For the young and old 

We've done it again. Since 1995, the Arkansas Times has published a yearly list of what we call the Best Doctors in Arkansas. This year, the 15th time around, our survey has produced the most wide-ranging list ever, from family practice docs to brain surgeons.

The doctors listed here were nominated by their peers, all licensed Arkansas physicians who were invited to vote either on-line or through the mail. Hundreds voted. (Dozens voted twice — but we caught you!)

 The Times does not declare the list below to be the be-all, end-all list of Arkansas's best doctors. It's heavy on physicians at the University of Arkansas for Medical Science, and several of those doctors will tell you that's because their colleagues in private practice are their former students and paying their respects.

That's what Dr. Paula Anderson modestly chalked up her nomination to. The pulmonologist has been at UAMS since 1969, teaching and seeing patients with all kinds of lung disease. But Anderson is known nationally for her work with adults with cystic fibrosis, a patient group that barely existed before aerosol and other improvements in CF therapies, as her profile in this issue explains.

Pediatrician Dr. Joe Elser also carved out a niche, creating Arkansas Children's Hospital's migraine clinic, treating an ailment that is far commoner in kids than many realize — but rarer in clinical focus. Dr. Brian Hardin works with Elser's “graduates” — adolescents, whose unique psychosocial and musculoskeletal needs require a special medical approach.

We revisit Dr. Kris Shewmake, who was named best plastic surgeon a decade ago, to see what's new in his specialty. What's new in his life: His surgical mission trips, teaching advanced techniques to doctors in Honduras.

Joining Anderson, Elser, Hardin and Shewmake as nominees for “best” are the doctors listed below. Hometowns are given for doctors who practice outside Pulaski County.




Top vote getter

Brian Hardin


Other best doctors

Elton Cleveland

Wayne Herbert

Karen Kozlowski

Darrell Nesmith

Maria Portilla

Jennifer Woods




Top vote getter

George Konis 


Other best doctors

Charles Carttar

Robert Cheek

Chris Cobb 

Arlo Kahn

Hal Hedges

Jay Holland

Jamie Howard

Philip Hudson

Martha Lauster

Daniel Knight

Kent McKelvey Jr.

David Nelson

Jack Somers

James Stallcup, Huntsville

Charles Smith

Roger Tilley

Daniel Watson




Top vote getter

David Lipschitz 


Other best doctors

Jennifer Co

Priya Mendiratta

Ann Riggs

Claudia Tolleson

Dennis Sullivan

Jeanne Wei




Top vote getter

Robert Hopkins 


Other best doctors

Lee Able

Susan Beland

Robert Cheek

Amy Fitzgerald

Torin Gray

James Hazlewood

Robert Lavender

Elizabeth Pitts

Sara Tariq




Top vote getter

Paul Wendel


Other best doctors

Janet Cathey

Amy Wiedower Eble

Cindy Hubach

Curtis Lowery

Nirvana Manning

Fred Newton

Heather Owens

Amy Phillips

Orman Simmons

Julia Watkins




Top vote getter

Joe Elser


Other best doctors

Mary Aitken

Debra Becton

Bryan Burke

Jerry Byrum

Charles Feild

Anthony Johnson

Eugene Lu

Valeria Malak

Joshua O'Neill

Chad Rodgers

Bonnie Taylor

September Westbrook




Top vote getters

Alexander Burnett

Juan Roman

Pamela Stone




Top vote getter

Laura Hutchins 


Other best doctors

Brad Baltz



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