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MEDVAMC Physicians Honored as Best Doctors in America for 2013

November 20, 2013

More than 50 physicians affiliated with Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston appear on the Best Doctors in America® List for 2013.  Only five percent of doctors in America earn this prestigious honor, which is decided by impartial peer review.

Physicians included on the Best Doctors List excel in their specialties and are selected by peer reviews from other doctors in the profession.  In a confidential review, physicians answer the question, “If you or a loved one needed a doctor in your specialty, to whom would you refer?”  Best Doctors, Inc. evaluates the review results, and verifies all additional information to meet detailed inclusion criteria.  

“It is no surprise to me that so many of our Houston VA physicians were named to this prestigious list,” said Dr. Jagadeesh Kalavar, MEDVAMC Chief of Staff.   “At the VA, we offer Veterans top quality healthcare and our doctors truly are second to none.  The professionalism, caring and dedication of our physicians is a point of great pride for our Medical Center.”

Doctors cannot pay to be included in the Best Doctors database, nor are they paid to provide their input.  Best Doctors has earned a sterling, worldwide reputation for reliable, impartial results by remaining totally independent.  The highly regarded Best Doctors in America List, assembled by Best Doctors, Inc. and audited and certified by Gallup®, results from exhaustive polling of over 45,000 physicians in the United States. Doctors in over 40 specialties and 400 subspecialties of medicine appear on this year’s List.

The experts who are part of 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. MEDVAMC’s group of experts listed in the database includes world-class specialists in Surgery.  

More information on each doctor, including why they enjoy working at MEDVAMC can be found by clicking the image above.

Congratulations to the following doctors in the following specialties.            

           Daniel Anaya, Surgical Oncology
           Samir S. Awad, Critical Care Medicine
           Elizabeth F. Baze, Ophthalmology
           David Berger, Surgical Oncology
           Carol Bodenheimer, Physical Medicine
               and Rehabilitation
           Timothy Boone, Urology
           Biykem Bozkurt, Cardiovascular Disease
           Anthony Edwin Brissett, Otolaryngology
           Blase Anthony Carabello, Cardiovascular Disease
           Petros E. Carvounis, Ophthalmology
           Peter T. Chang, Ophthalmology
           Michael Coburn, Urology
           Joseph Stapleton Coselli, Vascular Surgery
           Joseph Stapleton Coselli, Thoracic Surgery
           Glenn Ross Cunningham, Endocrinology and Metabolism
           Clifford Clark Dacso, Internal Medicine
           Clifford Clark Dacso, Infectious Disease
           Maria Dajoyag-Mejia, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
           Rabih Darouiche, Infectious Disease
           Donald Thomas Donovan, Otolaryngology
           Jane Edmond, Pediatric Specialist
           Bruce L. Ehni, Neurological Surgery
           Hashem B. El-Serag, Gastroenterology
           John A. Goss, Surgery
           Martin Grabois, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
           David Y. Graham,  Gastroenterology
           Richard J. Hamill, Infectious Disease
           Jennifer Harrison, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
           Helene K. Henson, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
           Sally Ann Holmes, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
           Sylvia Hsu, Dermatology
           Dan B. Jones, Ophthalmology
           Jeffrey A. Jones, Urology
           Biswajit Kar, Cardiovascular Disease
           Douglas D. Koch, Ophthalmology
           Thomas R. Kosten, Psychiatry
           Mark Edwin Kunik, Psychiatry
           Glenn C. Landon, Orthopaedic Surgery
           Laura Marsh, Psychiatry
           Sanjay J. Mathew, Psychiatry
           Brian J. Miles, Urology
           Eli M. Mizrahi, Pediatric Specialist
           Daniel M. Musher, Infectious Disease
           Vijay Nambi, Cardiovascular Disease
           David T. Netscher, Plastic Surgery
           Thomas F. Newton, Psychiatry
           Ida Orengo, Dermatology
           Silvia D. Orengo-Nania, Ophthalmology
           Robert B. Parke, Jr. , Otolaryngology
           James L. Pool, Internal Medicine
           Charles Reitman, Orthopaedic Surgery
           Theodore Rosen, Dermatology
           Yasser Shaib, Gastroenterology
           Andrea Stolar, Psychiatry
           George E. Taffet, Geriatric Medicine
           Mas Takashima, Otolaryngology
           Robert S. Tan, Geriatric Medicine
           Marcelo Vela, Gastroenterology
           Matthew J. Wall, Jr., Thoracic Surgery
           Mitchell Weikert, Ophthalmology
           John E. Wolf, Jr., Dermatology
           David H. Yawn, Pathology
           Michael Tze-Chien Yen, Ophthalmology

About Best Doctors, Inc.: 

Founded in 1989 by Harvard Medical School physicians, Best Doctors works with the best five percent of doctors, ranked by impartial peer review, to help people get the right diagnosis and right treatment. Gallup® has audited and certified Best Doctors, Inc.’s database of physicians, and its companion Best Doctors in America® List, as using the highest industry standards survey methodology and processes. The global health solutions company, which has grown to over 30 million members worldwide, uses state-of-the-art technology capabilities to deliver improved health outcomes while reducing costs. Best Doctors seamlessly integrates its trusted health services with large self-insured employers, insurers and other groups in every major region of the world. The company also designs and implements international insurance programs that help people be sure they get the right health solutions.

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