Dr. Gary Cecchi, MD

HematologyMaleAge 69

Dr. Cecchi
Accepting new patients

Absmc Comprehensive Cancer Center

2001 Dwight Way Berkeley, CA 94704

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Dr. Gary Cecchi, MD is a Hematology Specialist in Berkeley, CA and has over 42 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Cecchi has more experience with Blood Disorders and Blood Cancers than other specialists in his area. He graduated from Tufts U, School of Medicine medical school in 1979. He is affiliated with medical facilities such as Alameda Hospital and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center. He is accepting new patients. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Cecchi to book an appointment.

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Dr. Cecchi is affiliated with John Muir Health, Walnut Creek Medical Center Walnut Creek, a highly rated hospital.

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No malpractice claims found for California
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Frequently Treated by Dr. Cecchi

Based on treatment records, we have identified the following as areas of care that Dr. Cecchi treats more often than their peers. If you are unsure whether Dr. Cecchi treats other conditions, please contact the office at (510) 204-1591.

Blood Disorders

Blood disorders specialists diagnose and treat conditions that affect the blood's ability to function, including hemophilia, anemia, and sickle cell disease.Compare with other Blood Disorders specialists.

Dr. Cecchi treats at a

very high

frequency compared to similar providers

Based on claims data for 25 conditions and procedures

Treatments
Dr. Cecchi
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Anemia
Myeloproliferative Disorders
Myelodysplastic Syndromes
Coagulation Disorders (incl. Hemophilia)
Normal
Frequency
High
Frequency
Very High
Frequency

Blood Cancers

Blood cancer specialists diagnose and treat cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma that affect the blood cells, bone marrow, or lymphatic system.Compare with other Blood Cancers specialists.

Dr. Cecchi treats at a

high

frequency compared to similar providers

Based on claims data for 17 conditions and procedures

Treatments
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Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML)
Myeloma
Normal
Frequency
High
Frequency
Very High
Frequency

Check Dr. Cecchi's experience treating your condition or procedure

Dr. Cecchi's conditions and procedures:

  • Acute Leukemia
  • Acute Lymphoid Leukemia
  • Acute Myeloid Leukemia
  • Anemia
  • Antiphospholipid Syndrome (APS)
  • Bleeding Disorders
  • Blood Disorders in Pregnancy
  • Bone Marrow Biopsy
  • Central Nervous System Lymphoma
  • Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
  • Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML)
  • Coagulation Defects in Pregnancy and Postpartum
  • Coagulation Disorders (incl. Hemophilia)
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Hemophilia
  • Hemophilia A
  • Hypercoagulable State
  • Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP)
  • Leukocytosis
  • Lymphocytosis
  • Myelodysplastic Syndromes
  • Myeloma
  • Myeloproliferative Disorders
  • Neutropenia
  • Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
  • Pancytopenia
  • Plasmapheresis
  • Polycythemia Rubra Vera
  • Primary Central Nervous System Lymphoma
  • Primary Hypercoagulable State (incl. Factor V Leiden Disease)
  • Purpura
  • Qualitative Platelet Defects (incl. Glanzmann's Thrombasthenia)
  • Sickle Cell Disease
  • Thalassemia
  • Thrombocytosis
  • Venous Embolism and Thrombosis
  • Vitamin B Deficiency
  • Vitamin B12 Deficiency
  • von Willebrand Disease

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(510) 204-1591

Dr. Cecchi accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Aetna HMO
Choice Plus POS II
Anthem
Access for Infants & Mothers (AIM)-CA HMO
Advantage-CA HMO
Advantage-CA PPO
Balanced (Prudent Buyer)-CA PPO
Blue Cross (CACare) - Individual-CA HMO
Blue Cross (CACare) - Large Group-CA HMO
Blue Cross (CACare) - Small Group-CA HMO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Individual-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Large Group-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Small Group-CA PPO
Blue Cross (Prudent Buyer) - Student Health-CA PPO
Blue Cross-CA HMO-POS
Bronze (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze EPO (Prudent Buyer / Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Bronze Select (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze Select w/ H.S.A (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Bronze w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer PPO/Small Grp)-CA PPO
Dignity Health Custom Advantage-CA HMO
Dignity Health EPO / PPO-CA
Dignity Health PHC EPO & HDP/HSA-CA
Dignity Health Ventura EPO/PPO-CA
EPO-CA
Gold (CaliforniaCare HMO/ Small Grp) HMO
Gold (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Gold Advantage-CA PPO
Gold EPO (Prudent Buyer / Small Grp)-CA PPO
Gold EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Gold Select (Select / Small Grp)-CA HMO
Gold Select (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Lumenos Plans-CA PPO
Major Risk Medical Insurance Program (MRMIP) - Prudent Buyer-CA PPO
MemorialCare Custom-CA PPO
National (BlueCard Basic) PPO
National (BlueCard) PPO
PERS Choice / PERSCare Providers-CA PPO
PERS Select-CA HMO
PERS Traditional-CA HMO
Platinum (CaliforniaCare HMO/ Small Grp) HMO
Platinum (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Platinum Select (Select / Small Grp)-CA HMO
Platinum Select (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Select (PERS Select Providers)-CA PPO
Select Plus-CA HMO
Select PPO (Select Network)-CA PPO
Select-CA HMO
Select-CA PPO
Silver (CaliforniaCare HMO/ Small Grp) HMO
Silver (Prudent Buyer PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Silver Advantage-CA PPO
Silver EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Silver EPO w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer/Small Grp)-CA PPO
Silver Select (Select / Small Grp)-CA HMO
Silver Select (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Silver Select w/ H.S.A (Select PPO/ Small Grp)-CA PPO
Silver w/ H.S.A (Prudent Buyer PPO/Small Grp)-CA PPO
Tenet Network-CA PPO
Traditional
Traditional PPO
UC Care-CA PPO
UC CORE-CA PPO
UC Health Savings Plan-CA
UC High Option Supplement to Medicare-CA
UC Medicare with Prescription Drugs-CA PPO
UC Medicare without Prescription Drugs-CA PPO
UC Resident and Fellows-CA PPO
UCSHIP-CA PPO
USC Plan (Two Tiered Network)-CA HMO
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
Advantage Preferred DirectAccess Plus PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California PPO
Select Plus HMO
Select PPO
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
Open Access Plus
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
PHCS Network PPO
Western Health Advantage

Dr. Cecchi's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Cecchi

3.0

Based on 76 ratings

5 Stars
44.73684210526316%
(34)
4 Stars
5.2631578947368425%
(4)
3 Stars
1.3157894736842106%
(1)
2 Stars
0%
(0)
1 Star
48.68421052631579%
(37)
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What went well
  • Staff friendliness (43)
  • Wait times (15)
What could be improved
  • Long wait times (39)
  • Staff wasn't friendly (23)
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If you're looking for a more compassionate and thorough doctor, please look elsewhere. Dr. Cecchi was my mother's doctor, and after diagnosing her with late stage, didn't really care for her. Every subsequent visit was short, concise, and always gave a negative outlook in everything. He always reminded us of her amount of time left, never wanting to give new treatments a try, and never even said anything positive or consoled us. Really? Even if the situation is bad, a doctor should be more compassionate, attentive to patient needs, etc. Truly unacceptable!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
What could be improved
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Berkeley Res – Oct 16, 2020
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Made an appointment for a consultation, turns out that his office is in a hospital and I got billed for hospital charges. No ethics in the medical community. Find a different Dr.
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Mar 31, 2020
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I have been Dr. Checchi’s patient for four years. I have a rare blood cancer and it creates many problems. He has a lot of knowledge and deals with each symptom as it arrives. I have four stars because The Herrick Center isn’t for everyone - staff changes often and there can be long waits. I stick with the center because it allows me to get all my treatments in one place - doc, port maintenance, blood tests infusions and transfusions. I see my Dr every 6 weeks. It’s not the most efficient place but I think the convenience of not having to run all over the place to different treatment centers makes up for that. If you come here be patient and bring a snack and something to read. Checchi isn’t a very warm and fuzzy guy but he has given me many options for treatment. Some I’ve taken and some I’ve declined. I feel like he educates me and tells me the truth. I’ve encountered several other oncologist who acted like they knew everything and gave orders. I’ll prefer Checchi’s approach.
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Happy Patient – Jan 16, 2020
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Terrible-long wait for a 5 min visit. Recommended chemo without doing a special test on my cancer to see if I even would benefit from chemo. I went to another medical oncologist who recommended the test first. Turned out I do not benefit from chemo! BEWARE!!
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Long wait times
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
6 people found this helpful
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JT – Aug 21, 2019
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Dr. Cecchi is an excellent physician. He has been my husband's doctorfor 14 yearts and saved him from 4th stage Lymphoma.
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What could be improved
No results
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Mar 22, 2019
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Dr. Cecchi shepherded me through breast cancer 30 years ago and is now my oncologist for pancreatic cancer. He is meticulous in staying on top of every aspect of treatment, testing (including determining what treatment you need and what you don't need—"I don't want to put poison in your body if you don't have cancer," and when it was clear that my cancer was completely gone he halted treatment. Some patients are put off by his direct manner, but when I go to a doctor I am not looking for a new f
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No results
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Mar 08, 2019
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Dr Cecchi is a very good doctor that truly cares for his patients. He will spend as much time as needed to explain situations and make the patient feel comfortable about proposed treatments. He may at times seem like he’s not listening to you but nothing goes unheard. He dedicates himself to his patients and even gives out his cell phone number that you can call at anytime of day or night. I would highly recommend him to anyone dealing with cancer.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
6 people found this helpful
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N in Oakland, CA – Jun 28, 2018
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My hematologist closed his doors to his office without any notice to his patients. I call Dr. Cecchi’s office and told them what happened and I need to see someone as soon as possible due to my blood problem. His office gave me an appointment immediately and his staff was the best. I saw Dr. Cecchi and liked him immediately. I am still seeing Dr. Cecchi and would not leave is care. Before you judge any one by comments and words, check the person out yourself. You are your own judge!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Long wait times
7 people found this helpful
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RT in OAKLAND, CA – May 17, 2018
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Will not recommend.Very BAD experience for my first appointment at 11 a.m I was told to be there 30 minutes before and was officially registered around 10:45 a.m. At about 12:05 p.m,I was called to his office. At about 12:30 p.m, a nurse came in to take my blood pressure & my weight, and told me that the doctor would be in shortly. At 12:50 pm, there was still NO sign of this doctor. I was EXTREMELY disappointed & wasted over 2 hours waiting!!! I had another appointment at 1:30 pm,I HAD to leave
What went well
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What could be improved
No results
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Franics in Oakland, CA – Nov 16, 2017
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Herrick (in general) has screwed me over, before. Do you have money to get a blood test? I hope you do. Because this idiot didn't put down the proper codes, and YOU WILL BE STUCK PAYING IT! He does a lot of unnecessary tests. I TRUSTED THIS PERSON!!! LOOK WHAT HAPPENED TO ME! He Will probably do the same to you. WANT MY ADVICE: stay away from this one. He is a bad dude! He tried to put me on a medicine once, and this medicine could have killed ME!!! AND HE WANTS TO TAKE THIS POISON!
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No results
What could be improved
No results
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Glenn R. in El Sobrante, CA – May 07, 2016
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He had to close his office. That tells me a lot. I went elsewhere for better care.
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GS in Oakland, CA – Mar 31, 2016
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He is very professional. What I like most about Dr. Cecchi is that he gets straight to the point. He answers all my questions letting me know exactly where I stand and how can help me.
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No results
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Coach P in Alameda, CA – Mar 12, 2016
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Dr Cecchi saved my life! Sometimes he didn't seem to hear me but I found later that he heard every word I said. I got my medical transcripts when I left California' fantastic doctor!
What went well
No results
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No results
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Elfrida, AZ – Mar 12, 2016
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Highly professional, excellent communication skills.
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No results
What could be improved
No results
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Sal Ferris in Alameda, CA – Feb 19, 2016
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His office is now closed.
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No results
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RC in San Leandro, CA – Dec 23, 2015
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About Me

Biography

Dr. Gary Cecchi, MD is a Hematology Specialist in Berkeley, CA and has over 42 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Cecchi has more experience...Read more

Specialties

  • Hematology
  • Hospice & Palliative Medicine
  • Medical Oncology

Board Certifications

  • Hematology
  • Hospice Care and Palliative Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Medical Oncology

Education

1984
City Hope Hosp
Residency Hospital
1982
Mayo Clin
Residency Hospital
1980
Mayo Clin
Internship Hospital
1979
Tufts U, School of Medicine
Medical School

Awards

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What are Dr. Gary Cecchi, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Cecchi frequently treats Blood Disorders and Blood Cancers. See all practice areas where Dr. Cecchi specializes.

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Dr. Cecchi's office is located at 2001 Dwight Way, Berkeley, CA 94704. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Practice

Absmc Comprehensive Cancer Center2001 Dwight Way Berkeley, CA 94704
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Affiliated Hospitals

Dr. Cecchi is affiliated with the following hospitals. Select a hospital below to learn more.

Learn more about how Healthgrades measuresHospital Quality.

Alameda Hospital

Alameda, CA

57% Patient experience rating, 12% lower than the national average

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center

Oakland, CA

70% Patient experience rating, 1% higher than the national average

19 Awards Received

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - Alta Bates Campus

Berkeley, CA

59% Patient experience rating, 10% lower than the national average

11 Awards Received

Eden Medical Center

Castro Valley, CA

72% Patient experience rating, 3% higher than the national average

18 Awards Received

John Muir Health, Walnut Creek Medical Center

Walnut Creek, CA

76% Patient experience rating, 7% higher than the national average

11 Awards Received

Mercy Medical Center Redding

Redding, CA

67% Patient experience rating, 2% lower than the national average

5 Awards Received