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DOCTORS 2015 TOP C astle Connolly Medical Ltd. is a healthcare research and information company founded in 1991 by a former medical college board chairman and president to help guide consumers to America’s top doctors and top hospitals. Castle Connolly’s established nomination survey, research, screening and selection process, under the direction of an M.D., involves many hundreds of thousands of physicians as well as academic medical centers, specialty hospitals and regional and community hospitals all across the nation. Castle Connolly’s physician-led team of researchers follows a rigorous screening process to select top doctors on both the national and regional levels. Its online nominations process — located at www. castleconnolly.com/nominations — is open to all licensed physicians in America who are able to nominate physicians in any medical specialty and in any part of the country, as well as indicate whether the nominated physicians are, in their opinion, among the best in their region in their medical specialty or among the best in the nation in their medical specialty. Careful screening of doctors’ educational and professional experience is essential before fi nal selection is made among those physicians most highly regarded by their peers. The result — Castle Connolly identifi es the top doctors in America and provides you, the consumer, with detailed information about their education, training and special expertise in their paperback guides, national and regional magazine “Top Doctors” features and online directories. Doctors do not and cannot pay to be selected and profi led as Castle Connolly Top Doctors. Physicians selected for inclusion in this magazine’s “Top Doctors” feature may also appear as Regional Top Doctors online at www.castleconnolly.com, or in a Castle Connolly Top Doctors® guide, such as America’s Top Doctors® or America’s Top Doctors® for Cancer . America’s Top Doctors ® is available for $34.95 retail. To order, call toll-free 1-800-399-DOCS (1-800-399-3627). TucsonLifestyle.com TUCSON LIFESTYLE | SEPTEMBER 2015 65

Top Doctors 2015

Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. Is a healthcare research and information company founded in 1991 by a former medical college board chairman and president to help guide consumers to America’s top doctors and top hospitals. Castle Connolly’s established nomination survey, research, screening and selection process, under the direction of an M.D., involves many hundreds of thousands of physicians as well as academic medical centers, specialty hospitals and regional and community hospitals all across the nation. Castle Connolly’s physician-led team of researchers follows a rigorous screening process to select top doctors on both the national and regional levels. Its online nominations process — located at www.Castleconnolly.com/nominations — is open to all licensed physicians in America who are able to nominate physicians in any medical specialty and in any part of the country, as well as indicate whether the nominated physicians are, in their opinion, among the best in their region in their medical specialty or among the best in the nation in their medical specialty. Careful screening of doctors’ educational and professional experience is essential before final selection is made among those physicians most highly regarded by their peers. The result — Castle Connolly identifies the top doctors in America and provides you, the consumer, with detailed information about their education, training and special expertise in their paperback guides, national and regional magazine “Top Doctors” features and online directories.

Doctors do not and cannot pay to be selected and profiled as Castle Connolly Top Doctors. Physicians selected for inclusion in this magazine’s “Top Doctors” feature may also appear as Regional Top Doctors online at www.castleconnolly.com, or in a Castle Connolly Top Doctors® guide, such as America’s Top Doctors® or America’s Top Doctors® for Cancer.

America’s Top Doctors® is available for $34.95 retail. To order, call toll-free 1-800-399- DOCS (1-800-399-3627).

Joseph Buscema, M.D.
Specialty: Gynecologic Oncology
Arizona Oncology

Dr. Buscema came to Arizona in 2002 from Baltimore, Maryland, where he had been practicing gynecologic oncology for more than 16 years. He received his undergraduate and medical school training at The Johns Hopkins University and completed his residency in gynecology and obstetrics at Johns Hopkins as well as fellowship training there. He has been board certified in both since the late 1980s. In Baltimore, he directed an OB-GYN residency training program and was an Assistant Professor engaged in teaching and research interests in gynecologic oncology at Johns Hopkins. In 2002 he relocated to Tucson to join Arizona Oncology where he has practiced for the past 13 years. He is currently actively involved in managed care initiatives and serves on the US Oncology Managed Care committee and on the CIGNA physician advisory committee. He has maintained a strong interest in clinical research in gynecologic oncology and has served as principle investigator at Arizona Oncology on numerous national trials seeking to advance treatment of women with ovarian and other gynecologic cancers. He is also an Associate Professor, Gynecologic Oncology at the University of Arizona.

Merri Pendergrass, M.D.
Specialty: Endocrinology, Diabetes
and Metabolism
Professor of Medicine, Division of
Endocrinology
Director, Diabetes Program at
University of Arizona College of
Medicine

Before moving to Arizona, Dr. Pendergrass was vice president and national practice leader for the Diabetes Therapeutic Resource Center of Medco Health Solutions, Inc. Her responsibilities included developing, implementing and evaluating the diabetes care strategy delivered by Medco’s diabetes specialist pharmacists. During this time, she also maintained a clinical practice in diabetes and endocrinology at Parkland Memorial Hospital and was on the faculty of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. Prior to joining Medco, Dr. Pendergrass was associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston, and was director of the diabetes program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, where she also was interim chief of the Section of Diabetes and Metabolism and associate clinical chief, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Hypertension. Dr. Pendergrass also has served as director of the Diabetes Program at the Medical Center of Louisiana in New Orleans, where she was on the faculty of Tulane School of Medicine and was a physician with Tulane University Medical Center and New Orleans Veteran’s Administration Medical Center.

Thomas Boyer, M.D. Specialty: Gastroenterology Division of Gastroenterology Banner — University Medical Center Tucson Director, Liver Research Institute at the University of Arizona College of Medicine

Dr. Boyer is professor of medicine and director of the Liver Research Institute at the University of Arizona. He is also an attending physician in hepatology at Banner — University Medical Center Tucson. He has worked on drug metabolizing enzymes and their regulation of expression for 25 years and his work was supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He has also performed NIHsponsored clinical trials including comparison of surgical shunts to interventional radiology placed shunts in management of variceal bleeding and the use of SAMe to prevent development of hepatocellular carcinoma. NIDDK (hematology) work found that mutations in the telomerase gene increase the risk of developing cirrhosis. Dr. Boyer has multiple ongoing studies sponsored by pharamaceutical companies for the treatment of hepatitis C, complications of cirrhosis and thrombocytopenia in patients with liver disease. He sees patients with liver disease in the clinic at Banner — University Medical Center.

Karen Weihs, M.D.
Specialty: Psychiatry
Professor, Department of Psychiatry
Banner — University Medical Center Tucson

Dr. Weihs is Professor with tenure in the Department of Psychiatry, as well as holding a secondary appointment in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. She is the Medical Director of the Supportive Care for Healing program for the University of Arizona Cancer Center. Dr. Weihs has developed a model for cancer patients’ integrated mental and physical health care including a collaborative team of oncologists, family physicians, social workers, a nutritionist, nurses, complementary therapists, financial counselors, a patient advocate and psychiatrists. Her research focuses on family processes and emotion regulation as they affect both mental health and disease progression in patients with cancer. She has written and lectured widely on these topics. Dr. Weihs is also an experienced psychopharmacology researcher, focusing on pharmacologic interventions for anxiety and depressive disorders in children, adolescents and adults. Her research includes longitudinal studies of marital quality and emotion regulation in breast cancer patients, examining inflammation, parasympathetic tone and oxytocin as a potential mediators of the salutary effects of psychosocial processes on disease progression.

Craig Hurst, M.D.
Specialty: Plastic Surgery
Institute of Plastic Surgery

Dr. Hurst is a plastic surgeon known for reconstructive and cosmetic procedures with a special emphasis on the treatment of children born with cleft lip and palate. After several years of providing highly specialized care to the people of eastern Canada, Dr. Hurst was recruited to come to the University of Arizona to develop plastic surgery services. The first program created was the multidisciplinary breast reconstruction program to aid women afflicted with breast cancer. This was followed by maxillofacial reconstruction program for patients with acquired and congenital defects of the face. Dr. Hurst simultaneously partnered with his colleagues at the Children’s Rehabilitative Services clinic on the TMC campus to develop the cleft lip and palate care team, which has been nationally recognized by the American Cleft Palate- Craniofacial Association. Dr. Hurst participates in societal and committee work at the national level and he has lectured internationally on topics of complex craniofacial reconstruction and restoration. He joined the Institute for Plastic Surgery in July 2014, where he provides aesthetic surgical procedures for the face, breast and body along with reconstructive services to children and adults.

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