Robert Nicholson, MD (Oakland, CA)
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Robert Nicholson, MD (Oakland, CA)
Re: Does your pediatrician take Medi-Cal?
We would highly recommend Dr. Robert Nicholson. When our
children's pediatrician (who had been my pediatrician as a child)
finally retired, he recommended Dr. Nicholson to all of his
patients. I know Dr. Nicholson takes Medi-Cal. Plus, he has a
wonderful staff, is very responsive to parent concerns (no matter
how crazy), has a 24-hour nurse advice line, and you can get
appointments when you need to! His address is 400 - 29th Street,
Suite 204, Oakland. His phone number is 510-893-8426.
We are looking for a new pediatrician in Oakland. The BPN has
comments on Dr Nicholson from May 2003. I'd like to get some
Any information would be greatly appreciated!
We LOVE Dr. Nicholson. My daughter has been seeing him since
birth and he has provided the best possible care for her
through ordinary illnesses and checkups and through not so
ordinary and pretty serious emergencies requiring more
thought, research and follow up. We have had to go to
Children's Hospital many times and they work very well in
coordination with he and his office. I feel so incredibly lucky
to have found him and still say this every time we leave his
office. He is caring, thorough, a fantastic listener, trusts
your mother's (and father's) instincts and actually calls you
personally (and quickly) if you need to speak with him by
phone. He is so respectful with the kids (even when they are
tiny babies) and works hard to gain their trust-it is an
amazing thing to watch. I found him through this list 4 years
ago and could not be more happy with him and I know my daughter
loves him too - even if he does give shots. His office staff is
also incredibly caring and competent. I could go on and on
about how fantastic he is but hopefully, this tells you what
you need to know.
I missed the original request for information on Dr. Robert
Nicholson, but wanted to chime in anyway because my family has
found him so wonderful. Dr. Nicholson is old-fashioned in the
all the best ways: principled, considerate, compassionate, and
willing to invest plenty of his own time and thought in solving
a problem. He's also modern in the best ways: well-read and up-
to-date, a believer in evidence-based medicine, and willing to
accommodate the huge diversity in attitudes and approaches to
health care that goes with a Bay Area patient population. He's
also well-connected at Children's Hospital.
Re: Pediatricians who take Healthy Families
We have had Dr. Robert Nicholson of Oakland as our pediatrician
for many years and like him immensely. He knows his stuff, is
openminded, has a social conscience, and manages to be sympatico
with all his patients, whether their parents are pairs of
obsessive PhDs hovering over a first baby and second guessing him
via the internet or welfare moms struggling on the edge of
survival. I know he takes Healthy Families. He's in the
business section of the White Pages. My two-year old loves him
so much that he wanders the house with a white shirt buttoned
over his clothes, demanding to be addressed as ''Dr. Nickissen.''
My husband and I chose Dr. Robert Nicholson in Oakland (893-8426) for our
son who is now 4 months old. I can't say enough good things about him.
Dr. Nicholson came to the hospital when our son was born and returned
several times as our son had to spend the first 30 hours in intensive care.
When calling for advice, he comes to the phone himself, usually immediately
rather than returning the call and doesn't just rely on an advice nurse
(although his nurses seem to be good too). He is not overly conservative
and doesn't push medicine. He has always had time to see us if needed,
same day. However, I'm not sure if he takes BC/BS or not.
Just wanted to second the recommendation of Dr. Robert Nicholson who is
also our daughter's pediatrician (on Pill Hill in Oakland). He is
amazingly accessible and responsive. Today, for instance, is normally
his paper-work day in which he tries to catch up on all kinds of
paperwork, but when I came there with my daughter in my arms with a bad
case of the flu, he not only accommodated us, but there were several
others in similar circumstances that he accommodated as well. What I
like best about him is the respect he shows both parent and child and
willingness to discuss and get input into his diagnosis/prognosis, no
elitism here. Very competant, yet very down to earth, real.
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