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Dr. James Gagne

Internal Medicine
Glendale, CA
49 years experience male

Locations

Verdugo Internal Medicine, Inc.

Glendale, CA

Address

1809 Verdugo Boulevard, Suite 200, Glendale, CA
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My office hours

Wednesday: 2:00pm - 5:00pm
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Fax

8187902816

Office

Glendale, CA

About

Bio

<h1>Biography of Jim Gagné, MD</h1> Education. I grew up in upstate New York. After graduating from high school, I moved to New York City to attend Columbia University, where I was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and received other academic awards. I attended medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, NY. I completed the first two years of postgraduate training in Internal Medicine at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx, wrapping up my final residency year at Kaiser in Santa Clara, California. I've lived in Los Angeles since 1977. Certification. I am certified by the boards of three specialties: the American Board of Internal Medicine, the American Board of Addiction Medicine, and the American Board of Pain Medicine. Experience. After residency I joined the UCLA Pain Control Unit as Clinic Medical Director. In 1982, I began practicing internal medicine in Glendale at HCMG, Inc., a medical group that specialized in patients with HMO insurance. In 1988 I opened a private practice with my wife, Dr. Mary Hardy. In addition to practicing internal medicine, I was Medical Director of Glendale Adventist Drug and Alcohol Services. I left private practice in 1998 to become Physician In Charge of the Department of Addiction Medicine at Kaiser, followed by a position as Medical Director of the Care Center Rehabilitation Pain Management program in Encino. For several years I practiced pain medicine one day a week in the Department of Rehabilitation at Northridge Hospital Medical Center. I taught medical students at the USC Keck School of Medicine from 2000-2008. I've been an expert reviewer for the Medical Board of California and have been an expert witness on a few occasions. My fifteen minutes of fame was testifying as an expert witness at the Anna Nicole Smith trial in August 2010. Current practice. In June 2002, I returned to my roots in internal medicine and joined the Verdugo Internal Medicine group. I enjoy the diversity of a general internal medicine practice and getting to know many different kinds of people. I am particularly interested in the relationship between illness and emotion, and how spirituality can aid healing. I enjoy coaching people to manage their own health and wellbeing. In addition, I see patients in addiction medicine settings such as the Canyon at Peace Park , a deluxe private recovery program in Malibu. In 2005 and 2006 I was Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Verdugo Hills Hospital

Specialties
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Internal Medicine

Addiction Medicine

Pain Management

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

59 Answers
21 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Gagne
Internal Medicine 49 years experience
Headed for trouble: You are in deep trouble from your meth addiction. If you don't stop immediately, you could wind up like those homeless guys who walk down the street y... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Gagne
Internal Medicine 49 years experience
You bet!: Having sex but not ejaculating is probably the "withdrawal" method of birth control: ejaculating outside the vagina. What do you call people who use t... Read More
A 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Gagne
Internal Medicine 49 years experience
No: causes problems!: Lunesta (eszopiclone) and Ambien are very similar sedatives that knock you out. Being unconscious is not the same as being asleep, and you'll awaken m... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Gagne
Internal Medicine 49 years experience
See an MD;get tested: You could easily have caught a sexually transmitted disease. You'll need some blood tests to rule out an infection.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Gagne
Internal Medicine 49 years experience
Learn self-soothing: Some people with "depression" really have bipolar illness: feeling too giddy and high some times and really low/depressed at others. Full bipolar illn... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Gagne
Internal Medicine 49 years experience
Doesn't work: You would think that a zero-calorie beverage couldn't make you gain weight, but in fact sugar-free sodas and drinks don't cause any more weight loss t... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Gagne
Internal Medicine 49 years experience
About 24 hours : Penicillin is an antibiotic with a short half-life, about four hours. If you take 500 mg at noon, 250 mg is still there at 4 pm, 125 mg at 8 pm, 62 mg... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Gagne
Internal Medicine 49 years experience
Probably none: The best way to help large joints like your knees is regular exercise, like walking. Pounding, twisting, or wrenching your knees may make them worse. ... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Gagne
Internal Medicine 49 years experience
Have: Have your md check your vitamin d level. You should take 2000 units/day unless your calcium is high.
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Gagne
Internal Medicine 49 years experience
Why is it a problem?: I agree with the answers from drs. Ali and rothman, but I have a question. Why is an otherwise normal sex drive causing you distress? Do you do things... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Gagne
Internal Medicine 49 years experience
Not related at all: Constipation involves your colon and GI tract. Menstruation involves hormones and your ovaries and uterus. Completely separate.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Gagne
Internal Medicine 49 years experience
Depends on the lab: But in my practice it usually takes about a week. Usually all it takes is a special test of your urine.
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Gagne
Internal Medicine 49 years experience
Skin infection?: Sounds like "impetigo" or another kind of skin infection. No one can diagnose a skin problem over the internet. See a doctor; you probably need antibi... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Gagne
Internal Medicine 49 years experience
Usually works fast: I don't have enough information for a clear understanding of your situation. Usually Prednisone greatly improves asthma in 12-24 hours, and 60 mg shou... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Gagne
Internal Medicine 49 years experience
They are addicting: Laxatives can be really bad for you and damage your colon. They stop working after a while, and then you can't have a bm without taking them.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Gagne
Internal Medicine 49 years experience
Usually not: Tums contain calcium carbonate, which is very good and very bad for ulcers in the stomach or duodenum (intestine). The good is it's a great antacid. T... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Gagne
Internal Medicine 49 years experience
Costochondritis?: Superficial chest wall pain in young women is very common. If you press gently on the painful area and find a spot that's tender to the touch -- but n... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Gagne
Internal Medicine 49 years experience
Avocados = GOOD fat!: Many vegetable fats are good for you, especially olive oil. The fat in avocados is also good for you in moderation. One a day should not be a problem ... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Gagne
Internal Medicine 49 years experience
1.: 1. Control high blood pressure. 2. Rehab intensively, lots of exercise/stretching within tolerance.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Gagne
Internal Medicine 49 years experience
No: increases risk: Osteopenia means your bones have lost some of their mineral content, but probably not enough to greatly increase fracture risk. Osteoporosis is more s... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Gagne
Internal Medicine 49 years experience
Could be spasm: Most of my patients who feel the need to "pop" their back or neck have mild muscle aching and a good deal of anxiety. It's usually a bad habit, like c... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Gagne
Internal Medicine 49 years experience
Yes: Without knowing more about your situation, the short answer is yes.
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Gagne
Internal Medicine 49 years experience
Xanax (alprazolam) not the best: Xanax (alprazolam) is commonly prescribed for anxiety, but it can cause anxiety if used more than occasionally. It can be addicting. Do not use xanax ... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Gagne
Internal Medicine 49 years experience
Most recent is right: An advanced directive is just a statement of someone's wishes in the event of a serious illness. Wishes can change. The most recent and clear statemen... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Gagne
Internal Medicine 49 years experience
Probably not: Acupuncture is proven helpful for many aches and pains and might be helpful for a handful of other illnesses. Unless you're very lucky, it won't do a ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Gagne
Internal Medicine 49 years experience
Depends where it is: What staph infection? Staph can cause infections virtually anywhere in your body. Some can kill you within 24 hours. If it's a staph skin infectio... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Gagne
Internal Medicine 49 years experience
Depends on the cause: Cough is a symptom--why do you have it? If it's been there for less than three weeks and you have no other symptoms (short of breath, blood, wheezing,... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Gagne
Internal Medicine 49 years experience
It'll be sore: You probably don't want to do too much with that hand until the pain dies down. Should take 2-3 days. If you keep using it, it probably won't injure y... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Gagne
Internal Medicine 49 years experience
See a physician: "stomach pain" can be pain anywhere in the abdomen. It's a symptom, not an illness. You can't treat a symptom without knowing the cause. Google "abdom... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Gagne
Internal Medicine 49 years experience
Usually not: Traditionally, fatty or spicy foods can flare up an inflamed gallbladder. Plain popcorn isn't spicy or fatty -- unless you add butter, which is pure ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Gagne
Internal Medicine 49 years experience
It certainly can: Trazodone is one of my favorite medications to help sleep. It is nonaddicting and safe for most people. But any sedating medication can give you the "... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Gagne
Internal Medicine 49 years experience
Might be easy to fix: Hard to tell from your description, but this could be a "subungual hematoma, " or a collection of blood under a fingernail or toenail after you've bas... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Gagne
Internal Medicine 49 years experience
Safer than you think: You're right, nicotine is terribly addictive, especially in cigarettes. If you're not a smoker, you should avoid nicotine lozenges, but for smokers, a... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Gagne
Internal Medicine 49 years experience
Could be your heart: Pulmonary hypertension is too much pressure in the arteries in your lungs. It isn't something you can measure directly. Your blood pressure reading me... Read More
A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Gagne
Internal Medicine 49 years experience
It depends: Anyone who drinks heavily (6-pack of beer, a bottle of wine, or pint of liquor a day) may develop abnormally high liver enzymes alt and ast. It means ... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Gagne
Internal Medicine 49 years experience
No: very risky!: Gaining weight in your 20s usually means you have a lousy diet (fast food, or too much sugar, fat, and red meat) and don't exercise enough. Check out ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Gagne
Internal Medicine 49 years experience
Yes, and sure can: Xanax (alprazolam) is commonly prescribed for anxiety. But i'm not at all a fan of xanax (alprazolam). First, over time it tends to make anxiety worse... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Gagne
Internal Medicine 49 years experience
It's a low carb diet: The atkins diet is a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet designed to help you lose weight, similar to the south beach diet. You can buy books showing you ... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Gagne
Internal Medicine 49 years experience
Maybe fibromyalgia?: "fibromyalgia" is all-over muscle aching, stiffness, and soreness, often worse in the mornings and late in the day. There are several inflammatory ill... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Gagne
Internal Medicine 49 years experience
Possibly so: Coreg (carvedilol) is a class of drugs known as "beta blockers." loss of erectile function is a possible side effect, though not that common. Often, p... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Gagne
Internal Medicine 49 years experience
Usually muscle spasm: Most tension headaches are caused by sore, tight muscles in the base of the neck. Look up "trigger point" on wikipedia to get more information. Often ... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Gagne
Internal Medicine 49 years experience
Ear, nose, throat MD: Usually if the nodes haven't been there long and are not especially large or hard, you should see your family physician or internist. The specialist f... Read More
A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Gagne
Internal Medicine 49 years experience
Different: The patellar tendon is a band of flexible fibrous tissue that attaches the lower part of your knee cap ("patella") to the top front of your tibia, the... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Gagne
Internal Medicine 49 years experience
You may be diabetic: High levels of glucose and protein in the urine are virtually never normal (might happen during bad illness or after heavy exercise). A likely possibi... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Gagne
Internal Medicine 49 years experience
Weight: Weight loss drugs almost never work: you lose for a few weeks and then gain more later. Avoid drugs!
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Gagne
Internal Medicine 49 years experience
Find the right MD: Vaginismus is abnormal muscle spasms in the vagina that make intercourse painful or impossible. Don't treat this yourself without having a medical exa... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Gagne
Internal Medicine 49 years experience
Get specialist care: Ulcerative colitis or proctitis (the name varies depending upon how much of the colon is involved) is a potentially serious inflammation of the colon.... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Gagne
Internal Medicine 49 years experience
NO. See a physician: Your worms might enjoy the alcohol, but it won't hurt them. See a physician to find out what kind you have (requires a stool test) and get the correct... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Gagne
Internal Medicine 49 years experience
It may be infected: A painful, swollen, tender, red lump in your armpit is probably a small infection. Your dermatologist should be able to treat this easily. I doubt you... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Gagne
Internal Medicine 49 years experience
See a physician: Depending on the exam, you should probably have that lump biopsied. Don't delay. Painless lumps can be especially concerning.

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Gagne is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Gagne is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thanks doctor. I am no where close to such heavy drinking but have stopped so we can figure out why alt 110 and ast 47.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Couldn't be explained better. Thx you very much!
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Thank you, your tip was very helpful! I agree. It's happened to me before :). Thanks

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, NY
Graduated 1973MD

Residency

Kaiser-Permanente Medical Center, Santa Clara CA

Residency

LINCOLN HOSPITAL, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx NY

Awards

Top General Internist, First Place, Los Angeles, CA - Winter
2013
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