Medicine’s masters 

Arkansas physicians name them.

  • NO MEDICAL MIRACLE: Best doctors.

It's no medical miracle, the Arkansas Times' Best Doctors list for 2008. Nearly 500 physicians helped us put it together, in response to our questionnaire, mailed and on-line.

We asked, who would you go to see for, say, allergies? Cancer? Heart trouble? We polled doctors for names in 24 categories; more than a thousand individuals got the nod. Vote totals earned 331 of those doctors a place on the list, one of the broadest the Times has ever published.

Named here are physicians new to the list, published annually since 1995, and many repeat winners. One of each paired up for a tie for best geriatrician: Dr. Ann Riggs, at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and Dr. David Lipschitz, who left UAMS for St. Vincent Health Center earlier this year. Both are profiled in accompanying stories.

Also profiled: Dr. Richard Livingston, a child psychiatrist who travels the state to provide care in what he calls an understaffed specialty; hand surgeon Michael Moore, who says the practice of medicine is humbling; gastroenterologist Dr. James Metrailer, who's seen life-saving advances in his field, and Dr. Graves Hearnesberger, who loves otolaryngology because it offers real cures.

We also preview the work that will go on when UAMS' new Center of Excellence, the Psychiatric Research Institute, opens in September.

Best means many things to many people and the Times makes no claim that our questionnaire is science. Still these doctors — clinicians and surgeons, adult and pediatric — have earned the respect of a healthy number of their peers.

The winners for 2008:


The winners:




Top vote getter: Stacie Jones.

Other big vote getters: Martin Fiser (asthma), Gene France (asthma), Melissa Graham, Jim Mark Ingram, Ellen Lu, Blake Scheer, Amy Scurlock, Karl Sitz.




Top vote getters: Suzanne Klimberg (breast surgery), Laura Hutchins (hematology/oncology), Kimo Stine (pediatric hematology/oncology).

Other big vote getters: Brad Baltz (hematology), Joe Beck (oncology), Alexander Burnett (gynecological oncology), Ralph Broadwater (general surgery), Ronda Henry-Tillman (general surgery), John Jones (general surgery), Marie Maddox (hematology/oncology), Larry Mendelsohn (hematology/oncology), Richard Nicholas (orthopedic oncology surgery), Juan Roman (gynecological oncology), James Suen (head and neck surgery), Kent Westbrook (surgical oncology), Diane Wilder (oncology).

Pediatric, non-surgical: David Becton, Amir Mian, Suzanne Saccente, Robert Saylors.




Top vote getter: Ralph Broadwater.

Other big vote getters: Charles Crocker, John Jones, Soren Kraemer (Fort Smith), Nicholas Lang, John Tedford, Lee Raley.




Top vote getter: Jay Kincannon.

Other big vote getters: Renie Bressinck, Dan Davis, Scott Dinehart, Greg Dwyer, Jay Flaming, Hayden Franks, Gunnar Gibson, Matt Kagy, Thomas Manning, Ray Parker, Donna Marie Pellowski, Dan Smith.




Top vote getter: Phil Peters, Stephen Kemp (pediatric).

Other big vote getters: Donald Bodenner, John Fowlkes, Lawson Glover, Philip Kern, Stavros Manologas, Allen Redding, Debra Simmons.




Top vote getter: James Metrailer, Helen Casteel (pediatric).

Other big vote getters: Terence Angtuaco, Gary Barton, Angelo Coppola, Glenn Davis, Don Greenway, Ronald Hardin, Bruce Johnson, Dean Kumpuris, Arshad Malik, Kevin Olden, Gerald Silvoso, Douglas Smart, Paul Williams, Alonzo D. Williams.

Pediatric: George Fuchs, Troy Gibbons.



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