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Top Doctors

Top Doctors List 2018

417 Magazine's annual Top Doctors list features winning physicians in 78 medical and surgical specialties. These 506 physicians were selected by their peers in the local medical community who voted for them in our Top Doctors survey.

By Evan Greenberg, Christy Howell and Savannah Waszczuk | Listings Edited by Claire Porter

May 2018

Top Doctors List 2018

The search for the perfect partners in your health care—from birth through every stage of life—can be daunting. Where do you begin when you need to find the very best care for yourself or a loved one? We hope you’ll begin here, in our annual Top Doctors list. It features winning physicians in 78 medical and surgical specialties throughout Springfield, Joplin, Branson, Bolivar and West Plains. These 506 physicians were selected by their peers in the local medical community who voted for them in our Top Doctors survey.



HOW IT WORKS
Top Doctors is a nomination-based project in which we ask physicians in the area to vote for doctors in various specialties. We ask the doctors to vote for the physicians they would trust to care for their family and friends—experts who exemplify excellence in their specialties.

This list is a service to our readers, giving them a doctor’s perspective regarding the top doctors in dozens of specialty areas. The list is intended to allow patients to see and celebrate their doctors who make the list. It also gives health care seekers a place to see doctors highlighted for achievement and reputation, and can be a great tool for finding the right doctors for their needs.

To complete this nomination project, 417 Magazine has contracted DataJoe Research to conduct nominations using an online ballot for collecting, vetting and tallying the votes. DataJoe Research is a survey/research company specializing in data collection and verification, and conducts various nominations across the United States on behalf of publishers.

Only licensed doctors practicing in 417-land were eligible to make the list.

A NOTE ABOUT BOARD CERTIFICATION
A physician’s placement on our Top Doctors list is not a guarantee of board certification in his or her listed specialty. Although we do double check physicians’ practice areas when we fact check this list—and we encourage voting physicians to choose doctors with board certification—we cannot control who receives votes from their peers. It is possible that a physician was voted into a category in which he or she does not have board certification, despite practicing in that area. We encourage readers to do their due diligence when seeking professionals for their medical care and to ask questions about qualifications and board certifications before choosing a physician.

FINAL NOTE 
We recognize that there are many good doctors who are not shown in this representative list. This is only a sampling of the huge array of talented professionals in the health care field within Springfield and surrounding areas. Inclusion of a physician in the list is based on the opinions of his or her fellow doctors. We take time and energy to ensure fair voting, and believe that the results of this survey nomination are a good indicator, not an objective metric, of useful and effective doctors within the community. However, we certainly do not discount the fact that many, many good and effective doctors may not appear on the list. 

DISCLAIMERS
DataJoe uses best practices and exercises great care in assembling content for this list. DataJoe does not warrant that the data contained within the list are complete or accurate. DataJoe does not assume, and hereby disclaims, any liability to any person for any loss or damage caused by errors or omissions herein whether such errors or omissions result from negligence, accident or any other cause. All rights reserved. No commercial use of the information in this list may be made without written permission from DataJoe.



Medical Stories

Along with our comprehensive list of the best local physicians as recognized by their peers, this year’s feature includes medical miracle stories and personal experiences you need to read.

Bolivar's Top Doctors

Medical Specialties

Allergy/Immunology
Matthew C. Ericksen, D.O.
CMH ENT Clinic
417-328-7000

Anesthesiology
Andrew M. Hummel, M.D.
Citizens Memorial Hospital
417-326-6000

Breast Cancer Oncology
Leo Shunyakov, M.D.
Central Care Cancer Center at Carrie J. Babb Cancer Center
417-326-7200

Cardiovascular Disease
John F. Best, M.D. F.A.C.P., F.A.C.C., F.S.C.A.I.
CMH Heart Institute Clinic
417-328-6040

Runner-Up
Joseph A. Moore, M.D., F.A.C.C.
CMH Heart Institute Clinic
417-328-6040

Direct Primary Care
William S. Donnell, M.D.
Bolivar Family Care Center
417-326-6021

Runner-Up
Kristopher J. Kaufmann, M.D.
Butterfield Park Medical Center
417-326-7676
Privileges at Citizens Memorial Hospital

Emergency Medicine
J. Gustavo Nix, M.D.
CMH Emergency Medicine
417-326-6301

Runners-Up
Megan A. Carter, M.D.
CMH Emergency Medicine
417-328-6301
Dr. Carter is the medical director at the CMH Emergency Room. 

Jeffrey K. Smieshek, D.O.
CMH Emergency Medicine
417-326-6000

Family Medicine
Louis B. Harris, M.D.
Bolivar Family Care Center
417-326-6021

Runners-Up
Bethany Dhondt, D.O.
Humansville Family Medical Center
417-754-2223
Privileges at Citizens Memorial Hospital

Ronald A. Evans, M.D.
Bolivar Family Care Center
417-326-6021

Kristopher J. Kaufmann, M.D.
Butterfield Park Medical Center
417-326-7676
Privileges at Citizens Memorial Hospital

Kevin M. Presley, D.O.
Pleasant Hope Family Medical Center
417-267-2001

Laura C. Vance, M.D.
Bolivar Family Care Center
417-326-6021

Ronald L. Vance, M.D.
Bolivar Family Care Center
417-326-6021

Geriatric Medicine
Kurt R. Bravata, M.D.
Dallas County Family Medical Center and Walk-In Clinic
417-345-6100

Hematology/Oncology
Leo Shunyakov, M.D.
Central Care Cancer Center at Carrie J. Babb Cancer Center
417-326-7200


Hospitalist
Garrett M. Alderfer, M.D.
CMH Hospitalists
417-328-6000

Runner-Up
Sean R. Larimore, D.O.
CMH Hospitalists
417-328-6000


Hyperbaric Medicine/Wound Care
Martin S. Tyson, D.O., F.A.C.S., F.A.P.W.C.A., F.A.P.W.H.c.
CMH Wound and Hyberbaric Center
417-326-8700


Infectious Disease
Edemekong Ekong Bassey, M.D.
CMH Infectious Disease & Internal Medicine Clinic
417-328-7985
Dr. Bassey has moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, and no longer practices in 417-land.


Internal Medicine
Garrett M. Alderfer, M.D.
CMH Hospitalists
417-328-6000


Neurology
Curtis P. Schreiber, M.D.
CMH Neurology Clinic
417-327-3530


Obstetrics and Gynecology
D. Shelly Meents, M.D.
Bolivar OB/GYN
417-777-8131
Privileges at Citizens Memorial Hospital

Runners-Up
Sarah B. Kallberg, D.O.
Bolivar OB/GYN
417-777-8131
Privileges at Citizens Memorial Hospital

Ashley M. Lane, D.O.
Bolivar OB/GYN
417-777-8131
Privileges at Citizens Memorial Hospital


Occupational Medicine
Gregory A. Hon, D.O.
Parkview Primary Care, Sports & Occupational Medicine Clinic
417-777-6161
Dr. Hon was voted into the Occupational Medicine category; however, he does not practice occupational medicine. 


Ophthalmology
Chetan R. Soni, M.D., M.S., M.H.A., F.A.C.S.
CMH Eye Specialty Center
417-328-7000


Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose and Throat)
Matthew C. Ericksen, D.O.
CMH ENT Clinic
417-328-7000

Pediatrics (General)
Shannon L. Calvert, M.D.
Butterfield Park Pediatrics and Walk-In Clinic
417-777-2121
Privileges at Citizens Memorial Hospital

Runners-Up
Angela D. Collins, M.D.
Butterfield Park Pediatrics and Walk-In Clinic
417-777-2121
Privileges at Citizens Memorial Hospital

James G. Liesen, D.O.
Butterfield Park Pediatrics and Walk-In Clinic
417-777-2121
Privileges at Citizens Memorial Hospital


Psychiatry
Bryan E. Flueckiger, M.D.
Citizens Memorial Hospital
417-326-6000


Radiation Oncology
Garry J. Brown, D.O.
Central Care Cancer Center at Carrie J. Babb Cancer Center
417-326-7200


Sports Medicine
Juris P. Simanis, M.D., R.M.S.K., F.A.A.F.P.
Parkview Primary Care, Sports & Occupational Medicine Clinic
417-777-6161

Runner-Up
Gregory A. Hon, D.O.
Parkview Primary Care, Sports & Occupational Medicine Clinic
417-777-6161


Surgical Specialties

Cardiovascular Surgery
John F. Best, M.D. F.A.C.P., F.A.C.C., F.S.C.A.I.
CMH Heart Institute Clinic
417-328-6040

Joseph A. Moore, M.D., F.A.C.C.
CMH Heart Institute Clinic
417-328-6040


General Surgery
Brent A. Bartgis, D.O.
CMH Surgical Services
417-326-8700

Runners-Up
Martin S. Tyson, D.O., F.A.C.S., F.A.P.W.C.A., F.A.P.W.H.C.
CMH Wound and Hyberbaric Center
417-326-8700

W. Wayne Wolf III, D.O.
CMH Surgical Services
417-326-8700


Laparoscopic Surgery
W. Wayne Wolf III, D.O.
CMH Surgical Services
417-326-8700


Ophthalmologic Surgery
Chetan R. Soni, M.D., M.S., M.H.A., F.A.C.S.
CMH Eye Specialty Center
417-328-7000

General Orthopedic Surgery
Troy D. Morrison, D.O.
Parkview Orthopaedic Clinic
417-777-2663

Runners-Up
Jonathan E. Gray, D.O.
Parkview Orthopaedic Clinic
417-777-2663

David B. Rogers, M.D.
Parkview Orthopaedic Clinic
417-777-2663

K. Ron Smith, M.D.
Parkview Orthopaedic Clinic
417-777-2663


Orthopedics (Joint Replacement Surgery)
K. Ron Smith, M.D.
Parkview Orthopaedic Clinic
417-777-2663


Orthopedics (Spinal)
Troy D. Morrison, D.O.
Parkview Orthopaedic Clinic
417-777-2663


Orthopedics (Sports Medicine & Arthroscopy)
Troy D. Morrison, D.O.
Parkview Orthopaedic Clinic
417-777-2663
Dr. Morrison was voted into the Orthopedics (Sports Medicine & Arthroscopy) category. He does not practice sports medicine, but he does practice arthroscopy.

Juris P. Simanis, M.D., R.M.S.K., F.A.A.F.P.
Parkview Primary Care, Sports & Occupational Medicine Clinic
417-777-6161
Dr. Simanis was voted into the Orthopedics (Sports Medicine & Arthroscopy) and Sports Medicine categories, but he does not practice orthopedics or arthroscopy.


Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery
Matthew C. Ericksen, D.O.
CMH ENT Clinic
417-328-7000


Podiatric Surgery
Brad Jones, D.P.M.
CMH Foot and Ankle Clinic
417-328-7560


Trauma Surgery
Brent A. Bartgis, D.O.
CMH Surgical Services
417-326-8700

Runner-Up
Martin S. Tyson, D.O., F.A.C.S., F.A.P.W.C.A., F.A.P.W.H.C.
CMH Wound and Hyberbaric Center
417-326-8700

Tech Talk

A New Use for iPads

Mercy Health Systems’ iPads run a program called Insight Language. The program allows whatever dialect a patient speaks to show up on the screen, and the patient is able to pick which language works best for them. Language barriers can be an issue in communicating in what is very much a two-sided conversation between doctor and patient. Now, that barrier is being torn down.

Spire Solutions’ O2 Safety Strap

When Samuel Hall tore his patella tendon after he tripped over the cannula hose that supplies his oxygen, he knew he needed to change something. He discovered that his injury was far from an isolated incident for oxygen tank users like him, so he devised a product to fix it. The O2 Safety Strap eliminates the hazard of the cannula hose and helps prevent injuries, making life easier for those on oxygen.

Branson's Top Doctors

Medical Specialties

Anesthesiology
Sandra J. Snider, M.D.
White River Anesthesia Associates Inc.
417-239-3392
Privileges at Cox Branson

Cardiovascular Disease
Narin Arunakul, M.D.
CoxHealth, Interventional Cardiology
417-336-4112

Emergency Medicine
Eli N. Denney, D.O.
CoxHealth, Emergency Services
417-335-7218

Lane B. Garner, M.D.
CoxHealth, Emergency Services
417-335-7218

Endocrinology (Diabetes & Metabolism)
Naga Nalini Sammeta Tirumalasetty, M.D.
CoxHealth Diabetes and Endocrinology
417-348-8990
Dr. Tirumalasetty no longer practices at CoxHealth.

Family Medicine
Charlie Scott Rasmussen, D.O.
Jordan Valley Community Health Center
417-334-8300

Hematology/Oncology
Gus Gonzalez, M.D.
CoxHealth, Oncology
417-348-8032
Privileges at Cox Branson and Cox South Springfield

Hospitalist
Cody Barret Hoeflicker, D.O.
CoxHealth, Internal Medicine
417-335-7128

Runner-Up
Sheny Alex, M.D.
CoxHealth, Internal Medicine
417-335-7128

Internal Medicine
Cassandra L. Ashley, M.D.
CoxHealth, Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease
417-335-7020

Nephrology
John R. Martinez, M.D.
CoxHealth, Nephrology
417-335-5797

Dwight P. Zabel, M.D.
CoxHealth, Nephrology
417-335-5797

Neurology
Diane L. Cornelison, D.O.
CoxHealth, Pain & Neurology
417-335-7222

Runner-Up
Luis C. Natali, M.D.
Dr. Luis Natali
417-335-7222

Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose and Throat)
James Travis Brawner, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Ozark Mountain Ear, Nose and Throat
417-335-3636
Privileges at Cox Branson 

Pain Management
Diane L. Cornelison, D.O.
CoxHealth, Pain & Neurology
417-335-7222

Psychiatry
Shahid S. Insaf, M.D.
CoxHealth, Psychiatry
417-243-7777

Radiology
Anthony Lee Wheeler, M.D.
CoxHealth, Radiology
417-335-7223

Urology
Jerry S. Givens, M.D.
CoxHealth, Urology
417-875-3000


Surgical Specialties

General Surgery
John J. Moll Jr., M.D.
CoxHealth, Surgery
417-348-8080

Runner-Up
Dirk McMurray, M.D.
CoxHealth, Surgery
417-348-8080

General Orthopedic Surgery
Chad Douglas Efird, M.D.
CoxHealth, Orthopedics
417-348-8100


Orthopedics (Joint Replacement Surgery)
Chad Douglas Efird, M.D.
CoxHealth, Orthopedics
417-348-8100

Orthopedics (Sports Medicine & Arthroscopy)
Chad Douglas Efird, M.D.
CoxHealth, Orthopedics
417-348-8100

Joplin's Top Doctors

Medical Specialties

Allergy/Immunology
Michael E. Joseph, M.D.
Midwest Regional Allergy, Asthma, Arthritis & Osteoporosis Center
417-624-0050
Privileges at Mercy and Freeman Health

Runners-Up
Lea Sarah Humphrey, D.O.
Mercy Clinic Ear, Nose, Throat and Allergy - Joplin
417-556-8566

Robert H. McDonald, D.O.
Mercy Clinic Ear, Nose, Throat and Allergy - Joplin
417-556-8566

Anesthesiology
Kalaichelvi R. Huff, M.D.
Mercy Hospital Joplin
417-556-3750

Runners-Up
Donita Ki Boan, D.O.
Freeman Health System
417-347-5222

Michael L. Hill, M.D.
Freeman Health System
417-347-5222

Mark L. Kerr, M.D.
Mercy Hospital Joplin
417-556-3750

Bradford Lynn Ramsey, D.O.
Freeman Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
417-347-5400
Dr. Ramsey has resigned from Freeman Health. 

Breast Cancer Oncology
David W. Croy, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Oncology and Hematology - Joplin
417-782-7722

Samir Mukundray Dalia, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Oncology and Hematology - Joplin
417-782-7722

Runners-Up
Irving E. LaFrancis, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Oncology and Hematology - Joplin
417-782-7722

Matthew D. Miller, D.O.
Freeman Cornell-Beshore Cancer Institute
417-347-4000

Cardiac Electrophysiology
Rafael Joseph Gaytan, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Cardiology - Joplin
417-781-5387

Runner-Up
John F. Swartz, M.D.
Freeman Heart & Vascular Institute
417-347-5000

Cardiovascular Disease
Jose C. De Hoyos, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Cardiology - Joplin
417-781-5387

C. Ryan Longnecker, M.D.
Freeman Heart & Vascular Institute
417-347-5000

Runners-Up
John M. Cox, D.O.
Freeman Heart & Vascular Institute
417-347-5000

William R. Craig, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Cardiology - Joplin
417-781-5387

Darwin D. Jeyaraj, M.D.
Freeman Heart & Vascular Institute
417-347-5000

John Nicholas, M.D.
Freeman Heart & Vascular Institute
417-347-5000

Jahan Qamar Zeb, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Cardiology - Joplin
417-781-5387

Dermatology
Derek S. Towery, M.D.
Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center
417-624-0440

Direct Primary Care
Russell Lee Kennedy, D.O.
Mercy Clinic Family Medicine - Stone’s Corner
417-781-0408

Emergency Medicine
David Sean Smith, D.O.
Mercy Emergency Department - Joplin
417-556-2300

Runners-Up
Matthew D. Grounds, D.O.
Freeman Health System
417-347-3377

Amy Marie Hinkle, M.D.
Mercy Emergency Department - Carthage
417-358-8121

Clinton Ray Loy, D.O.
Mercy Emergency Department - Joplin
417-556-2300

Jacob N. Masena, D.O.
Freeman Health System
417-347-3377

Roberto Antonio Moran-Bojorquez, M.D.
Mercy Emergency Department
417-556-2300

Michelle Pannell, M.D.
Mercy Emergency Department - Joplin
417-556-2300

James M. Riscoe, M.D.
Mercy Emergency Department - Joplin
417-556-2300

Endocrinology (Diabetes & Metabolism)
Sean R. Hamlett, D.O.
Freeman Diabetes & Endocrine Institute
417-347-8740

Runners-Up
Allison L. Galloway, D.O.
Freeman Endocrinology Associates 
417-347-8730

Gretchen Denise Shull, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Endocrinology - Joplin
417-556-8555

Family Medicine
Russell Lee Kennedy, D.O.
Mercy Clinic Family Medicine - Stone’s Corner
417-781-0408

Runners-Up
Maria F. Bruce, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Family Medicine - 50th Street
417-556-3400

Mary Leone Kennedy, D.O.
Mercy Clinic Family Medicine - Stone’s Corner
417-781-0408

Glen W. King, D.O.
Mercy Clinic Family Medicine - Stone’s Corner
417-781-0408

Stephen R. Thomas, D.O.
Freeman Family Medicine
417-347-8525

Gastroenterology
Xujun Wu, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Gastroenterology - Joplin
417-556-8455

Runners-Up
Sudhakar Ancha, M.D.
Ozark Gastroenterology
417-623-5250
Privileges at Mercy and Freeman Health

Charbel Maksoud, M.D.
Freeman Center for Digestive Health
417-347-8636

David A. Seidl, M.D.
Digestive Health Professionals
417-781-7110

Geriatric Medicine
Henry D. Petry, D.O.
Freeman Center for Geriatric Medicine
417-347-4374

Hematology/Oncology
Samir Mukundray Dalia, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Oncology and Hematology - Joplin
417-782-7722

Runners-Up
David W. Croy, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Oncology and Hematology - Joplin
417-782-7722

Anisa Hassan, M.D.
Freeman Cornell-Beshore Cancer Institute
417-347-4000

Irving E. LaFrancis, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Oncology and Hematology - Joplin
417-782-7722

Matthew D. Miller, D.O.
Freeman Cornell-Beshore Cancer Institute
417-347-4000

Atman U. Shah, M.D.
Freeman Cornell-Beshore Cancer Institute
417-347-4000

Hospitalist
Julie A. Hoffmann-Janisch, M.D.
Mercy Hospital Joplin
417-208-3754

Runners-Up
Adam D. Fahrenholtz, D.O.
Freeman Health System
417-347-1111

Jeremy Goins, D.O.
Freeman Health System
417-347-1111

William D. Kessler Jr., M.D.
Mercy Hospital Joplin
417-208-3754

Robert McNab, D.O.
Freeman Health System
417-347-1095

Timothy M. O’Keefe, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Hospitalists
417-208-3754

Hyperbaric Medicine/Wound Care
Joseph A. Newman, M.D.
Freeman Wound Care
417-347-4800

Runners-Up
Donald R. Cotton, M.D.
Freeman Wound Care
417-347-4800

David Hagedorn, M.D.
Freeman Wound Care
417-347-4800

Infectious Disease
Nicole Jarjoura Sleiman, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Infectious Disease - Joplin
417-556-6813

Runners-Up
Eden M. Esguerra, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Infectious Disease - Joplin
417-556-6813

Uwe A. Schmidt, M.D.
Freeman Infectious Disease
417-347-8322

Internal Medicine
Bernard F. Bettasso, M.D.
Freeman Internal Medicine Group
417-347-8318

Runners-Up
Samuel R. Carter III, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Samuel R. Carter, M.D.
417-659-4661
Privileges at Mercy and Freeman Health

Brandon G. Gibson, D.O.
Freeman Internal Medicine Group
417-347-8711

Samuel K. Turner, D.O.
Samuel K. Turner, Adult Internal Medicine
417-782-3032
Privileges at Mercy and Freeman Health

Neonatology
Deborah L. Pickens, M.D.
Mercy Neonatal Intensive Care Unit - Joplin
417-556-6428

Nephrology
Leslie M. Hamlett, D.O.
Freeman Kidney Center
417-347-8570

Runners-Up
Ahmed Aboul-Magd, M.D.
Joplin Nephrology Consultants
417-782-5000
Privileges at Mercy, Freeman Health and Landmark Hospital of Joplin

Nadine A. Aboul-Magd, M.D.
Joplin Nephrology Consultants
417-782-5000
Privileges at Mercy, Freeman Health and Landmark Hospital of Joplin

Aleta Greathouse, M.D.
Freeman Kidney Center
417-347-8570

Abdul M. Nagaria, M.D.
Freeman Kidney Center
417-347-8570

Michael Selby, D.O.
Mercy Clinic Nephrology - Joplin
417-556-6877

Neurology
Gulshan Uppal, M.D.
Freeman NeuroSpine - Neurosurgery
417-347-7300

Runners-Up
Ahmed T. M. Robbie, M.D.
Freeman NeuroSpine - Neurosurgery
417-782-5500
Privileges at CoxHealth, Pain & Neurology

Anna M. Wojcicka-Mitchell, M.D.
Freeman NeuroSpine - Neurosurgery
417-347-7300

Obstetrics and Gynecology
Jason K. Sloan, D.O., F.A.C.O.G.
Mercy Clinic Women’s Health - Joplin
417-623-6056

Runners-Up
Cheryl Fogarty, M.D.
The Juno Group
417-624-2621
Privileges at Mercy and Freeman Health

Angela M. Langer, M.D.
Ozark Obstetrics & Gynecology
417-347-2525

Jeffrey Bryan Manley, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Women’s Health - Joplin
417-623-6056

Occupational Medicine
Dennis A. Estep, D.O.
Freeman OccuMed
417-347-6625

Ophthalmology
Ramesh R. Shah, M.D.
Ramesh R. Shah, M.D.
417-781-2616

Charles Sherrod III, M.D.
Regional Eye Center
417-781-3630
Privileges at Mercy and Freeman Health

Runners-Up
Earl L. Jordan Jr., D.O.
E. L. Jordan Jr., DO PC
417-781-0044
Privileges at Freeman Health and Mercy

John A. Yuhas, M.D.
Regional Eye Center
417-781-3630
Privileges at Mercy and Freeman Health

Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose and Throat)
Frank W. Shagets, M.D.
Frank W. Shagets MD
417-623-5111
Privileges at Freeman Health and Mercy

Runners-Up
Lea Sarah Humphrey, D.O.
Mercy Clinic Ear, Nose, Throat and Allergy - Joplin
417-556-8566

Robert H. McDonald, D.O.
Mercy Clinic Ear, Nose, Throat and Allergy - Joplin
417-556-8566

Kent McIntire, D.O.
Freeman Ear, Nose & Throat Center
417-347-6767

Larry McIntire, D.O.
Freeman Ear, Nose & Throat Center
417-347-6767

Pain Management
Anthony Casanova, M.D.
Freeman Pain Management Center
417-347-8355

Pathology
Susan Pintado, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Pathology - Joplin
417-556-2130

Runners-Up
Margaret E. Janssen, M.D.
Ferguson Medical Laboratory
417-623-6330

Craig P. Patterson, M.D.
Ferguson Medical Laboratory
417-623-6330

Pediatrics (General)
Fredric R. Wheeler, D.O., F.A.A.P.
Pediatric Associates of Southwest Missouri
417-782-5522
Privileges at Mercy and Freeman Health

Runner-Up
Shari L. Smith, D.O.
Hometown Pediatrics of Joplin
417-626-7337
Privileges at Mercy and Freeman Health

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Melvin Karges, M.D.
Melvin D. Karges, MD
417-782-1700

Runners-Up
Laurie Behm, M.D.
Freeman NeuroSpine - Neurosurgery
417-782-5500

Rebecca D. Jeyaseelan, M.D.
Freeman Physical Rehabilitation Unit
417-347-1234

Psychiatry
James Orlando III, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Behavioral Health
417-781-7337

Tamon B. Paige, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Behavioral Health
417-781-7337

Pulmonary Disease
Ricky L. Scacewater, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Pulmonology - Joplin
417-556-8377

Runners-Up
Syed Anwar Ahmed, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Pulmonology - Joplin
417-556-8377

Festus Anayo Ndukwu, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Pulmonology - Joplin
417-556-8377

Toufic Tony Saad, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Pulmonology - Joplin
417-556-8377

Navid S. Zaidi, M.D.
Freeman Lung Institute
417-347-8315

Radiation Oncology
Duane E. Myers, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Radiation Oncology
417-556-4462

Runner-Up
Chance Matthiesen, M.D.
Freeman Cornell-Beshore Cancer Institute
417-347-2200

Radiology
Richard John Price, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Radiology - Joplin
417-556-4762

Stephen Eric Slawson, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Radiology - Joplin
417-556-4762

Runners-Up
Mark E. Farnham, M.D.
Freeman Radiology
417-347-1111

Jane Seto, D.O.
Freeman Radiology
417-347-6611

Steven James Taggart, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Radiology - Joplin
417-556-4762

John K. Williams, M.D.
Freeman Radiology
417-347-5825
Dr. Williams has permanently closed his private practice and practices exclusively at Freeman Radiology. 

Rheumatology
Anan Bassam Afaneh, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Rheumatology - Joplin
417-556-5210

Runners-Up
Mark J Jarek, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Rheumatology - Carthage
417-359-2675
Dr. Jarek is affiliated with Mercy and sees patients in Carthage. He also sees patients at CMH Rheumatology and Osteoporosis Center.

Michael E. Joseph, M.D.
Midwest Regional Allergy, Asthma, Arthritis & Osteoporosis Center
417-624-0050
Privileges at Mercy and Freeman Health

Anne Winkler, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Rheumatology - Carthage
417-359-2675
Dr. Winkler also sees patients at CMH Rheumatology and Osteoporosis Center.

Sports Medicine
Russell Lee Kennedy, D.O.
Mercy Clinic Family Medicine - Stone’s Corner
417-781-0408

Runner-Up
Robert K. Lieurance, M.D.
Freeman Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
417-347-5400

Urgent Care
Ronald D. Edwards, M.D.
Freeman Urgent Care - Joplin
417-347-2273

Jeffrey M. Green, D.O.
Freeman Urgent Care - Joplin
417-347-2273

Urology
James Frogge, M.D.
Freeman Urology Associates
417-347-3703

Runner-Up
G. Scott Brehm, M.D.
Freeman Urology Associates
417-347-3703


Surgical Specialties

Bariatric Surgery
Danny T. Liu, M.D.
Mercy Clinic General and Specialty Surgery - Joplin
417-781-4404

Runners-Up
David L. Baker, D.O.
Freeman General & Vascular Surgical Group
417-347-7272

T. Brad Coy, D.O.
Freeman General & Vascular Surgical Group
417-347-7272

David E. Hargroder, M.D.
MGB Surgery, LLC
800-387-0514

Cardiovascular Surgery
Clyde Ray Redmond II, M.D.Mercy Clinic Cardiac, Thoracic and
Vascular Surgery - Joplin
417-556-8600

Raymond Vetsch, M.D.
Freeman Heart & Vascular Institute
417-347-5001

Runner-Up
Stephen L. Meyer, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.C.C.P
Mercy Clinic Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery - Joplin
417-556-8600

Colon and Rectal Surgery
Kenneth Leroy Watts, M.D.
Mercy Clinic General and Specialty Surgery - Joplin
417-781-4404

Runners-Up
Brock A. Carney, M.D.
Freeman Surgical Associates
417-781-6844

T. Brad Coy, D.O.
Freeman General & Vascular Surgical Group
417-347-7272

General Surgery
Charles Youngho Ro, M.D.
Mercy Clinic General and Specialty Surgery - Joplin
417-781-4404

Runners-Up
Brock A. Carney, M.D.
Freeman Surgical Associates
417-781-6844

Kurtis S. Cox, M.D.
Freeman Surgical Associates
417-781-6844

T. Brad Coy, D.O.
Freeman General & Vascular Surgical Group
417-347-7272

Danny T. Liu, M.D.
Mercy Clinic General and Specialty Surgery - Joplin
417-781-4404

Kenneth Leroy Watts, M.D.
Mercy Clinic General and Specialty Surgery - Joplin
417-781-4404

Laparoscopic Surgery
Danny T. Liu, M.D.
Mercy Clinic General and Specialty Surgery - Joplin
417-781-4404

Charles Youngho Ro, M.D.
Mercy Clinic General and Specialty
Surgery - Joplin
417-781-4404

Runners-Up
David L. Baker, D.O.
Freeman General & Vascular Surgical Group
417-347-7272

T. Brad Coy, D.O.
Freeman General & Vascular Surgical Group
417-347-7272

Maxillofacial Surgery
Kent McIntire, D.O.
Freeman Ear, Nose & Throat Center
417-347-6767

Frank W. Shagets, M.D.
Frank W. Shagets MD
417-623-5111
Privileges at Freeman Health and Mercy

Matthew W. Sheffer, DDS
Joplin Oral Surgery PC
417-625-1122
Privileges at Mercy.

Neurological Surgery
Brian Curtis, M.D.
Freeman NeuroSpine - Neurosurgery
417-782-5500

Margaret Ellen Nichols, M.D.
Freeman NeuroSpine - Neurosurgery
417-782-5500

Runners-Up
Barry Katz, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Neurosurgery - Joplin
417-556-6876

Joshua C. Sweaney, D.O.
Freeman NeuroSpine - Neurosurgery
417-782-5500

Cherylon A. Yarosh, M.D.
Freeman NeuroSpine - Neurosurgery
417-782-5500

Ophthalmologic Surgery
Charles Sherrod III, M.D.
Regional Eye Center
417-781-3630
Privileges at Mercy and Freeman Health

General Orthopedic Surgery
James R. Boyle, M.D.
Freeman Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
417-347-5400

Runners-Up
David L. Black, M.D.
Freeman Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
417-347-5400

Robert K. Lieurance, M.D.
Freeman Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
417-347-5400

Derek W. Miller, D.O.
Freeman Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
417-347-5400

Todd J. Twiss, M.D.
Freeman Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
417-347-5400

Orthopedics (Foot & Ankle Surgery)
James R. Boyle, M.D.
Freeman Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
417-347-5400

Derek W. Miller, D.O.
Freeman Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
417-347-5400

Orthopedics (Joint Replacement Surgery)
David L. Black, M.D.
Freeman Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
417-347-5400

Runners-Up
Robert K. Lieurance, M.D.
Freeman Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
417-347-5400

Derek W. Miller, D.O.
Freeman Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
417-347-5400

Orthopedics (Sports Medicine & Arthroscopy)
James R. Boyle, M.D.
Freeman Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
417-347-5400

Robert K. Lieurance, M.D.
Freeman Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
417-347-5400

Orthopedics (Trauma Surgery)
James R. Boyle, M.D.
Freeman Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
417-347-5400

Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery
Frank W. Shagets, M.D.
Frank W. Shagets MD
417-623-5111
Privileges at Freeman and Mercy.

Runners-Up
Lea Sarah Humphrey, D.O.
Mercy Clinic Ear, Nose, Throat and Allergy - Joplin
417-556-8566

Scott M. McClintick, D.O.
Freeman Ear, Nose & Throat Center
417-347-8301

Robert H. McDonald, D.O.
Mercy Clinic Ear, Nose, Throat and Allergy - Joplin
417-556-8566

Kent McIntire, D.O.
Freeman Ear, Nose & Throat Center
417-347-6767

Larry McIntire, D.O.
Freeman Ear, Nose & Throat Center
417-347-6767

General & Reconstructive Plastic Surgery
William S. Hughes, M.D.Mercy Clinic Plastic Surgery - Surgery
Center

417-820-9330
Dr. Hughes was voted into the Joplin category. He actually practices in Springfield. 

Runners-Up
Talon Maningas, D.O.
Maningas Cosmetic Surgery
417-437-0303
Dr. Maningas sees patients at Mercy and Freeman Health.

Frank W. Shagets, M.D.
Frank W. Shagets MD
417-623-5111
Privileges at Freeman Health and Mercy

Plastic (Abdominoplasty)
William S. Hughes, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Plastic Surgery - Surgery Center
417-820-9330
Dr. Hughes was voted into the Joplin category. He actually practices in Springfield. 

Talon Maningas, D.O.
Maningas Cosmetic Surgery
417-437-0303
Dr. Maningas sees patients at Mercy and Freeman Health.

Plastic (Breast Augmentation)
Talon Maningas, D.O.
Maningas Cosmetic Surgery
417-437-0303
Dr. Maningas sees patients at Mercy and Freeman Health.

Plastic (Facial Surgery)
Frank W. Shagets, M.D.
Frank W. Shagets MD
417-623-5111
Privileges at Freeman and Mercy

Runner-Up
Talon Maningas, D.O.
Maningas Cosmetic Surgery
417-437-0303
Dr. Maningas sees patients at Mercy and Freeman Health.

Trauma Surgery
Brock A. Carney, M.D.
Freeman Surgical Associates
417-781-6844

Runners-Up
David L. Baker, D.O.
Freeman General & Vascular Surgical Group
417-347-7272

Charles Youngho Ro, M.D.
Mercy Clinic General and Specialty Surgery - Joplin
417-781-4404

Vascular Surgery
Stephen L. Meyer, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.C.C.P
Mercy Clinic Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery - Joplin
417-556-8600

Runners-Up
T. Brad Coy, D.O.
Freeman General & Vascular Surgical Group
417-347-7272

Raymond Vetsch, M.D.
Freeman Heart & Vascular Institute
417-347-5001

Tech Talk

New Education Programs

Cox College graduated its first Masters of Occupational Therapy Class in December. The group develops ways for people with injuries or disabilities to live at home or function on their own more easily, says Kaitlyn McConnell, the media relations coordinator for corporate communications at CoxHealth. Cox is also in the process of instituting a nurse practitioner program, that emphasizes specialization in mental and psychiatric issues.

A Pediatric Innovation Plan

Mercy Innovation, formerly Mercy R&D, plans to sit in on pediatric visits in the area, observing where there could be room for improvement and then developing ideas for devices based on those sessions. “One of the reasons we chose pediatrics is it’s a known area of medical device inadequacy,” says Kim Collison Farr of Mercy Innovation.

Springfield's Top Doctors

Medical Specialties

Allergy/Immunology
William Samuel Micka, M.D.
CoxHealth, Allergy/Immunology
417-875-3742

Runners-Up
Brett William Hronek, M.D.
CoxHealth, Allergy/Immunology
417-875-3742

Silvia Huebner, M.D.
Allergy and Asthma of Springfield
417-885-0823

Minh-Thu Ngoc Le, M.D.
CoxHealth, Allergy/Immunology
417-875-3742

Gregory K. Lux, M.D.
Allergy and Asthma of Springfield
417-885-0823

Anesthesiology
Bradley A. Bowenschulte, M.D., F.A.S.A.
Mercy Clinic Anesthesiology - Springfield
417-820-2300

Runners-Up
David Melroy Delahay Jr., M.D.
Mercy Clinic Anesthesiology - Springfield
417-820-2829

Christopher Kerr, M.D.
Ozark Anesthesia Associates Inc.
417-269-4550

Claudine Mansour, D.O.
Ozark Anesthesia Associates Inc.
417-269-4550

Youssef Y. Yassa, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Anesthesiology - Springfield
417-820-2829

Breast Cancer Oncology
John W. Buckner III, M.D.
CoxHealth, Surgery
417-875-3761

Runners-Up
Brian Biggers, M.D.
Crighton Olive Dunn Surgical Group Inc.
417-882-2349

John R. Bumberry, M.D., F.A.C.S., M.H.A.
Mercy Clinic General and Specialty Surgery - South Fremont
417-820-3800

Rajesh R. Nair, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Cancer and Hematology - Chub O’Reilly Cancer Center
417-820-8099

Jessica Nicole Snider, D.O.
Mercy Clinic Cancer and Hematology - Chub O’Reilly Cancer Center
417-820-8099

Burn Treatment
Kenneth W. Larson, M.D.
Mercy Clinic General and Trauma Surgery - South Fremont
417-820-7250

Runners-Up
Krisi Ann Causa, D.O.
Mercy Clinic General and Trauma Surgery - South Fremont
417-820-7250

Robert Clay Johnson Jr., M.D.
Mercy Clinic General and Trauma Surgery - South Fremont
417-820-7250

Eric Alan Luehr, M.D.
Mercy Clinic General and Trauma Surgery - South Fremont
417-820-7250

Joe A. Olivi, M.D.
Mercy Clinic General and Trauma Surgery - South Fremont
417-820-7250

Cardiac Electrophysiology
Stanley D. Wiggins, M.D., F.A.C.C.
Mercy Clinic Cardiology - Whiteside
417-820-3911

Runners-Up
Keesag A. Baron, M.D.
Baron Cardiology Group, P.C.
417-883-5500

John Brian Garner, M.D.
CoxHealth, Cardiology
417-875-2624

Shang-Chiun Lee, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.C.
Mercy Clinic Cardiology - Whiteside
417-820-3911

Sunthosh Venkata Parvathaneni, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.H.R.S.
Mercy Clinic Cardiology - Whiteside
417-820-3911

Cardiovascular Disease
Donald W. Myears, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Cardiology - Whiteside
417-820-3911

Runners-Up
Mark D. Anderson, M.D.
CoxHealth, Cardiology
417-225-9770

David S. Cochran, M.D., F.A.C.C.
Mercy Clinic Cardiology - Whiteside
417-820-3911

John William Hawkins, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Cardiology - Whiteside
417-820-3911

Steven K. Rowe, M.D.
CoxHealth, Cardiology
417-875-2625

Dermatology
Joshua R. Dimmick, M.D.
Dimmick Laughlin Dermatology, LLC
417-882-1818

Runners-Up
Jenifer Insley, M.D.
Ozarks Dermatology Specialists
417-889-3332

Craig Naugle, M.D.
Ozarks Dermatology Specialists
417-889-3332

Jay L. Pearcy, M.D.
CoxHealth, Dermatology
417-875-3664

Raffaele Pennella, M.D.
Ozarks Dermatology Specialists
417-889-3332

Michael Swann, M.D.
Swann Dermatology Esthetics 
417-888-0858

Christopher R Wilbers, M.D.
CoxHealth, Dermatology
417-875-3384

Dermatology (Cosmetic)
Michael Swann, M.D.
Swann Dermatology Esthetics 
417-888-0858

Runners-Up
Matthew Allen Kienstra, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Facial Plastic Surgery - South Fremont
417-887-3223

Craig Naugle, M.D.
Ozarks Dermatology Specialists
417-889-3332
Dr. Naugle was voted into the Dermatology (Cosmetic) category; however, he does not practice cosmetic dermatology. 


Direct Primary Care
Dominic M. Meldi, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Internal Medicine - Smith Glynn Callaway
417-888-5658

Runners-Up
Laura Beth Den Ouden, M.D.
CoxHealth, Internal Medicine 
417-269-0700
Dr. Den Ouden was voted into the Direct Primary Care category, but she practices internal medicine at CoxHealth.

Matthew Preston Green, D.O.
Ascent Direct Primary Care
417-595-0956

Jennifer A. McNay, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Internal Medicine - Smith Glynn Callaway
417-888-5658

Teresa A. Olsen, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Internal Medicine - Smith Glynn Callaway
417-888-5658

Emergency Medicine
Bryan A. Finke, M.D.
CoxHealth, Emergency Medicine
417-269-4983

Runners-Up
Matthew D. Brandt, M.D.
CoxHealth, Emergency Medicine
417-269-4983

Howard E. Jarvis III, M.D.
CoxHealth, Emergency Medicine
417-269-4983

Stephanie Marie Lewis, M.D.
Mercy Emergency Department - Springfield
417-820-2115

Thomas Craig Lewis, M.D.
Mercy Emergency Department - Springfield
417-820-2115

Endocrinology (Diabetes & Metabolism)
Gregory A. Ledger, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.E., C.P.E.
Mercy Clinic Endocrinology - Smith Glynn Callaway
417-888-5660

Runners-Up
Daniel F. Lyons, M.D.
CoxHealth, Endocrinology
417-269-4450

Rani K. Radhamma, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Endocrinology - Smith Glynn Callaway
417-888-5660

JonBen Dale Svoboda, M.D.
CoxHealth, Endocrinology
417-269-4450

Johnson Thomas, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Endocrinology - Smith Glynn Callaway
417-888-5660

Family Medicine
William Russell Detten, D.O.
CoxHealth, Family Medicine
417-269-1362

Runners-Up
Martin R. Alumno, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Family Medicine - Smith Glynn Callaway
417-890-4136

Barbara A. Bumberry, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Family Medicine - HealthTracks
417-820-5015

Brian James Duff, M.D.
CoxHealth, Family Medicine
417-269-2227

Julia Lee Flax, M.D.
CoxHealth, Family Medicine
417-269-1362

Candise D. Kroutil, M.D.
CoxHealth, Family Medicine
417-875-3013

Rachelene Middleton, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Family Medicine - Smith Glynn Callaway
417-888-6709

Jay L. Sparks, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Family Medicine - Smith Glynn Callaway
417-633-7425

Sean P. Tarsney, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Family Medicine - Smith Glynn Callaway
417-888-6709

Fertility
Robert F. Fraser II, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Maternal and Fetal Medicine - South Fremont
417-820-3715

Kristy A. McCall, M.D.
CoxHealth, OBGYN
417-269-7900

Thomas M. Shultz, M.D.
CoxHealth, OBGYN
417-882-6900

Matthew Allen Weis, M.D.
CoxHealth, OBGYN
417-875-3000

Gastroenterology
Gregory L. Lyford, M.D.
CoxHealth, Gastroenterology
417-875-3760

Runners-Up
Daniel Edward Brady, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Gastroenterology - Whiteside
417-820-5200

Mubashir Hassan Khan, M.D.
Mercy Gastroenterology - Whiteside
417-820-5200

Donald Herbert Mangum, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Gastroenterology - Whiteside
417-820-5200

Peter James Ramsey, M.D.
CoxHealth, Gastroenterology
417-875-3250

Geriatric Medicine
Ovais Zubair, M.D.
CoxHealth, Geriatric Medicine
417-269-9220

Runners-Up
Sheri Lynn Bethmann, D.O.
Mercy Villa
417-820-8500

Maria C. Dela Rosa, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Internal Medicine - South Fremont
417-820-3500

Nabil Shafik Kamel, M.D.
CoxHealth, Geriatric Medicine
417-269-9220

William K. Rosen, M.D.
CoxHealth, Geriatric Medicine
417-269-3915

Gynecologic Oncology
Albert J. Bonebrake, M.D.
CoxHealth, GYN Oncology
417-875-3065

Runners-Up
Jay Walter Carlson, D.O., M.S., F.A.C.O.G.
Mercy Clinic Women’s Oncology - Chub O’Reilly Cancer Center
417-820-3554

Marcia Hernandez, D.O.
Mercy Clinic Women’s Oncology - Chub O’Reilly Cancer Center
417-820-3554

Darren L. Lehnert, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.
Mercy Clinic OB/GYN - South Fremont
417-820-3890

Laura Beth Luehr, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Obstetrical Hospitalists
417-820-3890

Shanon Tuter, D.O.
Mercy Clinic OB/GYN - Smith Glynn Callaway
417-885-0828

Barbara Ellen Wotherspoon, M.D.
Mercy Clinic OB/GYN - S. Fremont
417-820-3890

Hematology/Oncology
Robert John Ellis, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Oncology Hematology Associates
417-882-4880

Jessica Nicole Snider, D.O.
Mercy Clinic Cancer and Hematology - Chub O’Reilly Cancer Center
417-820-8099

Runners-Up
Rajesh R. Nair, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Cancer and Hematology - Chub O’Reilly Cancer Center
417-820-8099

Srikant Nannapaneni, M.D.
CoxHealth, Oncology
417-875-2607

Lavanya Tiriveedhi, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Cancer and Hematology - Chub O’Reilly Cancer Center
417-820-8099

Mohan Krishna Tummala, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Cancer and Hematology - Chub O’Reilly Cancer Center
417-820-8099

Hospitalist
Bala Sudhakar R Allam, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Hospitalists - Springfield
417-820-2600

Runners-Up
Melinda A. Crockett-Maples, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Hospitalists - Springfield
417-820-2600

Reggie L. George, M.D.
CoxHealth, Hospitalist
417-269-7728

Ryan Michael Norman, D.O.
Mercy Clinic Hospitalists - Springfield
417-820-2600

Thomas Thomas, D.O.
Mercy Clinic Hospitalists - Springfield
417-820-2600

Shawn Newton Usery, M.D.
CoxHealth, Hospitalist
417-269-7728
Dr. Usery was voted into the Springfield category, but actually practices in Branson as Cox Branson’s Chief Medical Officer. 
 

Hyperbaric Medicine/Wound Care
Larry K. Chase, M.D.
CoxHealth, Hyperbaric Medicine
417-269-9950

Runners-Up
Jason Jay Forbes, D.O.
Mercy Wound Care and Hyperbaric - Springfield
417-885-0868

Jon F. Snow, M.D.
CoxHealth, Hyperbaric Medicine
417-335-7792

Infectious Disease
Robin L. Trotman, D.O.
CoxHealth, Infectious Disease
417-269-7784

Runners-Up
Eric Jerome Fulnecky, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Infectious Disease - Whiteside
417-820-3905

Alastair D. Haddow, M.D.
Mercy Clinic, Infectious Disease - Whiteside
417-820-3905

William W. Sistrunk, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Mercy Clinic Infectious Disease - Whiteside
417-820-3905

Robert Lee Swords Jr., M.D.
Mercy Clinic Infectious Disease - Whiteside
417-820-3905

Internal Medicine
Dominic M. Meldi, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Internal Medicine - Smith Glynn Callaway
417-888-5658

Runners-Up
Lehman W. Godwin, M.D.
CoxHealth, Internal Medicine
417-875-3000

Jennifer A. McNay, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Internal Medicine - Smith Glynn Callaway
417-888-5658

William Collins Moore, M.D.
CoxHealth, Internal Medicine
417-875-3270

Heath A. Morgan, D.O.
Mercy Clinic Internal Medicine - Smith Glynn Callaway
417-888-5658

Teresa A. Olsen, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Internal Medicine - Smith Glynn Callaway
417-888-5658

Maternal Fetal Medicine (Perinatology)
Robert F. Fraser II, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Maternal and Fetal Medicine - South Fremont
417-820-3715

Runners-Up
Patricia M. Dix, M.D.
CoxHealth, Perinatology
417-269-4037

Jeffrey Stuart Greenspoon, M.D.
CoxHealth, OBGYN
417-269-4037

Neonatology
Joseph M. Eccher, M.D.
CoxHealth, Neonatology
417-269-6184

Melinda Slack, M.D.
Mednax at Mercy NICU Springfield
417-820-3219

Runners-Up
Sarah Kuhlman, M.D.
CoxHealth, Newborn Medicine
417-269-3000
Dr. Kuhlman no longer practices with CoxHealth.

Amy Yen, M.D.
Mednax at Mercy NICU Springfield
417-820-3219

Nephrology
Susan A. Woody, D.O.
Springfield Nephrology Associates
417-886-5000

Runners-Up
Stephen E. Garcia, M.D.
Springfield Nephrology Associates
417-886-5000

Giselle Kohler, M.D.
Springfield Nephrology Associates
417-886-5000

Sailesh Nayar, M.D.
CoxHealth, Nephrology
417-875-3150

David L. Sommerfeld, M.D.
Springfield Nephrology Associates
417-886-5000

Neurology
Robert Scott Duff, M.D.
Mercy Hospital Springfield
417-820-2000

Runners-Up
Jennifer Kathryn Lynch, M.D.
CoxHealth, Neurology
417-875-3087

Rodney D. Quinn, M.D.
CoxHealth, Neurology
417-875-3087

George F. Wong, M.D.
CoxHealth, Neurology
417-875-3087

Jenifer Huifang Zhai, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Neurology - Whiteside
417-820-9123

Nuclear Medicine
Robert E. Sonnemaker, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Nuclear Medicine -
Springfield
417-820-6850

Runners-Up
Kimberly Mae Creach, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Radiation Oncology - Chub O’Reilly Cancer Center
417-820-2468

Nathan L. Kester, M.D.
OCH Gravette Hospital
417-837-4000

James Wolski, M.D.
Litton & Giddings Radiological Associates
417-889-6102
Affiliated with CoxHealth

Obstetrics and Gynecology
Mary T. Duff, M.D.
CoxHealth, OB/GYN
417-269-7900

Runners-Up
Tama L. Franklin, M.D.
CoxHealth, OBGYN
417-269-6850

Darren L. Lehnert, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.
Mercy Clinic OB/GYN - South Fremont
417-820-3890

Kristy A. McCall, M.D.
CoxHealth, OBGYN
417-269-7900

Barbara Ellen Wotherspoon, M.D.
Mercy Clinic OB/GYN - S. Fremont
417-820-3890

Occupational Medicine
Randall J. Cross, M.D.
CoxHealth, Occupational Medicine
417-269-3813

Runner-Up
Scott Aaron Galligos, D.O.
Mercy Clinic Occupational Medicine - West Kearney
417-869-6191

Ophthalmology
Shachar Tauber, M.D., F.A.A.O.
Mercy Clinic Eye Specialists Opthalmology - Surgery Center
417-820-9393

Runners-Up
W. Patrick Collins, M.D.
Collins Eye Clinic
417-869-3200

James B. Mattax Jr., M.D., F.A.C.S.
Mattax Neu Prater Eye Center
417-886-3937

Thomas G. Prater, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Mattax Neu Prater Eye Center
417-886-3937

Wendell J. Scott, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Eye Specialists Opthalmology - Surgery Center
417-820-9393

Jacob K. Thomas, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Mattax Neu Prater Eye Center
417-886-3937

Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose and Throat)
Allan L. Allphin, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Ear, Nose and Throat - Surgery Center
417-820-5750

Runners-Up
Anthony Arnold Bentley, M.D.
CoxHealth, Otolaryngology (ENT)
417-875-3600

Jeffrey R. Fenwick, M.D.
CoxHealth, Otolaryngology (ENT)
417-875-3600

A. Daniel Pinheiro, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Ear, Nose and Throat - Surgery Center
417-820-5750

Jacob Edward Smith, M.D.
CoxHealth, Ear, Nose and Throat
417-875-3600

Pain Management
Benjamin A. Lampert, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Pain Management - Surgery Center
417-820-2064

Runners-Up
Jay P. Baker, D.O.
OCH Evergreen Clinic
417-837-4000

Mark Bucksbaum, M.D.
CoxHealth Pain Management
417-269-7246

Sadie Ochs Giedd, D.O.
Mercy Clinic Pain Management - Surgery Center
417-820-2064

Wayne H. Wallender, D.O.
CoxHealth, Procedural Pain Care
417-875-3095

Pathology
David M. Smid, M.D.
Pathology Services of Springfield
417-269-4647

Runners-Up
Steven E. Collum, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Pathology - Springfield
417-820-2961

Shawn B. Jackson, M.D., 
Dermopathologist
Pathology Services of Springfield
417-269-4647

Jamie Lynn Odem, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Pathology - Springfield
417-820-2961

Lori J. Wilson, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Pathology - Springfield
417-820-2961

Pediatrics (General)
John M. Burson, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Mercy Clinic Pediatrics - Whiteside
417-820-3535

Runners-Up
Sara Lyn Caffey, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Pediatrics - Whiteside
417-820-3535

Diane Carol Lipscomb, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Pediatric Critical Care - Springfield
417-820-2000

Diane M. Nitta, M.D.
CoxHealth, Pediatrics
417-269-3000

Kimberly D. Stoll, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Pediatrics - Whiteside
417-633-7467

Mai Yen Vo, M.D.
CoxHealth, Pediatric Medicine
417-269-7290

Tuyet Yen Vo, M.D.
CoxHealth Pediatrics
417-269-7290

Laura Elizabeth Waters, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Pediatrics - HealthTracks
417-820-5000

Pediatrics (Cardiology)
Alan Dare Tong, M.D.
Pediatrix Cardiology of Springfield
417-447-4700

Runners-Up
Frederick K. Emge, M.D.
Pediatrix Cardiology of Springfield
417-447-4700

John Samuel Plowden, M.D.
Pediatrix Cardiology of Springfield
417-447-4700

Pediatrics (Endocrinology)
I. David Schwartz, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes - South Fremont
417-820-0280

Runner-Up
Bert E. Bachrach, M.D.
Mercy Children’s Specialty Services - Whiteside
417-820-2229

Pediatrics (Neurology)
James Jacob Collins, M.D., Ph.D.
Mercy Clinic Pediatric Neurology - South Fremont
417-820-9055

Runners-Up
Jacqueline Hauer, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Pediatric Neurology - South Fremont
417-820-9055

Gene M. Tenorio, M.D.
CoxHealth, Pediatrics
417-269-1010
Dr. Tenorio no longer practices with CoxHealth.

Pediatrics (Ophthalmology)
Mark A. Cascairo, D.O.
Mercy Clinic Eye Specialists - Ophthalmology - Surgery Center
417-820-9393

Pediatrics (Psychiatry)
Kyle S. John, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Child and Adolescent Psychiatry - South Fremont
417-820-3128
Dr. John has transferred to Mercy’s Virtual Care Center in Chesterfield, Missouri. He is not currently seeing patients. 

Runners-Up
Raymund R. Tan, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Child and Adolescent Psychiatry - South Fremont
417-820-3128

Thomas F Weeston, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Child and Adolescent Psychiatry - South Fremont
417-820-3128
Dr. Weeston has retired. 

Pediatrics (Pulmonary Disease)
Matthew Carl Lundien, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Pediatric Pulmonology
417-820-9055

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Boyd D. Crockett, M.D.
CoxHealth, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
417-269-6868

Runners-Up
Hollis Kay Bell, M.D., C.P.E., F.A.B.P.M.R.
Mercy Clinic Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation - South Fremont
417-820-2364

Russell R. Bond Jr., D.O.
CoxHealth, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
417-269-6868

Ted A. Lennard, M.D.
CoxHealth, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
417-885-3888

Cary Charlton R. Marquis, M.D.
CoxHealth, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
417-269-6868

Ronald J. Pak, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation - South Fremont
417-820-2364

Podiatry
Dan Park, D.P.M.
Mercy Clinic Podiatry - Smith Glynn Callaway
417-888-6708

Runners-Up
Geoffrey C. Bricker, D.P.M.
OCH Medical Offices Clinic
417-837-4000 

Russell T. Dirksen, D.P.M.
The Foot Doctors PC
417-883-1881

Tyler A. Grout, D.P.M.
Mercy Clinic Podiatry - Smith Glynn Callaway
417-888-6708

Mark A. Seiden, D.P.M.
The Foot Doctors PC
417-883-1881

Psychiatry
Alok Jain, M.D.
Eustasis Psychiatric and Addiction Health
417-322-6622

Runners-Up
Donald August Balun Jr., M.D.
Mercy Clinic Psychiatry - South Fremont
417-820-8180

Kyle S. John, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Child and Adolescent Psychiatry - South Fremont
417-820-3128
Dr. John has transferred to Mercy’s Virtual Care Center in Chesterfield, Missouri. He is not currently seeing patients. 

Thomas Edward Kuich, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Psychiatry - South Fremont
417-820-8180

Pulmonary Disease
Sadaf Sohrab, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Pulmonology - Surgery Center
417-888-5696

Runners-Up
Anees Fatima Afroze, M.D.
CoxHealth, Pulmonology
417-875-3549

Mitchell Amos Ahrens, M.D.
CoxHealth, Pulmonology
417-875-3160

Terrence David Coulter, M.D.
CoxHealth, Pulmonology
417-875-3916

S. Brian Kim, M.D.
Mercy St. Francis Hospital
417-934-7000

Radiation Oncology
Ibrahim Abdalla, M.D.
CoxHealth, Radiation Oncology
417-269-6115

Runners-Up
Michael A. Albritton, M.D.
CoxHealth, Radiation Oncology
417-269-6115

John W. Clouse, M.D.
CoxHealth, Radiation Oncology
417-269-6115

Kimberly Mae Creach, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Radiation Oncology - Chub O’Reilly Cancer Center
417-820-2468

Nathan Tonlaar, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Radiation Oncology - Chub O’Reilly Cancer Center
417-820-2468

Radiology
Chris Edward Chernesky, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Radiology - Springfield
417-820-9729

Gerald J. Ondr, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Radiology - Springfield
417-820-9729

Runners-Up
Craig L. Boswell, M.D.
Litton & Giddings Radiological Associates
417-889-6102
Affiliated with CoxHealth

Jordan Chance, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Radiology - Springfield
417-820-9729

Nathan L. Kester, M.D.
OCH Gravette Hospital
417-837-4000

Anne P. Smid, M.D.
CoxHealth, Radiology
417-269-6272

Jacob Taussig, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Radiology - Springfield
417-820-9729

Reproductive Endocrinology
Rani K. Radhamma, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Endocrinology - Smith Glynn Callaway
417-888-5660

Rheumatology
David Gregory True, D.O.
Mercy Clinic Rheumatology - Carthage
417-359-2675
Dr. True was voted into the Springfield category, but he is affiliated with Mercy and sees patients in Carthage. 

Runners-Up
Jo Ellen Feugate, M.D., Ph.D.
Mercy Clinic Rheumatology - Smith Glynn Callaway
417-888-5664

Timothy Hayes, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Rheumatology - Smith Glynn Callaway
417-888-5664

Joseph L. Mayus, M.D.
CoxHealth, Rheumatology
417-875-3120

Eun Joo Park, M.D.
CoxHealth, Rheumatology
417-875-3210
Dr. Park no longer practices with CoxHealth. 

Robotics
Jay Walter Carlson, D.O., M.S., F.A.C.O.G.
Mercy Clinic Women’s Oncology - Chub O’Reilly Cancer Center
417-820-3554

Runners-Up
David A. Anderson, M.D.
CoxHealth, Urology
417-875-3381

Albert J. Bonebrake, M.D.
CoxHealth, GYN Oncology
417-875-3065

Christopher A. Edwards, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Mercy Clinic General and Specialty Surgery - South Fremont
417-820-3800

A. Daniel Pinheiro, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Ear, Nose and Throat - Surgery Center
417-820-5750

Andrew David Schultz, M.D.
CoxHealth, Urology
417-875-3375

Thomas M. Shultz, M.D.
CoxHealth, OBGYN
417-882-6900

Mark Joseph Walterskirchen, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Mercy Clinic Urology - South Fremont
417-820-0300

Timothy D. Woods, M.D.
CoxHealth, Surgery
417-875-2796

Sports Medicine
Shannon Lee Woods, M.D.
CoxHealth, Sports Medicine
417-875-3800

Runners-Up
Kyle Arthur, M.D.
CoxHealth, Sports Medicine
417-875-3800

Eric M. Gifford, M.D.
CoxHealth, Sports Medicine
417-875-3800

Landon David Hough, M.D.
Mercy Sports Medicine - Orthopedic Hospital
417-885-3000

Royce David Moore, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Sports Medicine - Orthopedic Hospital
417-885-3000

Urgent Care
Jamie Christopher Jones, M.D.
CoxHealth, Urgent Care
417-269-9812

Runners-Up
Cory John Bethmann, M.D.
CoxHealth, Urgent Care
417-269-9812

Matthew J. Loutzenhiser, M.D.
CoxHealth, Urgent Care
417-269-9812

Jess L. Lyon, D.O.
CoxHealth, Urgent Care
417-269-9812

Mark D. Newport, M.D.
Mercy Urgent Care - National
417-888-6790

Urology
Mark Joseph Walterskirchen, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Mercy Clinic Urology - South Fremont
417-820-0300

Runners-Up
David A. Anderson, M.D.
CoxHealth, Urology
417-875-3381

Eric Paul Guilliams, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Mercy Clinic Urology - South Fremont
417-820-0300

Matthew Clark Kincade, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Urology South Fremont
417-820-0300

Peter J. Trinca, M.D.
CoxHealth, Urology
417-875-3381


Surgical Specialties

Bariatric Surgery
Christopher A. Edwards, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Mercy Clinic General and Specialty Surgery - South Fremont
417-820-3800

Runners-Up
Daniel R. Cardwell, M.D.
CoxHealth, Surgery
417-875-3230

Matthew Earl Simpson, M.D.
CoxHealth, Surgery
417-875-3593

Timothy D. Woods, M.D.
CoxHealth, Surgery
417-875-2796

Cardiovascular Surgery
John B. Steinberg, M.D.
CoxHealth, Cardiothoracic Surgery
417-875-2622

Runners-Up
Keith R. Allen, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery - Whiteside
417-820-3960

Kuo Fon Huang, M.D., F.I.C.S.
Mercy Clinic Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery - Whiteside
417-820-3960

Sirish V. Parvathaneni, M.D., F.A.C.S., MBA, F.C.C.M.
Mercy Clinic Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery - Whiteside
417-820-3960

David Zolfaghari, M.D.
CoxHealth, Cardiothoracic Surgery
417-875-2622

Colon and Rectal Surgery
Jose M. Dominguez, M.D.
CoxHealth, Colorectal Surgery
417-875-3276

Runners-Up
James Patrick Brooks, M.D., F.A.S.C.R.S.
Mercy Clinic General and Specialty Surgery - South Fremont
417-820-3800

John Crighton, M.D.
Crighton Olive Dunn Surgical Group Inc.
417-882-2349
Dr. Crighton also sees patients at CMH Surgical Services.

Brian Richard Swenson, M.D., M.S., F.A.C.S., F.A.S.C.R.S.
Mercy Clinic General and Specialty Surgery - South Fremont
417-820-3800

John Matthew Trombold, M.D.
CoxHealth, Colorectal Surgery
417-875-3276

General Surgery
Timothy D. Woods, M.D.
CoxHealth, Surgery
417-875-2796

Runners-Up
John R. Bumberry, M.D., F.A.C.S., M.H.A.
Mercy Clinic General and Specialty Surgery - South Fremont
417-820-3800

Daniel R. Cardwell, M.D.
CoxHealth, Surgery
417-875-3230

Christopher A. Edwards, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Mercy Clinic General and Specialty Surgery - South Fremont
417-820-3800

Nicholas F. Shoults, M.D.
Mercy Clinic General and Specialty Surgery - South Fremont
417-820-3800

Laparoscopic Surgery
Timothy D. Woods, M.D.
CoxHealth, Surgery
417-875-2796

Runners-Up
Daniel R. Cardwell, M.D.
CoxHealth, Surgery
417-875-3230

John Crighton, M.D.
Crighton Olive Dunn Surgical Group Inc.
417-882-2349
Dr. Crighton also sees patients at CMH Surgical Services.

Christopher A. Edwards, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Mercy Clinic General and Specialty Surgery - South Fremont
417-820-3800

Matthew Earl Simpson, M.D.
CoxHealth, Surgery
417-875-3593

Maxillofacial Surgery
Matthew Allen Kienstra, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Facial Plastic Surgery - South Fremont
417-887-3223

Runners-Up
George E. Arquitt III, DDS, M.D.
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Group, LTD
417-887-8800

J. David Gipson, DDS, M.D.
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Group, LTD
417-887-8800

Christopher M. Meyer, DDS, M.D.
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Group, LTD
417-887-8800

Steven P. Quinn, DDS
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Group, LTD
417-887-8800

Robert B. Shaw Jr., M.D.
CoxHealth, Plastic Surgery
417-875-3246

Neurological Surgery
Sami Khoshyomn, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Neurosurgery - Surgery Center
417-820-5150

Runners-Up
Sunghoon Lee, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Neurosurgery - Surgery Center
417-820-5150

J. Charles Mace, M.D.
CoxHealth, Neurosurgery
417-885-3888

Chad J. Morgan, M.D.
CoxHealth, Neurosurgery
417-885-3888

Salim Rahman, M.D.
CoxHealth, Neurosurgery
417-885-3888


Ophthalmologic Surgery
Shachar Tauber, M.D., F.A.A.O.
Mercy Clinic Eye Specialists Opthalmology - Surgery Center
417-820-9393

Runners-Up
Brendon Delport, D.O.
Jordan Valley Community Health Center
417-831-0150

James B. Mattax Jr., M.D., F.A.C.S.
Mattax Neu Prater Eye Center
417-886-3937

Thomas G. Prater, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Mattax Neu Prater Eye Center
417-886-3937

Wendell J. Scott, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Eye Specialists Opthalmology - Surgery Center
417-820-9393

Jacob K. Thomas, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Mattax Neu Prater Eye Center
417-886-3937

General Orthopedic Surgery
William Hayward Duncan, M.D.
CoxHealth, Orthopedic Surgery
417-875-3800

Runners-Up
Pierre L. Clothiaux, M.D.
CoxHealth, Orthopedic Surgery
417-269-3800

J. Peter Crites, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Orthopedics - Orthopedic Hospital
417-885-3000

William Ward Goodman III, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Orthopedics - Orthopedic Hospital
417-885-3000

Robert F. Mahnken, M.D., F.A.A.O.S
Mercy Clinic Orthopedics - Orthopedic Hospital
417-885-3000

William T. Wester, M.D.
CoxHealth, Orthopedic Surgery
417-875-3800

Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery
Jeremy David Onnen, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Orthopedics - Orthopedic Hospital
417-885-3000

Runner-Up
William Ward Goodman III, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Orthopedics - Orthopedic Hospital
417-885-3000

Orthopedics (Foot & Ankle Surgery)
David Christopher Hicks, M.D.
CoxHealth, Orthopedic Surgery
417-875-3800

Runners-Up
Robert F. Mahnken, M.D., F.A.A.O.S
Mercy Clinic Orthopedics - Orthopedic Hospital
417-885-3000

Darin Lee Talley, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Orthopedics - Orthopedic Hospital
417-885-3000

Orthopedics (Hand Surgery)
Erin Kent Greer, M.D.
CoxHealth, Orthopedics (Hand Surgery)
417-875-3800

Runners-Up
Victoria Diane Kubik, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Orthopedics - Orthopedic Hospital
417-885-3000

David William Schippert, M.D.
CoxHealth, Orthopedic Surgery
417-875-3800

John Scott Swango, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Orthopedics - Orthopedic Hospital
417-885-3000

Robert B. Wyrsch, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Orthopedics - Orthopedic Hospital
417-885-3000

Orthopedics (Joint Replacement Surgery)
William T. Wester, M.D.
CoxHealth, Orthopedic Surgery
417-875-3800

Runners-Up
Pierre L. Clothiaux, M.D.
CoxHealth, Orthopedic Surgery
417-269-3800

J. Peter Crites, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Orthopedics - Orthopedic Hospital
417-885-3000

William Hayward Duncan, M.D.
CoxHealth, Orthopedic Surgery
417-875-3800

Michael P. Nachtigal, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Orthopedics - Orthopedic Hospital
417-885-3000

Richard A. Seagrave, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Orthopedics - Orthopedic Hospital
417-885-3000

Orthopedics (Spinal)
Paul M. Olive, M.D., A.B.O.S., A.A.O.S., N.A.S.S.
Mercy Clinic Spine Center - Surgery Center
417-820-2064

Runners-Up
Sunghoon Lee, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Neurosurgery - Surgery Center
417-820-5150

J. Charles Mace, M.D.
CoxHealth, Neurosurgery
417-885-3888

Orthopedics (Sports Medicine & Arthroscopy)
Christopher M. Miller, M.D.
CoxHealth, Orthopedic Surgery
417-875-3800

Runners-Up
William Hayward Duncan, M.D.
CoxHealth, Orthopedic Surgery
417-875-3800

David Christopher Hicks, M.D.
CoxHealth, Orthopedic Surgery
417-875-3800

William T. Wester, M.D.
CoxHealth, Orthopedic Surgery
417-875-3800

Victor W. Wilson, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Orthopedics - Orthopedic Hospital
417-885-3000

Orthopedics (Trauma Surgery)
David Joshua Merriman, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Orthopedics - Orthopedic Hospital
417-885-3000

Runners-Up
James Clinton Black, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Orthopedics - Orthopedic Hospital
417-885-3000

Brian Walter Buck, D.O.
CoxHealth, Orthopedics
417-875-3846

William T. Wester, M.D.
CoxHealth, Orthopedic Surgery
417-875-3800

Timothy D. Woods, M.D.
CoxHealth, Surgery
417-875-2796

Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery
A. Daniel Pinheiro, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Ear, Nose and Throat - Surgery Center
417-820-5750

Runners-Up
Allan L. Allphin, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Ear, Nose and Throat - Surgery Center
417-820-5750

Anthony Arnold Bentley, M.D.
CoxHealth, Otolaryngology (ENT)
417-875-3600

Jeffrey R. Fenwick, M.D.
CoxHealth, Otolaryngology (ENT)
417-875-3600

Aaron Russell Morrison, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Ear, Nose and Throat - Surgery Center
417-820-5750

Jacob Edward Smith, M.D.
CoxHealth, Ear, Nose and Throat
417-875-3600

Mark J. Van Ess, D.O.
Mercy Clinic Ear, Nose and Throat - Surgery Center
417-820-5750

Pediatric General Surgery
Troy L. Spilde, M.D.

Mercy Clinic Pediatric Surgery- South Fremont
417-820-4000

Runner-Up
Scott James Keckler, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Pediatric Surgery - South Fremont
417-820-4000

General & Reconstructive Plastic Surgery
Bharat Shah, M.D., F.A.C.S., M.H.A.
Mercy Clinic Plastic Surgery - Surgery Center
417-820-9330

Runners-Up
Arthur S. Hawes, M.D.
CoxHealth, Plastic Surgery
417-875-3246

Rosellen S. Meystrik, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Plastic Surgery - Surgery Center
417-820-9330

Carl I. Price, M.D.
CoxHealth, Plastic Surgery
417-875-3246

Robert B. Shaw Jr., M.D.
CoxHealth, Plastic Surgery
417-875-3246

Plastic (Abdominoplasty)
Robert B. Shaw Jr., M.D.
CoxHealth, Plastic Surgery
417-875-3246

Runners-Up
Arthur S. Hawes, M.D.
CoxHealth, Plastic Surgery
417-875-3246

Rosellen S. Meystrik, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Plastic Surgery - Surgery Center
417-820-9330

Carl I. Price, M.D.
CoxHealth, Plastic Surgery
417-875-3246

Bharat Shah, M.D., F.A.C.S., M.H.A.
Mercy Clinic Plastic Surgery - Surgery Center
417-820-9330

Plastic (Breast Augmentation)
Carl I. Price, M.D.
CoxHealth, Plastic Surgery
417-875-3246

Runners-Up
Arthur S. Hawes, M.D.
CoxHealth, Plastic Surgery
417-875-3246

Rosellen S. Meystrik, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Plastic Surgery - Surgery Center
417-820-9330

Bharat Shah, M.D., F.A.C.S., M.H.A.
Mercy Clinic Plastic Surgery - Surgery Center
417-820-9330

Robert B. Shaw Jr., M.D.
CoxHealth, Plastic Surgery
417-875-3246

Plastic (Facial Surgery)
Matthew Allen Kienstra, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Facial Plastic Surgery - South Fremont
417-887-3223

Runners-Up
Carla Garrison, M.D.
Garrison Plastic Surgery
417-877-0630

Arthur S. Hawes, M.D.
CoxHealth, Plastic Surgery
417-875-3246

Carl I. Price, M.D.
CoxHealth, Plastic Surgery
417-875-3246

Bharat Shah, M.D., F.A.C.S., M.H.A.
Mercy Clinic Plastic Surgery - Surgery Center
417-820-9330

Robert B. Shaw Jr., M.D.
CoxHealth, Plastic Surgery
417-875-3246

Podiatric Surgery
Dan Park, D.P.M.
Mercy Clinic Podiatry - Smith Glynn Callaway
417-888-6708

Runners-Up
Geoffrey C. Bricker, D.P.M.
OCH Medical Offices Clinic
417-837-4000 

Russell T. Dirksen, D.P.M.
The Foot Doctors P.C.
417-883-1881

Mark A. Seiden, D.P.M.
The Foot Doctors P.C.
417-883-1881

Surgical Oncology
Charles Ezekiel Woodall III, M.D.
CoxHealth, General Surgery
417-875-3525

Runners-Up
Brian Biggers, M.D.
Crighton Olive Dunn Surgical Group Inc.
417-882-2349

Albert J. Bonebrake, M.D.
CoxHealth, GYN Oncology
417-875-3065

James Patrick Brooks, M.D., F.A.S.C.R.S.
Mercy Clinic General and Specialty Surgery - South Fremont
417-820-3800

John W. Buckner III, M.D.
CoxHealth, Surgery
417-875-3761

John R. Bumberry, M.D., F.A.C.S., M.H.A.
Mercy Clinic General and Specialty Surgery - South Fremont
417-820-3800

Trauma Surgery
Timothy D. Woods, M.D.
CoxHealth, Surgery
417-875-2796

Runners-Up
Kevin Clay Christian, D.O.
CoxHealth, Trauma Surgery
417-875-2620

Kenneth W. Larson, M.D.
Mercy Clinic General and Trauma Surgery - South Fremont
417-820-7250

Eric Alan Luehr, M.D.
Mercy Clinic General and Trauma Surgery - South Fremont
417-820-7250

Joe A. Olivi, M.D.
Mercy Clinic General and Trauma Surgery - South Fremont
417-820-7250

Vascular Surgery
John R. Mullins, M.D.
CoxHealth, Vascular Surgery
417-875-2626

Runners-Up
Jon A. Reese, M.D., F.A.C.S., R.P.V.I.
Mercy Clinic Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery - Whiteside
417-820-3960

Zachary C. Schmittling, M.D.
CoxHealth, Vascular Surgery
417-875-2626

Christopher Stout, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery - Whiteside
417-820-3960

Robert W. Vorhies, M.D.
CoxHealth, Vascular Medicine/Surgery
417-875-2627

Tech Talk

A Streamlined Communication Program

Cox Medical Center South’s nurses have a faster way to communicate with patients. CareAware Connect, a smartphone program put in place last year, allows nurses to talk with patients as well as other staff members in real-time. The software has been integrated with the nurse call system and has app capabilities, allowing nurses easy access to pertinent information on patient medication and illnesses.

Advancements in Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement

In layman’s terms, Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) is a procedure that uses a tube to get to the heart through an artery in the thigh. Mercy was the first to bring the procedure to the Ozarks in 2012, and it’s worked to great results. Until now, TAVR was only performed as a final option for those who might not have any other options. But Mercy is now testing what is called an Evolut R System Trial to determine whether or not TAVR is viable for low-risk patients.

West Plain's Top Doctors

Medical Specialties

Breast Cancer Oncology
Charles H. Morgan, M.D.
Ozarks Medical Center Cancer Treatment Center
417-257-5900

Cardiovascular Disease
Kevin E. Crowe, M.D.
Ozarks Medical Center Heart Care Services
417-257-5950

Family Medicine
Jason K. Spurling, M.D.
Ozarks Medical Center
417-255-8645

Hematology/Oncology
Charles H. Morgan, M.D.
Ozarks Medical Center Cancer Treatment Center
417-257-5900

Hospitalist
Alexandre Makarian, M.D.
Ozarks Medical Center Hospitalist Team
417-257-5800

Internal Medicine
Charles N. Swift, D.O.
Burton Creek Medical Clinic
417-256-2111

Neurology
Clara N. Applegate, M.D.
Ozarks Medical Center Neurosciences
417-257-6777

Ophthalmology
Robert W. Jones, M.D.
Jones Eye Center
417-256-4111

Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose and Throat)
Jeffrey J. Hull, M.D.
Southern Missouri ENT & Allergy
417-255-1373
Dr. Hull also practices at Ozarks Medical Center and at West Plains Ambulatory Surgical Center.

Pathology
R. Gideon Morrison, M.D.
Ozarks Medical Center Pathology Department
417-257-6771

Pediatrics (General)
Garry E. Finke, M.D.
Southern Missouri Community Health Center
417-255-8464

Psychiatry
Jesse Rhoads, D.O.
Ozarks Medical Center Behavioral Healthcare
417-257-6762

Rheumatology
Anthony Tay, M.D.
Ozarks Medical Center Rheumatology Clinic
417-256-1764
Dr. Tay also sees patients at CMH Rheumatology and Osteoporosis Center in Bolivar. 

Urology
W. Rick Holloway, M.D.
Ozarks Medical Center Urology Clinic
417-255-8337


Surgical Specialties

General Surgery
Antony Joseph, M.D.
Ozarks Medical Center Surgical Specialists
417-256-1774

General Orthopedic Surgery
Gregory W. Hubbard, D.O.
Hubbard Bone & Joint Clinic LLC
417-255-2063

Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery
Jeffrey J. Hull, M.D.
Southern Missouri ENT & Allergy
417-255-1373
Dr. Hull also practices at Ozarks Medical Center and at West Plains Ambulatory Surgical Center.

Hospitals in 417-Land

Springfield

Cox Medical Center South
3801 S. National Ave., Springfield; 
417-269-6000, coxhealth.com

Cox North Hospital
1423 N. Jefferson Ave., Springfield;
417-269-3000, coxhealth.com

Mercy Hospital Springfield
1235 E. Cherokee St., Springfield; 
417-820-2000, mercy.net

Meyer Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Hospital
3535 S. National Ave., Springfield; 
417-269-3282, coxhealth.com

Ozarks Community Hospital
2828 N. National Ave., Springfield;
417-837-4000, ochonline.com

Branson

Cox Medical Center Branson
525 Branson Landing Blvd., Branson;
417-335-7000, coxhealth.com

Mercy Clinic Internal Medicine—Branson
1065 State Highway 248, Suite 200, Branson; 
417-337-9808, mercy.net

Joplin

Freeman Health System
1102 W. 32nd St., Joplin; 
417-347-1111, freemanhealth.com

Mercy Hospital Joplin
100 Mercy Way, Joplin; 
417-556-3729, mercy.net

Bolivar

Citizens Memorial Healthcare
1500 N. Oakland Ave., Bolivar; 
417-326-6000, citizensmemorial.com

West Plains

Ozarks Medical Center
1100 Kentucky Ave., West Plains; 
417-256-9111, ozarksmedicalcenter.com