SIU Faculty Physicians Named “Best Doctors”

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February 18, 2014

SIU Faculty Physicians Named “Best Doctors”

Twenty-three faculty physicians at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine are included in Best Doctors® in America 2014 database. Best Doctors includes more than 45,000 U.S. physicians, chosen by peer review and representing the top five percent of physicians in more than 40 medical specialties.

The SIU physicians, all members of SIU HealthCare, are:

Dr. Daniel G. Batton, professor and division chief of neonatology,

Dr. Carol A. Bauer, professor of otolaryngology head and neck surgery,

Dr. Lucinda S. Buescher, professor and division chief of dermatology,

Dr. Jeffrey W. Cozzens, professor and division chief of neurosurgery,

Dr. Rodger J. Elble, Ph.D., professor of neurology,

Dr. Terry F. Hatch, professor of pediatric gastroenterology,

Dr. Stephen R. Hazelrigg, professor and division chief of cardiothoracic surgery,

Dr. Jerry E. Kruse, executive associate dean, CEO of SIU HealthCare, and professor of family and community medicine and medical education,

Dr. Wilfred Lam, clinical professor of cardiology,

Dr. J. Ricardo Loret de Mola, associate professor, department chair of obstetrics and gynecology, and medical director of SIU Fertility and IVF Center,

Dr. Kevin T. McVary, professor and division chief of urology,

Dr. John D. Mellinger, professor and division chief of general surgery,

Dr. Michael W. Neumeister, professor and department chair of surgery and Elvin G. Zook Endowed Chair in Surgery,

Dr. Michael R. Pranzatelli, professor of pediatric neurology,

Dr. Jan Rakinic, associate professor and division chief of colorectal surgery,

Dr. K. Thomas Robbins, professor of otolaryngology head and neck surgery, executive director emeritus of Simons Cancer Institute, and Simmons Cancer Institute Endowed Chair of Excellence in Oncology,

Dr. Leonard P. Rybak, Ph.D., professor of otolaryngology head and neck surgery and SIUC Distinguished Scholar,

Dr. Khaled J. Saleh, professor and division chief of orthopaedics and rehabilitation,

Dr. Bradley F. Schwartz, professor of urology,

Dr. David E. Steward, professor of internal medicine and associate provost of community and health service,

Dr. Stephen P. Stone, professor of dermatology,

Dr. Gayle Woodson, professor and division chief of otolaryngology head and neck surgery, and

Dr. Casey Younkin, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology.

SIU HealthCare has more than 240 teaching physicians as well as other medical professionals, providing both primary care and specialized treatment services. SIU works in partnership with hospitals and clinics throughout Illinois, extending its clinical outreach efforts to 45 Illinois and two Missouri communities. Its Web site is www.siuhealthcare.org.

SIU School of Medicine’s mission is to assist the people of central and southern Illinois in meeting their health needs through education, patient care, research, and community service throughout Illinois. For information, call SIU’s Call Center, 217-545-8000 or 1-800-342-5748. Its web site is www.siumed.edu.

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