Haruko Akatsu, M.D., M.S.

Endocrinologist

4.8 out of 5
360 Patient Ratings
42 Patient Comments

Professional Education

  • Medical Education: Warren Alpert Medical School Brown University (1994) RI
  • Board Certification: Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, American Board of Internal Medicine (2003)
  • Fellowship: Stanford University School of Medicine (1999) CA
  • Residency: Stanford University School of Medicine (1997) CA
  • Internship: Stanford University School of Medicine (1995) CA

Honors & Awards

  • America's Top Doctors Award, Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. (2015)
  • Best Doctors in America, Best Doctors, Inc. (2015)
  • America's Top Doctors Award, Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. (2014)
  • Best Doctors in America, Best Doctors, Inc. (2014)
  • America's Top Doctors Award, Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. (2013)
  • Best Doctors in America, Best Doctors, Inc. (2013)
  • Best Doctors in America, Best Doctors, Inc. (2010)
  • Best Doctors in America, Best Doctors, Inc. (2009)
  • Best Doctors in America, Best Doctors, Inc. (2008)
  • Best Doctors in America, Best Doctors, Inc. (2007)

Administrative Appointments

  • Medical Director, Thyroid Cancer Program (2008 - Present)

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4.9

Friendliness

4.8

Recommended to others

4.8

Explanations

4.8

Listens

4.8

Includes you in decisions

4.9

Clear Communication

4.8

Confidence in your doctor

4.6

Wait times

SHC Patient, Jun 2016

Dr. Akatsua was wonderful. She spent nearly an hour with me going over my past medical history, future plans, medications, treatments, etc. At the end of the appointment, she told me that she is leaving Stanford. Unfortunately, I was really looking forward to continuing care with her.

SHC Patient, Jun 2016

I already have recommended my doctor to others

SHC Patient, Jun 2016

Dr. Akatsu is just perfect! wonderful patient care!

SHC Patient, May 2016

Excellent overall!

SHC Patient, May 2016

Good.

SHC Patient, May 2016

care provider is very approachable, warm and compassionate ... she listens to my concerns.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Appointment information was very clear, and the doctor did an excellent job at answering my questions.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Dr. Akatsu is the best! She explains things well, answers all questions, and is always cheerful.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Would have liked the doctor to be more supportive of my decision to pursue alternative treatment

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Dr. Akatsu has always been very concerned with how I am doing and about what is going on in my life. She takes the time necessary to explain my test results and gives clear instructions for future appointments and tests. I am extremely happy that Dr. Akatsu is my doctor.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

This Dr. truly cared about me. She was so sincere.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Dr. Akatsu is great care provider. I'm very happy to work w/her. She's willing to explain thoroughly about my situation and care options w/patient and friendliness.

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4.8 out of 5
360 Patient Ratings
42 Patient Comments

SHC Patient, Jun 2016

Dr. Akatsua was wonderful. She spent nearly an hour with me going over my past medical history, future plans, medications, treatments, etc. At the end of the appointment, she told me that she is leaving Stanford. Unfortunately, I was really looking forward to continuing care with her.

SHC Patient, Jun 2016

I already have recommended my doctor to others

SHC Patient, Jun 2016

Dr. Akatsu is just perfect! wonderful patient care!

SHC Patient, May 2016

Excellent overall!

SHC Patient, May 2016

Good.

SHC Patient, May 2016

care provider is very approachable, warm and compassionate ... she listens to my concerns.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Appointment information was very clear, and the doctor did an excellent job at answering my questions.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Dr. Akatsu is the best! She explains things well, answers all questions, and is always cheerful.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Would have liked the doctor to be more supportive of my decision to pursue alternative treatment

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Dr. Akatsu has always been very concerned with how I am doing and about what is going on in my life. She takes the time necessary to explain my test results and gives clear instructions for future appointments and tests. I am extremely happy that Dr. Akatsu is my doctor.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

This Dr. truly cared about me. She was so sincere.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Dr. Akatsu is great care provider. I'm very happy to work w/her. She's willing to explain thoroughly about my situation and care options w/patient and friendliness.

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

DR AKATSU IS ONE OF THE ONLY PHYSICIANS I WOULD GIVE AN "A". SHE IS WONDERFUL! STANFORD HOSPITAL IS VERY LUCKY TO HAVE HER.

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

Dr. Akatsu was very nice.

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

"Great experience" is the reason we are following through with surgery there (Stanford) and not at our local physicians.

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

V. good.

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

I feel as though I consistently receive excellent care from a very qualified and compassionate staff. Plus I love the art work at the hospital and the free coffee :)

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

She is a very good doctor.

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

Dr. Akatsu one of the best doctors I've known. She is extremely caring, professional, compassionate & knowledge. Dr. Akatsu is definitely an outstanding doctor!!!

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

Dr. Akatsu was everything I hoped for.

SHC Patient, Dec 2015

Dr. Akatsu Haruko is such wonderful provider, she is very detail, clear and very,very nice, I already recommended her to some one.

SHC Patient, Dec 2015

I feel very fortunate to be able to have Dr. Akatsu as my physician. I could not be in better hands !

SHC Patient, Dec 2015

Dr Akatsu, was very nice would recommend her highly.

SHC Patient, Dec 2015

Dr. Akatsu is wonderful and I would recommend her and Stanford Hospital to anyone that wanted great care.

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Great doctor!

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Dr. Akatsu spent a lot of time listening and then provided sound professional guidance on a health issue that has not been straight-forward to diagnose for more than a decade and this was very helpful in providing me with a resolve of what to do next. I was especially impressed that she had most of the files describing my long-term health issue in front of her as we spoke. Thus, we could reference through time what one test showed that another did not.

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

I understand that time with the patient is a double-edged sword; in that extra time given to one patient can take time away from another. Dr. Akatsu is very efficient and thorough, but sometimes seems to go too quickly for an elderly patient who might feel neglected by the time constraints placed upon the doctor. That said, it would be difficult to fault the doctor as it is simply indemic to the larger system.

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Explained everything in detail in lay man's term. Very patient.

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Very good.

SHC Patient, Oct 2015

Dr. Akatsu was just wonderful and her fellow was excellent also. Both were very helpful and very caring.

SHC Patient, Aug 2015

Dr. Akatsu is excellent and also does a very good examination. Wonderful doctor.

SHC Patient, Jun 2015

Doctor was very good, her answers were very complete.

SHC Patient, May 2015

Dr. Akatsu squeezed me in while I was there for surgery.

SHC Patient, Apr 2015

Could not be better!!!.

SHC Patient, Apr 2015

Dr. Akatsu is wonderful & always professional & on time.

SHC Patient, Mar 2015

As I've said, I would recommend Dr. Akatsu without reservation.

SHC Patient, Feb 2015

The best PROVIDER!

SHC Patient, Dec 2014

With most of my visits for my cancer & treatments, I always felt I was getting the best of care & had my questions answered completely.

SHC Patient, Oct 2014

Dr. Akatsu is very friendly and thorough. She listens well, explains things clearly and documents everything in plain language during our visit.

SHC Patient, Sep 2014

Very satisfied.

SHC Patient, Apr 2014

It is unlikely that I will have the occasion to recommend this care provider to anyone because I do not know anyone else with thyroid cancer. If I did I would MOST DEFINITELY recommend Dr. Akatsu.

SHC Patient, Mar 2014

I really feel confident in Dr. Akatsu. She explains issues thoroughly & is always up to date on my case. Her follow up and follow through has been exceptional.