John Napierkowski, MD
I speak: English
My gender: Male
Where I practice
I am a gastroenterologist (a “GI doctor”), and I've been with Kaiser Permanente at the Rock Creek Medical Offices since 2008. Previously, I was a physician in the Army for more than 10 years, most recently stationed in Hawaii. My experience in the Army was great, and the friends we had were hard to leave (The beaches were hard to leave, too!). Since I grew up in Colorado, my family and I decided it was time to come home. After growing up in Colorado Springs, I went to Notre Dame for college and then to Northwestern University in Chicago, where I met my wife. Stops along the way after medical school and into the Army included Massachusetts, Texas, Washington, D.C., and finally Hawaii.
About my practice
Many patients who come to see a gastroenterologist wonder why I went into this field. It's a field with a nice variety of work ranging from preventive care to care for chronic and unusual conditions. I have the chance to meet diverse patients with interesting life experiences and ranging in age from 18 to 100+. I learned from one of my mentors in the Army that listening to patients is usually more important than talking to patients, and I try to adhere to that philosophy in my practice. I also try to carefully educate you about the aspects of gastroenterology for which you are being seen. Ultimately, I want to form a partnership in taking care of your health problems. That requires listening carefully and empowering you with knowledge about your conditions. Some specialized procedures I perform include endoscopies, colonoscopies, feeding tube placements, and bile and pancreas-related procedures.
How I thrive
I enjoy date nights with my wife – usually we go out for dinner together once a week. I love to read books with my family, preferably some type of adventure book. Various forms of football, baseball and basketball are also featured events at home. Road trips, camping, skiing and holiday baking (especially traditional Polish cookies at Christmas and Easter) are all favorite pastimes for me. I'm still trying to get someone in the family to share my interest in golf.