Jim Nishimine, ObGyn (Berkeley, CA)
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Jim Nishimine, ObGyn (Berkeley, CA)
2507 Ashby Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94705
Re: OB for fibroid consultation?
Jim Nishimine (on Ashby) is fantastic as a consultant and
also as a surgeon (if this is what you will eventually
need). His manner is a little abrupt but as a doctor he is
amazing. I went to him in a similar situation several years
Re: Looking for a great OB-GYN
I switched from a very large practice to Dr. Nishimine, who rarely uses backup, and is known to be an
excellent surgeon. Because if I'm able to have a second pregnancy, it will
need to be a C-section. He's right across the street from Alta Bates. You
know you're in good hands when the pap is over and you didn't even know it
happened. He's not ''warm & fuzzy,'' but a very kind doctor, and very competent
based on my office visit experience and research of recommendations.
Has anyone had experience using Dr Nishimine for delivery? I am
due in early August and he is my Doctor's (Dr Levinsky) primary
back up. I am curious about other peoples' experiences with him
during delivery. We have a doula and I plan to meet with Dr
Nishimine before delivery.
I have posted in reply to this question before, and I know
other people have as well, so hopefully this time it will get
added to the web site. But here goes...I also had Dr. Levinsky
as my doctor, and ended up having Dr. Nishimine deliver my
first child almost 7 years ago. He is not a hold your hand
kind of doctor, and was very brusque with us. That being said,
I had a fairly difficult delivery, pushed for over two hours
and needed to use forceps to deliver my over-nine pound
daughter. Dr. Nishimine was extremely competent, and a nurse
later told me that he saved me from having a C-section. So I
think you can be assured you will have a very experienced,
competent doctor if he delivers your baby, but don't expect a
lot of hand holding (for what it is worth, I saw Dr. Levinsky
for two pregnancies, and she did not deliver either of my
I've seen Dr. Nishimine for 5 years. He delivered my first
child by c-section. He was very quick and by all accounts a
good surgeon. My husband works in the ER and was able to stand
at the surgical end of the C-section instead of my head, and was
impressed with his technique. He has years of experience,
nothing phases him. However, if you're the needy hand holding
type you may not find him overly warm and fuzzy. He's down to
business which I personally like. I had a a section planned for
my second child, but he arrived a few days early while Nish was
on vacation. His backup is Dr. Yogahama (Yogi). She too is an
excellent physician. Not sure if she has a private practice or
just works at Alta Bates.
I've worked with Dr. Nishimine for several years in one area of
quality management for OB. He recently delivered our ID MD's
third child. In my experience, he has been very thorough,
kind, gentle, and conscientious.
Dr. Nishimini (or ''Nish'')is my primary OB/GYN & he delivered
our son three years ago. He was great. He was very respectful
of my requests outlined in the birth plan that my husband & I
put together. I never felt as if he was pushing his agenda on
us. In fact, during the delivery of our son, I did not even
realize that he had arrived, because he came into the room,
checked in w/ the nurse & my husband, then left the room until
just prior to the delivery. My friend who was present asked him
why he hadn't stayed in the room & he told her that I was doing
well & was very focused on what I was doing & that he didn't
want to disturb the momentum. In short - he was respecting my
wishes & patiently waited until we were ready for him.
I did not have any difficulties w/ my pregnancy or L&D, but I
understand that he is very skilled w/ high-risk pregnancies as
well as w/ situations where other Doc's might just go for a C-
section as a matter of convenience.
Finally, I should add - Nish is a direct communicator & has a
very dry sense of humor. Some people might be put off by these
traits in an OB, I however, found it very reassuring that he
would be direct w/ both information & recommendations.
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