MU Health Care Physicians Named to ‘2017-2018 Best Doctors in America’ list


Seventy-five MU Health Care physicians in 60 specialties have been named to the "2017-2018 Best Doctors in America" list by Best Doctors Inc. Approximately 4 percent of U.S. physicians are named to the list, according to Best Doctors Inc.

“The physicians included in the ‘Best Doctors in America’ database provide the most advanced medical expertise and knowledge to patients with serious conditions – often saving lives in the process by finding the right diagnosis and right treatment,” the organization’s announcement said.

Since 1989, Best Doctors has conducted one of the largest ongoing peer physician polls in health care to identify the physicians other physicians trust most. The survey starts by asking: “If you or a loved one needed a physician in your specialty, to whom would you refer?” Complete information about the selection process can be found at the Best Doctors website.

Congratulations to the following MU Health Care physicians:

Cardiovascular Disease Electrophysiology 

Greg Flaker, MD

Cardiovascular Disease General Cardiovascular Disease

Patrice Delafontaine, MD 

William Fay, MD 

Greg Flaker, MD

Cardiovascular Disease Interventional Cardiology 

Richard Webel, MD 

Critical Care Medicine Infectious Disease 

Stevan Whitt, MD 

Dermatology Dermatopathology 

Nicholas Golda, MD 

Endocrinology and Metabolism Diabetes 

Uzma Khan, MD

Endocrinology and Metabolism Thyroid

Uzma Khan, MD

Family Medicine General Family Practice 

Anne Fitzsimmons, MD 

Richelle Koopman, MD 

Michael L. LeFevre, MD 

Erik Lindbloom, MD 

Carin Reust, MD

Erika Ringdahl, MD 

Jacqueline Ruplinger, MD

Daniel Vinson, MD  

Kenneth Weston, MD

Lynn Wung, MD 

Steven Zweig, MD

Family Medicine Geriatric Medicine 

David Cravens, MD 

David Mehr, MD 

Steven Zweig, MD

Family Medicine Hospice and Palliative Medicine 

Paul Tatum, MD

Gastroenterology General Gastroenterology 

Matthew Bechtold, MD

John Marshall, MD 

Geriatric Medicine General Geriatric Medicine 

Kevin Craig, MD 

David Mehr, MD 

Paul Tatum, MD 

Steven Zweig, MD

Hand Surgery General Hand Surgery 

Charles L. Puckett, MD 

Infectious Disease General Infectious Disease 

Gordon Christensen, MD 

William Ernest Roland, MD 

William Salzer, MD 

Infectious Disease Tropical Disease and Travel Medicine 

Gordon Christensen, MD 

Internal Medicine General 

Kristin Hahn-Cover, MD 

Medical Oncology and Hematology General Medical Oncology and Hematology 

Donald Doll, MD 

Nephrology Dialysis 

Ramesh Khanna, MD 

Madhukar Misra, MD 

Nephrology General Nephrology 

Ramesh Khanna, MD 

Nephrology Kidney Disease 

Ramesh Khanna, MD 

Neurology Behavioral Neurology 

David Beversdorf, MD 

Neurology Clinical Neurophysiology 

Pradeep Sahota, MD 

Neurology Epilepsy 

Susanta Bandyopadhyay, MD 

Sean Lanigar, MD 

Pradeep Sahota, MD 

Neurology General Adult Neurology 

Robert Burger, MD 

Terry Rolan, MD 

Neurology Sleep Medicine 

Munish Goyal, MD 

Pradeep Sahota, MD

Manjamalai Sivaraman, MD 

Obstetrics and Gynecology General Obstetrics and Gynecology 

Breton Barrier, MD 

Obstetrics and Gynecology Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery 

Raymond Foster, MD

Ophthalmology Corneal Diseases and Transplantation 

John Cowden, MD

Ophthalmology Refractive Surgery 

John Cowden, MD

Ophthalmology Vitreoretinal Surgery 

Dean Hainsworth, MD

Orthopaedic Surgery General Orthopaedic Surgery 

James Stannard, MD  

Orthopaedic Surgery Knee Surgery

James Stannard, MD

Orthopaedic Surgery Spinal Surgery 

Theodore Choma, MD 

Orthopaedic Surgery Sports Medicine 

James Stannard, MD

Orthopaedic Surgery Trauma

Brett Crist, MD

James Stannard, MD

David Volgas, MD

Otolaryngology Facial Plastic Surgery 

Gregory Renner, MD 

Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery 

Gregory Renner, MD 

Robert Zitsch, MD

Otolaryngology Oncological Surgery 

Robert Zitsch, MD

Pathology Surgical Pathology

Lester Layfield, MD 

Pediatric Specialist Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

John Pardalos, MD 

Elizabeth Peters, MD 

Pediatric Specialist Pediatric Anesthesiology 

Bruce Weldon, MD 

Pediatric Specialist Pediatric Cardiology 

Peter Dyke, MD

Pediatric Specialist Pediatric Critical Care 

Bruce Weldon, MD 

Pediatric Specialist Pediatric Endocrinology 

Bert Bachrach, MD

Amie VanMorlan, MD

Pediatric Specialist Pediatric Infectious Disease 

Michael Cooperstock, MD 

Pediatric Specialist Pediatric Metabolic Diseases

Bert Bachrach, MD 

Pediatric Specialist Pediatric Pulmonology 

James Acton, MD

Pediatrics General 

Nathan Beucke, MD 

Bernard Eskridge, MD 

Timothy Joseph Fete, MD 

Harsha Patel, MD 

Regina Selva, MD 

Thomas Selva, MD 

Rashmi Srivastava, MD 

Pediatrics Hospital Medicine 

Catalina Kersten, MD 

Kristen Koehn, MD 

Electrodiagnostic Medicine 

Robert Conway, MD 

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation General Physical Medicine and Rehab 

Gregory Worsowicz, MD 

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Stroke Rehabilitation 

Joseph Burris, MD 

Plastic Surgery Body Cosmetic Surgery 

Charles L. Puckett, MD

Plastic Surgery Facial Aesthetic Surgery 

Charles L. Puckett, MD 

Plastic Surgery Peripheral Nerve Surgery

Stephen Colbert, MD

Plastic Surgery Reconstructive Surgery 

Charles L. Puckett, MD 

Psychiatry General Psychiatry 

John Lauriello, MD 

Psychiatry Schizophrenia 

John Lauriello, MD 

Surgical Oncology General Surgical Oncology 

Kevin Staveley-O'Carroll, MD 

Urology General Urology 

James Cummings, MD

Urology Reconstructive Surgery

James Cummings, MD