Top Doctors 2006

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Health care is ever more expensive, adding pressure to intimate decisions. There is a sea of options. Some are constrained by health-insurance plans. Some are bewildering; consider the host of physicians offering elective procedures. Making choices is not easy. As a group, physicians are poised to be taciturn: The ethics of patient confidentiality and the privacy regulations created by the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act teach them to be tight-lipped. Where do patients turn for information? 417 Magazine's Top Doctors list is one place. The premise? Simple. We survey as many physicians as possible in southwest Missouri. We ask whom they'd trust with caring for themselves-or their loved ones-and they fill in the names. The resulting list, printed here, isn't a definitive bible; it's a starting point.

KEY:
"+" = Top Doctors are elected by their peers
HONORABLE MENTIONS: noted with a § are the top vote-getters for the same medical specialy within their health-system groups or among independents

Springfield Listings

Allergy/Immunology
+ Gregory Lux
St. John's Clinic - Allergy; 417-885-0823

HONORABLE MENTIONS:
§ Wayne Miles
Allergy & Asthma Center of the Ozarks (independent); 417-887-1188
Barrett Lewis
Ferrell-Duncan Clinic (CoxHealth); 417-875-3000

Cardiovascular Disease
+ Kelvin Van Osdol
St. John's Clinic - Cardiology; 417-820-3911

HONORABLE MENTIONS:
Donald Myears
St. John's Clinic - Cardiology; 417-820-3911
§ James Ceaser
Ferrell-Duncan Clinic (CoxHealth); 417-875-3210
Mark D. Anderson
Ferrell-Duncan Clinic (CoxHealth); 417-875-3200

Dermatology
+ Raffaele Pennella
St. John's Clinic - Dermatology; 417-820-6017

HONORABLE MENTIONS:
Dean Mittman
St. John's Clinic - Whiteside; 417-820-7220
§ Daphne K. Anderson
Ferrell-Duncan Clinic (CoxHealth); 417-875-3000
Troy E. Major II, MD
(independent); 417-881-7220

Emergency Medicine
+ Ted McMurry
St. John's Emergency Medicine; 417-820-2115

HONORABLE MENTIONS:
Charles Sheppard
St. John's Emergency Medicine; 417-820-2115
§ Edward Skeins (tie)
Emergency Physicians of Springfield Inc. (CoxHealth); 417-269-6583
§ Bradley Messner (tie)
Emergency Physicians of Springfield Inc. (CoxHealth); 417-269-6583

Endocrinology
+ Gregory Ledger
Smith Glynn Callaway (St. John's); 417-888-5660

HONORABLE MENTIONS:
§ Daniel Lyons
Center for Internal Medicine (CoxHealth); 417-269-4450
Linda MacGorman
Center for Internal Medicine (CoxHealth); 417-269-4450
§ Ralph Duda
IronBridge Diabetes & Endocrinology Services (independent), 417-879-6364

Family Practice
+ Timothy Wilson
St. John's Clinic - Family Practice; 417-820-7450

HONORABLE MENTIONS:
John Brown
St. John's Family & International Medicine;
417-885-0834
§ Don Brockman
Ferrell-Duncan Clinic (CoxHealth); 417-875-3000
W. Russell Detten
Steeplechase Family Physicians (CoxHealth);
417-269-1362
§ Lewis McKay (tie)
Doctors Hospital,
417-837-4065
§ Randall Halley (tie)
Doctors Hospital South,
417-725-8250

Gastroenterology
+ Lawrence Gurian
Ferrell-Duncan Clinic (CoxHealth); 417-875-3000

HONORABLE MENTIONS:
Gregory Lyford
Ferrell-Duncan Clinic (CoxHealth); 417-875-3000
§ Don Nelson
St. John's - Gastroenterology; 417-820-5200
Don Mangum
St. John's - Gastroenterology; 417-820-5200
§ Joe Cohn
Northside Senior Care (Doctors Hospital); 417-837-4003
(Dr. Cohn's specialty is internal medicine; while not certified as a gastroenterologist, he often performs colonoscopies as a certified internal-medicine specialist.)

Geriatric Medicine
+ Maria Dela Rosa
St. John's Senior Health Center; 417-820-3760

HONORABLE MENTIONS:
Raj Purushothaman
St. John's Senior Health Center; 417-820-3760
§ William K. Rosen
Cox Senior Health Care; 417-269-3915
Ovais Zubair
Cox Senior Health Center - South; 417-269-9220

Hematology/Oncology
+ Robert Carolla (tie)
Oncology-Hematology Associates (independent); 417-882-4880

+ Robert Ellis (tie)
Oncology-Hematology Associates (independent); 417-882-4880

HONORABLE MENTIONS:
Ruth Grant
Oncology-Hematology Associates (independent); 417-882-4880
§ Gary Hoos
St. John's - Cancer & Hematology; 417-889-8099
Thomas Froehlich (tie)
St. John's - Cancer & Hematology; 417-889-8099
Patrick Gomez (tie)
St. John's - Cancer & Hematology; 417-889-8099

Infectious Disease
+ William Sistrunk
St. John's - Infectious Disease; 417-820-3905

HONORABLE MENTIONS:
§ Wolfe Gerecht
Ferrell-Duncan Clinic (CoxHealth); 417-875-3000
§ Bob Powers
Northside Senior Care (Doc-tors Hospital); 417-837-4003

Internal Medicine
+ Dominic Meldi
Smith Glynn Callaway (St. John's); 417-888-5658

HONORABLE MENTIONS:
Teresa Olsen
Smith Glynn Callaway (St. John's); 417-888-5658
§ Mark Bower
Ferrell-Duncan Clinic (CoxHealth); 417-875-3000
Lehman Godwin
Ferrell-Duncan Clinic (CoxHealth); 417-875-3000
§ Joe Cohn
Northside Senior Care (Doctors Hospital);
417-837-4003



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