Top Doctors 2011

The 396 417-land doctors who were rated as best by their peers.

Top Doctor Travis Brawner, MD; Otolaryngology Specialist; Ozark Mountain ENT, Branson

If a time comes when you need a doctor, you don’t want to wonder if you’re choosing the right person. But how do you make that decision?

If you’re new to town—or not—and don’t know where to begin the search for a physician, this feature could provide a place for you to start. Sometimes the most reliable tips come in the form of word-of-mouth recommendations from trusted friends, and in a way, that’s what this list is about. It began in December, when we surveyed 417-land physicians in six towns: Bolivar, Branson, Joplin, Lebanon, Springfield and West Plains. We asked them to tell us who they’d recommend to friends and family members searching for a doctor in a certain field or specialty. The following list contains their answers. It’s not the only information out there about who the best doctors are in our region, but it’s a place to start as you work on making the right choices for you and your family. And it’s full of the word-of-mouth recommendations of people in the 417-land medical world.—Katie Pollock Estes

Medical Myths: Debunked

Does an apple a day really keep the doctor away? We talked to Family Practice Physician Kristopher Kaufmann D.O. of Citizens Memorial Hospital in Bolivar, who is a top doctor with a specialty in family practice, to learn the truth behind some common medical myths.

Click here to discover the truth behind these myths.

 


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Bolivar  

BOLIVAR SPECIALISTS

Cardiovascular Disease
John Best, MD
Citizens Memorial Healthcare Heart Institute
417-777-2663

Ear, Nose & Throat
Jacque LeBeau, MD
Citizens Memorial
Healthcare ENT
417-777-8910

Emergency Medicine
Jeffrey Smieshek, DO
Citizens Memorial Healthcare
417-326-6001

Family Practice
William Donnell, MD (tie)
Bolivar Family Care Center; CMH
417-326-6021

Kristopher Kaufmann, DO (tie)
Butterfield Park Medical Center; CMH
417-326-7676

Geriatric Medicine
Jeffrey Tedrow, MD
Bolivar Family Care Center; CMH
417-326-6021

Hematology/Oncology
Leonid Shunyakov, MD
Carrie J. Babb Cancer Center; CMH
417-326-7200

Hospitialist
Wanda Ethen, MD
Citizens Memorial Healthcare
417-328-6435

Nephrology
David Sommerfeld, MD
Bolivar Family Care Center; CMH
417-326-6021

Neurology
Curtis Schreiber, MD
Citizens Memorial Healthcare Neurology Clinic
417-327-3530
   
Obstetrics and Gynecology
D. Shelly Meents, MD
Bolivar OB/GYN; CMH
417-777-8131
   
Ophthalmology
Caleb Sawyer, MD
Bolivar Eye Specialty Center; CMH
417-328-6010

Pain Management
Mark Bult, MD
Institute for Pain Management; CMH
417-328-6010
   
Pediatrics (General)
Maida Baugh, MD
Butterfield Park Pediatrics; CMH
417-777-2121

Runner-Up:
Shannon Calvert, MD
Butterfield Park Pediatrics; CMH
417-777-2121
       
Podiatry
Matt Garrison, DPM
Regional Foot and Ankle Clinic; CMH
417-326-6200
   
Pulmonary Disease
Donald Wantuck, MD
Citizens Memorial Healthcare Pulmonology Clinic
417-328-6055

Rheumatology
Anthony Tay, MD
Citizens Memorial Healthcare Rheumatology Clinic
417-327-3530
       
Sports Medicine
Juris Simanis, MD
Parkview Sports and Occupational Medicine; CMH
417-777-6161

Urology
John Boullier, MD
Citizens Memorial Healthcare Urology Clinic
417-326-2550
BOLIVAR SURGERY SPECIALISTS

Colon and Rectal Surgery
Brent Bartgis, DO
Citizens Memorial Healthcare Surgical Services
417-326-8700

General Surgery
Wayne Wolf, III, DO
Citizens Memorial Healthcare Surgical Services
417-326-8700

Laparoscopic Surgery
Wayne Wolf, III, DO
Citizens Memorial Healthcare Surgical Services
417-326-8700

Ophthalmological Surgery
Caleb Sawyer, MD
Bolivar Eye Specialty Center; CMH
417-328-6010
   
General Orthopedic Surgery
Ronald Smith, MD
Parkview Orthopaedic Clinic; CMH
417-777-2663

Orthopedics (Foot & Ankle Surgery)
David Hicks, MD
Parkview Orthopaedic Clinic; CMH
417-777-2663
   
Orthopedics (Hand Surgery)
Michael Grillot, MD
Parkview Orthopaedic Clinic; CMH
417-777-2663
       
Orthopedics (Joint Replacement Surgery)
Ronald Smith, MD
Citizens Memorial Healthcare
417-777-2663
       
Orthopedics (Sports Medicine & Arthroscopy)
Ronald Smith, MD
Parkview Orthopaedic Clinic; CMH
417-777-2663

Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery
Robert Cagle, DO (tie)
Citizens Memorial Healthcare ENT and Allergy Clinic
417-328-7702

Jacque LeBeau, MD (tie)
Citizens Memorial Healthcare ENT
417-777-8910

General & Reconstructive Plastic Surgery
William Reynolds, MD
Citizens Memorial Healthcare Professional Building
417-328-6535
       
Plastic (Facial Surgery)
William Reynolds, MD
Citizens Memorial Healthcare Professional Building
417-328-6535

Podiatric Surgery
Matthew Garrison, DPM
Regional Foot and Ankle Clinic; CMH
417-326-6200

Urology
John Boullier, MD
Citizens Memorial Healthcare Urology Clinic
417-326-2550


BOLIVAR ADDITIONAL SPECIALISTS

Pathology
James Shelley, MD
Citizens Memorial Healthcare
417-326-6000

Radiology
John Gamble III, MD
Citizens Memorial Healthcare
417-328-7872

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Branson  

BRANSON SPECIALISTS

Cardiovascular Disease
Narin Arunakul, MD
Skaggs Regional Medical Center
417-336-4112

Ear, Nose & Throat
Travis Brawner, MD
Ozark Mountain ENT (independent)
417-335-3636

Emergency Medicine
Jake Roberts, DO
Skaggs Emergency Department (independent)
417-335-7218

Endocrinology
Maryann Mugo, MD
Skaggs Diabetes & Endocrinology Care
417-348-8990

Family Practice
Lynn Allison, MD
Branson Clinic, LLC
(independent)
417-239-0125

Hospitalist
Brian Clonts, MD
Skaggs Regional Medical Center
417-335-7128

Internal Medicine
Thomas Daniel
Woodward, MD
Skaggs Internal Medicine Associates
417-348-8524

Nephrology
John Martinez, MD (tie)
Branson Nephrology (independent)
417-334-8288

Dwight Zabel, MD (tie)
Branson Nephrology (independent)
417-334-8288

Neurology
Diane Cornelison, DO
Skaggs Regional Medical Center; Branson Neurology & Pain Center
417-335-7222

Obstetrics and Gynecology
Mark Edelstein, MD
Skaggs Regional Medical Center
417-335-7540

Ophthalmology
Tom Morrison, MD
Tri-Lakes Eye Center
(independent)
417-334-0044

Pain Management
Diane Cornelison, DO
Skaggs Regional Medical Center–Branson Neurology & Pain Center
417-335-7222
Editor’s note: Dr. Cornelison’s speciality is actually neurology.

Pediatrics (General)
Angela Richmond, MD
Skaggs Regional Medical Center
417-335-7540

Rheumatology
Anne Winkler, MD
Skaggs Regional Medical Center
417-348-8253

Urology
Jerry Givens, MD
Tri-Lakes Urology
Consultants
417-335-7736
BRANSON SURGERY SPECIALISTS

Colon and Rectal Surgery
Nicole Reid, MD
Surgical Partners of the Ozarks (Independent)
417-336-3646

General Surgery
Nicole Reid, MD
Surgical Partners of the Ozarks (Independent)
417-336-3646

Laparoscopic Surgery
Nicole Reid, MD
Surgical Partners of the Ozarks (Independent)
417-336-3646

Maxillofacial Surgery
Travis Brawner, MD
Ozark Mountain ENT (independent); privileges at Skaggs Regional Medical Center
417-335-3636

Ophthalmological Surgery
Tom Morrison, MD
Tri-Lakes Eye Center
(independent)
417-334-0044

General Orthopedic Surgery
Chris Reeves, DO
Skaggs Orthopedic
Associates; 417-348-8100

Orthopedics (Joint Replacement Surgery)
Darin Talley, MD
Branson Orthopedics
(independent)
417-334-8877
Editor’s note: Dr. Talley’s specialty is orthopedic surgery with an emphasis on feet and ankles.

Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery
Travis Brawner, MD
Ozark Mountain ENT (independent); privileges at Skaggs Regional Medical Center
417-335-3636

Urology Surgery
Jerry Givens, MD
Tri-Lakes Urology
Consultants; 417-335-7736


BRANSON ADDITIONAL SPECIALISTS

Anesthesiology
Robert Blackshear, MD
White River Anesthesia
Associates (independent)
417-239-3392

Radiology
Anthony Wheeler, MD (tie)
Skaggs Radiology Department
417-335-7223

Richard Makuch, MD (tie)
Skaggs Radiology Department
417-335-7223

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Joplin  

JOPLIN SPECIALISTS

Allergy and Immunology
Michael Joseph, MD (tie)
Midwest Regional Allergy, Asthma, Arthritis and Osteoporosis Center (independent)
417-624-0050

David L. Straub, MD (tie)
David L. Straub MD (independent); privileges at Freeman Health System and Mercy St. John’s Regional Medical Center, 417-782-1343

Cardiovascular Disease
James Hoff, MD
Mercy St. John’s Clinic
417-627-8500

Dermatology
Mark Matlock, MD
M&T Dermatology Services (independent); privileges at Mercy St. John’s Regional Medical Center, 417-624-0440

Runner-Up:
Derek Towery, MD
M&T Dermatology Services (independent); privileges at Mercy St. John’s Regional Medical Center, 417-624-0440

Ear, Nose & Throat
Frank W. Shagets, MD
Frank W. Shagets, MD (independent); privileges at Mercy St. John’s Regional Medical Center and Freeman Health System, 417-623-5111

Emergency Medicine
David Hagedorn, MD (tie)
Mercy St. John’s Regional Medical Center
417-781-2727

Jimmy Morgan, DO (tie)
Freeman Health System
417-347-1111

David Sean Smith, DO (tie)
Mercy St. John’s Regional Medical Center
417-781-2727

Endocrinology
Sean Hamlett, DO
Freeman Health System–Endocrinology
417-347-8740

Fertility
O. E. Dement, MD
Women’s Healthcare
Associates; Freeman Health System
417-347-7009

Family Practice
Russell Kennedy, DO (tie)
Mercy St. John’s Clinic
417-781-2727

Tim O’Keefe, MD (tie)
O’Keefe & Kessler MDs (independent); privileges at Mercy St. John’s Regional Medical Center
417-782-6767

Gastroenterology
David Seidl, MD
Digestive Health Professionals (Independent); privileges at Freeman Health System and Mercy St. John’s Regional Medical Center
417-781-7110

Runner-Up:
Larry Deffenbaugh,  DO
Larry D. Deffenbaugh DO PC (Independent); privileges at Freeman Health System, Mercy St. John’s Regional Medical Center and McCune Brooks Hospital; 417-782-4701

Geriatric Medicine
Saba Habis, MD
Freeman Clinic for Geriatric Medicine and Freeman Hospitalist Program INT
417-347-4374

Hematology/Oncology
David Croy, MD
Independent; privileges at Mercy St. John’s Regional Medical Center
417-782-7722

Hospitalist
James Lee Harwell, MD (tie)
Freeman Health System
417-820-3500

Julie Hoffmann, DO (tie)
Mercy St. John’s Regional Medical Center
417-781-2727

Infectious Disease
Eden Esguerra, MD
Mercy St. John’s Clinic; privileges at Freeman Health System
417-781-8688

Internal Medicine
Bernard Bettasso, MD
Bernard F. Bettasso MD (independent); privileges at Freeman Health System
417-624-8823

Maternal–Fetal Medicine
Howard Thompson, MD
Freeman Health System
417-347-8590

Nephrology
Ahmed Aboul-Magd, MD (tie)
Joplin Nephrology Consultants (Independent); privileges at Freeman Health System and Mercy St. John’s Regional Medical Center; 417-782-5000

Leslie Hamlett, DO (tie)
Freeman Health System
417-347-8540

Neurology
Taylor Bear, MD
Mercy St. John’s Clinic
417-781-2727

Nuclear Medicine
James Hoff, MD
Mercy St. John’s Clinic
417-781-2727

Obstetrics and Gynecology
Jason Sloan, DO
Mercy St. John’s Clinic
417-781-2727

Occupational Medicine
Dennis Estep, DO
Freeman Health System
417-347-1111

Ophthalmology
Charles Sherrod, MD
Regional Eye Center PC (independent); privileges at Mercy St. John’s Regional Medical Center
417-781-3630

Pain Management
John Knudsen, MD
Freeman Health System
417-347-8572

Pediatrics (General)
Fredric Wheeler II, DO
Pediatric Associates SW (Independent); privileges at Mercy St. John’s Regional Medical Center
417-782-5522

Pediatrics (Allergy)
David Straub, MD
David L. Straub, MD (independent); privileges at Freeman Health System and Mercy St. John’s Medical Center; 417-782-1343

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Laurie Behm, MD
Freeman NeuroSpine
417-782-5500

Podiatry
David Dowell, DDM
Midwest Podiatry (independent); Freeman Health System; 417-659-9395

Pulmonary Disease
Rick Scacewater, MD Rick Scacewater MD (Independent); privileges at Mercy St. John’s Regional Medical Center
417-782-8350

Rheumatology
Michael Joseph, MD
Midwest Regional Allergy, Asthma, Arthritis and Osteoporosis Center (Independent); 417-624-0050

Urology
Scott Brehm, MD
Joplin Urology Associates (Independent); privileges at Freeman Health System and Mercy St. John’s Regional Medical Center
417-623-3703
JOPLIN SURGERY SPECIALISTS

Colon and Rectal Surgery
Robert Dodson, MD
Mercy St. John’s Clinic
417-781-2727

Cardiovascular Surgery
Michael Phillips, MD
Freeman Heart Surgeons
417-347-5001
General Surgery
Brad Coy, DO
Freeman Health System
417-347-7272

Laparoscopic Surgery
Brad Coy, DO (tie)
Freeman Health System
417-347-7272

Charles Ro, MD (tie)
Mercy St. John’s Clinic
417-781-2727

Neurological Surgery
Ellen Nichols, MD
Freeman NeuroSpine
417-782-5500

Runner-Up:
Brian Curtis, MD
Mercy St. John’s Clinic
417-781-2727

Ophthalmological Surgery
Charles Sherrod, MD
Regional Eye Center PC (iIndependent); privileges at Mercy St. John’s Regional Medical Center
417-781-3630

General Orthopedic Surgery
David Black, MD
Midwest Orthopedic Surgery; Freeman Health System
417-781-2807

Orthopedics (Foot & Ankle Surgery)
Derek Miller, DO
Midwest Orthopedic Surgery; Freeman Health System
417-347-2807

Orthopedics (Joint Replacement Surgery)
David Black, MD
Freeman Health System
417-781-2807

Orthopedics (Sports Medicine & Arthroscopy)
David Black, MD (tie)
Freeman Health System
417-781-2807

Robert Lieurance, MD (tie)
Midwest Orthopedic Surgery; Freeman Health System, 417-347-2807

Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery
Hilton McDonald, DO (tie)
Mercy St. John’s Clinic
417-627-8566

Frank Shagets, MD (tie)
Frank W. Shagets, MD (independent); privileges at Mercy St. John’s and Freeman Health System
417-623-5111

General & Reconstructive
Plastic Surgery
Duane Sherrod, MD
Duane W. Sherrod MD Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery (Independent); privileges at Freeman Health System and Mercy St. John’s; 417-782-3100

Plastic (Abdominoplasty)
Duane Sherrod, MD
Duane W. Sherrod MD Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery (Independent); privileges at Freeman Health System and Mercy St. John’s; 417-782-3100

Plastic (Breast Augmentation)
Duane Sherrod, MD
Duane W. Sherrod MD Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery (Independent); privileges at Freeman Health System and Mercy St. John’s; 417-782-3100

Plastic (Facial Surgery)
Frank W. Shagets, MD
Frank W. Shagets, MD (independent); privileges at Mercy St. John’s and Freeman Health System
417-623-5111

Trauma Surgery
Robert Dodson, MD
Mercy St. John’s Clinic
417-781-2727

Urology (surgery)
Scott Brehm, MD (tie)
Joplin Urology Associates (Independent); privileges at Freeman and Mercy St. John’s, 417-623-3703

Mark Frogge, MD (tie)
Joplin Urology Associates (independent); privileges at Freeman and Mercy St. John’s, 417-623-3703

Vascular Surgery
Michael Phillips, MD
Freeman Heart Surgeons
417-347-5001

JOPLIN ADDITIONAL SPECIALISTS

Pathology
Susan Pintado, MD
Ferguson Medical Laboratories Inc., Joplin Pathology Professionals PC
417-623-6330
 

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Lebanon  

LEBANON SPECIALISTS

Emergency Medicine
Jeff Bond, MD
Mercy St. John’s Hospital–Lebanon
417-533-6100

Family Practice
Phillip Mitchell, MD
Mercy St. John’s Hospital–Lebanon
417-533-6751

Runner-Up:
John Tabb, DO
Mercy St. John’s Hospital–Lebanon
417-533-6500

Hospitalist
Sean Larimore, DO
Mercy St. John’s Hospital–Lebanon
417-533-6100

Internal Medicine
Sam Al-Assafeen, MD
Mercy St. John’s Hospital–Lebanon
417-533-6746

Obstetrics and Gynecology
Hussain Ali, MD (tie)
Mercy St. John’s Hospital–Lebanon
417-533-6710

Donald Hicks, MD (tie)
Mercy St. John’s Hospital–Lebanon
417-533-6710

Pediatrics (General)
Mario Brus, MD (tie)
Mercy St. John’s Hospital–Lebanon
417-533-6729

John Hopkins, MD (tie)
Mercy St. John’s Hospital–Lebanon
417-533-6729

Sports Medicine
Curtis Mather, DO
Mercy St. John’s Hospital–Lebanon
417-533-6560
LEBANON SURGERY SPECIALISTS

General Surgery
Frank Roam, MD
Mercy St. John’s Hospital–Lebanon
417-533-6780

Runner-Up:
Karen Tabb, DO
Mercy St. John’s Hospital–Lebanon
417-533-6780

Laparoscopic Surgery
Karen Tabb, DO
Mercy St. John’s Hospital–Lebanon
417-533-6780

General Orthopedic Surgery
Curtis Mather, DO
Mercy St. John’s Hospital–Lebanon
417-533-6560

Orthopedics (Joint Replacement Surgery)
Curtis Mather, DO
Mercy St. John’s Hospital–Lebanon
417-533-6560

Orthopedics (Sports Medicine & Arthroscopy)
Jeff Mutchler, DO
Mercy St. John’s Hospital–Lebanon
417-533-6560


LEBANON ADDITIONAL SPCIALISTS
 
Radiology
David Runyon, DO
Mercy St. John’s Hospital–Lebanon
417-533-6078

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Springfield  

SPRINGFIELD SPECIALISTS

Allergy and Immunology

Gregory Lux, MD
Mercy St. John’s Clinic
417-885-0823

Runners-Up:
William Micka, MD
Ferrell-Duncan Clinic, CoxHealth
417-875-3742

Wayne Miles, MD
Allergy & Asthma Center of the Ozarks (independent)
417-887-1188


Cardiovascular Disease

Mark Anderson, MD
Ferrell-Duncan Clinic, CoxHealth
417-875-3200

Runners-Up:
Keesag Baron, MD
Baron Cardiology Group
417-883-5500

James Ceasar, MD
Ferrell-Duncan Clinic, CoxHealth
417-875-3210

David Cochran, MD
Mercy St. John’s Clinic
417-820-3911

Stephen Kuehn, MD
Ferrell-Duncan Clinic, CoxHealth
417-875-2500

Donald Myears, MD
Mercy St. John’s Clinic
417-820-3911


Dermatology

Raffaele Pennella, MD
Mercy St. John’s Clinic
417-820-6017

Runners-Up:
Daphne Anderson, MD
Ferrell-Duncan Clinic, CoxHealth
417-875-3337

Troy Major, MD
Dr. Troy Major II, MD, LLC (independent)
417-881-7220

Dean Mittman, MD
Mercy St. John’s–Whiteside
417-820-7220
Craig Naugle, MD
Ozarks Dermatology Specialists (independent)
417-889-3332


Ear, Nose & Throat

Ear, Nose & Throat
Allan Allphin, MD
Mercy St. John’s Clinic
417-820-5750

Runners-Up:
Jeffrey Fenwick, MD
Ferrell-Duncan Clinic, CoxHealth
417-875-3000

Daniel Pinheiro, MD
Mercy St. John’s Clinic
417-820-5750

David Randall, MD
Springfield Ear, Nose & Throat and Facial Plastic Surgery (independent)
417-887-3855

Jon Snow, MD
Ferrell-Duncan Clinic, CoxHealth, 417-875-3600


Emergency Medicine

Howard Jarvis, MD
Emergency Physicians of Springfield; practices at CoxHealth
417-269-4083

Runners-Up:
Craig Abernathy, DO
Ozarks Community Hospital
417-837-4000

Matthew Brandt, MD
Emergency Physicians of Springfield; practices at CoxHealth
417-269-4083

Thomas Lewis, MD
Mercy St. John’s
417-820-2115

Ted McMurray, MD
Mercy St. John’s
417-820-2115


Endocrinology

Gregory Ledger, MD
Mercy St. John’s–Smith Glenn Callaway
417-888-5660

Runners-Up:
Daniel  F. Lyons, MD
CoxHealth–Adult Medicine & Encocrinology Specialists
417-269-4450

Linda MacGorman, MD
CoxHealth–Adult Medicine & Encocrinology Specialists
417-269-4450

JonBen Svoboda, MD
CoxHealth–Adult Medicine & Encocrinology Specialists
417-269-4450


Fertility

J. Christopher Stein, MD
The Woman’s Clinic
(Independent)
417-887-5500

Runner-Up:
Thomas Shultz, MD
Primrose OB/GYN (independent); practices at CoxHealth
417-882-6900


Family Practice

Candise Kroutil, MD (tie)
Ferrell-Duncan Clinic, CoxHealth
417-875-3000

Russell Detten, DO (tie)
CoxHealth–Steeplechase Family Physicians
417-269-1362

Hope Misterovich, DO (tie)
Mercy St. John’s Clinic
417-863-9190

Runner-Up:
Lawrence
Dybedock, MD
CoxHealth. 417-269-2460


Gastroenterology

Gregory Lyford, MD
Ferrell-Duncan Clinic, CoxHealth
417-875-3760

Runners-Up:
Lawrence Gurian, MD
Ferrell-Duncan Clinic, CoxHealth
417-875-3250

Don Nelson, MD
Mercy St. John’s Clinic
417-820-5200

Peter Ramsey, MD
Ferrell-Duncan Clinic, CoxHealth
417-875-3260


Geriatric Medicine

Orvais Zubair, MD
CoxHealth–Cox Senior Health Center
417-269-9220

Runners-Up:
Maria Dela Rosa, MD
Mercy St. John’s Clinic
417-820-3760

William Rosen, MD
CoxHealth–Cox Senior Health Center
417-269-3915

W. Timothy Wilson, DO
Mercy St. John’s–Smith Glynn Callaway
417-820-7450


Hematology/Oncolory

Robert Ellis, MD
Oncology Hematology Associates; practices at CoxHealth
417-882-4880

Runners-Up:
William F.
Cunningham, MD
Oncology Hematology Associates; practices at CoxHealth, 417-882-4880

Gary Hoos, MD
Mercy St. John’s Clinic
417-820-8099

Kerry Williams, MD
Oncology Hematology Associates; practices at CoxHealth; 417-882-4880


Hospitalist

Reggie George, MD
CoxHealth; 417-269-7728

Runners-Up:
Robin Trotman, DO
CoxHealth
417-269-7784

Editor’s Note: Dr. Trotman was voted into this category by his peers, but in fact his specialty is infectious disease.

Peter Warner, DO
CoxHealth; 417-269-7728


Infectious Disease
Robin Trotman, DO
CoxHealth–Infectious Disease Specialty Clinic
417-269-7784

Runners-Up:
Lalita Chulamokha, MD
CoxHealth–Infectious Disease Specialty Clinic
417-269-7728

Eric Fulnecky, MD
Mercy St. John’s Clinic
417-820-3905

William Sistrunk, MD
Mercy St. John’s Clinic
417-820-3905


INTERNAL MEDICINE

Teresa Olsen, MD
Mercy St. John’s–Smith Glynn Callaway
417-888-5658

Runners-Up:
Dominic Meldi, MD
Mercy St. John’s–Smith Glynn Callaway
417-888-5658

Richard Purcell, MD
Adult Medicine & Wellness Center (independent)
417-882-0200

Brian Rekus, MD
Ferrell-Duncan Clinic, CoxHealth
417-875-3310

John Waites, MD
Ferrell-Duncan Clinic, CoxHealth
417-875-3270


Maternal-Fetal Medicine (Perinatology)

Patricia Dix, MD
CoxHealth–Regional Perinatal Center
417-269-4037

Runner-Up:
Robert Fraser, MD
Mercy St. John’s Clinic
417-820-3715


Neonatology

Melinda Slack, MD
Mercy St. John’s
417-820-2115

Runner-Up:
Colleen Rose, MD
CoxHealth–Newborn Medicine Specialists
417-269-6184


Nephrology

Gary Kell, MD
Ferrell-Duncan Clinic, CoxHealth
417-875-3150

Runnners-Up
Sailesh Nayar, MD
Ferrell-Duncan Clinic, CoxHealth
417-875-3000

Ryan Norman, DO
Ferrell-Duncan Clinic, CoxHealth
417-875-3627

Susan Woody, DO
Springfield Nephrology Associates (independent)
417-886-5000


Neurology

R. Scott Duff, MD
Ferrell-Duncan Clinic, CoxHealth
417-875-3087

Runners-Up
Rodney Quinn, MD
Ferrell-Duncan Clinic, CoxHealth
417-875-3087

George Wong, MD
Ferrell-Duncan Clinic, CoxHealth
417-875-3087

Jenifer Zhai, MD
Mercy St. John’s Clinic
417-820-9123


Nuclear Medecine

James Wolski, MD
Litton and Giddings Radiological Associates; practices at CoxHealth
417-269-4056

Runners-Up:
Stephen Long, MD
Mercy St. John’s Clinic
417-820-6863

Robert
Sonnemaker, MD
Mercy St. John’s
417-888-5665


Obstetrics and Gynecology

Darren Lehnert, MD
Mercy St. John’s Clinic
417-820-3890

Runners-Up:
Kristy McCall, MD
Ferrell-Duncan Clinic, CoxHealth
417-269-7900

Gregory Stamps, MD
Primrose OB/GYN (independent); practices at CoxHealth
417-882-6900

Matthew Ting, MD/FACOG
Ozarks Community Hospital
417-882-4466

John Williams, MD
Ferrell-Duncan Clinic, CoxHealth
417-269-7900

Barbara
Wotherspoon, MD
Mercy St. John’s Clinic
417-820-3890


Occupational Medicine

James Jordan, MD
Mercy St. John’s Clinic
417-869-6191

Runners-Up:
Scott Galligos, DO
Mercy St. John’s Clinic
417-869-6191

Thomas Corsolli, MD
Mercy St. John’s
417-841-0186

Boyd Crockett, MD
CoxHealth–Southwest Spine & Sports Medicine
417-269-6868

Editor’s note: Dr. Crockett’s specialty is actally sports medicine and rehabilitation.


Opthamology
Shachar Tauber, MD
Mercy St. John’s–St. John’s Clinic Eye Specialists
417-820-9393

Runnes-Up:
Brendon Delport, DO
Ozarks Community Hospital
417-837-4239

Byron Faulkner, MD
Eye Surgeons of Springfield (independent)
417-887-1965

Gary Mehlhorn, MD
Retinal Associates
(independent)
417-883-3937


Pain Management

Benjamin Lampert
Mercy St. John’s Pain
Management Center
417-820-2064

Runners-Up:
Jay Baker, DO
Ozarks Community Hospital
417-837-4263

Tom Brooks, MD
CoxHealth Center for Advanced Pain Management
417-269-8226


Pediatrics (General)
Robert Steele, MD
Mercy St. John’s–Whiteside
417-820-3535

Runners-Up:
John Burson, MD
Mercy St. John’s–Whiteside
417-820-3535

Bernard Griesemer, MD
Mercy St. John’s Clinic
417-820-5000

John D. Magnuson, MD
Ozarks Community Hospital
417-725-8250


Pediatrics (Allergy)
Gregory Lux
Mercy St. John’s–Smith Glynn Callaway
417-885-0823

Runner-Up:
William Micka, MD
Ferrell-Duncan Clinic, CoxHealth
417-875-3742


Pediatrics (Cardiology)

Alan Tong, MD
Pediatrix Cardiology of Springfield (Independent)
417-447-4700

Runner-Up:
Allen James Shapiro, MD
Pediatrix Cardiology of Springfield (Independent)
417-447-4700


Pediatrics (Neurology)

Bernardo
Flasterstein, MD
Mercy St. John’s
417-820-9055

Runner-Up:
Arie Ashkenasi, MD
CoxHealth–Pediatric Neurology of the Ozarks 417-269-1010


Pediatrics (Pulmonary Disease)

John Carlile, MD
Pediatric Specialty Clinic– CoxHealth
417-269-4850

Runner-Up:
James Wilson, DO
The Pediatric Center–CoxHealth
417-269-2000

Editor’s Note: Dr. Wilson was voted into this category, but in fact his specialty is critical care.


Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Boyd Crockett, MD
CoxHealth–Southwest Spine & Sports Medicine
417-269-6868

Runners-Up:
Hollis Bell, MD
Mercy St. John’s
417-820-2364

Russell Bond, DO
CoxHealth–Southwest Spine & Sports Medicine
417-269-6868

Ronald Pak, MD
Mercy St. John’s Clinic
417-820-2364


Podiatry

Dan Park, DPM
Mercy St. John’s
417-888-6708

Runners-Up:
Chris Hoyland, DPM
Ferrell-Duncan Clinic, CoxHealth
 417-875-3800

Dan Mostrom, DPM
Mercy St. John’s
417-888-6708


Psychiatry

Alok Jain, MD
Burrell Behavioral Health (indep.);
417-269-5400

Runners-Up:
Kyle John, MD
Mercy St. John’s
417-820-3128

Thomas Kuich, MD
Mercy St. John’s
417-820-8180

Pulmonary Disease

Stephen Clum, MD (tie)
Ferrell-Duncan Clinic, CoxHealth
417-875-3916

Terrance Coulter, MD (tie)
Ferrell-Duncan Clinic, CoxHealth
417-875-3114

Runners-Up:
Mark Grimm, MD
Mercy St. John’s–Smith Glynn Callaway
417-888-5696

James Hargis, MD
Mercy St. John’s–Smith Glynn Callaway
417-888-5696

Brian Kim, MD
Ozarks Community Hospital; 417-875-3000


Reproductive Endocrinology

Stephen
Armstrong, MD
Ferrell-Duncan Clinic, CoxHealth
417-875-3120
Editor’s note: Dr. Armstrong was voted into this category, but in fact his speciality is rheumatology.

RheumatologyHEUMATOLOGY
Stephen
Armstrong, MD
Ferrell-Duncan Clinic, CoxHealth
417-875-3120

Runners-Up:
Stanley Hayes, MD
Mercy St. John’s
417-888-5664

Norman Simon, DO
Mercy St. John’s
417-888-5664


Sports Medicine
Brian Mahaffey, MD
Mercy St. John’s
417-820-5610

Runners-Up:
Boyd Crockett, MD
CoxHealth–Southwest Spine & Sports Medicine
417-269-6868

Chris Miller, MD
Orthopaedic Specialists of Springfield
417-882-1900


Urology
Peter Trinca, MD
Ferrell-Duncan Clinic, CoxHealth
417-875-3375

Runners-Up:
Mark
Walterskirchen, MD
Mercy St. John’s Clinic
417-820-0300

David Anderson, MD
Ferrell-Duncan Clinic, CoxHealth
417-875-3381

Eric Guilliams, MD
Mercy St. John’s Clinic
417-820-0300

Robert Johnson, MD
Mercy St. John’s Clinic
417-820-0300
SPRINGFIELD SURGERY SPECIALISTS

Cardiovascular Surgery

David Zolfaghari, MD
Ferrell-Duncan Clinic, CoxHealth
417-875-3370

Runners-Up:
K. Fon Huang, MD
Mercy St. John’s Clinic
417-820-3960

John Steinberg, MD
Ferrell-Duncan Clinic, CoxHealth
417-875-3370


Colon and Rectal Surgery

Jose Dominguez, MD
CoxHealth–Ferrell-Duncan Clinic; 417-875-3276

Runners-Up:
J. Patrick Brooks, MD
Mercy St. John’s Clinic
417-820-3800

John Crighton,
MD/FACS
Crighton Olive Dunn Surgical Group (independent); Ozarks Community Hospital
417-882-2349


General Surgery

Christopher
Edwards, MD
Mercy St. John’s Clinic
417-820-3800

Runners-Up:
John (Bucky)
Buckner III, MD
Ferrell Duncan Clinic, CoxHealth
417-875-3761

John Crighton,
MD/FACS
Crighton Olive Dunn Surgical Group (independent); Ozarks Community Hospital
417-882-2349

Timothy Woods, MD
Ferrell-Duncan Clinic, CoxHealth
417-875-3525


Laproscopic Surgery

Timothy Woods, MD
Ferrell-Duncan Clinic, CoxHealth
417-875-3525

Runners-Up:
Robert Cavagnol, MD
Mercy St. John’s Clinic
417-820-3800

John Crighton,
MD/FACS
Crighton Olive Dunn Surgical Group (independent); Ozarks Community Hospital
417-882-2349

Christopher
Edwards, MD
Mercy St. John’s Clinic
417-820-3800


Maxillofacial Surgery

Frank Newman, DMD
Mercy St. John’s Clinic
417-820-9415

Runners-Up:
Thomas A. Collins, DDS
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Group (independent)
417-887-8800

J. David
Gipson, DDS, MD
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Group (independent)
417-887-8800

Matthew Kienstra, MD
Mercy St. John’s Facial Plastic Surgery
417-887-3223


Neurological Surgery

Charles Mace, MD
Springfield Neurological & Spine Institute; CoxHealth
417-885-3888

Runners-Up:
Sami Khoshyomn, MD
Mercy St. John’s Clinic–Neurosurgery
417-820-5150

Chad Morgan, MD
Springfield Neurological & Spine Institute; CoxHealth
417-885-3888

Alan Scarrow, MD
Mercy St. John’s Clinic–Neurosurgery
417-820-5150


Opthalmologic Surgery

Shachar Tauber, MD
Mercy St. John’s–St. John’s Clinic Eye Specialists
417-820-9393

Runners-Up:
Gary Mehlhorn, MD
Retinal Associates (independent); 417-883-3937

Tom Prater, MD
Mattax-Neu-Prater Eye Center (independent)
417-886-3937

Wendell Scott, MD
Mercy St. John’s–St. John’s Clinic Eye Specialists
417-820-9393


General Orthopedic Surgery

Robert Mahnken, MD
Mercy St. John’s–Orthopedic Specialists; 417-820-5610

Runners-Up:
Pierre Clothiaux, MD
Ferrell-Duncan Clinic, CoxHealth; 417-875-3800

Chris Miller, MD
Orthopaedic Specialists of Springfield (independent)
417-882-1900

Edwin Roeder, MD
Ozarks Community Hospital
471-882-1900

William Wester, MD
Ferrell-Duncan Clinic, CoxHealth
417-875-3800


Orthopedics (Foot & Ankle)

David Hicks, MD
Orthopaedic Specialists of Springfield
417-882-1900

Runners-Up:
Robert Mahnken, MD
Mercy St. John’s Clinic–
Orthopedic Specialists
417-820-5610

Judy Smith, MD
Ferrell-Duncan Clinic, CoxHealth
471-882-1900


Orthopedics (Hand Surgery)

Brad Wyrsch, MD
Mercy St. John’s Clinic–
Orthopedic Specialists
417-820-5610

Runners-Up:
Erin K. Greer, MD
Ferrell-Duncan Clinic, CoxHealth
417-875-3800

Michael Grillot, MD
Orthopaedic Specialists of Springfield (independent)
417-882-1900

Victoria Kubik, MD
Mercy St. John’s Clinic–
Orthopedic Specialists
417-820-5610

Scott Swango, MD
Orthopaedic Specialists of Springfield (independent)
471-882-1900


Orthopedics (Joint Replacement Surgery)

William Wester, MD
Ferrell-Duncan Clinic, CoxHealth; 417-875-3800
Runners-Up:
Pierre Clothiaux, MD
Ferrell-Duncan Clinic, CoxHealth; 417-875-3800

William Duncan, MD
Ferrell-Duncan Clinic, CoxHealth; 417-875-3800

Robert Mahnken, MD
Mercy St. John’s Clinic–
Orthopedic Specialists
417-820-5610


Orthopedics (Sports Medicine & Anthroscopy)

Victor Wilson, MD
Mercy St. John’s Clinic–
Orthopedic Specialists
417-820-5610

Runners-Up:
Chris Miller, MD
Orthopaedic Specialists of Springfield (independent)
417-882-1900

Richard Seagrave, MD
Mercy St. John’s Clinic–
Orthopedic Specialists
417-820-5610

William Wester, MD
Ferrell-Duncan Clinic, CoxHealth
417-875-3800


Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery

Jeffrey Fenwick, MD
Ferrell-Duncan Clinic, CoxHealth; 417-875-3000

Runners-Up:
Allan Allphin, MD
Mercy St. John’s Clinic
417-820-5750

A. Daniel Pinheiro
Mercy St. John’s Clinic
417-820-5750

Jon Snow, MD
Ferrell-Duncan Clinic, CoxHealth
417-875-3600
PEDIATRIC GENERAL SURGERY
Troy Spilde, MD
Mercy St. John’s Clinic
417-820-3800

Runners-Up:
John Crighton, MD/FACS
Crighton Olive Dunn Surgical Group (independent); Ozarks Community Hospital
417-882-2349

Chapman Olive, MD
Crighton Olive Dunn Surgical Group (independent); Ozarks Community Hospital ; 417-882-2349
Editor’s note: Dr. Olive was voted into this category by his peers, but in fact his speciality is general and laparoscopic surgery.


Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery

William Goodman, MD
Mercy St. John’s Clinic–
Orthopedic Specialists
417-820-5610

Runners-Up:
Tom McClain, MD
Orthopaedic Specialists of Springfield (independent)
417-882-1900

Clyde Parsons, MD
Sun River Orthopaedics; CoxHealth; 417-882-8437


General & Reconstructive Plastic Surgery

Carl Price, MD
Ferrell-Duncan Clinic, CoxHealth; 417-875-3246

Runners-Up:
Carla Garrison, MD
Garrison Plastic Surgery (independent); privileges at CoxHealth
417-877-0630
Arthur Hawes, MD
Ferrell-Duncan Clinic, CoxHealth
417-875-3246

Bharat Shah, MD
Mercy St. John’s Clinic–Plastic Surgery
417-820-9330


Plastic (Abdominoplasty)

Carla Garrison, MD
Garrison Plastic Surgery (independent); privileges at CoxHealth
417-877-0630

Runners-Up:
Rodney Geter, MD
Mercy St. John’s Clinic–Plastic Surgery
417-820-9330

Arthur Hawes, MD
Ferrell-Duncan Clinic, CoxHealth
417-875-3246

Carl Price, MD
Ferrell-Duncan Clinic, CoxHealth
417-875-3246


Plastic (Breast Augmentation)

Carl Price, MD
Ferrell-Duncan Clinic, CoxHealth
417-875-3246

Runners-Up:
Carla Garrison, MD
Garrison Plastic Surgery (independent); privileges at CoxHealth
417-877-0630

Arthur Hawes, MD
Ferrell-Duncan Clinic, CoxHealth
417-875-3246

Rosellen Meystrik, MD
Mercy St. John’s Clinic–Plastic Surgery
417-820-9330


Plastic (Facial Surgery)

Matthew Kienstra, MD
Mercy St. John’s
417-887-3223

Runners-Up:
Carla Garrison, MD
Garrison Plastic Surgery (independent); privileges at CoxHealth. 417-877-0630
Keith LaFerriere, MD
Mercy St. John’s
417-887-3223

Bharat Shah, MD
Mercy St. John’s Clinic–Plastic Surgery
417-820-9330


Podiatric Surgery

Dan Park, MD
Mercy St. John’s
417-888-6708

Runners-Up:
Brad Jones, DPM
Ozarks Community Hospital; 417-837-4000

Dan Mostrom, DPM
Mercy St. John’s
417-888-6708


Trauma Surgery

Timothy Woods, MD
Ferrell-Duncan Clinic, CoxHealth
417-875-3525

Runners-Up:
Charles Dunn, MD
Crighton Olive Dunn Surgery Group; privileges at CoxHealth
417-882-2349
Editor’s note: Dr. Dunn was voted into this category by his peers, but in fact his speciality is general and vascular surgery.
Robert Johnson, MD
Mercy St. John’s Clinic
417-820-7250

Kenneth Larson, MD
Mercy St. John’s Clinic
417-820-7250


Urology Surgery

Peter Trinca, MD
Ferrell-Duncan Clinic, CoxHealth
417-875-3375

Runners-Up:
Mark
Walterskirchen, MD
Mercy St. John’s Clinic
417-820-0301

David Anderson, MD
Ferrell-Duncan Clinic, CoxHealth
417-875-3381

Eric Guilliams, MD
Mercy St. John’s Clinic
417-820-0300


Vascular Surgery

J. Randolph
Mullins, MD
Ferrell-Duncan Clinic, CoxHealth, 417-875-3755

Runners-Up:
Clyde Redmond, MD
Mercy St. John’s Clinic
417-820-3960

Jon Reese, MD
Mercy St. John’s Clinic
417-820-3960

Zachary
Schmittling, MD   
Ferrell-Duncan Clinic, CoxHealth. 417-875-3755

Robert Vorhies, MD
Ferrell-Duncan Clinic, CoxHealth
417-875-3732


SPRINGFIELD ADDITIONAL SPECIALITIES

Anesthesiology
David Delahay, MD
Mercy St. John’s Clinic
417-820-2829

Runners-Up:
Louis DelCampo, MD
Ozarks Community Hospital
417-837-4000

Mark DeVoss, MD
Ozark Anesthesia Associates; practices at CoxHealth
417-269-4550

Wade Shipman, DO
Mercy St. John’s Clinic
417-820-2829

Timothy
Swearengin, DO
Ozark Anesthesia Associates; practices at CoxHealth
417-269-4550


Pathology

Doug Anderson, MD
Pathological Services of Springfield; practices at CoxHealth
417-269-6092

Runners-Up:
Jami Skrade, MD
Pathological Services of Springfield; practices at CoxHealth
417-269-7644

David Smid, MD
Pathological Services of Springfield; practices at CoxHealth
417-269-6021
Lori Wilson, MD
Mercy St. John’s Clinic
417-820-2961


Radiology

Chris Gordon, MD
Litton and Giddings Radiological Associates; practices at CoxHealth
417-889-6102

Runners-Up:
Martin Anbari, MD
Litton & Giddings Radiological Associates; practices at CoxHealth
417-889-6102

Craig Boswell, MD
Litton & Giddings Radiological Associates; practices at CoxHealth
417-889-6102

Chris Chernesky, MD
Mercy St. John’s Clinic
417-820-9729

Christine Wester, MD
Litton & Giddings Radiological Associates; practices at CoxHealth
417-889-6102

Bolivar Branson Joplin Lebanon Springfield West Plains

West Plains  

WEST PLAINS SPECIALISTS

Allergy and Immunology
Jeffrey Hull, MD
Southern Missouri Ear, Nose & Throat PC
417-255-1373

Editor’s note: Dr. Hull’s specialty is actually otolaryngology.

Ear, Nose & Throat
Jeffrey Hull, MD
Southern Missouri Ear, Nose & Throat PC
417-255-1373

Internal Medicine
Jeffrey L. Dryden, DO
Southern Missouri Community Health Center
417-255-8464

Obstetrics and Gynecology
Evan Wood, DO
Women’s Care
417-257-7071

Ophthalmology
Robert Jones, MD
West Plains Ambulatory Surgery Center
417-256-4111

Pain Management
Richard Tompson, MD
Pain Treatment and Associates
417-256-2225

Sports Medicine
Gregory Hubbard, DO
Hubbard Bone & Joint Clinic / West Plains Ambulatory Surgery Center
417-255-2063



 
WEST PLAINS SURGERY SPECIALISTS

Colon and Rectal Surgery
Bryan Eck, MD
West Plains Surgical Associates
417-255-2301

General Surgery
Bryan Eck, MD
West Plains Surgical
Associates; 417-255-2301

Laparoscopic Surgery
Bryan Eck, MD
West Plains Surgical
Associates
417-255-2301

Neurological Surgery
K. Douglas    Green, MD
Ozarks Neurosurgical
Associates
417-255-9700

Ophthalmological Surgery
Robert Jones, MD
West Plains Ambulatory Surgery Center/Jones Eye Center
417-256-4111

General Orthopedic Surgery
Gregory Hubbard, DO
Hubbard Bone & Joint Clinic / West Plains Ambulatory Surgery Center
417-255-2063

Orthopedics (Hand Surgery)
Gregory
Hubbard, DO   
Hubbard Bone & Joint Clinic / West Plains Ambulatory Surgery Center
417-255-2063

Orthopedics (Hand Surgery)
Gregory Hubbard, DO
Hubbard Bone & Joint Clinic / West Plains Ambulatory Surgery Center
417-255-2063

Orthopedics (Joint Replacement Surgery)
Gregory Hubbard, DO
Hubbard Bone & Joint Clinic / West Plains Ambulatory Surgery Center
417-255-2063

Orthopedics (Sports Medicine & Arthroscopy)
Gregory Hubbard, DO
Hubbard Bone & Joint Clinic / West Plains Ambulatory Surgery Center
417-255-2063

Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery
Jeffrey Hull, MD
Southern Missouri Ear, Nose & Throat PC
417-255-1373

Plastic (Abdominoplasty)
Bryan Eck, MD
West Plains Ambulatory Surgery Center
417-255-2301


WEST PLAINS ADDITIONAL SPECIALITIES

Anesthesiology
Richard Thompson, MD
West Plains Ambulatory Surgery Center / Ozarks Anesthesia LLC
417-256-2225   

 

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