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IU Health physicians featured among “Top Docs”

Pioneering medical advances at IU Health among those highlighted in Indianapolis Monthly’s annual medical issue.

| Indianapolis—The Circle City is “a great place to be a patient right now,” according to Indianapolis Monthly’s November “Top Docs” issue, which is currently on newsstands. The magazine’s annual issue includes a list of 470 local physicians across 59 pediatric and adult specialties who are considered by their peers to be the nation’s best medical experts. More than 200 of the selected physicians practice at Indiana University Health.

In addition to its list of Indianapolis’ “Top Docs,” this year’s issue includes nine “vital signs”—short vignettes showcasing how area experts are improving patient care and pioneering medical advances for Indiana. More than half of these feature pieces focus on the work of IU Health-affiliated experts. Highlights include:

  • A timeline tracing more than a dozen key milestones in the history of heart surgery in Indiana that features medical firsts performed by several IU Health-affiliated surgeons, including Dr. John W. Brown, Dr. Arthur Coffey, Dr. I-wen Wang and Dr. Thomas Wozniak. More than half of the timeline’s milestones occurred at either IU Health Methodist Hospital or Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health. Key dates range from 1956, when surgeons at Riley at IU Health performed the state’s first open heart surgery on a child, to 2013, when surgeons at IU Health Methodist Hospital became the first in Indiana to implant a patient with a total artificial heart.
     
  • Three emotional stories of patients who were spared from amputation thanks to IU Health-affiliated cardiologist Dr. Keith March and vascular surgeon Dr. Michael P. Murphy. The duo specializes in drawing out and repurposing samples of participant’s regenerative stem cells for a series of injections designed to treat cardiovascular disease and improve circulation to limbs. Drs. March and Murphy oversee the Indiana Center for Vascular Biology and Medicine, the only center of its kind in the state and one of seven in the United States working with the National Institutes of Health on regenerative stem-cell research. Read full story.
     
  • A piece on breakthrough therapies for brain tumors that describes the work of Dr. Aaron Cohen-Gadol and Dr. Stephanie Wagner. Dr. Cohen-Gadol is the neurosurgeon at IU Health Methodist Hospital who performed the state’s first surgery to remove a brain tumor through a patient’s nose without opening the skull. Dr. Cohen-Gadol is also mentioned for being one of the nation’s first surgeons to use an agent that makes brain tumors appear to glow, for easier extraction. Dr. Stephanie Wagner is an IU Health neuro-oncologist and the co-director of the state’s only neuro-oncology program. She is the primary investigator of Indiana’s only clinical trial studying a vaccine against the most deadly types of brain tumors: glioblastoma multiformes. The vaccine is no ordinary drug: It is made from a patient’s own white blood and tumor cells.
     
  • An essay where a father recounts his family’s experience at Riley at IU Health, when his two-year-old son was hospitalized with a respiratory virus. He shares how impressed he was with the team of registered nurses who stood constant vigil over his son, as if the toddler were their own child. Read full story.

About Indianapolis Monthly’s “Top Docs” list
Indianapolis Monthly’s Top Doctors list was compiled by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., a health care research and information company. Castle Connolly invites all licensed physicians to recommend colleagues annually in any medical specialty or part of the country. Nominated physicians—who do not and cannot pay to be selected as Castle Connolly Top Doctors—are carefully screened for educational and professional experience before final selection. This year’s list for Indianapolis Monthly considered physicians from the Indianapolis metropolitan area’s nine counties—Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Madison, Marion, Morgan and Shelby. For a complete list of Castle Connolly’s Regional Top Doctors, visit IndianapolisMonthly.com or CastleConnolly.com.

About Indiana University Health
Named among the “Best Hospitals in America” by U.S. News & World Report for 16 consecutive years, Indiana University Health is dedicated to providing a unified standard of preeminent, patient-centered care. A unique partnership with Indiana University School of Medicine – one of the nation’s leading medical schools – gives our highly skilled physicians access to innovative treatments using the latest research and technology. Visit IUHealth.org.

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