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Release: Sept. 12, 2002

144 University of Iowa physicians listed among 'Best Doctors in America'

One hundred forty-four University of Iowa Health Care physicians have been selected for inclusion in 2002 Best Doctors in America database.

UI Health Care physicians represent about 45 percent of the 311 physicians from Iowa listed in the 2002 Best Doctors database, which includes doctors from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The Best Doctors database results from surveys undertaken by Best Doctors Inc., a provider of information about the best medical care available. To compile the current database, Best Doctors asked more than 30,000 doctors throughout the U.S. to rate the clinical abilities of other doctors in their areas of specialization. Only physicians who earned the consensus support of their peers were included.

Best Doctors uses its database to support Web-based services that link individuals with serious illness to these expert medical specialists for second opinions or treatment. The company has developed detailed profiles of the doctors in its database, (special areas of research, diagnoses treated most often, etc.), enhancing its ability to guide individuals to the doctors most experienced to advise on and/or treat the illness in question.

In addition, all doctors are checked for licensing and certification requirements and for any disqualifying disciplinary actions. Individuals requiring access to these services may contact the company through its Web site,

The Best Doctors polling methodology mimics the informal peer-to-peer referral process that doctors themselves use to identify appropriate specialists for their patients.

Donna Katen-Bahensky, director and chief executive officer of University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, said the Best Doctors listings underscore the UI's highly respected and dedicated staff of physicians and experts in virtually all aspects of medical care.

"We believe the health care needs of Iowans are well-served by the expertise available to them through University of Iowa Health Care," she said.

Robert Kelch, M.D., dean of the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and vice president for Statewide Health Services, said the 'Best Doctors' listings support the UI's overall commitment to high-quality patient care, research, and medical education. "This is yet another affirmation that our physicians rank among the nation's very best," he said.

UI Health Care physicians listed, by specialty, are:

ALLERGY AND IMMUNOLOGY: Richard C. Ahrens; Zuhair K. Ballas; Marta M. Little; Barbara Ann Muller; Miles M. Weinberger.

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

CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE: Richard E. Kerber; Michael G. Kienzle; Brian Olshansky; James D. Rossen; David J. Skorton.


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

ENDOCRINOLOGY AND METABOLISM: Thomas M. O'Dorisio; Janet Schlechte.

FAMILY MEDICINE: George R. Bergus; Richard C. Dobyns; John W. Ely; Paul A. James; Cynda A. Johnson; Barcey T. Levy.

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

HAND SURGERY: Brian Adams; Curtis M. Steyers.

INFECTIOUS DISEASE: Charles M. Helms; Loreen A. Herwaldt.

INTERNAL MEDICINE, GENERAL: Bradley N. Doebbeling; John Frederick Fieselmann; James R. Flanagan; Christopher Goerdt; Bruce Everett Johnson; Richard LeBlond; Paul Mulhausen.


NEPHROLOGY: Michael J. Flanigan; Lawrence G. Hunsicker.

NEUROLOGICAL SURGERY: Ken Follett; Patrick W. T. Hitchon; Matthew Howard; Arnold H. Menezes; Vincent C. Traynelis; John C. VanGilder.

NEUROLOGY: Harold P. Adams, Jr.; Antonio Damasio; Hanna Damasio; Robert L. Rodnitzky; Jon M. Tippin; Michael Wall.

NUCLEAR MEDICINE: David L. Bushnell; Michael M. Graham; Daniel Kahn.

OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY: Barrie Anderson; Jennifer R. Niebyl; Joel I. Sorosky; Craig Syrop; Bradley Van Voorhis; Frank J. Zlatnik.

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

ORTHOPAEDIC SURGERY: Joseph A. Buckwalter IV; John J. Callaghan; Charles L. Saltzman; Stuart L. Weinstein.

OTOLARYNGOLOGY: Gerry F. Funk; Bruce J. Gantz; Henry T. Hoffman; Richard J. H. Smith.

PEDIATRICS, GENERAL: Brenda Cruikshank; Claibourne I. Dungy; Lois Dusdieker; Mary S. Larew; Jody R. Murph; Jerold Woodhead.

PEDIATRIC SPECIALIST: Richard C. Ahrens; Michael J. Acarregui, Dianne L. Atkins, Edward F. Bell; John Dagle; Patricia A. Donohoue; Charles F. Grose; Herman Hein; Robert P. Kelch; Jonathan M. Klein; Ronald M. Lauer; Larry T. Mahoney; Paul McCray; Mary J. Hagan Morriss; Jeffrey C. Murray; Thomas D. Scholz; Jeffrey Segar; Jeffrey Smith; Raymond Tannous; Eva Tsalikian; Miles M. Weinberger; John A. Widness; Ekhard E. Ziegler.


PSYCHIATRY: Arnold E. Andersen; Nancy C. Andreasen; Donald W. Black; Brian L. Cook; William Coryell; Raymond R. Crowe; Bruce M. Pfohl; Robert G. Robinson.

PULMONARY AND CRITICAL CARE MEDICINE: John Frederick Fieselmann; Gary W. Hunninghake; Jeffrey S. Wilson.

RADIOLOGY: Bruce P. Brown; George Y. El-Khoury; E. A. Franken, Jr.; Yutaka Sato; Wendy Smoker; William Stanford.

RHEUMATOLOGY: Robert F. Ashman; John S. Cowdery, Jr.; Elizabeth H. Field; George V. Lawry II; M. Paul Strottman.

SURGERY: Carol E. H. Scott-Conner.


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

UROLOGY: Bernard Fallon; Karl J. Kreder; Richard D. Williams; Howard N. Winfield.

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