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About Dr. Peter L Forster MD
Peter Forster, MD, Clinical Director of Gateway Psychiatric Services, graduated from the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine in 1985, and completed his residency in psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Forster was previously the Medical Director of Community Mental Health Services for the City and County of San Francisco and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at John George Psychiatric Pavilion in Alameda. From 2007 to 2012 he was elected by his peers for inclusion in Best Doctors in America. Dr. Forster is currently a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at University of California, San Francisco and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.
211 Gough St Ste 211
San Francisco, CA 94102
Dr. Peter L Forster has the following 2 specialties
A neurologist is a physician who diagnoses and treats disorders of the nervous system which is comprised of the brain, spinal cord and nerves. These doctors do not perform surgery, but refer patients to neurological surgeons when they determine that surgical intervention is necessary.
Some of the conditions that neurologists diagnose and treat are epilepsy, aneurysms, hydrocephalus, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, stroke, spinal disc herniation, and spinal disease.
In addition to using diagnostic tests like MRI, CT scans, EEG and EMG, neurologists also employ neurological testing to gauge muscle strength and movement, balance, reflexes, sensation, memory, speech, and other cognitive abilities.
A psychiatrist is a doctor with specific training in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness.
He or she can not only provide the counseling necessary to both diagnose and treat a patient, but can also prescribe medication when needed. In some cases, a psychiatrist will only provide the medication and the counseling will be provided by another healthcare specialist, like a certified counselor or psychologist.
Like other doctors, psychiatrists employ diagnostic tools like CT scans and MRI in order to observe the structure and function of a patient's brain.
Once a diagnosis is made, these specialists may use behavior or cognitive therapy in order to address the patient's condition, or a multitude of other types of therapy, in conjunction with or in place of medication.
Dr. Peter L Forster has the following 14 expertise
- Bipolar Disorder
- Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Mood Disorders
- Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) / Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Sleep Disorders
- Depressive Disorder
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD)
- Personality Disorder
- Manic Depressive Disorder
- Mental Illness
Dr. Peter L Forster is Board Certified in 1 specialty
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Self-verified patient of Dr. Peter L Forster - Posted on December 16th, 2018
My family member is with Dr. Forster's care for two years and continues now. A complex diagnosis, Dr. Forster took time and, years of expertise, including utilizing advanced genetic testing, all to obtain the most accurate diagnosis. There is an ongoing, focused re-assessment of my loved one's condition in response to various life stressors and internal changes which are going on. He keeps a close eye and labs for response to any medication changes and use. In addition, what enhances this professional care, is the compassion and care which goes along with treatment. Dr. Forster has made himself available to my family member by video conference/call when the risk is increasing, and my family member does not reach to us but feels trust to contact Dr. Forster, This action says so much to me and I am grateful for the relationship that is established. In closing, as a family member, I have found access to Dr. Forster to be quite available. I remember a while back, though, in a different location and hospital, my family member had an emergency admission. I called Dr. Forster's office at the closing time to get the medication list which I did receive. What a comforting surprise for me, when early that evening, Dr. Forster called and offered support to this worried, family member. His care and words at that time and circumstance made that experience feel a little safer. Thank you to Dr. Forster for all that you do to help others in your path.
Dr Forster is the BEST
Self-verified patient of Dr. Peter L Forster - Posted on August 2nd, 2018
Dr Peter Forster is the best. He worked with me for about 7 years. I was struggling with multiple issues when we first started working together and would sometimes forget about appointments. Dr Forster worried about my well being when I didn't show up as scheduled and he would personally check on me at my house to make sure I was ok. He went above and beyond because he is a kind person and truly cares about his patients. I got sober while working with Dr Forster and he was incredibly professional and reliable throughout the chaos of my ups and downs. He helped me find emotional stability using medications and lifestyle recommendations, but he is not quick to simply put people on medication to fix things, he looks at the big picture and truly puts his patient's overall health first. I trust him with my life - because when it comes down to it, he helped me to save my own life. He is a quick, responsive communicator and available when his patients need him. Don't hesitate to seek help, Dr Forster is the best.
Thanks Dr. Forster!
Self-verified patient of Dr. Peter L Forster - Posted on July 28th, 2018
Dr. Forster is amazing. I was down in the dumps for months and finally knew I needed help. When I reached out to him, he promptly established me as a new patient and we started working together right away. He's super tech saavy, extremely responsive and works around my schedule. Thanks to him, I'm back to 100%. Thanks Dr. Forster!
So grateful to Dr. Forster
Self-verified patient of Dr. Peter L Forster - Posted on July 24th, 2018
Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2010, 2012, 2014)
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.
On-Time Doctor Award (2014, 2015)
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 (2010, 2011, 2012, 2014)
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.
34 Years Experience
University Of California Davis School Of Medicine
Graduated in 1985
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211 Gough St Ste 211 San Francisco, CA : (415) 551-0520
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