For the young and old 

Arkansas’s best doctors 2009: Pediatricians to pulmonologists.

FOR THE YOUNG AND OLD: Results from this year's Best Doctors in Arkansas survey.
  • FOR THE YOUNG AND OLD: Results from this year's Best Doctors in Arkansas survey.

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

Joseph Beck

Mariann Harrington

Larry Mendelsohn

Diane Wilder




Top vote getter

Jay Kincannon


Other best doctors

Daniel Davis

Matthew Kagy

Thomas Manning

Daniel Smith




Top vote getters

Kris Shewmake

James Yuen


Other best doctors

David Bauer

Edward Love

T.R. Moffett

Suzanne Yee




Top vote getter

Greg Sharp

Other best doctors

Stephen Bates, Jonesboro

May Griebel

Rolla Shbarou




Top vote getter

Stacie Jones 


Other best doctors

Amy Scurlock

Melissa Graham

Martin Fiser




Top vote getter

Renee Bornemeier


Other best doctors

Brian Eble

Eudice Fontenot

Elizabeth Frazier

Robert Morrow

Marie Michele Moss

Paul Seib




Top vote getter

Stephen Kemp 


Other best doctors

John Fowlkes

Alba Morales Pozzo





Top vote getter

Helen Casteel


Other best doctors

Troy Gibbons

Julianna Frem

George Fuchs




Top vote getter

David Becton 


Other best doctors

Suzanne Saccente

Robert Sayle

Kimo Stine




Top vote getter

Richard Jacobs


Other best doctors

Nada Harik

Jose Romero

Gary Wheeler




Top vote getter

Richard Blaszak

Other best doctors

Eileen Ellis

Muhammed Ilyas

Tom Wells





Top vote getter

Charles Bower


Other best doctors

Lisa Buckmiller

Gresham Richter




Top vote getter

Robert Warren


Other best doctors

John Carroll

Supriya Jambhekar




Top vote getter

Paula Morris


Other best doctor

Jason Dare 




Top vote getter

Sam Smith


Other best doctors

Melvin Dassinger

Richard Jackson




Top vote getter

Paul Wendel 


Other best doctors

Curtis Lowery

Steve Chatelain




Top vote getter

Whit Hall 


Other best doctors

Robert Arrington

Jeffrey Kaiser

Robert Lyle

Billy Thomas




Top vote getter

Brian Hyatt


Other best doctors

James Clardy

Jeffrey Clothier

Thomas Freeman

Robert Jarvis

Lawrence Labbate

G. Richard Smith

John Spollen

Linda Worley




Top vote getter

Roger Amick


Other best doctor

Warren Bickel, PhD




Top vote getter

Richard Livingston


Other best doctors

Lynn Taylor

Matthew Crouch, Fayetteville

Molly Gathright

Brian Kubacak




Top vote getters

Lewis P. Krain


Other best doctors

Eugene Reid

Graham Reid

Gary Linker, Fayetteville




Top vote getter

Martin Fiser


Other best doctors

Gene France

Melissa Graham

Jim Mark Ingram

Ellen Lu

Karl Sitz

Blake Scheer




Top vote getters

Paulo Ribeiro

Rajesh Sachdeva


Other best doctors

Joe Bissett

Forrest Glover

Eleanor Kennedy

James Marsh

Bruce Murphy

David Rutlen

James Shuffield

Greg St. John, Hot Springs




Top vote getter

Lee Raley 


Other best doctors

Ralph Broadwater

Charles Crocker

Jonathan Laryea




Top vote getters

Donald Bodenner

Deborah Bursey

Debra Simmons


Other best doctors

Lawson Glover

Richard Griffiths

Philip Kern

Stavros Manolagas

Ganesh Nair

Phil Peters




Top vote getter

Terence Angtuaco


Other best doctors

Farshad Aduli

John Baber

Robert Barker, Fort Smith

Angelo Coppola

Glenn Davis

Arshad Malik

James Metrailer




Top vote getter

Michael Moore


Other best doctors

Jeanine Andersson

Thomas Frazier

James Yuen




Top vote getters

Brad Baltz


Other best doctors

Joseph Beck

Balan Nair

Kamal Patel




Top vote getter

Robert Bradsher


Other best doctors

Michael Saccente

Susan Delap

Ryan Bariola

Thomas Monson

Alexander Lindley




Top vote getters

Sameh Abul-Ezz

Michelle Krause

Kevin Heifner


Other best doctors

Joe Pevahouse

Sundar Swaminathan

James Wellons



Top vote getter

Ossama Al-Mefty


Other best doctors

Timothy Burson

Ali Krisht

T. Glenn Pait

David Reding




Top vote getter

Lee Archer


Other best doctors

Salah Keyrouz

Keith Schluterman, Conway

Beverly Beadle

Brad Boop

Sami Harik

Robert Silzer

Jomana Al-Hinti

Tim Freyaldenhoven, Conway




Top vote getter

Laurie Barber


Other best doctors

Katherine Baltz

Tracy Baltz

Carol Chappell

James Deer

Richard Harper

Nicola Kim

Paul Phillips

John Shock




Top vote getter

Gordon Newbern


Other best doctors

James Aronson

Lowry Barnes

Scott Bowen

Richard Evans

Ken Martin

Richard Nicholas

Jack Vanderschilden




Top vote getter

James Suen


Other best doctors

Chris Colclasure

John Dornhoffer

Graves Hearnsberger

Paul Farris, Fayetteville

Brendan Stack

Adrian Williamson




Top vote getters

Ahmed Ghaled

Juan Firnhaber-Burgos




Top vote getter

Bruce Smoller


Other best doctors

Aubrey Hough

Soheila Korourian 

Laura Lamps

Gene Singleton




Top vote getter

Thomas Kiser


Other best doctors

Barry Baskin

Patrick Kortebein

Kevin Means



Top vote getter

Paula Anderson


Other best doctors

Neal Beaton

Larry Johnson

Manish Joshi

Gail McCracken

Nancy Rector

Hussam Sakkijhah




Top vote getters

James Abraham III

Eleanor Lipsmeyer


Other best doctors

Tom Kovaleski

Laura Trigg




Top vote getter

Jack Vanderschilden


Other best doctor

Richard Nix




Top vote getter

Chris Cate


Other best doctors

John Jones

Ronald Robertson

Everett Tucker

Richard Turnage




Top vote getter

Charles Watkins 


Other best doctors

Nelson Ancalmo, Pine Bluff

Hugh Burnett 

John R. “Bo” Busby, Pine Bluff

Burcu Ozdemir

John Rowen

Gareth Tobler

C.D. Williams




Top vote getter

Keith Mooney


Other best doctors

Nabil Bissada

John Brizzolara

Alex Finkbeiner

Timothy Goodson

Pat O'Donnell

John Redman

Walt Stallings




Top vote getter

John Eidt


Other best doctors

Robert Casali

Mohammed Moursi

Charles Watkins.




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