Gecht Elaine R Md

★★★☆☆
  • 302 Silver Ave

    San Francisco, CA 94112

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  • 415-327-4874

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I had the misfortune to have my mother placed in Dr. Gecht's "care" in a nursing home after my mother had a massive stroke. From day one Dr. Gecht was uncommunicative, dismissive, condescending, brusque and uninterested in my mother's care. In fact, when my mother's blood pressure dropped one day Dr. Gecht called me and without any explanation or concern in her voice casually said "do you want me to give her comfort care (=let her die) or send her to the ER?" When I asked what could have caused the sudden drop in my mom's BP Dr. Gecht literally muttered "mm-mm-mm" like "I don't know" (=I don't care) then said she had to go and hung up on me. It turns out my mom had a simple urinary tract infection that was easily treated with antibiotics, and could easily have been diagnosed with an in-house blood test and urine culture, which Dr. Gecht was too lazy to perform.

After my mother returned from the ER Dr. Gecht called me up and SCREAMED at me because I rescinded the DNR/DNI I had placed at the ER. She wanted the DNR/DNI in place so that she could legally withhold treatment without my permission if my mother crashed. Given my previous experience with her wanting to let my mother die rather than diagnose a freaking urinary infection, there was no way I was going to leave this decision in HER hands. I didn't say this, I remained polite, but nonetheless she pushed the issue, saying it was "cruel to keep sending your mother to the ER" (even though this had been the first time!) and "she'll only be back there in a couple of weeks" (she wasn't).

Then she had the poor taste to lie to me and say that she could overrule my decisions ANYWAY and withhold treatment if treatment were "medically futile." Then she said "do you know what that means?" and I said "I went to Yale, I know what the word futile" means and she became even more irate and said she would not speak to me if I was going to be "nasty." I guess she is not used to dealing with her intellectual peers (or superiors) who dare question her almighty judgment. I then said "so you are telling me you have the legal right to override my obections and kill my mother?" and she said yes so I asked her to have the legal department of the nursing facility send me a copy of the law that allowed her to do that. She said she would, then she hung up on me. I idependently researched this and found out she was lying to me. Medically futile refers to reviving someone who would die anyway even with intervention. It absolutely does not refer to someone who has a treatable urinary tract infection!

I had my mother removed from her care the next day. My mother thrived under the care of her new doctor and lived another two years, with no further trips to the ER.

Coincidentally I met another woman socially a couple of years later, we got to talking and it turns out her own mother had been one of Dr. Gecht's nursing home patients and Dr. Gecht had persuaded her family to let her withhold food and hydration from her mother, who of course died as a result. This is legal in the case of people who can't feed themselves and need feeding tubes because those are considered elective life support, so withholding food and hydration in those cases is not considered euthanasia. Still, I don't need my mother's doctor making value judgments about my mother's quality of life, or urging families to let their loved ones die. What I needed from my mother's doctor was competent medical care, and I certainly didn't even get that. This woman is a horrible - HORRIBLE - human being.

By the way, the two other reviews written in mid September 2010 by "Tom N" and "Alon N" appear to have been written by Dr. Gecht's family members. Her son's name is Alon Neidich. Even if she was his primary care physician growing up, which I doubt, he should reveal his connection to her in his review. The review by Tom N was written 8 days after Alon's review, making me suspect this is also a dummy review to improve her ratings. Sleazy much?

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I had the misfortune to have my mother placed in Dr. Gecht's "care" in a nursing home after my mother had a massive stroke. From day one Dr. Gecht was uncommunicative, dismissive, condescending, brusque and uninterested in my mother's care. In fact, when my mother's blood pressure dropped one day Dr. Gecht called me and without any explanation or concern in her voice casually said "do you want me to give her comfort care (=let her die) or send her to the ER?" When I asked what could have caused the sudden drop in my mom's BP Dr. Gecht literally muttered "mm-mm-mm" like "I don't know" (=I don't care) then said she had to go and hung up on me. It turns out my mom had a simple urinary tract infection that was easily treated with antibiotics, and could easily have been diagnosed with an in-house blood test and urine culture, which Dr. Gecht was too lazy to perform.

After my mother returned from the ER Dr. Gecht called me up and SCREAMED at me because I rescinded the DNR/DNI I had placed at the ER. She wanted the DNR/DNI in place so that she could legally withhold treatment without my permission if my mother crashed. Given my previous experience with her wanting to let my mother die rather than diagnose a freaking urinary infection, there was no way I was going to leave this decision in HER hands. I didn't say this, I remained polite, but nonetheless she pushed the issue, saying it was "cruel to keep sending your mother to the ER" (even though this had been the first time!) and "she'll only be back there in a couple of weeks" (she wasn't).

Then she had the poor taste to lie to me and say that she could overrule my decisions ANYWAY and withhold treatment if treatment were "medically futile." Then she said "do you know what that means?" and I said "I went to Yale, I know what the word futile" means and she became even more irate and said she would not speak to me if I was going to be "nasty." I guess she is not used to dealing with her intellectual peers (or superiors) who dare question her almighty judgment. I then said "so you are telling me you have the legal right to override my obections and kill my mother?" and she said yes so I asked her to have the legal department of the nursing facility send me a copy of the law that allowed her to do that. She said she would, then she hung up on me. I idependently researched this and found out she was lying to me. Medically futile refers to reviving someone who would die anyway even with intervention. It absolutely does not refer to someone who has a treatable urinary tract infection!

I had my mother removed from her care the next day. My mother thrived under the care of her new doctor and lived another two years, with no further trips to the ER.

Coincidentally I met another woman socially a couple of years later, we got to talking and it turns out her own mother had been one of Dr. Gecht's nursing home patients and Dr. Gecht had persuaded her family to let her withhold food and hydration from her mother, who of course died as a result. This is legal in the case of people who can't feed themselves and need feeding tubes because those are considered elective life support, so withholding food and hydration in those cases is not considered euthanasia. Still, I don't need my mother's doctor making value judgments about my mother's quality of life, or urging families to let their loved ones die. What I needed from my mother's doctor was competent medical care, and I certainly didn't even get that. This woman is a horrible - HORRIBLE - human being.

By the way, the two other reviews written in mid September 2010 by "Tom N" and "Alon N" appear to have been written by Dr. Gecht's family members. Her son's name is Alon Neidich. Even if she was his primary care physician growing up, which I doubt, he should reveal his connection to her in his review. The review by Tom N was written 8 days after Alon's review, making me suspect this is also a dummy review to improve her ratings. Sleazy much?

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a remarkable astute clinician with a warmth that easier my every fear. I would highly recommend this physician to all would wanted excellent care.

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a remarkable astute clinician with a warmth that easier my every fear. I would highly recommend this physician to all would wanted excellent care.

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