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2019 We present our inaugural list of the area’s top physicians in 46 specialties, as chosen by their peers Amarillo Magazine’s Top Docs list is compiled through a nominationsbased voting process. We reached out to area doctors and asked them to vote for other physicians in a variety of specialties. These doctors voted for their peers who exemplify excellence in their chosen specialty. Our Top Docs list is a reader service, designed to allow our readers the opportunity to find the city’s top doctors, and find the right doctor for their needs. It’s also an occasion to celebrate those listed for their accomplishments and reputation. Additionally, it allows local doctors to make the community aware of their specific specialty and expertise. Amarillo Magazine contracted with DataJoe, a software and research company specializing in data collection and verification, to compile our Top Docs list. We recognize there are many good doctors who are not shown in this representative list. This is only a sampling of the huge array of talented professionals within the region. Inclusion in the list is based on the opinions of responding doctors in the region and the results of our research campaign. We take time and energy to ensure fair voting, although we understand that the results of this survey nomination are not an objective metric. We certainly do not discount the fact that many good and effective doctors may not appear on the list.


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We’re proud to have 14 BSA physicians named as Amarillo’s Top Docs. Gastroenterology

We’re proud to have 14 BSA physicians named as Amarillo’s Top Docs. Pediatric Otolaryngology (ENT) Vascular Surgery

Daniel Beggs, MD Gastroenterology Thomas Johnson, MD Daniel Beggs, MD James Lusby, MD Thomas Johnson, MD James Lusby, MD

General Surgery

General Surgery Sam Kirkendall, MD Sam Kirkendall, John Mckinley, MD MD John Mckinley, MD

InternalInternal Medicine Medicine

Cuatro Holland, Cuatro Holland, DO DO Holly Mitchell, Holly Mitchell, MD MD

Amber Price, MD

Pediatric Otolaryngology (ENT) Amber Price, MD

Pulmonology

Timothy Mooring, MD Pulmonology Mark Sigler, MD MD Timothy Mooring, Mark Sigler, MD

Surgical Oncology Surgical Oncology

Shane Holloway, MD Shane Holloway, MD Michael MichaelLary, Lary, MD MD

Chance Irwin, MD

VascularDavid Surgery Langley, MD Chance Irwin, MD David Langley, MD


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Accolade Hospice congratulates

Dr. James “Whit” Walker on earning Amarillo Magazine’s

Top Docs Award

Board-certified in Internal Medicine, Palliative Care, and Hospice, Dr. Walker has been Medical Director for Accolade Hospice since 2012. He provides valuable guidance for our hospice team and respected consultation with community physicians and their staff members. Accolade Hospice 1934 Medi Park Drive Amarillo, Texas 79106 Phone: (806) 352-4304 Fax: (806) 352-3911 Equal opportunity provider of healthcare services.

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How was the list created? To create the Top Docs list, DataJoe

Research facilitated an online peer-voting process, also referencing government sources. DataJoe then tallied the votes per category for each doctor to isolate the top nominees in each category. After collecting nominations and additional information, DataJoe checked and confirmed that each published winner had a current, active license status with the state regulatory board. If we were not able to find evidence of a doctor’s current, active registration with the state regulatory board, that doctor was excluded from the list. In addition, any doctor who has been disciplined, up to the time frame of our review process for an infraction by the state regulatory board, was excluded from the list. Finally, DataJoe presented the tallied result to Amarillo Magazine for final review and adjustments.

How are nominations obtained? Amarillo Magazine and

DataJoe reached out to practices and individuals through mail-outs, emails, and phone calls, and encouraged them to vote and distribute the ballot amongst their peers.

What information was required to make a Top Docs nomination? Every doctor must provide a valid, active license

number and contact information to identify themselves. This ensures fairness in the voting process by confirming that each doctor completes only one ballot.

How are practice areas determined? Our list is compiled

of specialties that are relevant to the Amarillo area. We recognize that there are many specialties, and that this list is not exhaustive. Additional practice areas will be considered in coming years based on interest from the medical community.

Do doctors pay to be on the Top Docs list? Doctors

can’t pay to be on the list; it is facilitated and tallied by DataJoe. After receiving the list from DataJoe, our Advertising Department gave area doctors the opportunity to purchase profiles in our Doctors of Distinction Special Advertising Section, which appears separately from the list. Whether or not a doctor chooses to advertise in Doctors of Distinction has no influence on their inclusion on the list.

DataJoe uses best practices and exercises great care in assembling content for this list. DataJoe does not warrant that the data contained within the list are complete or accurate. DataJoe does not assume, and hereby disclaims, any liability to any person for any loss or damage caused by errors or omissions herein whether such errors or omissions result from negligence, accident, or any other cause. All rights reserved. No commercial use of the information in this list may be made without written permission from DataJoe.

Addiction Medicine Bobby Stafford

Cardiology

Assadour Assadourian David Brabham Kade Carthel S. Lane Cox

Cardiothoracic Surgery Masoud Alzeerah Deborah McCollum

Colon and Rectal Surgery Sambasiva Marupudi Izi Obokhare

Dermatology

Christi Baker Elaine Cook Jason Jones Rebecca McCarthy Jack Waller

Diagnostic Radiology Gary Aragon Lova Arenivas Crandon Clark Michael Daniel Richard Murray

Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism Stephen Usala Harold Werner

Family Medicine Emergency Medicine Brian Barkley Jeffrey Foster Jerod Lunsford Cody Welch

Julie Allman Bart Britten Ellen Hampsten Alison Pain Evelyn Sbar John Slaton Rodney Young

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Gastroenterology Kuldip Banwait Daniel Beggs Thomas Johnson James Lusby Srinivas Pathapati Abdul Thannoun

General Surgery

Richard Dillman Sam Kirkendall John McKinley David McNeir Muhammad Nazim Ferdinand Rico

Geriatric Medicine Ravi Bharadwaj

Gynecologic Oncology Thahir Farzan Joshua Kilgore

Hand Surgery

Lisa Longhofer

Hospice and Palliative Susan Meikle

Neurological Surgery Jonathon Gentry Bradley Hiser Wayne Paullus

Infectious Disease

John Milton Pablo Rodriguez Vinas

Neurology

Ruby Saulog Sivaram Sudhakar

Smita Bhaskaran Vance Esler Praveen Tumula

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Craig Fichandler Joy Obokhare Wyatt Weinheimer

Pain Management Amanda Trout

Internal Medicine

Ako Bradford Griselda Camacho Kathleen Clark Karen Cutts Christopher Gulley William “Cuatro� Holland Alan Keister Bharat Khandheria Holly Mitchell Susan Neese Kaylee Shepherd Steve Urban Whit Walker

Interventional Cardiology Rajesh Nambiar

Maternal and Fetal Medicine

Obstetrics and Gynecology Carin C. Appel Estelle Archer Teresa Baker George Barnett Londa Carrasco Roberto Carrasco Pamela Chandler Pablo Diaz-Esquivel Cullen Hopkins Gregory May Amanda Murdock Hena Tewari

Oncology

Leonardo Forero Brian Pruitt Srini Reddy

Heather Holmes

Orthopedic Surgery Hematology

Otolaryngology, Ear Nose Throat

Nephrology

Milton Giron Daniel Hendrick Georges Maliha Tarek Naguib Tetyana Vasylyeva

Tyler Cooper Melburn Huebner Chad Kennedy Thane Morgan T.M. Toby Risko J. Brian Sims Aubrey Smith Brad Veazey

Pathology

Andrew Hoot Robert Todd

Pediatric Cardiology Srilatha Alapati

Pediatric Endocrinology Alison Lunsford

Pediatric Orthopedics J. Brian Sims

Pediatric Otolaryngology ENT Amber Price

Pediatrics General Shari Medford Mubariz Naqvi Margaret Walsh Sheri Williams John M. Young


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Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Sherif Elamir

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Elise May Mary Piskun Patrick Proffer

Rheumatology

Nicole Davey-Ranasinghe Carlos Plata Janet Schwartzenberg

Spine Surgery

Michael Lagrone

Sports Medicine Psychiatry

Michael Jenkins Olga Tolscik

Pulmonology

Timothy Mooring Manish Patel Mark Sigler Thien Vo Kishore Yalamanchili

Radiation Oncology

Bill Barnhill

Surgical Oncology Cathryn Doughtie Shane Holloway Michael Lary

Urology

Ronald Ford James Lemert Robert Ritter David Wilhelm

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Patrick Proffer, M.D. Years in practice: 14 Education: Undergraduate, Texas Tech University; University of Texas Medical School; General Surgery and Plastic Surgery Residency, Wake Forest University Specialties and subspecialties: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Staff size: More than 30 Accreditations and certifications: Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery Memberships and clinical associations: American Society of Plastic Surgery; American Board of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery; Fellow, American College of Surgeons; Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons; Alpha Omega Alpha; Maliniac Fellow Why did you choose your area of practice? I initially chose plastic and reconstructive surgery based on the diversity of the field. It requires knowledge of head-to-toe anatomy, a lot of creativity and planning, and the expanse of patients from the youngest to the oldest. Plastic surgery is essentially surgery of “the skin and its contents.” For what are you most known? I hope to be known for having happy, satisfied patients and for listening to what’s led them to consider surgery. Communication is critical before and after surgery, but also in the decision to have surgery in the first place.

How do you set your practice apart? I feel that a lot of patients expect their doctor to be impersonal and hurried. I don’t ever want to be like that. I want to combine a sincere, personal doctor-patient relationship with excellent surgical results. What do you find most rewarding about being a physician? Restoring confidence to my patients. What is your most memorable moment in medicine? On a mission trip to Honduras, I remember the look on a young mother’s face when we handed her baby back to her after cleft lip surgery. Children with cleft lip deformities in that culture are ostracized and marginalized. Her expression of gratitude and amazement is something I’ll never forget. Hobbies and interests: Being outdoors, exercising, Spartan adventure races, fly-fishing, hiking, but most of all being a husband and dad to six kids. Community involvement: First Baptist Church; Heal the City Clinic; supporting local school sports and cheerleading; Tri to Make a Difference Triathlon

Patrick Proffer, M.D. 1611 Wallace Blvd. 352.1185 • drproffer.com

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Texas Tech Physicians Family Medicine Clinic Year established: 1972 Specialty: Family Medicine Staff size: Nine board certified family physicians, three nurse practitioners, 30 resident family physicians, and 41 nurses and nonphysician staff Accreditations and certifications: All of our family physician faculty members are certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. Clinical associations: We are based at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. When hospitalization is needed, we admit and manage our patients at BSA, and can also coordinate admission to Northwest Texas Hospital. For what is your practice most known? We are the primary family medicine teaching site for TTUHSC medical students, and in our adjacent residency clinic, for 30 family medicine resident physicians. We have trained hundreds of family physicians for practice in West Texas and beyond. What is state of the art in your practice? As a teaching institution, we are committed to teaching and practicing the most current and costeffective medicine. We offer a wide array of clinical services, including many different office procedures, women’s health care services, immunizations and screening tests, management for chronic diseases, such as diabetes and difficult to treat high blood pressure, as well as pharmacotherapy consultations, hospice care and much more. What does the future hold for your practice? Our new North Clinic faculty practice is growing and accepting new patients, with plans to add telehealth virtual visits in the coming months. What is the best part of practicing in Amarillo? It sounds cliché, but the Panhandle really is full of wonderful people and wonderful families, and it is a joy to practice family medicine here. Community involvement: Our physicians volunteer their time with schools and churches, and serve in a variety of key leadership roles with organizations such as Heal the City, the Amarillo Hospital District, the Harrington Cancer and Health Foundation, Turn Center, and are actively involved at both Northwest Texas Hospital and BSA.

Jerry Kirkland, M.D.

Texas Tech Physicians Family Medicine Clinic 1400 Coulter St. • 414.9559 texastechphysicians.com

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Sean Anderson, M.D.

Evelyn Sbar, M.D. Angela Sanchez, NP

John Slaton, D.O.

Rodney Young, M.D. Ellen Hampsten, M.D.

Beverly AxeLewis, D.O.

Nicole Lopez, M.D.

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Texas Tech Physicians Year established: 1969. We’re celebrating our 50th anniversary this year. On May 27, 1969, Texas House Bill 498 was passed and signed into law, creating the Texas Tech University School of Medicine, known today as Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Specialty: Our Amarillo facilities are home to clinics for Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Surgery and more. Staff size: 95 faculty physicians and providers, and 100-plus residents Clinical associations: Many of our physicians also practice at the Amarillo VA Health Care System, BSA Health System

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and Northwest Texas Healthcare System, creating invaluable partnerships that allow us to better serve the Panhandle. For what is your practice most known? We are the medical practice of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. In addition to full-time faculty physicians, we also train more than 100 medical students and more than 100 resident physicians in Amarillo at any given time. What is state of the art in your practice? Thanks to funds from the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health, our Department of Psychiatry recently acquired a state-of-the-art transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) machine. TMS uses magnetic pulses to treat high anxiety and medicine-resistant depression. Our


machine is the first of its kind in the Texas Panhandle. The institute also recently funded state of the art obstetric and gynecological ultrasound equipment on campus. Additionally, our Department of Surgery recently deployed a new “Teletrauma” technology, which helps rural hospitals and clinics gain direct access to a Texas Tech Physicians trauma surgeon in Amarillo. It provides HIPAA-compliant tablets to smaller medical facilities, which allow them to video conference with a surgeon in real-time. What does the future hold for your practice? We’ve recruited a new child psychiatrist we anticipate will be on campus by 2021. We’re also working to develop a residency program in our Department of Psychiatry.

Community involvement: Our faculty, staff and students are highly involved in numerous community health outreach and screening programs, as well as volunteering and sitting on the boards of many civic organizations. Our physicians regularly donate their time and services at the Heal the City free clinic. We also frequently partner with organizations such as the Children’s Miracle Network and Harrington Cancer and Health Foundation.

Texas Tech Physicians 1400 Coulter • 414.9608 texastechphysicians.com

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Shari Medford, M.D. Year established: 2000 Education: M.D., University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences; Pediatric Residency, University of Oklahoma, OU Children’s Hospital; Pediatric Infectious Disease Fellowship, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Specialties and subspecialties: Pediatrics; Pediatric Infectious Disease Staff size: 20 Accreditations and certifications: Board certified Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Disease Memberships and clinical associations: Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics; member, Pediatric Infectious Disease Society; Clinical Privileges at BSA Hospital and Northwest Texas Hospital; chairman/ member, Medical Advisory Board, Turn Center Why did you choose your area of practice? I absolutely love working with children and their families. I enjoy the field of pediatrics because of the ability we have to prevent many medical problems in children. We have effective vaccines that prevent severe diseases. Through education of these young people, we can help them make healthy choices that will help to preserve their health as they get older. For what are you most known? For taking care of infants and children with Down syndrome. How do you set your practice apart? I have a special interest in children with developmental delays and special needs. What do you find most rewarding about being a physician? I love being a part of a child’s life, from infancy to adolescence, and watching them grow and succeed in life. What is your most memorable moment in medicine? When I was an intern at Oklahoma Children’s Hospital, I was working in the Pediatric Ward, and we had numerous children that died or were ill with Haemophilus influenzae type B bacteria. Those were the last cases of this infection I ever saw because that year we began vaccinating children with the HIB vaccine. I was in awe of the ability of one vaccine to change the way we practiced medicine, and the its ability to prevent morbidity and mortality in young children. Hobbies and interests: Gardening, traveling and raising community awareness of acceptance and inclusion for people with special needs Community involvement: Active member, Panhandle Down Syndrome Guild; Special Olympics and its Healthy Athletes Program; Volunteer provider, Heal the City free clinic; board member, Heal the City; active member, Hillside Christian Church

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William Banister, M.D. Year established: 1998 Education: Texas Lutheran College; medical school, Texas Tech Health Sciences Center Specialties and subspecialties: Brain, spine, and peripheral nerves Accreditations and certifications: American Board of Neurological Surgery; American Board of Medical Specialties Memberships and clinical associations: Congress of Neurological Surgeons; Potter-Randall County Medical Society; Texas Medical Association For what are you most known? I specialize in minimally invasive surgery to decrease postoperative pain and scarring, shorten patients’ length of hospitalization, and cut down recovery times. I believe there is no one-size-fits-all surgery for any given ailment, so I tailor the treatment to fit the individual needs of every patient. How do you set your practice apart? I focus on disorders of the brain, spine and peripheral nerves and approach patients with sincerity and warmth. I consider all angles before developing a plan of action – and this diligence has helped earn the trust and satisfaction of the thousands of patients I have treated. Hobbies and interests: I am a devoted father to three children, and cite fatherhood as the accomplishment in life of which I am proudest. What’s left of my free time is usually filled with working out, most often to the tunes of my favorite music.

William Banister, M.D. 3101 Hobbs Road • 279.1183 banistermd.com

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Amanda Trout, D.O. Year established: 2016 Education: Bachelor of Science, University of Alaska Anchorage; Medical degree, Touro University California College of Osteopathic Medicine Specialties and subspecialties: Anesthesiology and pain management Staff size: Around 50 Accreditations and certifications: Board certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Management Memberships and clinical associations: North American Neuromodulation Society; American Medical Association; American Osteopathic Association Why did you choose your area of practice? To have the opportunity to improve the lives of people suffering from chronic pain. For what are you most known? I specialize in spinal cord stimulation and peripheral nerve stimulation. I also work closely in all areas of pain management, including both interventional and conservative therapies.

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How do you set your practice apart? As a practice, we commit to seeing patients as quickly as possible, even as same-day appointments. We take most insurance, including Medicare/ Medicaid and Workers Compensation. Our clinic provides all the necessary prior authorization and billing services, and takes care of all the legwork for our patients so they do not have the extra burden. We treat all patients as if they are our family and work hard to improve the lives of every patient that walks through the door. What do you find most rewarding about being a physician? I enjoy seeing people improve their lives and return to activities they had to stop because of pain. It is very rewarding to work with patients to combat the burden of chronic pain. I enjoy every day because I get to make a difference in patients’ lives. Hobbies and interests: In my free time I enjoy spending time with my husband and children. We love to travel and explore new places. I also enjoy organic gardening, baking, reading and crafts.

Advanced Pain Care 1901 Medi Park Drive, Building C, Suite 2 350.7918 • amarillopaindoctor.com


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Michael O. LaGrone, M.D., P.A. Year established: 1983 Education: Honor Student with a Bachelor of Science, West Texas State University; M.D., UT Southwestern; Internship in Medicine, Letterman Army Medical Center; Residency training in General Surgery, Letterman Army Medical Center; Residency training in Orthopedic Surgery, Letterman Army Medical Center; Residency training in Pediatric Orthopedics, Scottish Rite Hospital, Atlanta; Fellowship in Spine Surgery, Twin Cities Scoliosis Center, Minneapolis Specialties and subspecialties: Orthopedic Surgery; Adult and Pediatric Spine Surgery; Scoliosis; Pediatric Orthopedics Staff size: Seven Accreditations and certifications: Diplomat, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Memberships and clinical associations: Medical Advisory Board of the National Scoliosis Foundation; have lectured and written extensively on topics related to the spine and orthopedics; published “Treatment of Symptomatic Flatback” in The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery; “Loss of Lumbar Lordosis” in Orthopedic Clinics of North America; “Derotation Analysis of Cotrel‐Dubosset Instrumentation” in Spine; “Comparison of Same Day Sequential Anterior and Posterior Spinal Fusion” in Spine; contributed “Surgical Treatment of Idiopathic Scoliosis” in The Textbook of Spinal Surgery; and “Flatback Syndrome, Avoidance and Treatment” in Seminars in Spine Surgery.

Why did you choose your area of practice? My career choices gradually evolved over time. I started in general surgery but found orthopedics to be more to my liking. My decision to subspecialize in spine and scoliosis was based on interest and the opportunity to train with some of the top spine surgeons in the world at the Twin Cities Scoliosis Center. For what are you most known? My expertise in adult spinal deformity, specifically, revision surgery for flatback syndrome. How do you set your practice apart? We provide personalized spine care. I have a reputation for being conservative, yet have the skills and experience to perform complex surgeries when needed. What do you find most rewarding about being a physician? The ability to change people’s lives, whether it be relief from pain or correction of severe deformity. Hobbies and interests: Golf, fly-fishing, traveling with my wife, and spending time with my children and grandchildren. Community involvement: High Plains Food Bank; Panhandle Down Syndrome Guild; medical missions to Peru where I have performed spine and scoliosis surgery.

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Constantine K. Saadeh, M.D. Years in practice: 28 Education: Bachelor’s degree in biology/chemistry; M.D., American University of Beirut Specialties/sub-specialties: Allergy and immunology; rheumatology Staff size: 65 Accreditations and certifications: Internal medicine; rheumatology; allergy and immunology; geriatrics; registered musculoskeletal sonographer (RMSK); Certified Clinical Densitometer (CCD) Memberships and clinical associations: Fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology; American College of Rheumatology; senior sonographer and accreditation counselor of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine with specific dedication to musculoskeletal imaging Why did you choose your area of practice? Personal, familial and friends’ involvement, along with a confidence that my chosen areas of expertise will affect many areas of specialty medicine as pathologies unfold in these days of increasing knowledge. What is the cornerstone of your practice? Empathy, love of purpose, and pursuit of current standards of care. How do you set your practice apart from others? In addition to the advanced technologies that we practice at Allergy A.R.T.S., I am also involved in clinical research, academic publications, and basic treatments of allergic and rheumatologic conditions. 90

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What do you find most rewarding about being a physician? Bettering the lives of my patients through treatment. Given that the majority of my patient’s cases are vastly unique, this lends itself to the research aspect of my practice, which makes it all the more rewarding when we are able to successfully treat an illness. How will your practice change in coming years? My practice will continue to change as medicine changes. We aim to keep up with advancing technologies in medicine. We have a state-of-the-art infusion center, clinical research department, advanced diagnostics, and most importantly, a caring staff who puts our patients as the No. 1 priority. What is your most memorable moment in medicine? The heartbreak of losing a pediatric scleroderma patient with whom I spent more than 14 years of sleepless nights. She wanted to become a doctor and help others who shared her terminal diagnosis. Community involvement: I participate in pollen count research in collaboration with Dr. Nabarun Ghosh at West Texas A&M University. We also support The Bridge, Turn Center and other community projects.

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Nicole Davey-Ranasinghe M.D., FACR Years in practice: Four Education: University of Nevada School of Medicine M.D., 2008; University of Nevada Internal Medicine Residency, 2008-2012; Oregon Health & Science University Rheumatology Fellowship, 2012-2014 Accreditations and certifications: Fellow of the American College of Rheumatology (FACR); Fellow of the American college of Physicians (FACP); Musculoskeletal (MSK) Ultrasound Certification through American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM); American College of Rheumatology Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Certification (RhMSUS) 2014-2024; Certified Clinical Densitometer (CCD) Memberships and clinical associations: Allergy A.R.T.S. Why did you choose your area of practice? I have a passion for immunology and clinical medicine. Rheumatology is the perfect subspecialty that allows for comprehensive patient care and the use of new biologic targets to treat inflammatory disease. What is the cornerstone of your practice? To diagnose and treat complex rheumatic conditions while caring for the entire patient, not just the disease. How do you set your practice apart from others? By remaining dedicated to new technologies and clinical research, we are able to

continue treatment advancements for rheumatic disease What do you find the most rewarding about being a physician? Being involved in direct patient care. To be able to serve my patients and improve outcomes through controlling disease activity is very rewarding. How will your practice change in the coming years? We will remain dedicated to patient care and grow our clinical research department. What is your most memorable moment in medicine? I feel blessed to have these moments every day. Rheumatic disease is difficult because the disease states are often multisystem and require chronic treatment. The most memorable moments are seeing patients return to a functional status after treatment has begun. Hobbies and interests: Spending time with family, reading and hiking Community involvement: Medical Advisory Board for Turn Center

Allergy A.R.T.S. 6842 Plum Creek Drive • 353.7000 allergyarts.com

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Aubrey Smith, M.D. Year established: 1990  Education: Texas A&M University; Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine; University of Kentucky College of Medicine; Mayo Clinic; Shriners Hospitals for Children; Christine M. Kleinert Institute of Upper Extremity Surgery   Specialties and subspecialties: Shoulder surgery and complex arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the upper extremities   Staff size: Eight, including a physician assistant, physical therapist, licensed athletic trainer, and X-ray and MRI technologist Accreditations and certifications: Board Certified by Texas Orthopaedic Association; Chief of Surgery; Surgical Policy Committee; Texas Physician for Practice Management, Texas Medical Association; past team physician, University of Kentucky; Georgetown University; Tascosa High School; Amarillo Baseball   Memberships and clinical associations: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; American College of Surgeons; Arthroscopy Association of North America; American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons; Texas Medical Association; Potter-Randall County Medical Society  Why did you choose your area of practice? My experience and training have been based on upper extremity surgery. It is the area of orthopedics that I enjoy working on the most because of the difficulties and challenges of clinical problems.    For what are you most known? For my careful, complete evaluation of problems, based initially on conservative management.    92

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How do you set your practice apart? Our vast experience with upper extremity surgery gives us the expertise that only 29 years and thousands of shoulder surgeries can provide. Patients ask about stem cell and Plasma Rich Platelet (PRP) injections. We have kept up with the literature and development of these therapies and when indicated, have been able to utilize these biologic additions to healing. Currently, we use bone marrow for our tendon repair work, as it provides the same balance of stem cells and is much more cost effective in utilizing the patient’s own cellular environment.    What do you find most rewarding about being a physician? I like being able to understand and treat difficult problems that I can solve to make people feel better.    What is your most memorable moment in medicine? Presenting my research at the World Shoulder Congress in Greece in front of an audience of thousands of shoulder surgeons.    Community involvement: My wife, Robin, and I have both been involved in many charitable organizations, such as Junior League of Amarillo, Buckner’s Children’s Home, Eveline Rivers Christmas Project, High Plains Food Bank, Make-A-Wish, Ronald McDonald House, United Way, American Cancer Society, Amarillo Area Foundation, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Young Life. 

Aubrey Smith, M.D. 1600 S. Coulter St. • 359.0718 draubreysmith.com


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Amarillo Urology Associates Specialty: Urology Staff size: Around 100 Accreditations and certifications: Board Certified by American Board of Urology Clinical associations: Texas Medical Association; Texas Urological Society; Large Urology Group Practice Association For what is your practice most known? Providing excellent, cutting-edge care in a compassionate manner. What is state of the art in your practice? Minimally invasive urologic procedures and advanced prostate cancer therapy.

What does the future hold for your practice? Excitement. We believe we will continue to adapt and change to provide the best available care for our patients. What is the best part of practicing in Amarillo? The people.

Amarillo Urology Associates 1900 Medi Park Drive • 355.9447 amarillourology.com

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The ER on Soncy Year established: 2016 Education: All of our physicians went to residency to specialize in emergency medicine after medical school. Specialties and subspecialties: Emergency Medicine Staff size: 30 Accreditations and certifications: American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) certified physicians Memberships and clinical associations: BSA Provider Network; Texas Medical Association Why did you choose your area of practice? We value the wide breadth of knowledge and skill in emergency medicine, and the privilege to apply these skills to treat and care for our patients in their time of need.  For what is your practice most known? Providing expert and compassionate emergency care with little or no wait. We care for our patients like we would our own family. How do you set your practice apart? Our patients always see a physician. We are also a part of and involved in the community we serve. What do you find most rewarding about being a physician? Providing care to people when they’re experiencing a very difficult, stressful or painful situation.

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Hobbies and interests: Contributing to and being part of local community events. Community involvement: We attend and contribute heavily to our community through service at a variety of local events, which include: Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Mended Hearts, Muttfest, WRCE, Business Connection, Paws of Hope, TriState Fair Parade, Canyon 4th of July Parade, Coffee Memorial Blood Drive, High Plains Food Bank, Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief, Make-A-Wish Car Show, Balloon Fest, High Plains Food Bank’s Kids Cafe Golf Tournament, Golf Headquarters’ Golf Camp, Another Chance House, Family Appreciation Day at Paramount Baptist Church, Amarillo Heart Ball, Sod Poodles, Arts in the Sunset, Chamber of Commerce, Amarillo Bulls Hockey, Canyon Chamber of Commerce, Snack Pak 4 Kids, Amarillo Ballet and Amarillo Theatre. These are some of the ways we give back to our wonderful community.

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Panhandle OBGYN Year established: 2003 Specialty: Obstetrics and Gynecology Staff size: 45 Accreditations and certifications: All physicians are board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology For what is your practice most known? Our practice is very large and busy! However, we have always made it our focus that every single patient is a priority. Regardless of why she is coming in for a visit, she is our No. 1 focus for the time she is with us. We have worked hard to hire a staff that works toward this goal. All of our physicians are board certified and always will be. We think exceptional training is the foundation of a great physician and lifelong learning is paramount. We will always be leaders in our community, embrace advances in our specialty, and provide highquality, compassionate care. What is state of the art in your practice? We have always taken pride in being at the forefront as surgical advances occur in our specialty. We will always seek out new techniques and procedures to better serve our patients.

What does the future hold for your practice? We feel we are the best group in town and plan on working hard to stay that way. We will continue to grow, and will likely add another physician in the next one to two years. What is the best part of practicing in Amarillo? Amarillo is home! You simply cannot beat the people of this city and the Panhandle of Texas. Community involvement: For years, members of Panhandle OBGYN have served as chief of the OB/GYN department at BSA. We have served on many boards, including March of Dimes and JDRF. We sponsor charity events, such as Race for the Cure and 24 Hours in the Canyon. All of us are deeply involved with our families and children.

Panhandle OBGYN 7620 Wallace Blvd. 359.5468 • panhandleobgyn.com

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Cindy Hutson, D.O. Years in practice: 20 Education: Bachelor of Science in Biology, Texas Tech University; Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, UNT Health Science Center Specialties and subspecialties: Primary Care/ Family Practice Staff Size: Seven Accreditations and certifications: American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians; Texas State Medical Board Memberships and clinical associations: American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians; American Osteopathic Association; Texas Osteopathic Medical Association Why did you choose your area of practice? I chose family practice because I love taking care of the entire family, from children to grandparents. The challenge of treating a variety of health issues within a range of various age groups is something I take great pride and enjoyment in. For what are you most known? I develop a very close bond and relationship with each of my patients. Since becoming an MDVIP affiliate , which gives me the opportunity to spend 30 minutes to 2 hours with each patient at each appointment, I am able to understand their issues and concerns and develop a close friendship with them. My patients also have access to me 24 hours a day, if needed, by cell phone so that bond stays close. How do you set your practice apart? I have a closer relationship with each patient. Being an MDVIP affiliate gives me the opportunity and physician network to achieve optimal health for each individual by being able to create a more personalized wellness plan that better meets that patient’s needs. This includes having access to major hospital networks and specialty physicians. What do you find most rewarding about being a physician? With my help and guidance of care, I am able to make patients happy and their healthy futures a reality. Hobbies and interests: I love spending time with my family, traveling and reading. Community involvement: I currently serve on the board of Hope Choice.

Cindy Hutson, D.O. 2701 S. Georgia St. • 323.4920 mdvip.com/cindyhutsondo

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Pablo Diaz-Esquivel, M.D. Education: I grew up in Cuba, but escaped the communist regime at age 15. I was drafted into the U.S. Army at age 18, and after that became an American citizen. I graduated from Amarillo College, attended the University of Texas at Austin, and then the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, where I earned my M.D.  I did my residency at the University of Mississippi in Obstetrics and Gynecology.  Specialty: Obstetrics and Gynecology Accreditations and certifications: Board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology Why did you choose your area of practice? Variety: deliveries, surgeries, office work. Never a dull moment. For what are you most known? My individualized and personalized care; routine and high-risk obstetrics, in-office ultrasound, complex gynecologic surgery, including pelvic organ prolapse, pelvic reconstruction and urogynecological surgery, working together with urologist Dr. Jan Werner. I work with other

specialty physicians, therefore offering the best possible services for women in the Panhandle of Texas. How do you set your practice apart? Focusing solely on stateof-the-art care, making sure every patient feels they have a relationship with their doctor, as well as the staff. What do you find most rewarding about being a physician? The opportunity to take care of patients. Hobbies and interests: I am an avid walker, walking at least five miles per day. I love to read history, especially biographies. I support the arts in Amarillo and I am a new fan of the Sod Poodles. I am also Member Emeritus of the Northwest Texas Hospital Board of Governors.

Pablo Diaz-Esquivel, M.D. 1600 S. Coulter St., Bldg. E, Suite 703 • 355.9257 pablodiazobgyn.com DOCTORS OF DISTINCTION • SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

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(From L-R): Susan Meikle, M.D.; Richard Murray, M.D.; Joy Obokhare, M.D.

Northwest Texas Healthcare System Year established: Northwest Texas Healthcare System was established in 1924. We are celebrating 95 years this year! Dr. Meikle: 2017; Dr. Obokhare: 2012; Dr. Murray: 2017 Specialty: Northwest is proud to provide comprehensive health care to the Panhandle and beyond; Dr. Meikle, Palliative Care and Hospice; Dr. Obokhare, Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery; Dr. Murray, Diagnostic Radiology and Interventional Radiology Staff size: 1,880 total employees, 468 total physicians; 79 volunteers Accreditations and certifications: Dr. Meikle: Fellow, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; Board Eligible Hospice and Palliative Medicine; Board Certified General Preventive Medicine; Board Certified Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Obokhare: Board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology; Facial plastic and reconstructive surgery fellowship, American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive surgery; fellow, American College of Surgeons. Dr. Murray: Board certified by American Board of Radiology. Clinical associations: Dr. Meikle: Clinical Professor, Department of Surgery, TTUHSC. Dr. Obokhare: member, American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery; American College of Surgery; American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Murray: Radiological Society of North America

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For what is your practice most known? Northwest Texas Healthcare System will provide high-quality, efficient health services that patients and their families recommend, physicians prefer, employees, volunteers, and board members are proud of, students and faculty excel in, purchasers select, and the community values. What is state of the art in your practice? Northwest is the first and the only hospital in the Panhandle to have a da Vinci Surgical System and outpatient surgery center. Northwest recently became the first health care facility in Amarillo to offer cryoablation. Northwest now offers extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). Northwest Texas Healthcare System (NWTHS) has been recognized and named a Passy-Muir® Center of Excellence. What does the future hold for your practice? To continue to put each patient first and provide excellent, compassionate care to the people who live in the Panhandle. What is the best part of practicing in Amarillo? Northwest is proud to contribute to the health of the community and boost the local economy! Community involvement: Northwest volunteers dedicate countless hours to our patients and their families. We are proud to provide the community with health and wellness classes and services.

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Lisa K. Longhofer, M.D. Years in practice: 11 Education:Orthopedic Fellowship, Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery, The Hand Center of San Antonio;,Orthopedic Surgery Residency, University of Kansas in Wichita; Doctor of Medicine, Texas Tech University HSC; Bachelor and Master of Science, Texas Tech University Specialties and subspecialties: Orthopedic Surgery with Subspecialty of Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery Staff size: Eight Accreditations and certifications: Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons Memberships and clinical associations: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; American Association of Hand Surgery; Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, Junior AOA Graduate; American Medical Association; American Society Surgery of the Hand; Leading Physicians of the World - Top Docs; PotterRandall County Medical Society; Texas Orthopaedic Association; Texas Medical Association Why did you choose your area of practice? Hands are so important in everything we do, so I wanted to get people back to

work, sports and their routine activities. For what are you most known?I specialize in Hand and Upper Extremity Orthopaedic Surgery. I am focused on getting my patients their function back, including seeing each patient through the entire healing process. How do you set your practice apart? I grew up on a Texas Panhandle cattle ranch, surrounded by motivated, hard-working people who simply had to get their jobs done. This ranch-life philosophy is the foundation of my practice where I specialize in restoring function and returning patients back to their work and activities. What do you find most rewarding about being a physician? Getting patients back to their normal level of function. Hobbies and interests: Working out and paddle boarding

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Thane Morgan, M.D. Years in practice: 23 Education: Bachelor of Science, WTAMU; University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Specialties and subspecialties: Orthopedic Surgery with a Fellowship in Foot and Ankle Accreditations and certifications: Orthopedic Surgery Memberships and clinical associations: We utilize both hospitals in Amarillo. Potter-Randall County Medical Society; Texas Medical Association; American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons For what are you most known? My practice generally focuses on lower extremity surgery. I perform joint replacements, reconstruction, arthroscopic knee surgeries and foot and ankle surgeries. It’s a good feeling to have a part in helping someone improve their ability to stay active. How do you set your practice apart? The personal attention given to my patients. So many of my surgical patients are shocked when

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I give them a card with my cell phone number and I request that they call me if they have any problems. We try to let each patient know we appreciate them and are there to provide them the best care possible. I am always focused on the three A's: Availability, Affability, Ability. What do you find most rewarding about being a physician? Helping people improve their ability to stay active. Hobbies and interests: I enjoy outdoor activities year-round, such as snow skiing and fishing with my kids. I also enjoy salt water fishing, primarily tournament tarpon fishing, and kart racing. I am also a physician for the U.S. ski team.

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Chad M. Kennedy, M.D. Years in practice: Four Education: B.S. Biology/Chemistry, West Texas A&M University; Medical School, TTUHSC School of Medicine; Resident of Orthopedic Surgery, The University of Texas at San Antonio; Fellowship, Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Specialties and subspecialties: Foot and Ankle Surgery; Sports Injuries; Joint Replacement Staff size: Five Accreditations and certifications: Board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Memberships and clinical associations: American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society; Alamo Orthopaedic Society; Potter-Randall County Medical Society; TTUHSC Alumni Association Why did you choose your area of practice? I injured my ACL my junior year of high school in a playoff football game. Dr. Bob Higgins repaired my knee and had me back and ready for the next season. I knew from that point in time that I wanted to be an orthopedic surgeon. My goal as an orthopedic surgeon is to help and improve my patients’ quality of life – anything from playing a sport they love to living an active life at any stage. How do you set your practice apart? I take an individualized approach to all my patients. Although two patients may have the same diagnosis, the method of treatment may be different for each individual. I aim to be conscientious to each individual patient’s goals and circumstances. I want my patients to feel that they can easily approach me to discuss any questions or concerns they may have. It’s important for me to know my patients so we can work together to achieve their goals. What do you find most rewarding about being a physician? I am Amarillo born and raised. It is important to me to serve the community in which generations of my family have lived. As a proud Sandie and Buff I enjoy serving and interacting with the people of the Panhandle. Hobbies and interests: Golf, watching sports, travel

Chad M. Kennedy, M.D. 1600 Coulter St., Suite B 355.1700 • chadkennedymd.com

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Mary Ann Piskun, M.D. Year established: 1982 Education: Undergraduate degree, Holy Names University; medical degree, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center; medical internship and Residency in Surgery, William Beaumont Army Medical Center and Brooke Army Medical Center; Plastic Surgery Residency, William Beaumont Army Medical Center Specialty: Plastic Surgery Staff size: Four Accreditations and certifications: Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery Memberships and clinical associations: ASPS; TMA; AMA For what are you most known? Breast surgery.

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What do you find most rewarding about being a physician? Getting to know our patients. What is your most memorable moment in medicine? A breast reconstruction patient said she felt beautiful for the first time in her life when she felt her results. Hobbies and interests: Needlepoint Community involvement: Serve on the board of Olivia’s Angels; formerly on the board of Second Chance House and Samaritan Counseling Services

Mary Ann Piskun, M.D. 500 Quail Creek Drive, Suite B • 358.8731 drpiskun.com


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Abdul Thannoun, M.D. Year established: 1996 Education: Bachelor’s in chemistry and mathematics, Ohio University; M.S. in Biochemistry, Texas Tech University; M.D., the University of Texas Health Science Center McGovern Medical School; IM Residency and GI fellowship, The University of New Mexico Specialties and subspecialties: Advanced endoscopic treatment of gastrointestinal diseases Staff size: Four Accreditations and certifications: Fellow, American College of Physicians; Fellow, American College of Gastroenterology Memberships and clinical associations: AMA; AGA; AGES; ACG; TSGE Why did you choose your area of practice? During my internship, I became fascinated by the complexity of the gastrointestinal system and found it to be very challenging and at the same time a field that one can make a big difference in a patient's illness course. For what are you most known? The quality of my work and availability to help other physicians with patients’ care. How do you set your practice apart? It is a small, stable practice with attention to details. We offer personal communication with each patient in a very friendly environment. We distinguish our

practice by treating everyone as we would like to have our family and friends treated. What do you find most rewarding about being a physician? Helping a patient to overcome their illnesses and pursue pleasurable activities. What is your most memorable moment in medicine? On a quiet night in 2005, I got a call from the ER to see an extremely ill pregnant woman, who developed acute liver failure. I was able to arrange for her to receive a successful liver transplant. Her baby is now a healthy teenager. That was a nerve-wracking experience and a “wow” moment when she came to the clinic with her baby for a follow-up appointment three months later. Hobbies and interests: Travel and jet skiing Community involvement: I am an avid supporter of the Amarillo Symphony and Amarillo Chamber Music.

Abdul Thannoun, M.D. 3501 S. Soncy Road, Suite 107 354.2400

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