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May 4, 2011

SIU Faculty Physicians Named “Best Doctors”

Twenty-six faculty physicians at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine are included in Best Doctors® in America 2011-2012 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, associate professor and division chief of dermatology,
Dr. Robert A. Buzzell, assistant professor of dermatology,
Dr. Jeffrey W. Cozzens, professor and division chair of neurosurgery,
Dr. Gary L. Dunnington, professor and department chair of surgery,
Dr. Rodger J. Elble, Ph.D., professor and department chair of neurology,
Dr. Terry F. Hatch, professor and division chief of pediatric gastroenterology,
Dr. Stephen R. Hazelrigg, professor and division chair of cardiothoracic surgery,
Dr. Jerry E. Kruse, professor and department chair of family and community medicine,
Dr. Wilfred Lam, associate professor of cardiology,
Dr. J. Ricardo Loret de Mola, associate professor and department chair of obstetrics and gynecology,
Dr. James P. Malone, associate professor of otolaryngology head and neck surgery,
Dr. Patrick H. McKenna, professor and division chair of urology,
Dr. John D. Mellinger, professor and division chair of general surgery,
Dr. Michael W. Neumeister, professor and division chair of plastic surgery,
Dr. Michael R. Pranzatelli, professor of pediatrics and neurology and division chief of child neurology,
Dr. Jan Rakinic, associate professor and division chair of colorectal surgery,
Dr. K. Thomas Robbins, professor of otolaryngology head and neck surgery and director of Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU,
Dr. Leonard P. Rybak, Ph.D., professor of otolaryngology head and neck surgery and SIUC Distinguished Scholar,
Dr. Khaled J. Saleh, professor and division chair of orthopaedics and rehabilitation,
Dr. Bradley F. Schwartz, professor of urology,
Dr. David E. Steward, professor and department chair of internal medicine,
Dr. Stephen P. Stone, professor of dermatology,
Dr. Gayle Woodson, professor and division chair of otolaryngology head and neck surgery, and
Dr. Casey Younkin, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology.

SIU HealthCare has more than 260 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 55 Illinois 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, service, 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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