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About Dr. Ian S Alward MD
Dr. Ian S Alward, MD is a Doctor primarily located in Austin, TX. He has 19 years of experience. His specialties include Sleep Medicine and Family Medicine. Dr. Alward is affiliated with Seton Medical Center Austin, St Davids South Austin Medical Center and Austin Lakes Hospital. He speaks English.
Dr. Ian S Alward has the following 2 specialties
- Sleep Medicine
A sleep medicine specialist is specially trained in diagnosing and treating disorders involving sleep.
Sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome and insomnia are very common and can often cause other serious health issues, such as depression, asthma, and migraines. Sleep medicine specialists often work in sleep centers where they observe a patient while sleeping and monitor brain waves, behavior, and vital signs in order to identify the causes of sleep disturbance, or an inability to sleep (insomnia).
Sleep medicine specialists treat patients through advising on sleep hygiene, providing cognitive behavioral therapy, using light therapy, or medical sleep aides.
- Family Medicine
A family practitioner is a doctor who specializes in caring for people of all ages, at all stages of life. Rather than focusing on the treatment of one disease or patient population, family practitioners are often the doctors that people see for their everyday ailments, like cold and flu or respiratory infections, and health screenings. When necessary, family practitioners will provide referrals for conditions that require the expertise of another specialist.
The doctors may also provide physicals, inoculations, prenatal care, treat chronic diseases, like diabetes and asthma, and provide advice on disease prevention.
Dr. Ian S Alward has the following 7 expertise
- Sleep Disorders
- Weight Loss
- Family Planning
Dr. Ian S Alward is Board Certified in 2 specialties
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Dr Alward is an answer to my prayers & my life is in his hands, good hands!!
Self-verified patient of Dr. Ian S Alward - Posted on January 23rd, 2014
After years of not understanding a life long problem that finally figured out had to do with some odd & very rare disorder associated with having an inabilty to control and manage my sleep/wake cycle as others seem to be able to do as though it were 2nd nature. I, on the other hand, was held captive by continuosly feeling trapped in one state of sleep or wakefulness or the other and I eventually became unable to function in my daily life on even the most basic level due to complete lack of being able to manage my symptoms. I literally spend YEARS going from one doctor to the next, all of who basically didn't fully understand my particular disorder (or, as the case may be, didnt even believe I was telling the truth or thought that I at least essageraging my condition (as it turns out, it's very rare & difficult to treat. Most often doctors would or eventually refuse to treat me altogether since I wasn't improving enough under their care to matter all that much in the first place. Finally, at my wits end, I found a God Send, Dr Alward, and he came just about the time I was honestly considering giving up on my search for answer, refuse all treatments & just let nature take its course and simply give in to simply and literally sleeping my life away and stopping all searches for help. By the time I found Dr Alward, I was just ready to give up on life completely because I felt I didn't have enough quality to justify the effets it took to function on even a basic level and I was tired of fighting & having to justify a disorder I had no explanation for in the first place. I felt others just thought I was lazy & bizarre & minimum, I was misunderstood by nearly EVERYONE. I had grown tired of fighting this bizarre & mis-understood condition everyday & couldn't imagine fighting it for the rest of my life. And, it had come to a point to where the struggle wasn't worth the few. spuratic & unpredictable rewards of symptom relief that only occasionly offered some bit of a very short lived reprieve / Anyway, at my wits end, I was blessed to run across Dr Alward, who revisited my previous diagnosis related to sleep issues & discovered I actually had an extremely, hard to control disorder, including Idiopathic Hypetsomnia with an overlap of Narcolepsy & several other serious sleep/wake related issues as well ( any one of which presented its own issues & treatment) Dr Alward patiently explained the complexity of my condition but, while uncertain how to treat it, agreed to start me on one of the latest, most studied treatment plans same as what the leading research hospital, Emery Universith in Georgia is doing, in hopes of improving my function. He also increased my stimulant intake understanding people with my disorder simply require higher levels of medication as compared to the general population. I'm already doing Mitch better & my level up of function is already greatly improved. Dr Alward didn't fully understand idiohypersomnia but I brought in information on it from repeatable sources and he didn't seem offended or seem as though his ego was hurt by having to sort of learn about my condition as we went along. In short, Dr Alward will respectfully listen to & is not afraid to try another approach to treating a condition the what's been or is being tried isn't working well. Dr Alward just wants to help his patient have a better quailty of life & if he even has to learn & do extra research on a given condition his patient has but he doesn't quit understand, he's not too proud to admit he sometimes doen't have all the answers at the tip of his fingers but knows how to get the ansers he needs, should that senerio arise. Dr Award is actually INTERESTED IN HIS PATIENTS AND DOING, OR EVEN DOING OUTSIDE RESERCH IN ORDER TO GAIN A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OR LEARN SOMETHING NEW REGARDING EVEN A COMPLICATED CONDITION, THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT HE DOES ...You don't find Drs like him very often. (I've NEVER found one & I've been to countless doctors) I'm considering him to be my "life-line" at this point & feel God has sent down an angel for me with a specific assignment to find a way to where I can function on a daily basis & return to feeling my life is valuable & make eventually helping me understand that I actually have a purpose in life & that I'm not just this sick thing that takes up space & sucks air someone else deserves more so than I. Dr Awlard is the BEST. He 's knowledgable, not afraid to admit he's at a loss & needs too learn more about whatever topic or condition he's treating etc. He's extremely kind and more than willing to search for additional knowledge if he feels he needs to in order to offer the best & latest treatment for any given illness / He's the most caring doctor I've ever known! He's my God-Send!
On-Time Doctor Award (2015, 2017, 2014, 2018)
Vitals On-Time + Promptness Award recognizes doctors with consistent high ratings for timeliness of appointments. The honor is granted based on a physician's overall and promptness scores.
Patients' Choice Award (2014, 2015, 2018, 2017)
Patients' Choice recognition reflects the difference a particular physician has made in the lives of his/her patients. The honor is bestowed to physicians who have received near perfect scores, as voted by patients.
Bridges to Excellence: Diabetes Care Recognition Program
Millions of Americans have some form of diabetes, and millions more cases are undiagnosed. To encourage more effective treatment and management, Bridges To Excellence® worked with diabetes experts to develop
Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2014, 2017)
Compassionate Doctor certification is granted to physicians who treat their patients with the utmost kindness. The honor is granted based on a physician's overall and bedside manner scores.
Dr. Alward is affiliated (can practice and admit patients) with the following hospital(s).
19 Years Experience
Indiana University School Of Medicine
Graduated in 1999
University Of Washington School Of Medicine
Dr. Ian S Alward Accepts the Following Insurance
- Aetna Choice POS II
- Aetna Managed Choice POS Open Access
- Aetna Signature Administrators PPO
BCBS Blue Card
- BCBS Blue Card PPO
- BCBS TX Blue Advantage HMO
- BCBS TX BlueChoice
- BCBS TX HMO Blue Texas
- CIGNA HMO
- CIGNA Open Access Plus
- CIGNA PPO
- First Health PPO
- FirstCare PPO
- Humana Choice POS
- Humana ChoiceCare Network PPO
- Humana HMO
- Humana HMO Premier
- Humana National HMO
- Humana National POS
- Humana Preferred PPO
- Multiplan PPO
- PHCS PPO
- UHC Choice Plus POS
More about Dr. Ian S Alward
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Locations & DirectionsSOUTH AUSTIN MEDICAL CLINIC, 2555 Western Trails Blvd Ste 101, Austin, TX
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