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Top Doctors

Top Doctors List 2020

When your health or the health of a family member is on the line, where do you turn for help? All 535 experts on our annual Top Doctors list were nominated by their peers, and they represent the best in medical and surgical care.

Listings Edited by Haley Phillips

Jul 2020

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HOW IT WORKS

Top Doctors is an annual nomination-based project in which we ask physicians in the southwest Missouri 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.

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 within the region. Inclusion in the list is based on the opinions of responding doctors in the region and the results of our research campaign. We take time and energy to ensure fair voting, although we understand that the results of this survey nomination are not an objective metric. 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 Missouri's Best Doctors

Medical Specialties

Allergy/Immunology
Matthew Ericksen, D.O.
CMH ENT Clinic – Douglas Medical Center
417-328-7000

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

Breast Cancer Oncology
Leonid Shunyakov, M.D.
Carrie J. Babb Cancer Center
417-326-7200

Cardiovascular Disease
John Best, M.D.
CMH Heart Institute Clinic
417-328-6040

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

Direct Primary Care (Private Practice Only)
Kristopher Kaufmann, D.O.
Butterfield Park Medical Center
417-326-7676

Emergency Medicine
Jeffrey Smieshek, D.O.
Citizens Memorial Hospital
417-326-6000

Runner-Up
Juan Nix, M.D.
Citizens Memorial Hospital
417-326-6000

Endocrinology (Diabetes & Metabolism)
Heather Corn, M.D.
CMH Endocrinology Center – Douglas Medical Center
417-328-7000

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

Runner-Up
Bethany Dhondt, D.O.
Humansville Family Medical Center
417-754-2223

Kristopher Kaufmann, D.O.
Butterfield Park Medical Center
417-326-7676

Gastroenterology
Ryan Denney, D.O.
CMH Gastroenterology Clinic – Douglas Medical Center
417-326-8700

Geriatric Medicine
Christina Capps, M.D.
Butterfield Park Medical Center
417-326-7676

Hematology/Oncology
Leonid Shunyakov, M.D.
Carrie J. Babb Cancer Center
417-326-7200

Hospitalist
Garrett Alderfer, M.D.
CMH Hospitalist Group
417-328-6300

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

Neurology
Curtis Schreiber, M.D.
CMH Neurology Clinic/Missouri Memory Center
417-327-3530

Obstetrics and Gynecology
Sarah Kallberg, D.O.
CMH OB/GYN and Pediatric Clinic
417-777-8131

Runners-Up
Ashley Lane, D.O.
CMH OB/GYN and Pediatric Clinic
417-777-8131

Dana M. Meents, M.D.
CMH OB/GYN and Pediatric Clinic
417-777-8131

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

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

Pain Management
Mark Bult, M.D.
CMH Institute of Pain Management – Douglas Medical Center
417-326-7246

Pathology
Christina Otterness, D.O.
Citizens Memorial Healthcare
417-328-6031

Pediatric (General)
Shannon Calvert, M.D.
CMH OB/GYN and Pediatric Clinic
417-777-2121

James Liesen, D.O.
CMH OB/GYN and Pediatric Clinic
417-777-2121

Psychiatry
Bryan Flueckiger, M.D.
Parkview Geriatric Wellness
417-328-6305

Pulmonary Disease
Donald K. Wantuck, M.D.
CMH Pulmonology Clinic
417-328-6055
Editor’s Note: Dr. Wantuck has retired.

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

Radiology
Doug Horner, D.O.
Citizens Memorial Hospital
417-326-6000

Jana Horner, M.D.
CMH Breast Care Center – Douglas Medical Center
417-328-7866

Runner-Up
Chad Potter, M.D.
Citizens Memorial Hospital
417-326-6000

Robotics
W. Wayne Wolf III, D.O.
CMH Surgical Services – Douglas Medical Center
417-326-8700

Runner-Up
Sarah Kallberg, D.O.
CMH OB/GYN and Pediatric Clinic
417-777-8131

Sports Medicine
Juris Simanis, M.D., C.A.Q.S.M., R.M.S.K., F.A.A.F.P.
CMH Orthopedic & Spine Center – Douglas Medical Center
417-777-2663

Urgent Care
Kristopher Kaufmann, D.O.
Butterfield Park Medical Center
417-326-7676
Editor’s Note: Dr. Kaufmann is the director of the walk-in clinic but does not see patients.


Surgical Specialties

Colon and Rectal Surgery
Brent Bartgis, D.O.
CMH Surgical Services – Douglas Medical Center
417-326-8700

General Orthopedic Surgery
Jonathan Gray, D.O.
CMH Orthopedic & Spine Center – Douglas Medical Center
417-777-2663

Runner-Up
Troy Morrison, D.O.
CMH Orthopedic & Spine Center – Douglas Medical Center
417-777-2663

General Surgery
Brent Bartgis, D.O.
CMH Surgical Services – Douglas Medical Center
417-326-8700

W. Wayne Wolf III, D.O.
CMH Surgical Services – Douglas Medical Center
417-326-8700

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

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

Orthopedics (Joint Replacement Surgery)
Kenneth Ronald Smith, M.D.
CMH Orthopedic & Spine Center
417-777-2663

Orthopedics (Spinal)
Troy Morrison, D.O.
CMH Orthopedic & Spine Center – Douglas Medical Center
417-777-2663

Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery
Matthew Ericksen, D.O.
CMH ENT Clinic – Douglas Medical Center
417-328-7000

Surgical Oncology
Brent Bartgis, D.O.
CMH Surgical Services – Douglas Medical Center
417-326-8700

W. Wayne Wolf III, D.O.
CMH Surgical Services – Douglas Medical Center
417-326-8700

Trauma Surgery
Brent Bartgis, D.O.
CMH Surgical Services – Douglas Medical Center,
417-326-8700

Martin Tyson, D.O., F.A.C.S., F.A.P.W.C.A., F.A.P.W.H.C.
CMH Wound and Hyperbaric Center – Douglas Medical Center
417-326-8700

Vascular Surgery
Martin Tyson, D.O., F.A.C.S., F.A.P.W.C.A., F.A.P.W.H.c.
CMH Wound and Hyperbaric Center – Douglas Medical Center
417-326-8700

Branson Missouri's Best Doctors

Medical Specialties

Dermatology
Hope Elizabeth Misterovich, D.O.
CoxHealth
417-269-9060

Endocrinology (Diabetes & Metabolism)
Anju Susan Prasad, M.D.
CoxHealth
417-348-8990

Family Medicine
Jeremy Mabe, M.D.
CoxHealth
417-348-8964

Hematology/Oncology
Gus Anthony Gonzalez, M.D.
CoxHealth
417-348-8032

Hospitalist
Sheny Alex, M.D.
CoxHealth
417-335-7128

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

Nephrology
Dwight Zabel, M.D.
Branson Nephrology and Dialysis Center
417-334-8288

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

Pediatric (General)
Jennifer Lynn Freeman, M.D.
CoxHealth 
417-335-7540

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Christoffer J. Weber, M.D.
Chris Weber MD LLC
417-337-5500

Pulmonary Disease
Cesar F. Artiles, M.D.
CoxHealth
417-335-7559
Editor’s Note: Dr. Artiles is no longer practicing in the 417 but is now located in Texas.

Radiation Oncology
Mittie Matthew Dragosljvich, M.D.
CoxHealth, 417-348-8032


Surgical Specialties

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

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

Runner-Up
John Joseph Moll Jr., M.D.
CoxHealth
417-335-7792

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
James D. Gipson, D.D.S., M.D.
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Group
417-887-8800

Joplin Missouri's Best Doctors

Medical Specialties

Robert H. McDonald, D.O.
Mercy Clinic Ear, Nose and Throat and Allergy – Joplin
417-556-8566
Editor’s Note: Dr. McDonald is no longer practicing in the 417 but is now located in Oklahoma.

Runners-Up
Lea Sarah Humphrey, D.O.
Mercy Clinic Ear, Nose and Throat and Allergy – Joplin
417-556-8566
Editor’s Note: Dr. Humphrey is no longer practicing in the 417 but is now located in Oklahoma.

Michael E. Joseph, M.D.
Midwest Regional Allergy, Asthma, Arthritis & Osteoporosis Center
417-624-0050

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

Anesthesiology
Kalaichelvi R. Huff, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Anesthesiology – Joplin
417-556-3570

Runners-Up
Brandon Fordham, D.O.
Freeman Health System
417-347-5222

Michael L. Hill, M.D.
Freeman Health System
417-347-1078

Michael McDonald, M.D.
Freeman Health System
417-347-1078

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

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

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

Cardiac Electrophysiology
Rafael J. 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
C. Ryan Longnecker, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.S.C.A.I.
Freeman Heart & Vascular Institute
417-347-5000

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

Rafael J. Gaytan, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Cardiology – Joplin
417-781-5387

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

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

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

Runner-Up
Nathaniel Phelan, M.D.
Phelan Dermatology Joplin
417-622-0293

Dermatology (Cosmetic)
Derek S. Towery, M.D.
Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center Joplin 
417-624-0440

Direct Primary Care (Private Practice Only)
Samuel R. Carter III, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Samuel R. Carter, M.D.
417-659-4661

Brandon Gregory Gibson, D.O.
Freeman Southwest Internal Medicine
417-347-8711

Runners-Up
Troy R. D’Amour, D.O.
D’Amour Family Medicine
417-782-4100

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

Emergency Medicine
Matthew D. Grounds, D.O.
Freeman Health System
417-347-3377

Runners-Up
John Richard Coleman, M.D.
Mercy Emergency Department – Joplin
417-556-2300

Zachary Winsor Dalton, D.O.
Mercy Emergency Department – Joplin
417-556-2300

Cody J McMillan, D.O.
Freeman Health System
417-347-6656

James M. Riscoe, M.D.
Cedar County Memorial Hospital
417-876-2511

Endocrinology (Diabetes & Metabolism)
Gretchen Denise Shull, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Endocrinology – Joplin
417-556-8555

Runners-Up
Allison L. Galloway, D.O.
Freeman Diabetes & Endocrine Institute
417-347-8740

Sean R. Hamlett, D.O., F.A.C.O.I.
Freeman Diabetes & Endocrine Institute
417-347-8740

Family Medicine
Maria F. Bruce, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Family Medicine
417-556-3400

Runners-Up
Anne Maxey, D.O.
Mercy Clinic Primary Care
417-208-3465

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

Ezinnaya Ubagharaji, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Internal Medicine
417-556-3400

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

Runners-Up
Sudhakar Ancha, M.D.
Ozark Gastroenterology
417-623-0718

Geoffrey Graham, D.O.
Gastroenterology of the Four States, LLC
417-222-3434

David A. Seidl, M.D.
Freeman Gastroenterology
417-781-7110

Geriatric Medicine
Henry D. Petry, D.O., F.A.C.O.F.P.
Freeman Center for Geriatric Medicine
417-347-4374

Hematology/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

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

Hospitalist
Adam D. Fahrenholtz, D.O.
Freeman Health System
417-347-4570

Runners-Up
Julie A. Hoffmann-Janisch, M.D.
Mercy Hospital Joplin
417-781-2727

Emily Keeslar, D.O.
Freeman Health System
417-347-1111

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

Nathan A. Miller, D.O.
Freeman Health System
417-347-4570

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

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

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

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

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

Runners-Up
Clint Dunkle, D.O.
Freeman Southwest Internal Medicine
417-347-8408

Brandon Gregory Gibson, D.O.
Freeman Southwest Internal Medicine
417-347-8711

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

Runner-Up
Rahul Oberoi, M.D.
Freeman Health System
417-347-3413

Nephrology
Talal A. Khan, M.D.
Freeman Kidney Center
417-347-8310

Runners-Up
Ahmed S. Aboul-Magd, M.D.
Joplin Nephrology Consultants
417-782-5000

Nadine Ahmed Aboul-Magd, M.D.
Joplin Nephrology Consultants
417-782-5000

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

Neurology
Anna M. Wojcicka-Mitchell, M.D., F.A.A.N.
Freeman Neurology
417-347-7300

Runners-Up
Sulaiman Iftikhar, M.D.
Freeman Health System
417-347-1111

Rosalyn Patrice Ball Miles, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Neurology – Joplin
417-556-6876

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

Obstetrics and Gynecology
Elizabeth M. Barlet, M.D., FACOG
Mercy Clinic Women’s Health – Joplin
417-623-6056

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

Heath Ross Merkley, M.D., FACOG
Mercy Clinic Women’s Health – Joplin
417-623-6056

Occupational Medicine
Rick L. Haggard, D.O.
Freeman OccuMed
417-347-6625

Ophthalmology
Heeral Shah, M.D.
Heeral Shah, M.D.
417-781-2616

Runners-Up
Lance Brown, M.D.
Regional Eye Center
417-781-3630

Ramesh R. Shah, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.I.C.S.
Ramesh R. Shah, M.D.
417-781-2616

Charles Sherrod, M.D.
Regional Eye Center
417-781-3630

Orthopedics (Sports Medicine & Arthroscopy)
Robert K. Lieurance, M.D.
Freeman Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
417-347-2807

Runners-Up
James R. Boyle, M.D.
Freeman Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
417-347-2807

Todd J. Twiss, M.D.
Freeman Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
417-347-2807

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

Runners-Up
Lea Sarah Humphrey, D.O.
Mercy Clinic Ear, Nose and Throat and Allergy – Joplin
417-556-8566
Editor’s Note: Dr. Humphrey is no longer practicing in the 417 but is now located in Oklahoma.

Robert H. McDonald, D.O.
Mercy Clinic Ear, Nose and Throat and Allergy – Joplin
417-556-8566
Editor’s Note: Dr. McDonald is no longer practicing in the 417 but is now located in Oklahoma.

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

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

Pediatric (General)
Fred Wheeler, D.O., F.A.A.P.
Pediatric Associates of Southwest Missouri
417-782-5522

Runners-Up
Amanda R. Dickerson, M.D.
Freeman Children’s Clinic
417-347-8750

Kelly S. Gorman, M.D.
Freeman Children’s Clinic
417-347-8750

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

Runners-Up
Laurie Behm, M.D.
Freeman NeuroSpine
417-347-5500

Amanda Price, M.D.
Freeman NeuroSpine
417-347-7200

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

Runners-Up
Jeffrey Bradley, M.D.
Freeman Hospital East
417-347-7580

Steven M. Kory, M.D.
Ozark Center - Hope Spring
417-347-7567

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

Pulmonary Disease
Syed A. Ahmed, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Pulmonology – Joplin
417-627-8377

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

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

Philip C. Slocum, D.O.
Freeman Lung Institute
417-347-8315

Radiation Oncology
Chance Matthiesen, M.D.
Freeman Radiation Oncology
417-347-2200

Runner-Up
Duane E. Myers, M.D.
Mercy Radiation Oncology – Joplin
417-556-4462

Radiology
Joshua M. Ball, M.D.
Freeman Radiology
417-347-6611

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

Stephen Eric Slawson, M.D.
Mercy Imaging Services – Joplin
417-556-4762

Yara Touma, M.D.
Freeman Radiology
417-347-6611

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

Anne E. Winkler, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Rheumatology
417-359-2675

Runners-Up
Mark J. Jarek, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Rheumatology
417-359-2675

Michael E. Joseph, M.D.
Midwest Regional Allergy, Asthma, Arthritis & Osteoporosis Center
417-624-0050

Robotics
Heath Ross Merkley, M.D., FACOG
Mercy Clinic Women’s Health – Joplin
417-623-6056

Sports Medicine
James R. Boyle, M.D.
Freeman Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
417-347-2807

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

Runners-Up
George S. Brehm, M.D.
Freeman Urology Associates
417-347-3703

Roger H. Schoenfeld, D.O.
Midwest Urology Center, PC
417-781-7220


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

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

Runners-Up
Randy G. Brown, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Mercy Clinic Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery – Joplin
417-556-8600

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 L. 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

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

General Orthopedic Surgery
David L. Black, M.D.
Freeman Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
417-347-2807

Runner-Up
Derek W. Miller, D.O.
Freeman Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
417-347-2807

General Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
David Joseph Gray, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Mercy Clinic Plastic Surgery – Joplin
417-556-3737
Editor’s Note: Dr. Gray is no longer practicing in 417-land but is now located in Florida.

Runners-Up
William Steven Hughes, M.D.
Freeman Surgical Associates
417-347-8210

Talon Maningas, D.O.
Maningas Cosmetic Surgery
417-437-0303

General Surgery
Charles Y. 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

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

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

Runners-Up
David L. Baker, 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

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

Neurological Surgery
Brian Curtis, M.D.
Freeman NeuroSpine
417-347-7200

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

Runners-Up
Barry Irving Katz, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Neurosurgery – Joplin
417-556-6875

Margaret Ellen Nichols, M.D.
Freeman NeuroSpine
417-347-5500

Cherylon A. Yarosh, M.D.
Freeman NeuroSpine
417-347-5500

Ophthalmologic Surgery
Lance Brown, M.D.
Regional Eye Center
417-781-3630

William Meredith, M.D.
Joplin Ophthalmology
417-782-2020

Heeral Shah, M.D.
Heeral Shah, M.D.
417-781-2616

Charles Sherrod, M.D.
Regional Eye Center
417-781-3630

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Frank W. Shagets, M.D.
Frank W. Shagets Jr., M.D., PC
417-623-5111

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

Orthopedics (Hand Surgery)
Todd J. Twiss, M.D.
Freeman Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
417-347-2807

Runners-Up
W. Steven Hughes, M.D.
Freeman Surgical Associates
417-347-8210

Bruce Silverberg, M.D.
Hand and Microsurgery Associates
417-621-9000

Orthopedics (Joint Replacement Surgery)
David L. Black, M.D.
Freeman Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
417-347-2807

Runner-Up
Derek W. Miller, D.O.
Freeman Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
417-347-2807

Orthopedics (Trauma Surgery)
Todd J. Twiss, M.D.
Freeman Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
417-347-2807

Runner-Up
Derek W. Miller, D.O.
Freeman Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
417-347-2807

Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery
Scott M. McClintick, D.O.
Freeman Ear, Nose & Throat Center
417-347-8301

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

Frank W. Shagets, M.D.
Frank W. Shagets Jr., M.D., PC
417-623-5111

Plastic (Abdominoplasty)
Talon Maningas, D.O.
Maningas Cosmetic Surgery
417-437-0303

Plastic (Breast Augmentation)
Talon Maningas, D.O.
Maningas Cosmetic Surgery
417-437-0303

Runners-Up
David Joseph Gray, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Mercy Clinic Plastic Surgery – Joplin
417-556-3737
Editor’s Note: Dr. Gray is no longer practicing in 417-land but is now located in Florida.

William Steven Hughes, M.D.
Freeman Surgical Associates
417-347-8210

Plastic (Facial Surgery)
Talon Maningas, D.O.
Maningas Cosmetic Surgery
417-437-0303

Runner-Up
Frank W. Shagets, M.D.
Frank W. Shagets Jr., M.D., PC
417-623-5111

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

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

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

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

Runners-Up
Randy G. Brown, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Mercy Clinic Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery – Joplin
417-556-8600

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

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

Springfield Missouri's Best Doctors

Medical Specialties

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

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

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

Gregory K. Lux, M.D.
Allergy and Asthma of Springfield
417-885-0823
Editor’s Note: Dr. Lux has retired.

Erich D. Mertensmeyer, D.O.
Mercy Clinic Ear, Nose and Throat – Surgery Center
417-820-5750

Anesthesiology
Bradley A. Bowenschulte, M.D., F.A.S.A.
Mercy Clinic Anesthesiology – Springfield
417-820-6863

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

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

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

Shanna Ogden, M.D.
Ozark Anesthesia Associates, Inc.
417-269-4550
Privileges at CoxHealth

Breast Cancer Oncology
Roger Holden, M.D., Ph.D. 
Oncology Hematology Associates
417-882-4880

Runners-Up
John W. Buckner, M.D.
CoxHealth
417-875-3761

William Cunningham, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Oncology Hematology Associates
417-882-4880

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

Brooke Gillett, D.O.
Oncology Hematology Associates
417-882-4880

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

Runners-Up
Brian Benjamin Draper, D.O.
Mercy Clinic General and Trauma Surgery – S. Fremont
417-820-7250

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

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

Cardiac Electrophysiology
Stanley D. Wiggins, M.D., F.A.C.C.
Mercy Clinic Cardiology – Mercy Heart Hospital Springfield
417-820-3911

Runners-Up
Keesag A. Baron, M.D.
Baron Cardiology Group PC
417-883-5500
Privileges at CoxHealth

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

Shang-Chiun Lee, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.C.
Mercy Clinic Cardiology – Mercy Heart Hospital Springfield
417-820-3911

Sirish V. Parvathaneni, M.D., F.A.C.S., M.B.A., F.C.C.M.
Mercy Clinic Cardiothoracic Surgery – Mercy Heart Hospital Springfield
417-820-3960

Cardiovascular Disease
Stephen Cade Kuehn, M.D.
CoxHealth
417-875-2620

Donald W. Myears, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Cardiology – Mercy Heart Hospital Springfield
417-820-3911

Runners-Up
David S. Cochran, M.D., F.A.C.C.
Mercy Clinic Cardiology – Mercy Heart Hospital Springfield
417-820-3911

John William Hawkins, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Cardiology – Mercy Heart Hospital Springfield
417-820-3911

Dermatology
Joshua Dimmick, M.D.
Dimmick Laughlin Dermatology, LLC
417-882-1818
Privileges at CoxHealth

Runners-Up
Jenifer D. Insley, M.D.
Jennifer Insley, MD
417-889-3332

Craig W. Naugle, M.D.
Ozarks Dermatology Specialists
417-889-3332
Editor’s Note: Dr. Naugle is a dermopathologist specializing in Mohs surgery.

Jay Lorance Pearcy, M.D.
CoxHealth
417-875-3664

Michael H. Swann, M.D.
Swann Dermatology & Esthetics
417-888-0858
Privileges with CoxHealth

Dermatology (Cosmetic)
Michael H. Swann, M.D.
Swann Dermatology & Esthetics
417-888-0858
Privileges with CoxHealth
Editor’s note: Although Dr. Swann practices cosmetic dermatology, the majority of his practice is in Mohs surgery and dermatologic surgery.

Runners-Up
Matthew Allen Kienstra, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Facial Plastic Surgery – South Fremont Suite 120
417-887-3223

Troy Earl Major II, M.D.
CoxHealth
417-881-7220

Craig W. Naugle, M.D.
Ozarks Dermatology Specialists
417-889-3332
Editor’s Note: Dr. Naugle is a dermopathologist specializing in Mohs surgery.

Direct Primary Care (Private Practice Only)
Dominic M. Meldi, 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

Luke Van Kirk, D.O.
Command Family Medicine
417-351-2900

Emergency Medicine
Mark Vincent Griesemer, D.O.
Mercy Emergency Department – Springfield
417-820-2115

Runners-Up
Bryan Andrew Finke, M.D.
CoxHealth
417-269-6583

Howard E. Jarvis III, M.D.
CoxHealth
417-269-6583

Endocrinology (Diabetes & Metabolism)
Randall M. Robinson, M.D. 
Mercy Clinic Endocrinology – Smith Glynn Callaway
417-888-5660

Runners-Up
James Theodor Bonucchi, D.O.
CoxHealth
417-269-4450

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

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

Family Medicine
Rachelene Middleton, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Family Medicine – Smith Glynn Callaway
417-890-4135

Runners-Up
Wm. Russell Detten, D.O.
CoxHealth
417-269-1362

Mark Richard Ellis, M.D.
CoxHealth
417-269-1499
Privileges at CoxHealth

Sean P. Tarsney, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Family Medicine – Smith Glynn Callaway
417-890-4135

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

Runners-Up
David L. Geier, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Gastroenterology – Whiteside
417-820-5200

Christopher David Knudsen, D.O.
Mercy Clinic Gastroenterology – Whiteside
417-820-5200

Gregory Lloyd Lyford, M.D.
CoxHealth
417-875-3760

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

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

Runners-Up
Melissa Ann Gaines, M.D.
CoxHealth
417-269-9220

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

William Karl Rosen, M.D.
CoxHealth
417-269-3915

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

Runner-Up
Daphne R. LeMon, M.D.
CoxHealth
417-269-7900

Hematology/Oncology
Roger Holden, M.D., Ph.D.
Oncology Hematology Associates
417-882-4880

Runners-Up
William Cunningham, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Oncology Hematology Associates
417-882-4880

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

Brooke Gillett, D.O.
Oncology Hematology Associates
417-882-4880

Jessica Nicole Snider, D.O.
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
Mark Henry Entrup, D.O.
CoxHealth
417-269-7728

Nana Armah Gaisie, M.D.
CoxHealth
417-269-7728

Reggie Lynn George, M.D.
CoxHealth
417-269-7728

Sarah Elizabeth Smitherman, M.D.
CoxHealth
417-269-7728

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

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

Runners-Up
Eric J. Fulnecky, M.D.
CMH Infectious Disease Clinic
417-328-7985

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

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

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

Runners-Up
Stephen Lee Holmes, M.D.
CoxHealth
417-875-3030

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

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

Maternal and Fetal Medicine
Patricia M Dix, M.D.
CoxHealth
417-269-4037

Runners-Up
Robert F. Fraser II, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Maternal and Fetal Medicine – S. Fremont
417-820-3715

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

Neonatology
Laura Marie Cerny, M.D.
CoxHealth
417-269-7728

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

Runners-Up
Ethan T. Hoerschgen, M.D.
Springfield Nephrology Associates
417-886-5000

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

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

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

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

Runners-Up
Tania Beltran Papsdorf, M.D.
CoxHealth
417-875-3087

Robert S. Duff, M.D.
Mercy Neurology – Carthage
417-359-1820

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

George Francois Wong III, M.D.
CoxHealth
417-875-3087

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

Runner-Up
James R. Wolski, M.D.
Litton & Giddings Radiological Associates PC
417-269-5000

Obstetrics and Gynecology
Mary Therese Duff, M.D.
CoxHealth
417-269-7900

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

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

Kristy Ann McCall, M.D.
CoxHealth
417-269-7900

Geoffery L. Stanczyk, M.D.
Mercy Clinic OB/GYN – Smith Glynn Callaway
417-885-0827

Occupational Medicine
Scott Aaron Galligos, D.O.
Mercy Clinic Occupational Medicine – W. Kearney
417-869-6191

Runners-Up
Michael William Bauer, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Orthopedics - Orthopedic Hospital
417-885-3000

Randall Joseph Cross, M.D.
CoxHealth
417-269-3319

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

Runners-Up
Judd L. McNaughton, M.D.
Eye Surgeons of Springfield Inc
417-887-1965
Privileges at CoxHealth

Leo T. Neu III, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Mattax Neu Prater Eye Center
417-886-3937

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

Orthopedics (Sports Medicine & Arthroscopy)
Victor W. Wilson, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Orthopedics - Orthopedic Hospital
417-885-3000

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jeffrey R. Fenwick, M.D.
CoxHealth
417-875-3600

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

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

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

Runners-Up
Chukwudi Obiora Chiaghana, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Pain Management – Surgery Center
417-820-2064

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

Aditya Bhaskar Pulikal, M.D.
CoxHealth
417-269-7246

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

Pathology
Christopher Michael Gilbert, M.D.
CoxHealth
417-269-4646

Pathology
Jami R. Skrade, M.D.
Pathology Services of Springfield
417-269-4647
Privileges at CoxHealth

Runners-Up
Shawn Barrett Jackson, M.D.
CoxHealth
417-269-4646

David Matthew Smid, M.D.
Pathology Services of Springfield
417-269-4647
Privileges at CoxHealth

Pediatric (Allergy Immunology)
Minh-Thu Ngoc Le, M.D.
CoxHealth
417-875-3742

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

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

Pediatric (Cardiology)
Frederick Konrad Emge, M.D., F.A.C.C.
Pediatrix Cardiology of Springfield
417-447-4704
Privileges at CoxHealth

Runner-Up
Alan Dare Tong, M.D., F.A.C.C.
Pediatrix Cardiology of Springfield
417-447-4704
Privileges at CoxHealth

Pediatric (Endocrinology)
Jody Nathaniel Hefner, D.O.
CoxHealth
417-269-1010

I. David Schwartz, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes – S. Fremont
417-820-0280

Runner-Up
Abhishek Watts, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Kids GI – S. Fremont
417-820-7731

Pediatric (General)
Diane Nitta, M.D.
CoxHealth
417-269-2000

Runner-Up
John M. Burson, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Mercy Clinic Pediatrics – Whiteside
417-820-3535

Pediatric (Ophthalmology)
Mark Cascairo, D.O.
Mercy Clinic Eye Specialists Pediatric Ophthalmology – Springfield
417-820-9393

Runner-Up
Catherine Betor, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Eye Specialists Pediatric Ophthalmology – Springfield
417-820-9393

Pediatric (Psychiatry)
Raymund Rabara Tan, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Child and Adolescent Psychiatry – S. Fremont
417-820-3128

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

Runner-Up
Sangita Trivedi, M.D.
CoxHealth
417-269-4850

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Boyd David Crockett, M.D.
CoxHealth
417-875-3800

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

Russell R. Bond, D.O.
CoxHealth
417-875-3800

Cary Marquis, M.D.
CoxHealth
417-875-3800

Ronald J. Pak, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Spine Center – Surgery Center
417-820-2064

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

Runners-Up
Russell Dirksen, D.P.M.
The Foot Doctors PC
417-883-1881
Editor’s Note: Dr. Dirksen has retired.

Brad Jones, D.P.M.
CMH Podiatry Clinic
417-328-7000

Rhett B. Lakin, D.P.M., M.S.
Mercy Clinic Podiatry – Smith Glynn Callaway
417-888-6708

Mark A. Seiden, D.P.M.
The Foot Doctors PC
417-883-1881
Privileges with CoxHealth and Mercy

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

Runners-Up
Nagib Husain Chowdhury, M.D.
CoxHealth
417-269-6891

Thuy-Trang Thi Nguyen, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Psychiatry – S. Fremont
417-820-8180

Pulmonary Disease
Sadaf Sohrab, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Pulmonology – Surgery Center
417-820-8161

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

Terrence David Coulter, M.D.
CoxHealth
417-875-3160

Amy Ruth Ford-Turner, D.O.
CoxHealth
417-875-3160

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

Runners-Up
Ibrahim I. Abdalla, M.D.
CoxHealth
417-269-6115

Christopher Fleighton Estes, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Radiation Oncology – Chub O’Reilly Cancer Center
417-820-2468

Nicholas Andrew Madden, M.D.
CoxHealth
417-269-6115

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

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

Runners-Up
Chris E. Chernesky, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Radiology – Springfield
417-820-9729

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

Christine Wester, M.D.
Litton & Giddings Radiological Associates PC
417-269-3431

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

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

Joseph L. Mayus, M.D.
CoxHealth
417-875-3555

Anthony Tay, M.D.
CMH Rheumatology and Osteoporosis Center
417-328-7000

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

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

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

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

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

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

Runners-Up
Eric Michael Gifford, M.D.
CoxHealth
417-875-3800

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

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

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

Jean Marie Kelchen, M.D.
CoxHealth
417-269-0930

Rafael Santiago, M.D.
Jordan Valley Community Health Center
417-831-0150

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

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

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

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

Andrew David Schultz, M.D.
CoxHealth
417-875-3381


Surgical Specialties

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Runner-Up
Rakesh Hegde, M.D.
CoxHealth
417-875-3276

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

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

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

Runners-Up
Pierre Laurent Clothiaux, M.D.
CoxHealth
417-875-3800

J. Peter Crites, 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
417-875-3800

General Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Robert Bruce Shaw Jr., M.D.
CoxHealth
417-875-3246

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

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

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

General Surgery
Brian Douglas Biggers, M.D.
CoxHealth
417-875-3758

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Runners-Up
Chiazo Shirley Amene, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Neurosurgery – Surgery Center
417-820-5150

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

Robert Duane Strang, M.D.
CoxHealth
417-885-3888

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

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

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

Zachary Dale Seagrave, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Eye Specialists – Ophthalmology – Surgery Center
417-820-9393

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Matthew Allen Kienstra, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Facial Plastic Surgery – S. Fremont Suite 120
417-887-3223

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

Runner-Up
Robert Bruce Shaw Jr., M.D.
CoxHealth
417-875-3246

Orthopedics (Foot Ankle Surgery)
Darin Lee Talley, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Orthopedics – Orthopedic Hospital
417-885-3000

Runner-Up
David Christopher Hicks, M.D.
CoxHealth
417-875-3800

Orthopedics (Hand Surgery)
Robert Bradley Wyrsch, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Orthopedics – Orthopedic Hospital
417-885-3000

Runners-Up
Erin Kent Greer, M.D.
CoxHealth
417-875-3800

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

David Schippert, M.D.
CoxHealth
417-875-3800

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

Orthopedics (Joint Replacement Surgery)
Robert Benjamin Jones, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Orthopedics – Orthopedic Hospital
417-885-3000

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

Gregory Paul Daus, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Orthopedics – Orthopedic Hospital
417-885-3000

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

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

Orthopedics (Spinal)
Sunghoon Lee, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Neurosurgery – Surgery Center
417-820-5150

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

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

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

Runners-Up
Jeffrey R. Fenwick, M.D.
CoxHealth
417-875-3600

Benjamin Lucas Hodnett, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Ear, Nose and Throat – Surgery Center
417-820-5750

Jacob Edward Smith, M.D.
CoxHealth
417-875-3600

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

Pediatric Surgery
Troy L. Spilde, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Pediatric Surgery – South Fremont
417-820-4000
Editor’s note: Dr. Spilde is no longer practicing in 417-land but is now located in Illinois.

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

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

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

Robert Bruce Shaw Jr., M.D.
CoxHealth
417-875-3246

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

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

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

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

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

Matthew Allen Kienstra, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Facial Plastic Surgery – S. Fremont Suite 120
417-887-3223

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

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

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

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

Rhett B. Lakin, D.P.M., M.S.
Mercy Clinic Podiatry – Smith Glynn Callaway
417-888-6708

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

Runners-Up
Brian Douglas Biggers, M.D.
CoxHealth
417-875-3758

Albert James Bonebrake, M.D.
CoxHealth
417-875-3065

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

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

Trauma Surgery
Brian Douglas Biggers, M.D.
CoxHealth
417-875-3758

Runners-Up
Eric Alan Luehr, M.D.
Mercy Clinic General and Trauma Surgery – S. Fremont
417-820-7250

Clinton J. Pace, M.D.
Mercy Clinic General and Specialty Surgery – Joplin
417-781-4404

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

Vascular Surgery
J. Randolph Mullins, M.D.
CoxHealth
417-875-2626

Runners-Up
Jon A. Reese, M.D., F.A.C.S., R.P.V.I.
Mercy Clinic Vascular Specialists – Whiteside
417-820-3912

Zachary Charles Schmittling, M.D.
CoxHealth
417-875-2626

Christopher Lee Stout, M.D.
Mercy Clinic Vascular Specialists – Whiteside
417-820-3912

Robert W. Vorhies, M.D.
CoxHealth
417-875-2627

West Plains Missouri's Best Doctors

Medical Specialties

Anesthesiology
Rodney D. Zimbelman, M.D.
Ozarks Medical Center
417-256-9111

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

Family Medicine
Jen Lambert, D.O.
Ozarks Medical Center
417-505-7100

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

Hospitalist
Kendell C. Clarkston, M.D.
Ozarks Medical Center
417-257-5800

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

Podiatry
Tyler Rex Goodman, D.P.M.
Ozarks Medical Center Podiatry
417-256-1745

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

Radiation Oncology 
Benjamin Yan, M.D., Ph.D.
Ozarks Medical Center Cancer Treatment Center
417-257-5900

Radiology
Charles R Armstrong, M.D.
Ozarks Medical Center
417-256-9111


Surgical Specialties

General Orthopedic Surgery
James Rushford, D.O.
Ozarks Medical Center Orthopedic Clinic
417-256-1745

General Surgery
Antony Joseph, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.C.S.
Ozarks Medical Center Surgical Specialists
417-256-1774

Runners-Up
Bryan D. Eck, M.D., F.A.C.S.
West Plains Surgical Associates, LLC
417-255-2301

Magdy Giurgius, M.D., M.B.Ch.B., M.Sc., F.A.C.S.
Ozarks Medical Center Surgical Specialists
417-256-1774
Editor’s Note: Dr. Giurgius specializes in Weight Loss Surgery

Podiatric Surgery
Tyler Rex Goodman, D.P.M.
Ozarks Medical Center Podiatry
417-256-1745


Hospitals in Southwest Missouri

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

Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital Springfield

5904 S. Southwood Rd., Springfield
417-227-9000, mercy.net

Meyer Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Hospital
3535 S. National Ave., Springfield
417-269-9800, coxhealth.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