. I would be happy to clarify any of these issues via a call to the office. Sincerely, Dr. Alan Dackiw  Respond
RID: 347547
18/06/07 4 1 1 Tried to use the "wait and see approach" on me as well, even though I had a 3-4 cm thyroid lesion of "unknown pathology" following an inconclusive biopsy at that hospital. Told me he'd take it out if I wanted him to and we could find out the pathology "after my neck was cut open and the thyroid was thrown in a bucket". This hospital refused to give me my slides from the botched biopsy, but billed me for abnomal pathology. This doctor, his department, and the hospital are corrupt. Being polite and practical gets you nowhere with this morally bankrupt doctor and teaching hospital that has been alleged to also not bother giving the best care Baltimore's poorest citizens just as much as its wealthiest.  Respond
RID: 13615
12/10/05 5 5 5 My original endocrinologist originally recommended surgery on the basis of a 'suspicious' FNA, analyzed by Quest Diagnostics. Following review by JHopkins cytology lab, Dr. Dackiw recommended a 'wait and see ' approach and diagnosed me with Hashimoto's disease, a statement against interest. He spent a great deal of time and energy explaining the issues, etc. 
Insurance: United Healthcare
RID: 5474
14/02/05 4 5 5 Incredible surgeon. I have very little scarring following my total thyroidectomy (considering how huge the mass was, the scar is very thin and not too long), and he really goes the extra mile to make sure that the voice is not affected (no hoarseness here, even in the recovery room). He's very nice, will answer questions like "how many of these surguries have you done?" without taking offense, and spends a lot of time with his patients. He even checked on me twice after the surgery before I left the hospital, which I'm pretty sure is unheard of. 
Insurance: Anthem