Houstonia magazine recognizes UTHealth faculty members in exclusive guide of top doctors

HOUSTON – (Sept. 5, 2013) – More than 150 physicians who are on the faculty at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Medical School are recognized in Houstonia magazine’s exclusive guide of the city’s best doctors.

The inaugural Top Doctors issue hit newsstands this month. The guide features 153 UTHealth faculty members, plus affiliated physicians who are part of the medical school’s residency and fellowship training programs. The UTHealth doctors represent the best of the best in 50 medical specialties.

“Having so many of our clinical providers represented on this outstanding physician list is a testament to our mission to serve with excellence. The UTHealth Medical School is teaching the next generation of great doctors and engaging in research for tomorrow’s cures. We also are serving our community through our academic practice, UT Physicians, and in concert with our hospital affiliates, Memorial Hermann and Harris Health,” said Giuseppe Colasurdo, M.D., president of UTHealth, dean of the UTHealth Medical School and one of Houston's top pediatric pulmonologists.

It addition to the Top Doctors list, the magazine’s cover features a photograph of Carlos Moreno, M.D. with a patient. Moreno is chairman of the Department of Family and Community Medicine and holder of the C. Frank Webber Chair in Family Medicine. He provides primary care to patients at UT Physicians’ family medicine clinic and Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center.

The magazine also published stories on several groundbreaking physicians. Dong Kim, M.D. and Gerard Francisco, M.D. were among those profiled. Kim is chairman of UTHealth’s Vivian L. Smith Department of Neurosurgery and director of the Mischer Neuroscience Institute at Memorial Hermann. Francisco is chairman of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at UTHealth and chief medical officer at TIRR Memorial Hermann. Both are working to improve outcomes for patients with spinal cord and brain injuries.

To compile the list of the city’s top doctors, Houstonia magazine mailed postcards to more than 15,000 state board-certified physicians in Houston. They were asked to recommend two doctors in any medical specialty by casting votes on the magazine’s secure website. Then the nominations were tallied.

“This is, to our knowledge, the first Top Doctors list of its type ever produced in the Houston area. Every physician and nurse practitioner in the city was asked to contribute answers to one simple yet important question: If you or someone in your family were in need of a doctor, whom would you choose?” said Scott Vogel, editorial director of Houstonia magazine.

In pediatric critical care medicine, all four physicians who made the list of top doctors serve on the Department of Pediatrics faculty and care for patients at teaching hospitals Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and Harris Health Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital.  UTHealth faculty members also made up the majority of best doctors in child psychiatry, geriatric medicine, neonatal and perinatal medicine, neurosurgery, pediatric pulmonology, pediatric gastroenterology, pediatric neurology, pediatric nephrology, pediatric surgery and physical medicine and rehabilitation.

In its guide, the magazine included a timeline of Houston medical milestones and an annotated guide to the Texas Medical Center. Both reference the UTHealth School of Dentistry as well as the accomplishments of renowned trauma surgeon James H. “Red” Duke Jr., M.D., the John B. Holmes Professor and Chief of Surgery at UTHealth and founder and medical director of Life Flight at Memorial Hermann-TMC.

Houstonia magazine is the most recent publication to recognize UTHealth physicians. In August, “Best Doctors in America® 2013” acknowledged dozens of UTHealth faculty members who provide the best in patient care at Houston area clinics and hospitals. Only 5 percent of doctors in America earn this prestigious honor, decided by impartial peer review.

About UTHealth:

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) was established in 1972 as Houston’s health university. The most comprehensive academic health center in The UT System and the U.S. Gulf Coast region, UTHealth is home to schools of biomedical informatics, biomedical sciences, dentistry, medicine, nursing and public health. UTHealth educates more health care professionals than any health-related institution in the State of Texas and features the nation’s sixth-largest medical school and the highest ranked nursing graduate school in Texas. It also includes a psychiatric hospital and a growing network of clinics throughout the region. The university’s primary teaching hospitals include Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital and Harris Health Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital. For more information, visit www.uth.edu.

Meredith Raine
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