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    South Asian Physician Consultations

    1. How do I schedule my consultation?
    We currently have three consultants in three locations:

    Call (650) 321-4121 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Latha Palaniappan in Palo Alto.

    Call (650) 254-5200 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ronesh Sinha in Los Altos.

    Call (510) 498-2800 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Anita Bhandia in Fremont.

    You can also send an email to prana@pamf.org to schedule a consultation (turnaround time of 2 business days) or for general inquiries.

    2. Why should I consider a South Asian consultation?
    South Asians are at a higher risk of diabetes and early heart disease. Often the standard targets for risk factors such as cholesterol need to be lowered to account for this increased risk. In response to some of these unique needs, we have developed the South Asian physician consultation service where you'll receive a thorough evaluation and lifestyle plan by a doctor expert in South Asian health.

    3. What is done during the consult visit?
    Your medical history, labs and any other relevant tests will be reviewed in detail. Your individual risk profile will be discussed in addition to a summary of nutrition, lifestyle and medication treatment options. South Asian adjusted target numbers will be used in determining your goal weight, cholesterol and other risk measures. If you are on medications for your conditions, we will discuss if you are meeting your target numbers and if any medication adjustments are needed. The visit is meant to be a comprehensive evaluation of your current health within a South Asian framework.

    4. Does insurance cover this?
    This visit is treated like any other consultation visit and should be covered by your insurance. You can check with your insurance company for confirmation.

    5. Do I have to be a PAMF (Palo Alto Medical Foundation) patient?
    No. You can call to schedule an appointment and will need to bring your insurance information during the check-in process. If you are a Kaiser or cash paying patient, then you will be expected to pay the full consultation fee out of pocket.

    6. Do the consultants communicate with my regular doctor?
    Yes. If you are a PAMF patient, then communication is done through our electronic medical record. If you come from outside of PAMF, then bring your doctor's contact information and we will send a copy of our consultation note and recommendations to your primary doctor. If you would like to establish care with a PAMF PCP, please visit our Find a Doctor page.

    7. Do I need any special blood tests before the consultation?
    It is recommended you have a fasting cholesterol and blood sugar done within six months of the consultation visit. If your labs have been done outside of PAMF, then please bring in copies of your most recent results.

    8. How often will I be seen?
    This depends on each case. Most individuals will need a full 60 minute consultation followed by a shorter follow-up visit to monitor progress. After the follow-up you will either be sent back to your primary doctor or if you have more complex issues may require future follow-up visits with a South Asian consultant.