February 2008-UNMC physicians on Best Doctors list

by Elizabeth Kumru and Ann Lawlor, UNMC Public Affairs

A total of 280 UNMC physicians, including 150 full and part-time faculty, have been recognized on this year’s list of the Best Doctors in America.


The Best Doctors in America 2007-2008 database contains the names and professional profiles of approximately 35,000 physicians in the United States in more than 40 specialties, or the top 3 percent to 5 percent of specialists in the country.


“Our UNMC faculty are truly outstanding clinicians. The Best Doctors recognition once again reaffirms that our patient care and teaching facility is world-class,” said UNMC Chancellor Harold M. Maurer, M.D.


UNMC College of Medicine Dean John Gollan, M.D., Ph.D., agreed.


“Quality patient care is a top priority,” he said. “As an academic health sciences center, our faculty stay abreast of the latest medical advances and are involved in discovering new therapies. Our patients receive exceptional care and our students train with, and learn from, the best.”


“Our UNMC faculty are truly outstanding clinicians. The Best Doctors recognition once again reaffirms that our patient care and teaching facility is world-class.”

UNMC Chancellor Harold M. Maurer, M.D.


The UNMC physicians practice at UNMC’s hospital partner, The Nebraska Medical Center.


Physicians are selected on the basis of the question: “If you or a loved one needed a doctor in your specialty, to whom would you refer them?” A peer-review survey by thousands of doctors determines the doctors included in the database. Only those doctors who earn the consensus support of their peers are included and only physicians in the Best Doctors database are allowed to receive the survey, nominate others and vote.


Two renowned physicians affiliated with Harvard Medical School founded Best Doctors in 1989. Today, it is among the leading resources for more than 10 million people in 30 countries who are seeking expert medical resources and guidance to treat illnesses and injuries of all kinds.


Among the UNMC physicians featured in the Best Doctors in America 2007-2008 database:


Full and part-time faculty


Hurlbert, Barbara – Anesthesiology
Tinker, John – Anesthesiology


Caudill, Christopher – Cardiovascular Disease
Easley, Arthur – Cardiovascular Disease
Niebauer, Mark – Cardiovascular Disease
Porter, Thomas – Cardiovascular Disease
Windle, John – Cardiovascular Disease


Hayes, Kristie – Dermatology


Muelleman, Robert – Emergency Medicine


DeSouza, Cyrus – Endocrinology & Metabolism
Goldner, Whitney – Endocrinology & Metabolism
Lane, James – Endocrinology & Metabolism
Larsen, Jennifer – Endocrinology & Metabolism
Mack-Shipman, Lynn – Endocrinology & Metabolism
Neumeister, Amy -Endocrinology & Metabolism


Fruehling, Richard – Family Medicine
Halm, Daniel – Family Medicine
Harrison, Jeffrey – Family Medicine
Mathews, Monty – Family Medicine
Mostek, Debra – Family Medicine
Nasir, Laeth – Family Medicine
Paulman, Paul – Family Medicine
Paulman, Audrey – Family Medicine
Sitorius, Michael – Family Medicine
Smith, John – Family Medicine
Wheatley, Douglas – Family Medicine


Gollan, John – Gastroenterology
Mailliard, Mark – Gastroenterology
McCashland, Timothy – Gastroenterology
Mukherjee, Sandeep – Gastroenterology
Schafer, Daniel – Gastroenterology
Sorrell, Michael – Gastroenterology
Zetterman, Rowen – Gastroenterology


Eberle, Catherine – Geriatric Medicine
Keller, Brenda – Geriatric Medicine
Lyons, William – Geriatric Medicine
Malloy, Timothy – Geriatric Medicine
Potter, Jane – Geriatric Medicine


Vandenberg, Edward – Geriatric Medicine/Family Medicine


Nystrom, Nils – Hand Surgery


Kalil, Andre – Infectious Disease
Preheim, Laurel – Infectious Disease
Rupp, Mark – Infectious Disease


Bessmer, Joel – Internal Med (general)
Neumeister, J. Scott – Internal Med (general)
O’Dell, David – Internal Med (general)
Shehan, Joseph – Internal Med (general)
Tape, Thomas – Internal Med (general)
Wigton, Robert – Internal Med (general)


Buehler, Bruce – Medical Genetics
Schaefer, G. Bradley, Medical Genetics


Armitage, James – Medical Oncology and Hematology
Bierman, Philip – Medical Oncology and Hematology
Cowan, Kenneth – Medical Oncology and Hematology
Haire, William – Medical Oncology and Hematology
Hauke, Ralph – Medical Oncology and Hematology
Kessinger, Margaret Anne – Medical Oncology and Hematology
Reed, Elizabeth – Medical Oncology and Hematology
Vose, Julie – Medical Oncology and Hematology


Follett, Kenneth – Neurological Surgery
Hellbusch, Leslie – Neurological Surgery
Lennarson, Peter – Neurological Surgery
Long, Douglas – Neurological Surgery


Fayad, Pierre – Neurology


Larsen, Paul – Neurology, Child


Berg, Teresa – OB/GYN
Martin, Thomas – OB/GYN
Smith, Carl – OB/GYN


Camras, Carl – Ophthalmology
Gigantelli, James – Ophthalmology


Esposito, Paul – Orthopaedic Surgery
Fehringer, Edward – Orthopaedic Surgery
Garvin, Kevin – Orthopaedic Surgery
Ginsburg, Glen -Orthopaedic Surgery
Hasley, Brian – Orthopaedic Surgery
Mormino, Matthew – Orthopaedic Surgery
Scherl, Susan – Orthopaedic Surgery


Leopold, Donald – Otolaryngology
Lydiatt, Daniel – Otolaryngology
Lydiatt, William – Otolaryngology


Bridge, Julia – Pathology
Chan, Wing C. (John) – Pathology
Cohen, Samuel – Pathology
Greiner, Timothy – Pathology
Hans, Christine – Pathology
Hinrichs, Steven – Pathology
Johansson, Sonny – Pathology
Lele, Subodh – Pathology
Markin, Rodney – Pathology
McComb, Rodney – Pathology
Pirruccello, Samuel – Pathology
Weisenburger, Dennis – Pathology
Wisecarver, James – Pathology


Antonson, Dean – Pediatric Specialist
Coccia, Peter – Pediatric Specialist
Colombo, John – Pediatric Specialist
Corley, Kevin – Pediatric Specialist
Danford, David – Pediatric Specialist
Erickson, Christopher – Pediatric Specialist
Gordon, Bruce – Pediatric Specialist
Gumbiner, Carl – Pediatric Specialist
Kugler, John – Pediatric Specialist
Rizzo, William – Pediatric Specialist
Romero, Jose – Pediatric Specialist
Sammut, Paul – Pediatric Specialist
Warkentin, Phyllis – Pediatric Specialist/Pathology


Finken, David – Pediatrics (general)
Lacroix, Amy – Pediatrics (general)
Lutz, Richard – Pediatrics (general)
Pitner, Sheryl – Pediatrics (general)
Seivert, Patricia – Pediatrics (general)
Snyder, Sheilah – Pediatrics (general)
Stoolman, Sharon – Pediatrics (general)
Walburn, John – Pediatrics (general)


Bandla, Hari – Pediatrics/Family Medicine


Johnson, Perry – Plastic Surgery


Boust, Susan – Psychiatry
Burke, William – Psychiatry
Fleisher, Mark – Psychiatry
Greiner, Carl – Psychiatry
Kratochvil, Christopher – Psychiatry
Roccaforte, William – Psychiatry
Stull, Todd – Psychiatry
Wengel, Steven – Psychiatry


Rennard, Stephen – Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine
Romberger, Debra – Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine
Sisson, Joseph – Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine
Smith, Stephen – Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine
Von Essen, Susanna – Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine


Enke, Charles – Radiation Oncology
Zhen, Weining (Ken) – Radiation Oncology


Anderson, Joseph -Radiology
Apker, Kimberly – Radiology
Gurney, Jud – Radiology
Imray, Thomas – Radiology
Moore, Timothy – Radiology
Walker, Craig – Radiology


Klassen, Lynell – Rheumatology
Mikuls, Ted – Rheumatology
O’Dell, James – Rheumatology


Barkoukis, Teri – Sleep Medicine


Baxter, B. Timothy – Surgery
Langnas, Alan – Surgery
Lynch, Thomas – Surgery
Shaw, Jr., Byers – Surgery
Sudan, Debra – Surgery


Smith, Russell – Surgery/Otolaryngology


Edney, James – Surgical Oncology


Duncan, Kim – Thoracic Surgery
Lackner, Rudy – Thoracic Surgery
Quader, Mohammed – Thoracic Surgery


UNMC volunteer faculty


Hopp, Russell – Allergy and Immunology
Kettelhut, Brett – Allergy and Immunology
Nilsson, Thomas – Allergy and Immunology
Tracy, James – Allergy and Immunology


Hutton, Kent – Anesthesiology
Kugler, Jane – Anesthesiology


Gard, Joseph – Cardiovascular Disease


Spry, Leslie – Clinical Pharmacology, Nephrology


Blatchford, Garnet – Colon and Rectal Surgery
Pitsch, Jr., Richard – Colon and Rectal Surgery


Basler, Rodney – Dermatology
Braddock, Suzanne – Dermatology
Huerter, Christopher J. – Dermatology
Sutton, Margaret – Dermatology


Wahl, Timothy – Endocrinology & Metabolism


Fitzgibbons, William – Family Medicine
Haeberle, John – Family Medicine
Hoelting, David – Family Medicine
Knerl, Jeffrey – Family Medicine
McCoy, Michael – Family Medicine
Settje, Gary – Family Medicine
Zink, Dorothy – Family Medicine


Dyke, David – Gastroenterology
Schafer II, Edwin – Gastroenterology


Scholer, Susan – Geriatric Medicine


Michels, Dale – Geriatric Medicine, Family Medicine


Cochran, Robert – Hand Surgery


Bittner, Marvin – Infectious Disease
Gorby, Gary – Infectious Disease


Bailey, Steven – Internal Med (general)
Bohart, Andrew – Internal Med (general)
Cannella, John – Internal Med (general)
Hoesing, John – Internal Med (general)
Holmes, T.J. – Internal Med (general)
Hranac, Richard – Internal Med (general)
Olson, David – Internal Med (general)
Osterholm, Richard – Internal Med (general)
Policky, David – Internal Med (general)
Shiffermiller, William – Internal Med (general)
Stivrins, Timothy – Internal Med (general)


Schmidt, Michael – Medical Genetics/Pediatrics (general)


Block, Margaret – Medical Oncology and Hematology
Commers, James – Medical Oncology and Hematology
Copur, M. Sitki – Medical Oncology and Hematology
Hutchins, Mark – Medical Oncology and Hematology
Moravec, Jr., Daniel – Medical Oncology and Hematology
Silberstein, Peter – Medical Oncology and Hematology
Verdirame, Joseph- Medical Oncology and Hematology


Gelber, Benjamin – Neurological Surgery
Greene, George – Neurological Surgery
Pierson, Eric – Neurological Surgery


Bertoni, John – Neurology
Birkmann, Lewiston – Neurology
Bobenhouse, James – Neurology
Frankel, Harris – Neurology
Pattee, Gary – Neurology


Bassett, Craig – OB/GYN
Buckley, Krynn – OB/GYN
Gibbens, Donald – OB/GYN
Knolla, Michelle – OB/GYN
Legino, Lonny – OB/GYN
Schulte, Raymond – OB/GYN
Westcott, Susan – OB/GYN


Halsted, Michael – Ophthalmology
Sutton, Gregory – Ophthalmology
Troia, Robert – Ophthalmology
Troia, Sebastian – Ophthalmology
Whitted, Peter – Ophthalmology


Brown, David – Orthopaedic Surgery
Burt, Charles – Orthopaedic Surgery
Canedy, James – Orthopaedic Surgery
Fitzgibbons, Timothy – Orthopaedic Surgery
Goebel, Mark – Orthopaedic Surgery
Hutton, Kirk – Orthopaedic Surgery
McMullen, Scott – Orthopaedic Surgery


Emanuel, Jane – Otolaryngology
Goble, Richard – Otolaryngology
Goebel, Debora – Otolaryngology
Lusk, Rodney – Otolaryngology
Nabity, Thomas – Otolaryngology
Nissen, Alan – Otolaryngology
Quinlan, Trent – Otolaryngology


Mysore, Mohan – Pediatric Specialist
Reynolds, George – Pediatric Specialist
Vanderhoof, Jon – Pediatric Specialist


Wilson, Mark – Pediatric Specialist/Allergy & Immunology


Bleicher, Stacie – Pediatrics (general)
Brabec, Bradford – Pediatrics (general)
Brown, Larry – Pediatrics (general)
Domet , Mark – Pediatrics (general)
Ebers, Douglas – Pediatrics (general)
Gasseling, Philip – Pediatrics (general)
Germer, Michael – Pediatrics (general)
Harrison, Francis – Pediatrics (general)
Higgins, Karen – Pediatrics (general)
Kaufman, David – Pediatrics (general)
Kinberg, Jo Ann – Pediatrics (general)
Koch, Robert – Pediatrics (general)
Krenzer, Kari – Pediatrics (general)
Kronberg, Kent – Pediatrics (general)
Lerner , Gary – Pediatrics (general)
Mikuls, Mary Jane – Pediatrics (general)
Moore, John – Pediatrics (general)
Nelson, Paul – Pediatrics (general)
Nielsen, Laura – Pediatrics (general)
Severson, Gregory – Pediatrics (general)
Shaffer, Kenton – Pediatrics (general)
Stephenson, Betsy – Pediatrics (general)
Straley, Joseph – Pediatrics (general)
Swisher, William – Pediatrics (general)
Willman, Brent – Pediatrics (general)
Woodford, Robert – Pediatrics (general)


Edney, John – Plastic Surgery
Heieck, John – Plastic Surgery
Stice, R. Coleen – Plastic Surgery


Bhatia, Shashi – Psychiatry
Chu, Chung-Chou – Psychiatry
Malin, Paula Jo – Psychiatry
Marcil, William – Psychiatry
Wilson, Daniel – Psychiatry


Floreani, Anthony – Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine


Nelson, Nick – Radiology


Palmer, William – Rheumatology


Cole, Timothy – Surgery
Kingston, Timothy – Surgery
Raynor, Stephen – Surgery
Voigt, David – Surgery
Waltke, Eugene – Surgery


Thorson, Alan – Surgical Oncology/Colon & Rectal Surgery

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