Atlanta’s Top Doctors 2016
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“Early on in my career, when I saw my friends out in the business world having weekends off and making good salaries, while I was wrapped up in debt, that was a little more disheartening. I didn’t really feel the tangible benefits of it. Now that I’ve been doing it for 25 years, the rewards of helping people every day, it’s really a tangible thing.”
While the anesthesia was wearing off after the first surgery, I checked my phone and saw an email from the University of Alabama saying I’d been accepted. I just didn’t know whether I’d make it to graduation.
The good thing about the rotationplasty is that even though you still have a prosthetic shin and foot, your ankle joint becomes your knee joint, which makes it much easier to use a prosthetic. You can put weight on it. You can jump.
In early December, one of my eyes began hurting. I started to lose my sight. My ophthalmologist used a needle to draw some fluid from my eye and discovered that the virus was still active inside.
“You’re not going to believe this. I just got hit by lightning.” She thought it was a joke. I said, “Let me send you a video,” and I filmed my smoking boot.
The one thing I prayed the hardest for was to hear her cry. I just thought, If I hear her make some sort of sound, it means she’ll be okay. When Paisley came out, I heard a noise.
On June 9, 2015, I was on the operating table at around 6:30 a.m. By lunchtime my kidney was on a Delta jet headed to Los Angeles. They kept it on the flight deck with the crew.
During a kickoff in the third quarter, I was in to block. I picked out my guy, the kicker, lowered my head, and hit his shoulder. Then everything froze. I was on the ground.
Those snakes, they’ll lie underneath blueberry bushes and catch birds as they come in to pick berries. He was probably just lying there asleep, digesting birds, and I walked up and scared him.
I definitely stood out among the cancer patients on my floor. But I’d also see patients who had six months left to live. Talking with them while I sat there pregnant, it totally changed the way I think about life and how precious it is.
I didn’t find out until I was over 50 that I had CVID, common variable immunodeficiency. What it basically means is that if I get a little cold, I get really sick.
Every year, we present a roster of the best metro Atlanta doctors, as chosen by their peers. Here you'll find 623 of the area's most trusted physicians—our biggest list ever.
Edited by Jennifer Rainey-Marquez
About the List
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 MD, 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 castleconnolly.com/nominations—is open to all licensed U.S. MDs and DOs. They are able to nominate physicians in most medical specialties and in any part of the country, as well as indicate whether the nominated physicians are—in their opinions—among the best in their region, or among the best in the nation in their medical specialties. Careful screening of doctors’ educational and professional experience is essential before final selection is made among those physicians most highly regarded by their peers. In result, Castle Connolly identifies the Top Doctors in America and provides consumers with detailed information about their education, training and special expertise in their 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.
This year’s list for Atlanta magazine considered physicians with primary offices in Carroll, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, and Rockdale counties. It does not include specialties in which patients rarely choose their clinicians—such as emergency medicine or anesthesiology.
Physicians selected for inclusion in this magazine’s Top Doctors feature may also appear as online at castleconnolly.com, or in conjunction with other Castle Connolly Top Doctors databases online and/or in print.