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Arkansas’s best doctors 2009: Pediatricians to pulmonologists.

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FOR THE YOUNG AND OLD: Results from this year's Best Doctors in Arkansas survey.
  • FOR THE YOUNG AND OLD: Results from this year's Best Doctors in Arkansas survey.

We've done it again. Since 1995, the Arkansas Times has published a yearly list of what we call the Best Doctors in Arkansas. This year, the 15th time around, our survey has produced the most wide-ranging list ever, from family practice docs to brain surgeons.

The doctors listed here were nominated by their peers, all licensed Arkansas physicians who were invited to vote either on-line or through the mail. Hundreds voted. (Dozens voted twice — but we caught you!)

 The Times does not declare the list below to be the be-all, end-all list of Arkansas's best doctors. It's heavy on physicians at the University of Arkansas for Medical Science, and several of those doctors will tell you that's because their colleagues in private practice are their former students and paying their respects.

That's what Dr. Paula Anderson modestly chalked up her nomination to. The pulmonologist has been at UAMS since 1969, teaching and seeing patients with all kinds of lung disease. But Anderson is known nationally for her work with adults with cystic fibrosis, a patient group that barely existed before aerosol and other improvements in CF therapies, as her profile in this issue explains.

Pediatrician Dr. Joe Elser also carved out a niche, creating Arkansas Children's Hospital's migraine clinic, treating an ailment that is far commoner in kids than many realize — but rarer in clinical focus. Dr. Brian Hardin works with Elser's “graduates” — adolescents, whose unique psychosocial and musculoskeletal needs require a special medical approach.

We revisit Dr. Kris Shewmake, who was named best plastic surgeon a decade ago, to see what's new in his specialty. What's new in his life: His surgical mission trips, teaching advanced techniques to doctors in Honduras.

Joining Anderson, Elser, Hardin and Shewmake as nominees for “best” are the doctors listed below. Hometowns are given for doctors who practice outside Pulaski County.

 

 ADOLESCENT MEDICINE

 

Top vote getter

Brian Hardin

 

Other best doctors

Elton Cleveland

Wayne Herbert

Karen Kozlowski

Darrell Nesmith

Maria Portilla

Jennifer Woods

 

 FAMILY MEDICINE

 

Top vote getter

George Konis 

 

Other best doctors

Charles Carttar

Robert Cheek

Chris Cobb 

Arlo Kahn

Hal Hedges

Jay Holland

Jamie Howard

Philip Hudson

Martha Lauster

Daniel Knight

Kent McKelvey Jr.

David Nelson

Jack Somers

James Stallcup, Huntsville

Charles Smith

Roger Tilley

Daniel Watson

 

GERIATRICS

 

Top vote getter

David Lipschitz 

 

Other best doctors

Jennifer Co

Priya Mendiratta

Ann Riggs

Claudia Tolleson

Dennis Sullivan

Jeanne Wei

 

 INTERNAL MEDICINE

 

Top vote getter

Robert Hopkins 

 

Other best doctors

Lee Able

Susan Beland

Robert Cheek

Amy Fitzgerald

Torin Gray

James Hazlewood

Robert Lavender

Elizabeth Pitts

Sara Tariq

 

 OBSTETRICS-
GYNECOLOGY

 

Top vote getter

Paul Wendel

 

Other best doctors

Janet Cathey

Amy Wiedower Eble

Cindy Hubach

Curtis Lowery

Nirvana Manning

Fred Newton

Heather Owens

Amy Phillips

Orman Simmons

Julia Watkins

 

PEDIATRICIANS

 

Top vote getter

Joe Elser

 

Other best doctors

Mary Aitken

Debra Becton

Bryan Burke

Jerry Byrum

Charles Feild

Anthony Johnson

Eugene Lu

Valeria Malak

Joshua O'Neill

Chad Rodgers

Bonnie Taylor

September Westbrook

 

 GYNECOLOGY-
ONCOLOGY

 

Top vote getters

Alexander Burnett

Juan Roman

Pamela Stone

 

 MEDICAL
ONCOLOGY

 

Top vote getter

Laura Hutchins 

 

Other best doctors

Brad Baltz

Joseph Beck

Mariann Harrington

Larry Mendelsohn

Diane Wilder

 

DERMATOLOGY

 

Top vote getter

Jay Kincannon

 

Other best doctors

Daniel Davis

Matthew Kagy

Thomas Manning

Daniel Smith

 

 PLASTIC SURGERY

 

Top vote getters

Kris Shewmake

James Yuen

 

Other best doctors

David Bauer

Edward Love

T.R. Moffett

Suzanne Yee

 

 PEDIATRIC
NEUROLOGY

 

Top vote getter

Greg Sharp

Other best doctors

Stephen Bates, Jonesboro

May Griebel

Rolla Shbarou

 

 PEDIATRIC ALLERGY

 

Top vote getter

Stacie Jones 

 

Other best doctors

Amy Scurlock

Melissa Graham

Martin Fiser

 

 PEDIATRIC
CARDIOLOGY

 

Top vote getter

Renee Bornemeier

 

Other best doctors

Brian Eble

Eudice Fontenot

Elizabeth Frazier

Robert Morrow

Marie Michele Moss

Paul Seib

 

 PEDIATRIC
ENDOCRINOLOGY

 

Top vote getter

Stephen Kemp 

 

Other best doctors

John Fowlkes

Alba Morales Pozzo

 

PEDIATRIC

GASTROENTEROLOGY

 

Top vote getter

Helen Casteel

 

Other best doctors

Troy Gibbons

Julianna Frem

George Fuchs

 

 PEDIATRIC
HEMATOLOGY

 

Top vote getter

David Becton 

 

Other best doctors

Suzanne Saccente

Robert Sayle

Kimo Stine

 

 PEDIATRIC
INFECTIOUS DISEASE

 

Top vote getter

Richard Jacobs

 

Other best doctors

Nada Harik

Jose Romero

Gary Wheeler

 

 PEDIATRIC
NEPHROLOGY

 

Top vote getter

Richard Blaszak

Other best doctors

Eileen Ellis

Muhammed Ilyas

Tom Wells

 

 PEDIATRIC
OTOLARYNGOLOGY

 

 

Top vote getter

Charles Bower

 

Other best doctors

Lisa Buckmiller

Gresham Richter

 

 PEDIATRIC
PULMONOLOGY

 

Top vote getter

Robert Warren

 

Other best doctors

John Carroll

Supriya Jambhekar

 

 PEDIATRIC
RHEUMATOLOGY

 

Top vote getter

Paula Morris

 

Other best doctor

Jason Dare 

 

 PEDIATRIC SURGEON

 

Top vote getter

Sam Smith

 

Other best doctors

Melvin Dassinger

Richard Jackson

 

 MATERNAL AND
FETAL MEDICINE

 

Top vote getter

Paul Wendel 

 

Other best doctors

Curtis Lowery

Steve Chatelain

 

 NEONATAL AND
PERINATAL

 

Top vote getter

Whit Hall 

 

Other best doctors

Robert Arrington

Jeffrey Kaiser

Robert Lyle

Billy Thomas

 

PSYCHIATRY

 

Top vote getter

Brian Hyatt

 

Other best doctors

James Clardy

Jeffrey Clothier

Thomas Freeman

Robert Jarvis

Lawrence Labbate

G. Richard Smith

John Spollen

Linda Worley

 

 ADDICTION
PSYCHIATRY

 

Top vote getter

Roger Amick

 

Other best doctor

Warren Bickel, PhD

 

 CHILD PSYCHIATRY

 

Top vote getter

Richard Livingston

 

Other best doctors

Lynn Taylor

Matthew Crouch, Fayetteville

Molly Gathright

Brian Kubacak

 

 GERIATRIC
PSYCHIATRY

 

Top vote getters

Lewis P. Krain

 

Other best doctors

Eugene Reid

Graham Reid

Gary Linker, Fayetteville

 

 ALLERGY AND
IMMUNOLOGY

 

Top vote getter

Martin Fiser

 

Other best doctors

Gene France

Melissa Graham

Jim Mark Ingram

Ellen Lu

Karl Sitz

Blake Scheer

 

CARDIOLOGY

 

Top vote getters

Paulo Ribeiro

Rajesh Sachdeva

 

Other best doctors

Joe Bissett

Forrest Glover

Eleanor Kennedy

James Marsh

Bruce Murphy

David Rutlen

James Shuffield

Greg St. John, Hot Springs

 

 COLON AND
RECTAL SURGERY

 

Top vote getter

Lee Raley 

 

Other best doctors

Ralph Broadwater

Charles Crocker

Jonathan Laryea

 

ENDOCRINOLOGY

 

Top vote getters

Donald Bodenner

Deborah Bursey

Debra Simmons

 

Other best doctors

Lawson Glover

Richard Griffiths

Philip Kern

Stavros Manolagas

Ganesh Nair

Phil Peters

 

GASTROENTEROLOGY

 

Top vote getter

Terence Angtuaco

 

Other best doctors

Farshad Aduli

John Baber

Robert Barker, Fort Smith

Angelo Coppola

Glenn Davis

Arshad Malik

James Metrailer

 

 HAND SURGERY

 

Top vote getter

Michael Moore

 

Other best doctors

Jeanine Andersson

Thomas Frazier

James Yuen

 

HEMATOLOGY

 

Top vote getters

Brad Baltz

 

Other best doctors

Joseph Beck

Balan Nair

Kamal Patel

 

 INFECTIOUS DISEASE

 

Top vote getter

Robert Bradsher

 

Other best doctors

Michael Saccente

Susan Delap

Ryan Bariola

Thomas Monson

Alexander Lindley

 

NEPHROLOGY

 

Top vote getters

Sameh Abul-Ezz

Michelle Krause

Kevin Heifner

 

Other best doctors

Joe Pevahouse

Sundar Swaminathan

James Wellons

NEUROSURGERY

 

Top vote getter

Ossama Al-Mefty

 

Other best doctors

Timothy Burson

Ali Krisht

T. Glenn Pait

David Reding

 

NEUROLOGY

 

Top vote getter

Lee Archer

 

Other best doctors

Salah Keyrouz

Keith Schluterman, Conway

Beverly Beadle

Brad Boop

Sami Harik

Robert Silzer

Jomana Al-Hinti

Tim Freyaldenhoven, Conway

 

OPHTHALMOLOGY

 

Top vote getter

Laurie Barber

 

Other best doctors

Katherine Baltz

Tracy Baltz

Carol Chappell

James Deer

Richard Harper

Nicola Kim

Paul Phillips

John Shock

 

 ORTHOPEDIC
SURGERY

 

Top vote getter

Gordon Newbern

 

Other best doctors

James Aronson

Lowry Barnes

Scott Bowen

Richard Evans

Ken Martin

Richard Nicholas

Jack Vanderschilden

 

OTOLARYNGOLOGY

 

Top vote getter

James Suen

 

Other best doctors

Chris Colclasure

John Dornhoffer

Graves Hearnsberger

Paul Farris, Fayetteville

Brendan Stack

Adrian Williamson

 

 PAIN MEDICATION

 

Top vote getters

Ahmed Ghaled

Juan Firnhaber-Burgos

 

PATHOLOGY

 

Top vote getter

Bruce Smoller

 

Other best doctors

Aubrey Hough

Soheila Korourian 

Laura Lamps

Gene Singleton

 

 PHYSICAL MEDICINE AND REHABILITATION

 

Top vote getter

Thomas Kiser

 

Other best doctors

Barry Baskin

Patrick Kortebein

Kevin Means

 PULMONARY DISEASE

 

Top vote getter

Paula Anderson

 

Other best doctors

Neal Beaton

Larry Johnson

Manish Joshi

Gail McCracken

Nancy Rector

Hussam Sakkijhah

 

RHEUMATOLOGY

 

Top vote getters

James Abraham III

Eleanor Lipsmeyer

 

Other best doctors

Tom Kovaleski

Laura Trigg

 

 SPORTS MEDICINE

 

Top vote getter

Jack Vanderschilden

 

Other best doctor

Richard Nix

 

SURGERY

 

Top vote getter

Chris Cate

 

Other best doctors

John Jones

Ronald Robertson

Everett Tucker

Richard Turnage

 

 THORACIC SURGERY

 

Top vote getter

Charles Watkins 

 

Other best doctors

Nelson Ancalmo, Pine Bluff

Hugh Burnett 

John R. “Bo” Busby, Pine Bluff

Burcu Ozdemir

John Rowen

Gareth Tobler

C.D. Williams

 

UROLOGY

 

Top vote getter

Keith Mooney

 

Other best doctors

Nabil Bissada

John Brizzolara

Alex Finkbeiner

Timothy Goodson

Pat O'Donnell

John Redman

Walt Stallings

 

 VASCULAR SURGERY

 

Top vote getter

John Eidt

 

Other best doctors

Robert Casali

Mohammed Moursi

Charles Watkins.

 

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