Doctor that speaks Thai
October 7, 2006 7:53 AM   Subscribe

How can I find a doctor that speaks Thai in New York City?
posted by josher71 to Health & Fitness (8 answers total)
ask the consulate
posted by matteo at 7:55 AM on October 7, 2006

Probably quicker to try the consulate first, but if that doesn't work:

Do you have insurance? The insurance company's directory should list information on languages the doctors speak (or at least on languages spoken in the office). Most online directories will allow you to set specific criteria (including languages) when you search for a doctor.
posted by dilettante at 8:27 AM on October 7, 2006

I came to say what matteo said. It worked for me to find an English-speaking doctor in Germany.
posted by Goofyy at 8:33 AM on October 7, 2006

This answer is probably too obvious to be right, but have you considered getting a dead-tree NYC phone book and looking for Thai names?
posted by Kwantsar at 8:46 AM on October 7, 2006

I have Aetna insurance, but their "DocFind" tool is available without logging in. Using that and limiting it to Thai-speaking doctors in New York City, I found only one result. However, I'm sure there are more, just not necessarily covered by my insurance company. Her information, if you're interested, is:

Dharapak, Patricia, MD
New York Downtown Med Associates
Specialty(ies): Internal Medicine
Address: 425 Grand Street, 1st Floor, New York, NY 10002
Phone Number(s): (212) 473-6467

Dharapak, Patricia, MD
New York Downtown Med Associates
Primary Office #: 048004
Specialty(ies): Internal Medicine
Address: 170 William Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10038
Phone Number(s): (212) 238-0100
posted by ferociouskitty at 8:50 AM on October 7, 2006

Response by poster: Thanks Ferociouskitty! And everyone else too! Very helpful.
posted by josher71 at 9:23 AM on October 7, 2006

Here are two from the Oxford doctor search on their site:

Photangtham, Punyadech
Family Practice

Sarnoff, Jon
posted by xo at 9:47 AM on October 7, 2006

If those suggestions don't pan out, or in an emergency, I'd ask Bellevue Hospital, 212-562-4141, or its emergency department. Or, if there are any Thai neighborhoods in NYC, contact whichever hospitals are nearest to them.
posted by Dave 9 at 4:59 PM on October 7, 2006

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