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80 Houston VA Docs Listed as "Best Doctors" in the Nation

September 15, 2006

MEDVAMC boasts 22 staff physicians on Best Doctors list plus 58 consultants and attending physicians.

HOUSTON – The medical knowledge company, Best Doctors, Inc. has included 80 physicians who provide patient care at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC) in the latest compilation of The Best Doctors in America® database.

“I am very pleased with this recognition of our physicians’ clinical excellence by Best Doctors,” said Thomas B. Horvath, chief of staff, MEDVAMC. “This is yet another indicator the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center continually strives to offer the highest quality of health care possible for the veterans living in southeast Texas.”

The MEDVAMC, located in Houston, boasts 22 staff physicians on the Best Doctors list, along with 58 physician consultants and attending physicians. A list of the MEDVAMC staff physicians selected as the best in their field for the year 2005-2006 is below.

According to its Web site, Best Doctors, Inc. is the global leader in providing information about, and access to, the best medical care in the U.S. and around the world. For over a decade, the company has been conducting the largest independent surveys of the medical profession to identify the doctors that other doctors consider to be the best in their specialties.

The Best Doctors polling methodology is designed to mimic the informal peer-to-peer referral process that doctors themselves use to identify appropriate specialists for their patients. The company has expanded this local process to include regional and national groups of physicians. Using extensive proprietary polling and balloting software, the company’s peer- reviewed surveys bring together the insights and experience of tens of thousands of leading specialists all over the country, eliminating the biases that can distort smaller-scale surveys. Because doctors are not required, nor allowed to pay a fee to be listed, Best Doctors has gained the respect of the medical profession and patients alike as an unbiased source of top quality medical information. --- portions of this article are courtesy Best Doctors, Inc., www.bestdoctors.com

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Awarded Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Services in 2004 and the Robert W. Carey Organizational Excellence Award in 2005, the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC) serves as the primary health care provider for more than 112,000 veterans in southeast Texas. Including the satellite clinics in Beaumont, Lufkin, Galveston, and Texas City, MEDVAMC outpatient clinics logged more than 750,000 outpatient visits in fiscal year 2005. Veterans from around the country are referred to the MEDVAMC for specialized diagnostic care, radiation therapy, surgery, and medical treatment including cardiovascular surgery, gastrointestinal endoscopy, ophthalmology, nuclear medicine, and treatment of spinal cord injury and diseases. For the latest news releases and information about the MEDVAMC, visit http://www.houston.med.va.gov/pressreleases/summary.asp.


Kimberly A. Arlinghaus, M.D.
Mental Health Care Line 
Specialty: Psychiatry

David H. Berger, M.D.
Operative Care Line
Specialty: Surgical Oncology

Timothy Boone, M.D.
Operative and Spinal Cord Care Lines
Specialty: Urology

Blase A. Carabello, M.D.
Medical Care Line
Specialty: Cardiovascular Disease

Rabih Darouiche, M.D.
Medical and Spinal Cord Care Lines 
Specialty: Infectious Disease

Charles S. DeJohn, M.D.
Mental Health Care Line 
Specialty: Psychiatry

Donald T. Donovan, M.D.
Operative Care Line 
Specialty: Otolaryngology

Jeffrey Friedman, M.D.
Operative Care Line
Specialty: Plastic Surgery

Richard J. Hamill, M.D.
Medical Care Line 
Specialty: Infectious Disease

Michael H. Heggeness, M.D., Ph.D.
Operative Care Line 
Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery

Helene K. Henson, M.D.
Rehabilitation Care Line
Specialty: Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Mark E. Kunik, M.D.
Mental Health Care Line 
Specialty: Psychiatry

Douglas L. Mann, M.D.
Medical Care Line 
Specialty: Cardiovascular Disease

Alice Y. Matoba, M.D.
Eye Care Line 
Specialty: Ophthalmology

Daniel M. Musher, M.D.
Medical Care Line 
Specialty: Infectious Disease

David T. Netscher, M.D.
Operative Care Line 
Specialty: Hand Surgery & Plastic Surgery

Silvia D. Orengo-Nania, M.D. 
Eye Care Line
Specialty: Ophthalmology

Robert B. Parke, Jr., M.D.
Operative Care Line 
Specialty: Otolaryngology

Maria C. Rodriguez-Barradas, M.D.
Medical Care Line
Specialty: Infectious Disease

Theodore Rosen, M.D.
Medical Care Line 
Specialty: Dermatology

Robert S. Tan, M.D.
Extended Care Line 
Specialty: Family Medicine

D. Robert Wiemer, M.D.
Operative Care Line 
Specialty: Plastic Surgery

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