UH Physicians Named “Top Doctors” by Cleveland Magazine 2017

August 1, 2017

The clinical expertise of University Hospitals physicians is both broad and deep, according to the latest issue of Cleveland Magazine. More than 300 UH physicians have been named “Top Doctors” in the publication’s annual issue spotlighting clinical excellence. UH had representatives on the list from 70 specialties and more than 20 different UH hospitals and health centers.

In evaluating physicians, Cleveland Magazine partnered with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. Its physician-led research team reviewed those physicians nominated by their peers as providing the most outstanding health care. Physicians do not and cannot pay to be selected as a Castle Connolly Top Doctor.

In addition to providing a comprehensive listing of “Top Doctors,” the August issue of Cleveland Magazine features profiles of Northeast Ohio doctors singled out for excellence in women’s and children’s health care.

UH has six such physicians profiled. They include:

Lydia Furman, MD, Pediatrics Lydia Furman, MD

Dr. Furman is spearheading an innovative program that helps inner-city fathers support their partner’s decision to breastfeed. Using the Breast for Success curriculum she developed, she’s collaborating with Steve Killpack at the Healthy Fathering Collaborative of Cleveland’s Community Endeavor Foundation and Rev. Dr. Brian Moore at the faith-based organization Passages, Inc. Killpack has revised Dr. Furman’s breastfeeding curriculum to be more “father-friendly,” and Rev. Moore delivers the curriculum to fathers at community meetings. The team has shown that they can successfully recruit and engage inner-city fathers to support breastfeeding through peer-led education sessions in the community.

3 Tips To Help Mom Breast-Feed, Cleveland Magazine, August 2017


Sara Lee, MD, Adolescent Medicine Sara Lee, MD

Dr. Lee and colleagues at UH Rainbow are exploring how parents’ intentions to vaccinate their children may change during the office visit itself. In analyzing surveys from 316 parents from both an urban hospital setting and a suburban ambulatory care setting, they found that more than 20 percent changed their mind about vaccination during their child’s office visit. Half of these parents opted for vaccination during the office visit after previously planning to decline. Unfortunately, the other half declined vaccination during the office after previously planning to accept. Future research from Dr. Lee and colleagues will identify key factors to nudge parent decision making in favor of vaccination.

The Divide Between Pro-Vaxxers and Anti-Vaxxers, Cleveland Magazine, August 2017


Amanda Weiss Kelly, MD, Pediatric Sports Medicine Amanda Weiss Kelly, MD

Dr. Weiss Kelly and colleagues are part of the international Female Athlete Triad Coalition, which shares information across the U.S. and around the world to try and increase knowledge. As most physicians report little or no training on the triad during medical education and only an estimated 20 percent have general understanding of the symptoms, Dr. Weiss Kelly and a colleague recently published a clinical report about the female athlete triad in the journal Pediatrics outlining prevalence and standard of care. Sports medicine pediatricians also participate in local events about youth athletic activities to educate coaches, athletic trainers and parents about what to look for and when to call the doctor.


David Hackney, MD, Maternal & Fetal Medicine David Hackney, MD

Dr. Hackney recently managed a patient who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer during her first trimester of pregnancy. After reviewing the pros and cons with Dr. Hackney and her UH team, the patient had the ovarian mass removed laparoscopically and underwent chemotherapy throughout the majority of her pregnancy. She discontinued the chemo several weeks prior to being term and had an otherwise uncomplicated delivery. The baby is doing well now despite the chemotherapy exposure. Recently, the patient underwent a minimally invasive surgical staging procedure. Her pathology returned negative, thus her long-term prognosis is favorable.

First-time Mom Gets Rare Diagnosis, Cleveland Magazine, August 2017 


Edward Barksdale, MD, Pediatric Surgery 
Edward Barksdale, MD

Dr. Barksdale and a team of UH Rainbow surgeons, anesthesiologists, respiratory therapists and nurses have worked with medical start-up
NeoForce Group to develop the world’s first surgical bed designed specifically for critically ill newborns. Dubbed Rainbow Flex, it includes a warmer attached to its gel pad to help infants maintain a steady body temperature of 98.6 F. It also features a system that allows the team to obtain x-rays without the stress of moving the baby. When surgery is necessary, the bed easily wheels to the operating room.

This Technology Is Designed To Save The Tiniest Patients, Cleveland Magazine, August 2017


Andrew Garner, MD, PhD, Pediatrics Andrew Garner, MD

Dr. Garner helps educate parents about which childhood medical conditions warrant a simple doctor’s visit and which are true emergencies. He covers everything from fever, cough and dehydration to more uncommon signs and symptoms like fast breathing and petechiae rash. “If your child is breathing fast and hard, they may require oxygen immediately,” says Dr. Garner. “A small, non-blanching rash could be a sign that your child is bleeding too easily.”

How To Know If Your Child Needs Their Doc Or The Emergency Room, Cleveland Magazine, August 2017


Our physician community is the strength of our system, as the largest network of primary care physicians in Northeast Ohio and the source of clinical expertise in nationally ranked specialties. It’s this community that makes it possible to offer a full continuum of care for every patient and every condition. We congratulate the 303 UH physicians who were honored.

For a complete listing of the 2017 Cleveland Magazine "Top Doctors," click here.


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