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News Release
Mobile, Ala. (August 30, 2004)
Contact: Paul Taylor
Public Relations, (251) 461-1509

Four USA Physicians Recognized as America's Top Doctors

For the fourth straight year, four physicians affiliated with the University of South Alabama Health System are included in the latest edition of America’s Top Doctors, a reference book recognizing physicians who are considered among the best in their specialties in both patient care and research.

Drs. Johnson Haynes Jr., Arnold Luterman, John F. Rothrock and Velma P. Scantlebury were each listed among the top physician specialists in the United States.

Selection of physicians for the book is based on a rigorous research process that begins with mail and phone surveys of board-certified physicians. A comprehensive review of the training and credentials of those physicians considered for inclusion is conducted by the Castle Connolly physician-led research team.

According to Castle Connolly Medical, the book’s publisher, the USA Health System is well represented in their survey. “There are more than 6,000 hospitals in the United States. Only 521 hospitals across the nation are published in our book. With four physicians, USA ranks in the top 350 hospitals in the nation,” said William Liss-Levinson, Ph.D., vice president, business development for Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.

Dr. Johnson Haynes Jr.

Haynes is director of the USA Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center. His interests are in the research and treatment of sickle cell disease. He is leading promising efforts examining the use of a currently marketed asthma medication for the treatment of sickle cell disease. Haynes is a graduate of the USA College of Medicine and conducted his residency training at USA Medical Center. He also serves as professor of internal medicine and physiology at the USA College of Medicine.

Dr. Arnold Luterman

Luterman is Ripps-Meisler Professor of Surgery at the USA College of Medicine. He is also medical director of the USA Burn Center and the USA Wound Care Center. He is a nationally known burn care expert, and is actively engaged in leading-edge burn and wound treatment and research. He helped established the USA Burn Center in 1981, and has played a key role in the care of burn victims in our region for more than 20 years.

Dr. John F. Rothrock

Rothrock is professor of neurology and associate dean of clinical research at the USA College of Medicine. He is also medical director of the USA Headache Center. He is a national expert on the treatment of headaches, and is involved in numerous research studies examining new therapies for migraines. Rothrock serves as editor of Headache, the official journal of the American Headache Society and one of the nation's most influential medical periodicals.

Dr. Velma P. Scantlebury

Velma P. Scantlebury is professor of surgery at the USA College of Medicine and director of USA’s Regional Transplant Center. She is listed as the nation’s first African-American female kidney transplant surgeon by the American Medical Association. Scantlebury, who has performed over 700 transplants in children and adults, is also listed as one of the “Best Doctors in America.” Her research interests include outcomes of organ donations and transplantations in African-Americans, and she was recently honored with the National Kidney Foundation’s “Gift of Life Award” for her work in transplantation among minorities.

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