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University of Iowa News Release

April 11, 2005

UI Physicians Listed Among 'Best Doctors in America'

One hundred fifty physicians from University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics have been selected for inclusion in 2005 "Best Doctors in America" database, a leading resource for linking consumers with expert medical care.

The selected physicians - faculty in the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine who provide clinical services at UI Hospitals and Clinics - represent 32 medical specialties. They comprise over half of the 296 physicians from Iowa listed in the latest database, which includes physicians from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The "Best Doctors" database results from exhaustive peer review surveys  undertaken by Best Doctors, Inc., a provider of information about the best  medical care available. To compile the current database, more than 35,000 doctors throughout the United States were asked 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.

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

Best Doctors uses its database to support a family of high-touch, as well as Web-based services that link individuals with serious illness to expert medical specialists for second opinions or treatment. The database includes detailed physician profiles (special areas of research, diagnoses treated most often, etc.), enhancing its ability to guide patients 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.

The company's Web site is

Donna Katen-Bahensky, director and chief executive officer of UI Hospitals and Clinics, said the "Best Doctors" listings underscore the high quality of physician expertise available to all Iowans at the hospital. "I believe the people of this state are extremely fortunate to have so many nationally recognized physicians available to them," she said.

Jean Robillard, M.D., dean of the UI Carver College of Medicine, said the "Best Doctors" listings validate the state's commitment to provide world-class patient care, research, and medical education at the UI.

UI Health Care physicians listed in the database, by specialty, are:

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

ANESTHESIOLOGY: Timothy J. Brennan; John S. Hata; Bradley J. Hindman; Michael M. Todd

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


DERMATOLOGY: Kathi C. Madison; Thomas L. Ray; Mary S. Stone; Duane C. Whitaker


FAMILY MEDICINE: George R. Bergus; Richard C. Dobyns; John W. Ely; Susan M. Goodner, Paul A. James; Barcey T. Levy, Kelly S. Skelly

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

HAND SURGERY: Brian Adams; Curtis M. Steyers

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

INTERNAL MEDICINE, GENERAL: Peter Densen; John F. Fieselmann; James R. Flanagan; Christopher Goerdt; Richard LeBlond; Paul Mulhausen


NEPHROLOGY: Michael J. Flanigan; Lawrence G. Hunsicker

NEUROLOGICAL SURGERY: Matthew Howard; Arnold H. Menezes; Timothy Ryken; Vincent C. Traynelis

NEUROLOGY: Harold P. Adams, Jr.; Katherine Mathews (pediatric); Robert L. Rodnitzky; William T. Talman Jr.; Michael Wall

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

OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY: Barrie Anderson; William A. Davis; Jennifer R. Niebyl; Ingrid E. Nygaard; Craig Syrop; Bradley Van Voorhis; Jerome Yankowitz

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; Edwin M. Stone; John E. Sutphin, Jr.; Thomas A. Weingeist

ORTHOPAEDIC SURGERY: Annuziato Amendola; Joseph A. Buckwalter; John J. Callaghan; Charles R. Clark; Frederick R. Dietz; James Nepola; Ignacio V. Ponseti (Emeritus); Charles L. Saltzman; Stuart L. Weinstein.

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

PATHOLOGY: Jo Ann Benda; James Goeken

PEDIATRICS, GENERAL: William R. Daws: Claibourne I. Dungy; Lois B. Dusdieker; Mary Larew; Ellen Link; Vera Loening-Baucke; Jody R. Murph; Jerold C. Woodhead

PEDIATRIC SPECIALIST: Michael Acarregui, Richard C. Ahrens; Michael Artman; Dianne L. Atkins; Edward F. Bell, Warren Bishop; John Dagle; Patricia Donohoue; Charles Grose; Herman A. Hein; Jonathan Klein; Larry T. Mahoney; Paul McCray; Jill Morriss; Jeffrey C. Murray; Craig C. Porter; Jean Robillard; Thomas Scholz; Jeffrey Segar; Jeffrey Smith; Raymond Tannous; Eva Tsalikian; Miles Weinberger; John A. Widness

PSYCHIATRY: Arnold E. Andersen; Donald W. Black; Brian L. Cook; William Coryell; Raymond R. Crowe; Tracy D. Gunter; Delwyn D. Miller; Bruce M. Pfohl; Robert G. Robinson

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


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

RHEUMATOLOGY: Robert F. Ashman; George V. Lawry II


SURGERY: Kimberly S. Ephgrave; Gerald P. Kealey; John P. Lawrence; Anthony D. Sandler; Carol E. H. Scott-Conner

THORACIC SURGERY: Wayne E. Richenbacher

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

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STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Marketing and Communications, University of Iowa Health Care, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room E110 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945, Writer: Mike Sondergard.