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Release: April 6, 1999

'The Best Doctors in America' list includes 152 from University of Iowa

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Some 152 University of Iowa physicians have been selected for inclusion in the 1999 "Best Doctors in America" database, a listing of the best-trained, most experienced and most skilled specialists in the United States.

UI physicians represent nearly half of the 309 physicians from Iowa listed in the 1999 database. Some 56 Iowa hospitals and health systems are represented.

The current listings result from the fourth survey undertaken by Woodward/White Inc. of Aiken, S.C., a leading provider of information about the best medical care available. To compile the database, more than 30,000 doctors throughout the United States were asked to rate the clinical abilities of other physicians in their areas of specialization.

Only those physicians who earned the consensus support of their peers were included; listings cannot be purchased. Woodward/White employs a combination of high technology polling and person-to-person phone interviews. For each survey, Woodward/White contacts every doctor on the current list and asks the same question: "If you or a loved one needed a doctor in your specialty and you couldn't treat them yourself, to whom would you refer them?"

R. Edward Howell, director and chief executive officer of the UI Hospitals and Clinics, said the listings "speak volumes about the UI's highly respected and dedicated staff of physicians and experts in virtually all aspects of medical care."

Robert Kelch, M.D., dean of the UI College of Medicine, said the rankings underscore the UI's commitment to patient care, research and medical education. "Clearly, the health care needs of Iowans are well-served by the expertise available to them through the UI's faculty and staff."

UI physicians listed, by specialty, were:

ALLERGY AND IMMUNOLOGY: Richard C. Ahrens, M.D.; Zuhair K. Ballas, M.D.;
Barbara Ann Muller, M.D.; Hal B. Richerson, M.D.; John M. Weiler, M.D.; Miles M. Weinberger, M.D.

ANESTHESIOLOGY: David L. Brown, M.D.; Tanya Oyos, M.D.; Michael M. Todd, M.D.

CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE: James R. Hopson, M.D.; Richard E. Kerber, M.D.;
Michael G. Kienzle, M.D.; James D. Rossen, M.D.; David J. Skorton, M.D.; Michael D. Winniford, M.D.



DERMATOLOGY: Kathi C. Madison, M.D.; Warren W. Piette, M.D.; Thomas L. Ray, M.D.;
Richard D. Sontheimer, M.D.; Mary S. Stone, M.D.; John S. Strauss, M.D.; Duane C. Whitaker, M.D.

ENDOCRINOLOGY AND METABOLISM: Frederick K. Chapler, M.D.; John H. MacIndoe, M.D.; Janet Schlechte, M.D.

FAMILY MEDICINE: George R. Bergus, M.D.; Richard C. Dobyns, M.D.; John W. Ely, M.D.; Barcey T. Levy, M.D., Ph.D.

GASTROENTEROLOGY: F. Jeffrey Field, M.D.; Frederick Carl Johlin, M.D.; Robert W. Summers, M.D.

HAND SURGERY: Brian Adams, M.D., and Curtis M. Steyers, M.D.

INFECTIOUS DISEASES: Charles M. Helms, M.D., Ph.D., and Loreen Herwaldt, M.D.

INTERNAL MEDICINE (GENERAL): Bradley N. Doebbeling, M.D.; John F. Fieselmann, M.D.; James R. Flanagan, M.D., Ph.D.; Richard LeBlond, M.D.; Rodney R. Zeitler, M.D.


NEPHROLOGY: Michael J. Flanigan, M.D., and Lawrence G. Hunsicker, M.D.

NEUROLOGICAL SURGERY: Patrick W.T. Hitchon, M.D.; Arnold H. Menezes, M.D.;
Vincent C. Traynelis, M.D.; John C. Van Gilder, M.D.

NEUROLOGY: Harold P. Adams Jr., M.D.; Antonio Damasio, M.D., Ph.D.; Hanna Damasio, M.D.; Richard W. Fincham, M.D.; Robert L. Rodnitzky, M.D.; Michael Wall, M.D.

NEUROLOGY, CHILD: Adel K. Afifi, M.D., and William E. Bell, M.D.

NUCLEAR MEDICINE: David L. Bushnell, M.D.; Maleah Grover-McKay, M.D.; Daniel Kahn, M.D.; Peter T. Kirchner, M.D.; Karim Rezai, M.D.

OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY: Barrie Anderson, M.D.; Jennifer R. Niebyl, M.D.;
Craig H. Syrop, M.D.; Frank J. Zlatnik, M.D.

OPHTHALMOLOGY: Wallace L.M. Alward, M.D.; H. Culver Boldt, M.D.; Keith D. Carter, M.D.;
James C. Folk, M.D.; Randy H. Kardon, M.D., Ph.D.; Ronald V. Keech, M.D.; Jeffrey Nerad, M.D.; Stephen R. Russell, M.D.; William E. Scott, M.D.; Edwin M. Stone, M.D., Ph.D.; John E. Sutphin Jr., M.D.; Thomas A. Weingeist, M.D., Ph.D.

ORTHOPAEDIC SURGERY: Joseph A. Buckwalter, M.D.; John J. Callaghan, M.D.;
Charles Richard Clark, M.D.; Stuart L. Weinstein, M.D.

OTOLARYNGOLOGY: Gerry F. Funk, M.D.; Bruce J. Gantz, M.D.; Henry T. Hoffman, M.D.; Timothy M. McCulloch, M.D.; Richard J.H. Smith, M.D.

PATHOLOGY: Fred R. Dick, M.D.

PEDIATRIC SPECIALIST: Richard C. Ahrens, M.D.; Diane L. Atkins, M.D.; Edward F. Bell, M.D.; Patricia A. Donohue, M.D.; Charles F. Grose, M.D.; Herman Hein, M.D.; Robert P. Hoffman, M.D.; Robert P. Kelch, M.D.; Jonathon M. Klein, M.D.; Ronald M. Lauer, M.D.; Larry T. Mahoney, M.D.; Paul McCray, M.D.; Mary D. Moore, M.D.; Mary Jeannette Hagan Morriss, M.D.; Jeffrey C. Murray, M.D.; William J. Rhead, M.D., Ph.D.; Jeffrey Segar, M.D.; Jeffrey Smith, M.D.; Raymond Tannous, M.D.; Eva Tsalikian, M.D.; Miles M. Weinberger, M.D.; John A. Widness, M.D.; Eckhard E. Ziegler, M.D.

PEDIATRICS (GENERAL): Claibourne I. Dungy, M.D.; Mary S. Larew, M.D.; Jody R. Murph, M.D.; Jerold Woodhead, M.D.


PSYCHIATRY: Arnold E. Andersen, M.D.; Nancy C. Andreasen, M.D., Ph.D.; Donald W. Black, M.D.; Remi J. Cadoret, M.D.; Brian L. Cook, D.O.; William Coryell, M.D.; Raymond R. Crowe, M.D.; Roger G. Kathol, M.D.; Russell M. Noyes Jr., M.D.; Bruce M. Pfohl, M.D.; Joseph Piven, M.D.; Robert G. Robinson, M.D.

PULMONARY AND CRITICAL MEDICINE: John F. Fieselmann, M.D., and Jeffrey Kern, M.D.


RADIOLOGY: George Y. El-Khoury, M.D.; E.A. Franken Jr., M.D.; Yutaka Sato, M.D., Ph.D.; Wilbur L. Smith, M.D.; William Stanford, M.D.

RHEUMATOLOGY: Robert F. Ashman, M.D.; John S. Cowdery Jr., M.D.; Elizabeth H. Field, M.D.; George V. Lawry II, M.D.; Stanley J. Naides, M.D.; John W. Rachow, M.D., Ph.D.; M. Paul Strottman, M.D.

SURGERY: Gerald Patrick Kealey, M.D.; Carol E. Scott-Conner, M.D., Ph.D.

THORACIC SURGERY: Douglas M. Behrendt, M.D.; Wayne E. Richenbacher, M.D.

UROLOGY: Bernard Fallon, M.D.; Charles E. Hawtrey, M.D.; Karl J. Kreder, M.D.;
Richard D. Williams, M.D.