Dr. Kimberly Cusato, or a different Kaiser GI doc?

I need a colonoscopy + endoscopy, and Kaiser has scheduled me with Kimberly Cusato MD.  Does anyone have experience with her that they can share, or a specific Kaiser Oakland or Richmond GI doctor to recommend for this?  Many thanks!

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Dr. Cusato did my colonoscopy last year. She's the head of the department and so, I assume, very competent. She's quite brusque, in typically doctor fashion, not warm at all.  

But it doesn't really matter since you only see her for maybe 5 minutes before you're knocked out. It's the nurses who take care of you before and during the procedure that make it feel okay or not. The doctors who do the procedure just move from room to room like they're on an assembly line. For the record, my nurses were wonderful.


I recently had a colonoscopy with Dr. Stephanie Santos (Oakland Kaiser) and she was great!  The team even let me do it without sedation, so that I was able to have the rest of my day be normal, instead of recovering from sedation.  It was definitely uncomfortable, but do-able.  

Dr C is my gastro. Very straightforward and easy to work with. I have also been a patient of Dr Valadeo, who has a serious bedside manner (in a good way). Either of these docs has my high recommendation. 

Dr Cusato is great! I suggest going with her. I've had her do a colonoscopy and endoscopy on me and since i have acid reflux issues she is also my doctor for that. She is also my husband's doc.

I had my colonoscopy by Dr. Cusato. She was professional. But seriously, you will interact with her for less than two minutes before sedation. The whole Kaiser colonoscopy process was run like a machine (in a good way) and I was out of there in three hours.