The Best Doctors in Louisiana 2013

Peer recommendations for the times of change

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At a time when there is so much turmoil in the medical industry, it is good to find some stability. Here is our annual list of the state’s leading doctors. Finding the best doctors for a malady can be a tricky business with enormous, possibly life-saving, implications. Peer recommendations and hearsay can be useful, but what if you could survey the best doctors in the nation in their specialties? That’s what we try to do with this list. But first, as in all medical consultations, some questions and answers are in order.


QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT METHODOLOGY

HOW WERE THE BEST DOCTORS SELECTED?
We used the services of Best Doctors, Inc., a company founded in 1989 by Harvard Medical School professors. According to the company: “Best Doctors, Inc. is transforming and improving health care. The global company, headquartered in Boston, serves more than 30 million members in every major region of the world and works with the best 5 percent of doctors to find the right diagnoses and right treatments, seamlessly integrating its services with employers’ other health-related benefits.”

The company is also the pre-eminent organization at gathering professional peer ratings. Through the years the company has built a database of professionals who are highly regarded by their peers. Those professionals are in turn interviewed for their recommendations. Listed here are the very latest survey results from Best Doctors. The results were completed in October 2013.

WHAT QUESTION IS ASKED OF THE DOCTORS WHO ARE INTERVIEWED?
Best Doctors contacts each doctor on the previous list and asks the same question: “If you or a loved one needed a doctor in your specialty, and you couldn’t treat them yourself, to whom would you refer them?” Doctors also confidentially evaluate doctors in related specialties and recommend those they feel excel in specific areas of medicine.

DO DOCTORS GET A CHANCE TO RESPOND TO OTHER NAMES RECOMMENDED?
Every doctor has the opportunity both to comment (confidentially) on the other doctors included in his or her specialty and to make additional nominations. As new names are added to the pool, each undergoes the same peer-evaluation process. The company has special software to correct for some methodological biases: for example, to detect and correct for suspect voting patterns and to weigh votes according to the ratings of the doctors who are doing the recommending.

WHAT HAPPENS TO THE DATA?
There is a continual refinement of both the voting pool and the nominee pool. Each time a poll is conducted, the list is sifted, refined and improved for better representation and more solid consensuses.

HOW DOES THIS DIFFER FROM LOCAL SURVEYS?
One major difference is that doctors are evaluated by their peers nationwide, not just by doctors in their communities. In many areas doctors may be better known and evaluated by those within their specialty groups, regardless of where they live, than by local doctors who may not be as knowledgeable in specific specialty areas.

DO DOCTORS HAVE TO PAY TO BE ON THE LIST?
NO! We would never use the list if that were the case. Here is the company’s own statement on that issue: “Best Doctors never takes compensation of any kind from doctors or hospitals in return for listing doctors in its database, nor does Best Doctors pay doctors to participate in its survey process.”

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE RULES THAT THE COMPANY USES?
• Doctors are allowed to vote on others in their hospitals and medical practices. The feeling is that those doctors know their peers best – that is where the survey gets some of its most outspoken evaluations, good and bad.
• Doctors are never “automatically” re-included. In each annual poll, current Best Doctors are re-evaluated along with the new nominees.
• All of the voting is strictly confidential.
• Doctors are not notified of inclusion on the list until after the survey process is completed. Doctors are not required to pay a fee or make a purchase to be included.

HOW MANY DOCTORS WERE SURVEYED?
As part of its nationwide survey, the company interviewed more than 45,000 doctors. This is the most recent, credible survey of doctors.

ARE THE SURVEYS ADMINISTERED RANDOMLY?
No. To get opinions with weight and professional credibility, Best Doctors tries to consult the very best. They contact all current physicians on the list, including many department heads at major teaching hospitals, and ask them to rate specialists outside their own facilities. According to Best Doctors, the medical community has been extremely supportive over the past 20-plus years it has administered the survey, providing a 56 percent response rate.

WHERE’S THE BIAS?
There is no perfect, bias-free way to conduct a ranking of any sort. Although Best Doctors has through the years refined its techniques to eliminate biases, any nomination process that relies on peer evaluations will naturally favor more senior doctors who have had time to develop their reputations. Those who are new to their professions or those who have not had much peer interaction will naturally get less recognition. The broadness and the depth of the voting pool helps eliminate biases and cronyism that might be reflected in smaller surveys.

HOW WERE THE MEDICAL CATEGORIES USED IN THIS SELECTION DETERMINED?
They were selected by Best Doctors.

IS THIS THE DEFINITIVE LIST?
Of course not. We have no doubt that there are many worthy doctors who were not included in the list. We are confident, however, that all who are listed are truly Best Doctors.

Note: These lists are excerpted from The Best Doctors in America 2014 database, which includes more than 45,000 doctors in more than 40 medical specialties.
The Best Doctors in America database is compiled and maintained by Best Doctors Inc. For more information, visit www.bestdoctors.com or contact Best Doctors by telephone at (800) 675-1199 or by e-mail at research@bestdoctors.com. Please note that lists of doctors are not available on the Best Doctors website. The Louisiana list is available on www.louisianalife.com.


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ADDICTION MEDICINE

Howard C. Wetsman
Townsend
3600 Prytania St., Suite 72, New Orleans
(504) 894-8322


ALLERGY AND IMMUNOLOGY

Sami L. Bahna
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
Allergy and Immunology Clinic
Women’s and Children’s Clinic, 1st Floor
1602 Kings Hwy., Shreveport
(318) 675-8604

Peter B. Boggs
The Asthma-Allergy Clinic and Research Center
Breathe America-Shreveport
463 Ashley Ridge, Shreveport
(318) 221-3584

Adrian Casillas
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
Section of Allergy and Immunology
1604 Kings Hwy., Shreveport
(318) 675-7625

Benjamin Buell Close
Louisiana Allergy and Asthma Specialists
201 Pecan Park Ave., Alexandria
(318) 445-6221

Carolyn Beach Daul
Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Associates
Building 6, Suite 20
3939 Houma Blvd., Metairie
(504) 885-2121

W. Edward Davis III
Ochsner Health System
Ochsner Medical Center
Department of Allergy and Immunology
1514 Jefferson Hwy., Clinic Tower, 2nd Floor, New Orleans
(504) 842-6742

Jane M. S. El-Dahr
Tulane Hospital for Children
Section of Pediatric Allergy, Immunology, and Rheumatology
1415 Tulane Ave, 5th Floor, New Orleans
(504) 988-6253

Luis R. Espinoza
LSU Healthcare Network
St. Charles Multispecialty Clinic
Section of Rheumatology
3700 St. Charles Ave., 4th Floor, New Orleans
(504) 412-1366

Bernard C. Fruge Jr.
Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Clinic of Southwest Louisiana
320 Settlers Trace Blvd., Lafayette
(337) 981-9495

L. Ben Gaudin
Allergy Clinic
7968 Goodwood Blvd., Baton Rouge
(225) 923-3283

Richard Joseph Guillot
North Shore Allergy and Immunology
350 Lakeview Court, Suite B, Covington
(985) 892-3122

Bina Elizabeth Joseph
Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Clinic of Southwest Louisiana
320 Settlers Trace Blvd., Lafayette
(337) 981-9495

James Marion Kidd III
8017 Picardy Ave., Baton Rouge
(225) 769-4432

Manuel Lopez
Tulane Medical Center
Tulane Lung Center
Allergy and Immunology Clinic
1415 Tulane Ave, 7th Floor, New Orleans
(504) 988-5800

Prem Kumar Menon
Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Center
5217 Flanders Drive, Baton Rouge
(225) 766-6931

Kenneth Paris
Children’s Hospital of New Orleans
Department of Allergy and Immunology
200 Henry Clay Ave., New Orleans
(504) 899-9511

Joseph Norwood Redhead Jr.
The Baton Rouge Clinic
Department of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
7373 Perkins Road, 3rd Floor, Baton Rouge
(225) 246-9240

B. Steele Rolston
Asthma, Allergy and Immunology
187 Greenbrier Blvd., Suite A, Covington
(985) 893-5780

Ricardo U. Sorensen
Children’s Hospital of New Orleans
Division of Allergy and Immunology
200 Henry Clay Ave., New Orleans
(504) 896-9589

Ann Elizabeth Vockroth
Crescent City Allergy
2600 Belle Chasse Hwy., Suite 204, Terrytown
(504) 391-9249

Willard Frederick Washburne
Highland Clinic
Department of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
1455 E Bert Kouns Industrial Loop, Suite 108, Shreveport
(318) 798-4544

Steven Claude Whited
Highland Clinic
Department of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
1455 E. Bert Kouns Industrial Loop, Suite 101, Shreveport
(318) 798-4573

Laurianne G. Wild
Tulane Medical Center
Tulane Lung Center
Allergy and Immunology Clinic
1415 Tulane Ave., 7th Floor, New Orleans
(504) 988-5800

Merlin Robert Wilson Jr.
2633 Napoleon Ave., Suite 530, New Orleans
(504) 899-1120

Michael Francis Zambie
Allergy and Asthma Clinic
909 N. 3rd St., Monroe
(318) 322-5555

 

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