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News Release
Mobile, Ala. (January 19, 2006)
Contact: Cristin Etheredge, (251) 461-1509

Five USA Physicians Recognized as America’s Top Doctors

This year, five physicians within the University of South Alabama’s Physicians Group are included in the latest edition of “America’s Top Doctors”, a reference book that highlights physicians who are considered among the best in their specialties in both patient care and research.
Drs. Johnson Haynes Jr., Arnold Luterman, Kevin Olden, John F. Rothrock and Velma P. Scantlebury were each listed among the top physician specialists in the United States.
The selection process for America’s Top Doctors is based on 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 the inclusion is conducted by the Castle Connolly physician-led research team.

Haynes Jr. is an associate professor in physiology and 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 Jr. is a graduate of the USA College of Medicine and conducted his residency training at USA Medical Center. Haynes Jr. completed his clinical fellowship in pulmonary medicine at USA and a research pulmonary -
- fellowship at the University of Colorado.

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 establish 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.

Olden is a professor of internal medicine and psychiatry for the USA College of Medicine. He has served on the editorial boards of American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse and Medicine and Psychiatry, and currently serves on the editorial board of American Journal of Gastroenterology.

In 1999, Olden received the American College of Gastroenterology Clinical Scholar Award. In 2000, he was a Harvard Macy Scholar in Medical Education. He has authored more than 60 peer-reviewed articles and has -
- been awarded numerous grants for gastroenterological and psychiatric studies. Olden’s interests include the functional gastrointestinal and motility disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, management of patients with combined medical and psychiatric disorders and psychosocial aspects of hepatitis C.

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.

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 has performed over 800 transplants in children and adults. 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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