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Dr. David Shields is a kind and gentle doctor who saved my life in 1994. He is a great listener, and very thorough and conservative in his approach to medicine. I feel well taken care of knowing he is looking after me.

J.G., Los Altos, CA

I knew that I needed a colonoscopy, but I am a chicken, so I put it off for several years. Finally, Dr. Shields talked me in to it and after it was done I couldn’t believe he did it. No discomfort whatsoever. Why did I put if off so long? My doctor told me that Dr. Shields is the expert and now I know why. I recommend him to all my friends. It is worth going to the best.

L.N., Los Gatos, CA

I have been a patient of Dr. Shields for more than eight years. At every visit I have found his staff to be very caring and efficient. I have great respect for Dr. Shields and confidence that he is always doing what is in my best interest. He has compassion for his patients – making sure that the treatment needed is made available – in spite of the obstacles that may be involved. Dr Shields has made a big difference in the quality of my life and I will always feel fortunate he is there for me.

L.D., Menlo Park, CA

Dr. Shields is an amazing doctor. I went to my internist repeatedly with painful abdominal symptoms and weight loss before finally seeing Dr. Shields. I was referred to him by a friend who is a doctor. She said that he is the best Gastroenterologist in the Bay Area, and many doctors go to him. He is very thorough and ordered appropriate tests before coming up with the diagnosis. He found that I have Celiac Sprue which is an allergy to wheat. What a difference after I changed my diet. I am so much more comfortable in my daily life. I also recommend Dr. Shields for his bedside manner. He is very patient

A.H., Woodside, CA

The really nice thing about Dr. Shields, apart from being one on the top-rated gastroenterologists in the nation, is that he really listens to his patients. A lot of docs echo lackluster platitudes… Not so with Dr. Shields. He actually carries on a conversation meaningful to the task at hand.

W.S., Half Moon Bay, CA

Dr. Shields is a wonderful doctor. In addition to superb skills as an endoscopist, he is a thoughtful, attentive physician, who really cares about the people who come to him. I recommend him without reservation.

L.S., Menlo Park, CA

When I came to Dr. Shields, I was struggling to cope with a full time, demanding job, a family, and constant painful bowel problems. You can imagine the joy. Dr. Shields conducted a full series of carefully chosen tests, diagnosed me with care and precision as having ulcerative colitis, and developed a program of medication and monitoring that finally brought the disease under control. As we struggled to find solutions, he was constantly exploring newly developed medicines and treatments. Critically important for me, he was responsive as possible to my extreme fear of needles. I felt that I was in the hands of one of California’s experts, one who couldn’t have more understanding, patient, warm, and well informed. His combination of expertise and interpersonal skill is rare and precious.

J.M., Stanford, CA

Dr. Shields’ office was very responsive and efficient. Everyone I spoke with by phone was friendly and professional. We’re very glad that our friend, a recently retired doctor, recommended Dr. Shields. I would not hesitate to recommend him or return myself. Dr. Shields is an excellent physician, whom I have great trust and confidence in.

Anonymous, Palo Alto, CA


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