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A second opinion 

This year, we publish two surveys to name the best doctors in Pulaski County.

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The Arkansas Times has been publishing a Best Doctors issue every year since 1995. This makes the 17th such issue. But for the first time, the Times is confining itself to Pulaski County and is using two lists: One generated by Best Doctors®, a national survey, and our own online survey, in which doctors named the doctors they'd go to for a variety of ailments. The Best Doctors® list categorizes by medical specialties; the Times' list was created with the layman in mind, its categories being ailments, such as AIDS/HIV (which would include infectious disease specialists and oncologists), asthma (pulmonologists and allergy specialists) and kidney stones (nephrologists and urologists).

The Best Doctors® list includes 388 physicians, the Times 190; there is some overlap. That doesn't mean that the best doctors in Pulaski County number 578 (or fewer, given the overlap). The Times survey — we sent notice to vote online to a random sample of doctors — is strictly unscientific. Take the results with a couple of aspirin and call around for references when choosing a doctor.

Below: the Best Doctors® list. The Times list follows.

Addiction medicine

Forrest B. Miller

Allergy and immunology

P. Martin Fiser, Terry O. Harville, Stacie M. Jones, Eleanor A. Lipsmeyer, Amy M. Scurlock. Pediatric: D. Melissa Graham, Jim M. Ingram, Stacie M. Jones, Tamara T. Perry, Amy M. Scurlock.

Anesthesiology

Indranil Chakraborty, W. Brooks Gentry, Ahmed H. Ghaleb, Charles A. Napolitano, Robert L. Overacre, Carmelita S. Pablo, Michael L. Schmitz, Abid Ul Ghafoor, Danny L. Wilkerson. Pediatric: James Grady Crosland, Jayant K. Deshpande, Timothy W. Martin, Anna-Maria Onisei, Michael L. Schmitz, M. Saif Siddiqui, Abid Ul Ghafoor, J. Michael Vollers.

Cardiovascular disease

Joseph K. Bissett, J. Lynn Davis, James D. Marsh, David L. Rutlen, Eugene S. SmithIII, Barry F. Uretsky. Pediatric cardiology: Thomas H. Best, Renee Adams Bornemeier, Umesh Dyamenahalli, Brian K. Eble, Eudice E. Fontenot, Elizabeth A. Frazier, W. Robert Morrow, M. Michele Moss, Ritu Sachdeva, Paul Michael Seib.

Clinical pharmacology

Laura P. James.

Colon and rectal surgery

J. Ralph Broadwater Jr.

Critical care medicine

Paula Jean Anderson, John B. Cone, F. Charles Hiller, Muhammad Jaffar, Larry G. Johnson.

Dermatology

Randall Breau, Renie Edward Bressinck, J. Michael Carney, Scott M. Dinehart, Gunnar H. Gibson. Pediatric: Jay M. Kincannon.

Eating disorders

Maria G. Portilla.

Endocrinology and metabolism

Donald L. Bodenner, Stavros C. Manolagas, Ganesh K. Nair, Debra Lynn Simmons, Robert S. Weinstein. Pediatric: John L. Fowlkes, Stephen Frank Kemp, Alba E. Morales.

Family medicine

Ralph Farris Joseph, Forrest B. Miller, David A. Nelsen Jr., Charles H. Rodgers, Steve L. Simpson, Steven W. Strode, Robert Stephen Tucker.

Gastroenterology

Helen B. Casteel, M. Bruce Johnson, D. Dean Kumpuris, Debra Jo Morrison, Gerald R. Silvoso, Douglas Smart. Pediatric: Juliana C. Frem, George J. Fuchs III, Troy E. Gibbons, Maryelle G. Vonlanthen.

Geriatric medicine

William J. Carter, Pham H. Liem, David A. Lipschitz, Ann T. Riggs, T. Scott Simmons, A. Reed Thompson.

Geriatric medicine/hospice and palliative medicine

Reed Thompson.

Hand surgery

G. Thomas Frazier Jr., Michael M. Moore.

Infectious disease

Robert W. Bradsher, John E. Dietrich, Rebecca J. Edge-Martin, Dwight A. Lindley, Thomas P. Monson, Michael Saccente. Pediatric: Nada S. Harik, Richard F. Jacobs, Jose R. Romero, J. Gary Wheeler.

Internal medicine

Lee Curtis Abel, Robert T. Cheek, Amy J. Fitzgerald, Robert Howard Hopkins Jr. , Robert Charles Lavender, Sara Ghori Tariq, Anne R. Trussell, Sue A. Ulmer, Paul William Zelnick.

Medical genetics

Kent David McKelvey Jr. , G. Bradley Schaefer.

Medical oncology and hematology

Bart Barlogie, Joseph M. Beck II, Peter D. Emanuel, Mariann Harrington, Laura Fulper Hutchins, AnneMarie Maddox, Isaam Makhoul, Lawrence Mendelsohn, Diane D. Wilder. Pediatric: David L. Becton, Amir R. Mian, Carolyn Suzanne Saccente, Robert L. Saylors III, Kimo C. Stine.

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