July 25, 2014

The Gulfshore's Top Doctors 2010

Top Doctors 2010When your child complains of debilitating headaches, your spouse starts to lose his vision or your hip pain gets so bad that daily activities are next to impossible, you want a doctor who will provide the best treatment possible. You want a doctor known by peers for exceptional medical skills, and one who’s compassionate—someone who understands your concerns and who will treat you or your loved one as if he or she has no other patients.

To help you make informed choices, we’ve partnered once again with Castle Connolly Medical in New York to develop a list of top physicians in Collier, Lee and Charlotte counties. (To see the qualifying criteria, please see “The Process” on p. 66.) In this issue, read the stories of three patients and the physicians who changed their lives. The accompanying list includes the doctors who made the top 40 percent of Castle Connolly’s choices for our region. For a complete list, the company’s book, America’s Top Doctors, is available at www.castleconnolly.com.

 

Allergy & Immunology
Brett E. Stanaland
Naples Community Hospital Healthcare System
1000 Goodlette Road N.,
Suite 200
Naples, FL 34102
(239) 434-6200  
Special expertise: Asthma, allergy, insect allergies,
food allergy     

Cardiovascular Disease
William R. Cook
Lee Memorial Health System
Associates in Cardiac Care
8960 Colonial Center Drive, Suite 302
Fort Myers, FL 33905
(239) 343-9700  
Special expertise: Noninvasive cardiology

Michael D. Danzig
Lee Memorial Health System
9800 S. Healthpark Drive,
Suite 320
Fort Myers, FL 33908
(239) 433-8800  
Special expertise: Cholesterol/lipid disorders

Victor N. Howard
Charlotte Regional
Medical Center
Peace River Regional Medical Center
2484 Caring Way, Suite B
Port Charlotte, FL 33952
(941) 625-6223  
Special expertise: Interventional cardiology, clinical trials

Herman L. Spilker
Naples Community Hospital Healthcare System 
Collier Heart Group
311 Ninth St. N., Suite 304
Naples, FL 34102
(239) 261-5330  
Special expertise: Heart failure, hypertension

Colon & Rectal Surgery
Anthony M. Vernava III
Physicians Regional
Medical Center
Physicians Regional
Medical Group
6101 Pine Ridge Road
Naples, FL 34119
(239) 348-4531
Special expertise: Colon and rectal cancer, incontinence—fecal, inflammatory bowel disease

Dermatology
Charles Camisa
Riverchase Dermatology
1015 Crosspointe Drive
Naples, FL 34110
(239) 596-9075
Special expertise: Psoriasis, oral dermatology, lichen planus, cutaneous T-cell lymphoma           

Craig J. Eichler
Physicians Regional
Medical Center
6101 Pine Ridge Road
Naples, FL 34119
(239) 348-4335
Special expertise: Skin cancer, dermatologic surgery

Brian A. Harris
9090 Park Royal Drive
Fort Myers, FL 33908
(239) 936-3344
Special expertise: Skin cancer, Mohs’ surgery

Rebecca W. Lambert
Naples Community Hospital Healthcare System
2235 Venetian Court, Suite 1
Naples, FL 34109
(239) 596-9337
Special expertise: Skin cancer, Mohs’ surgery, psoriasis, cosmetic dermatology

Stephen A. Spencer
Peace River Regional Medical Center
Coastal Dermatology
1617 Tamiami Trail
Port Charlotte, FL 33948
(941) 613-2400

Cynthia R. Strohmeyer
702 Goodlette Road N.,
Suite 200
Naples, FL 34102
(239) 261-2255
Special expertise: Cosmetic dermatology

Michael S. Tucker
Naples Community Hospital Healthcare System
9125 Corsea Del Fontana Way, Suite 100
Naples, FL 34109
(239) 598-4004
Special expertise: Skin cancer, cosmetic dermatology, Botox and collagen therapy

Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism
Todd D. Brodie
730 Goodlette Road N.,
Suite 205
Naples, FL 34102
(239) 436-3666
Special expertise: Thyroid disorders, osteoporosis

John J. Janick
Charlotte Regional
Medical Center
Fawcett Memorial Hospital
4369 Tamiami Trail
Charlotte Harbor, FL 33980
(941) 629-3366
Special expertise: Adrenal disorders, diabetes, thyroid disorders, hypertension

Family Medicine
John R. Diaz
Naples Community Hospital Healthcare System
2450 Goodlette Road N.,
Suite 202
Naples, FL 34103
(239) 213-9790
Special expertise: Preventive medicine, cholesterol/lipid disorders

Daniel B. Kaplan
Naples Community Hospital Healthcare System
South Florida Medical Group
7935 Airport-Pulling Road, Suite 2
Naples, FL 34109
(239) 596-3300
Special expertise: Geriatric medicine, nutrition

Gregory E. Krill
Lee Memorial Health System
16271 Bass Road
Fort Myers, FL 33908
(239) 432-3322
Special expertise: Geriatric medicine, hypertension, cholesterol/lipid disorders, diabetes

Robert A. Poling
Physicians Regional Medical Center
606 Bald Eagle Drive, Suite 302
Marco Island, FL 34145
(239) 393-2200
Special expertise: Sports medicine, heart disease, diabetes, preventive medicine

Gastroenterology
H. Scott Harris
Cape Coral Hospital
2721 Del Prado Blvd., Suite 200
Cape Coral, FL 33904
(239) 772-3636
Special expertise: Colon cancer, colonoscopy

Neil W. Randall
Naples Community Hospital Healthcare System
Gastroenterology Group
of Naples
1064 Goodlette Road N.
Naples, FL 34102
(239) 649-1186
Special expertise: Colon cancer screening, endoscopy, pancreatic/biliary endoscopy (ERCP), endoscopic ultrasound

Nick Sharma
Lee Memorial Health System
4790 Barkley Circle, Building A
Fort Myers, FL 33907
(239) 275-8882

Hand Surgery
Ronaldo Carneiro
Physicians Regional
Medical Center
8340 Collier Blvd., Suite 303
Naples, FL 34114
(239) 348-4040
Special expertise: Carpal tunnel syndrome, wrist surgery, arthritis

Stephen L. Helgemo
Charlotte Regional
Medical Center
Fawcett Memorial Hospital
18344 Murdock Circle
Port Charlotte, FL 33943
(941) 625-6547
Special expertise: Minimally invasive surgery, carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, trauma

Infectious Disease
Douglas G. Brust
Lee Memorial Health System     
2780 Cleveland Ave., Suite 717
Fort Myers, FL 33901
(239) 343-9680
Special expertise: AIDS/HIV, infections in transplant patients

Christine Forszpaniak
Naples Community Hospital Healthcare System
848 First Ave. N., Suite 230
Naples, FL 34102
(239) 434-7779

Ronica M. Kluge
Lee Memorial Health System
Gulf Coast Medical Center—Fort Myers 
24600 S. Tamiami Trail,
Suite 400
Bonita Springs, FL 34134
(239) 948-3761
Special expertise: AIDS/HIV, viral infections

Internal Medicine
Manuel Del Sol
Lee Memorial Health System
Gulf Coast Medical Center—Fort Myers
Internal Medicine Associates
1528 Del Prado Blvd.
Cape Coral, FL 33990
(239) 458-3338

George W. Ferguson
Naples Community Hospital Healthcare System
787 Fourth Ave S.
Naples, FL 34102
(239) 352-5600
Special expertise:
Concierge medicine

Patricia S. Poling
Physicians Regional
Medical Center
606 Bald Eagle Drive, Suite 302
Marco Island, FL 34145
(239) 393-2200
Special expertise: Women’s health, preventive medicine, nutrition, pediatrics

Leonard A. Schlossberg
Physicians Regional
Medical Center
Naples Community Hospital Healthcare System
2230 Venetian Court, Suite 2
Naples, FL 34109
(239) 566-3100
Special expertise: Concierge medicine, cholesterol/lipid disorders, preventive cardiology, geriatric medicine

Julie R. Southmayd
Physicians Regional
Medical Center
Millennium Physician Group
1284 Creekside St., Suite 107
Naples, FL 34108
(239) 249-7830
Special expertise: Complementary medicine

Interventional Cardiology
Michael S. Flynn
Naples Community Hospital Healthcare System
606 Ninth St. N., Suite 100        
Naples, FL 34102
(239) 403-9569
Special expertise: Coronary artery disease, heart valve disease, cholesterol/lipid disorders

M. Stephen Schneider
Physicians Regional Medical Center
6101 Pine Ridge Road,
Suite 304, Naples, FL 34119
(239) 348-4580
Special expertise: Cardiac catheterization, angioplasty, stent placement 

James M. Venable
Naples Community Hospital Healthcare System
606 Ninth St. N., Suite 100
Naples, FL 34102
(239) 261-5270
Special expertise: Angioplasty, stent placement

Medical Oncology
Lowell L. Hart
Gulf Coast Medical Center—Fort Myers
Lee Memorial Health System
8931 Colonial Center Drive, Suite 300
Fort Myers, FL 33905    
(239) 938-0800
Special expertise: Melanoma, colon cancer, breast cancer, lymphoma

William N. Harwin
Lee Memorial Health System     
Gulf Coast Medical Center—Fort Myers
15681 New Hampshire Court     
Fort Myers, FL 33908    
(239) 437-4444

Daniel J. Morris
Naples Community Hospital Healthcare System
1100 Goodlette Road N.
Naples, FL 34102
(239) 434-2622
Special expertise: Prostate cancer, lung cancer, colon cancer
Mark J. Moskowitz
Naples Community Hospital Healthcare System 
Florida Cancer Specialists
6360 Pine Ridge Road,
Suite 201
Naples, FL 34119
(239) 353-6636

Mark S. Rubin
Naples Community Hospital Healthcare System
9776 Bonita Beach Road,
Suite 201A
Bonita Springs, FL 34135
(239) 947-3092

Thomas E. Teufel
Cape Coral Hospital
Lee Memorial Health System
811 Del Prado Blvd.
Cape Coral, FL 33990   
(239) 772-3544

Nephrology
James R. Sterrett
Physicians Regional
Medical Center
Naples Community Hospital Healthcare System 
Nephrology—Hypertension
of Naples
6101 Pine Ridge Road, Desk 32
Naples, FL 34119
(239) 348-8804
Special expertise: Kidney disease—chronic, hypertension, dialysis care

Joel T. Van Sickler
Lee Memorial Health System
Gulf Coast Medical Center—Fort Myers
Associates in Nephrology
7981 Gladiolus Drive
Fort Myers, FL 33908    
(239) 939-0999
Special expertise: Transplant medicine—kidney, dialysis care

Marilyn A. Wahe
Naples Community Hospital Healthcare System
700 Second Ave. N., Suite 203
Naples, FL 34102
(239) 643-8055
Special expertise: Endocrinology, diabetes

Neurological Surgery
Gary P. Colon
Naples Community Hospital Healthcare System
730 Goodlette Road N.,
Suite 100-B
Naples, FL 34102
(239) 262-1721
Special expertise: Spinal surgery, brain surgery

John J. Dusseau
Lee Memorial Health System     
2780 Cleveland Ave., Suite 819
Fort Myers, FL 33901
(239) 336-6800
Special expertise: Brain tumors, trigeminal neuralgia, head injury, spinal stenosis

Mark B. Gerber
Naples Community Hospital Healthcare System
Neuroscience & Spine Associates
670 Goodlette Road N.
Naples, FL 34102
(239) 649-8833
Special expertise: Spinal surgery, brain tumors

Neurology
Michael F. Finkel
Physicians Regional
Medical Center
Physicians Regional
Medical Group
6101 Pine Ridge Road
Naples, FL 34119
(239) 348-4093
Special expertise: Movement disorders—lower limb, ADD/ADHD, headache in women, trauma neurology

William A. Holt
Fawcett Memorial Hospital
4161 Tamiami Trail, Suite 201
Port Charlotte, FL 33952
(941) 764-0800
Special expertise: Stroke

Michael A. Novak
Naples Community Hospital Healthcare System
Physicians Regional
Medical Center
1660 Medical Blvd., Suite 200
Naples, FL 34110
(239) 566-3434
Special expertise: Headache, pain management, multiple sclerosis

Obstetrics & Gynecology
Heather V. Auld
HealthPark Medical Center
Physicians Primary Care of Southwest Florida
9021 Park Royal Drive
Fort Myers, FL 33908
(239) 432-5858
Special expertise: Obstetrics


Blane M. Crandall
Naples Community Hospital Healthcare System
1660 Medical Blvd., Suite 101
Naples, FL 34110
(239) 596-2300
Special expertise: Laparoscopic hysterectomy, ultrasound, obstetrics, women’s health

Dennis A. Hidlebaugh
Physicians Regional
Medical Center
6101 Pine Ridge Road
Naples, FL 34119
(239) 348-4113
Special expertise: Laparoscopic surgery—advanced, reconstructive vaginal surgery, infertility, hysteroscopic surgery

Richard D. Murray
Lee Memorial Health System     
15641 New Hampshire Court     
Fort Myers, FL 33908
(239) 275-4300
Special expertise: Laparoscopy

Mary C. Yankaskas
Cape Coral Hospital
Lee Memorial Health System     
1265 Viscaya Parkway
Cape Coral, FL 33990   
(239) 574-2229
Special expertise: Gynecology only, adolescent gynecology, menopause problems       

Ophthalmology
George F. Corrent
Physicians Regional
Medical Center
Naples Community Hospital Healthcare System
311 Ninth St. N., Suite 100
Naples, FL 34102
(239) 659-3937
Special expertise: Cataract surgery—lens implant, corneal disease, corneal transplant

Mark S. Gorovoy
Lee Memorial Health System
12381 S. Cleveland Ave.,
Suite 300, Fort Myers, FL 33907
(239) 939-1444
Special expertise: Corneal disease and transplant, cataract surgery, glaucoma, LASIK—refractive surgery

Mimi Groom
3455 Pine Ridge Road
Naples, FL 34109
(239) 597-5700
Special expertise: Glaucoma, cataract surgery,
refractive surgery

David E. Poeltl
661 Goodlette Road N.,
Suite 105, Naples, FL 34102
(239) 262-6288  
Special expertise: Cataract surgery—lens implant, glaucoma

Paul A. Raskauskas
Lee Memorial Health System
Gulf Coast Medical Center—Fort Myers
6901 International Center Blvd.
Fort Myers, FL 33912    
(239) 939-4323
Special expertise: Retinal disorders, macular degeneration

Stephen G. Schwartz
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
Naples Community Hospital Healthcare System
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
311 Ninth St. N., Suite 100
Naples, FL 34102
(239) 659-3937
Special expertise: Macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy

Joseph P. Walker
Lee Memorial Health System
Fawcett Memorial Hospital
6901 International Center Blvd.
Fort Myers, FL 33912
(239) 939-4323
Special expertise: Retinal disorders, macular degeneration

Orthopaedic Surgery
James J. Guerra
Naples Community Hospital Healthcare System
Collier Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center
1706 Medical Blvd., Suite 201
Naples, FL 34110
(239) 593-3500
Special expertise: Sports medicine, arthroscopic surgery, shoulder injuries, trauma         

Howard J. Kapp
Naples Community Hospital Healthcare System
130 Tamiami Trail N., Suite 220
Naples, FL 34102
(239) 434-5700
Special expertise: Hip and knee reconstruction, hip and knee replacement, sports medicine, trauma

Patrick B. Leach
Lee Memorial Health System     
Gulf Coast Medical Center—Fort Myers
Orthopaedic Specialists
SW Florida       
2531 Cleveland Ave., Suite 1
Fort Myers, FL 33901
(239) 334-7000
Special expertise: Trauma, fractures—complex, pelvic
and acetabular fractures,
hip surgery

George D. Markovich
Lee Memorial Health System     
Gulf Coast Medical Center—Fort Myers
Riverwalk Orthopaedic Center
8350 Riverwalk Park Blvd., Suite 1
Fort Myers, FL 33919    
(239) 482-5399
Special expertise: Reconstructive surgery—complex, hip replacement, joint replacement, minimally invasive surgery

Robert J. Zehr
Naples Community Hospital Healthcare System
Center for Orthopaedics
2659 Professional Circle,
Suite 1110
Naples, FL 34119
(239) 596-0100
Special expertise: Hip and knee replacement, arthroscopic surgery, shoulder injuries, fractures—adult

Otolaryngology
David Greene
Physicians Regional
Medical Center
Physicians Regional
Medical Group
6101 Pine Ridge Road
Naples, FL 34119
(239) 348-4081
Special expertise: Facial plastic surgery, endoscopic sinus surgery, snoring/sleep apnea, hearing disorders

Hector N. Hernandez
Peace River Regional Medical Center
21297 Olean Blvd., Suite A
Port Charlotte, FL 33952
(941) 764-0660
Special expertise: Sinus disorders, balance disorders, swallowing disorders,
hearing loss

Patrick M. Kane
Naples Community Hospital Healthcare System
848 First Ave. N., Suite 330
Naples, FL 34102
(239) 263-8855
Special expertise: Hearing loss, facial plastic surgery, head and neck surgery

Kriston J. Kent
Naples Facial Plastic Surgery    
1660 Medical Blvd., Suite 100
Naples, FL 34110
(239) 514-7888
Special expertise: Facial plastic surgery, rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery, laser surgery

Robert D. Klausner
Naples Community Hospital Healthcare System
3501 Health Center Blvd.,
Suite 2240
Bonita Springs, FL 34135
(239) 498-4968
Special expertise: Facial rejuvenation, facial plastic surgery, rhinoplasty, reconstructive surgery  

Jay K. Roberts
Physicians Regional
Medical Center
Physicians Regional
Medical Group
6101 Pine Ridge Road
Naples, FL 34119
(239) 348-4081
Special expertise: Thyroid and parathyroid surgery, robotic thyroidectomy, hearing disorders, head and
neck cancer

Jonathan E. Sonne
Naples Community Hospital Healthcare System
The Woodruff Institute
2235 Venetian Court, Suite 1
Naples, FL 34109
(239) 596-9337
Special expertise: Facial plastic surgery, facial rejuvenation, skin cancer reconstruction, laser surgery

Pediatric Cardiology
Carl M. Reed
Lee Memorial Health System
Gulf Coast Medical Center—Fort Myers
Children’s Specialists Florida—Cardiology
7970 Summerlin Lakes Drive, Suite 100
Fort Myers, FL 33907
(239) 689-5690
Special expertise: Congenital heart disease, echocardiography

Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
Emad K. Salman
Lee Memorial Health System
9981 S. Health Park Drive, Suite 156, Fort Myers, FL 33908
(239) 343-5333
Special expertise:
Pediatric cancer

Pediatrics
Dulce V. Dudley
Naples Community Hospital Healthcare System
8360 Sierra Meadows Blvd.
Naples, FL 34113
(239) 403-6300

D. Benjamin Helgemo
Peace River Regional
Medical Center
Fawcett Memorial Hospital
2040-C Tamiami Trail
Port Charlotte, FL 33948
(941) 629-4464

Irwin J. Kash
Lee Memorial Health System     
Cape Coral Hospital
4751 S. Cleveland Ave.
Fort Myers, FL 33907
(239) 343-9888
Special expertise:
Parenting issues

Martin J. Sherman
Lee Memorial Health System
Cape Coral Hospital
4751 S. Cleveland Ave.
Fort Myers, FL 33907    
(239) 343-9888

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Debra K. Roggow
Lee Memorial Health System
Rehabilitation Consultants
13685 Doctors Way, Suite 190
Fort Myers, FL 33912
(239) 768-5454
Special expertise: Botox therapy, stroke rehabilitation, brain/spinal cord injuries, pain—chronic

Allen C. Tafel
2531 Cleveland Ave., Suite 1
Fort Myers, FL 33901
(239) 334-7000
Special expertise: Electrodiagnosis, spinal disorders, pain management

Plastic Surgery
Christopher G. Constance
Charlotte Regional
Medical Center
Peace River Regional
Medical Center
2525 Harbor Blvd., Suite 310
Port Charlotte, FL 33952
(941) 639-5665
Special expertise: Cosmetic surgery, reconstructive surgery, laser surgery, skin cancer

Rebecca L. Crane
Naples Community Hospital Healthcare System
5200 Tamiami Trail N.,
Suite 201
Naples, FL 34103
(239) 263-6766
Special expertise: Cosmetic surgery—face, skin cancer, reconstructive surgery

Ralph R. Garramone
Lee Memorial Health System
8660 College Parkway,
Suite 100
Fort Myers, FL 33919
(239) 482-1900
Special expertise: Facial rejuvenation, liposuction and body contouring, breast augmentation, breast reconstruction

Stanley P. Gulin
Naples Community Hospital Healthcare System
6610 Willow Park Drive,
Suite 104
Naples, FL 34109
(239) 596-8000
Special expertise: Facial rejuvenation, cosmetic surgery—breast, liposuction and body contouring

Michael K. Kim
Lee Memorial Health System
Associates in Cosmetic Surgery
3700 Central Ave., Suite 1
Fort Myers, FL 33901
(239) 220-5259
Special expertise: Breast augmentation, liposuction and body contouring, facial rejuvenation, hand surgery

Manuel M. Peña
Naples Community Hospital Healthcare System
6370 Pine Ridge Road,
Suite 101, Naples, FL 34119
(239) 348-7362
Special expertise: Breast augmentation, liposuction and body contouring, cosmetic surgery—face, cleft palate/lip

Andrew E. Turk
Physicians Regional
Medical Center
Naples Cosmetic
Surgery Center
6101 Pine Ridge Road,
Suite 15, Naples, FL 34119
(239) 348-4357
Special expertise: Cosmetic surgery—face, breast augmentation, liposuction and body contouring, facial rejuvenation

Psychiatry
Frederick W. Schaerf
Neuropsychiatric Associates
14271 Metropolis Ave., Suite A
Fort Myers, FL 33912
(239) 939-7777
Special expertise: Geriatric psychiatry, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, forensic psychiatry

Pulmonary Disease
Stephen E. Hannan
Lee Memorial Health System
9981 Healthpark Drive,
Suite 454
Fort Myers, FL 33908
(239) 343-6800
Special expertise: Critical care

Carlos E. Maas
Charlotte Regional
Medical Center
Fawcett Memorial Hospital
Sleep & Pulmonary Center
of Florida
4235 Kings Highway, Suite 103
Port Charlotte, FL 33980
(941) 613-1777
Special expertise:
Sleep disorders

Mitchell L. Petusevsky
Physicians Regional
Medical Center 
Naples Community Hospital Healthcare System
Center for Sleep & Pulmonary Medicine
700 Second Ave. N., Suite 305
Naples, FL 34102
(239) 263-8385
Special expertise: Sleep disorders/apnea, asthma, chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD)

Radiation Oncology
Michael J. Katin
Lee Memorial Health System
Physicians Regional
Medical Center 
21st Century Oncology
3680 Broadway
Fort Myers, FL 33901
(239) 936-0380
Special expertise:
Prostate cancer

Bruce M. Nakfoor
Naples Community Hospital Healthcare System
Lee Memorial Health System
21st Century Oncology 
820 Goodlette Road N.
Naples, FL 34102
(239) 434-0166
Special expertise: Prostate cancer, testicular cancer

James H. Rubenstein
Lee Memorial Health System
Naples Community Hospital Healthcare System
21st Century Oncology
3680 Broadway
Fort Myers, FL 33901    
(239) 936-0380

Reproductive Endocrinology
Craig R. Sweet
Lee Memorial Health System
Gulf Coast Medical Center—Fort Myers
12611 World Plaza Lane, Building 53
Fort Myers, FL 33907
(239) 275-8118
Special expertise: Infertility, gynecologic surgery

Rheumatology
Allan M. Goodwin
Physicians Regional
Medical Center
Physicians Regional Medical Group—Rheumatology
6101 Pine Ridge Road
Naples, FL 34119
(239) 348-4048
Special expertise: Osteoporosis, polymyalgia rheumatica, giant cell arteritis, rheumatoid arthritis

Leslie Tar
Charlotte Regional
Medical Center
22226 Westchester Blvd.
Port Charlotte, FL 33952
(941) 625-3402
Special expertise: Allergy, arthritis, immunology, fibromyalgia

Surgery
Jacob H. Goldberger
Lee Memorial Health System     
Gulf Coast Medical Center—Fort Myers
13685 Doctors Way, Suite 210
Fort Myers, FL 33912
(239) 274-7600
Special expertise: Thyroid and parathyroid surgery, breast cancer, laparoscopic surgery, gall bladder surgery

Jeffrey W. Lewis
Lee Memorial Health System
Gulf Coast Medical Center—Fort Myers
16400 HealthPark
Commons Drive
Fort Myers, FL 33908
(239) 278-5200

Mark A. Liberman
Physicians Regional
Medical Center
Physicians Regional
Medical Group
6101 Pine Ridge Road
Naples, FL 34119
(239) 348-4103
Special expertise: Obesity/bariatric surgery, laparoscopic surgery, breast surgery

Thoracic Surgery
Michael P. Metke
Lee Memorial Health System
Naples Community Hospital Healthcare System
8010 Summerlin Lakes Drive, Suite 100
Fort Myers, FL 33907
(239) 939-1767
Special expertise: Cardiac surgery, heart valve surgery, coronary artery surgery, reconstructive surgery   
Dennis J. Stapleton
Naples Community Hospital Healthcare System
Lee Memorial Health System
311 Ninth St. N., Suite 301
Naples, FL 34102
(239) 649-0440
Special expertise: Cardiothoracic surgery

Urology
James D. Borden
Lee Memorial Health System
507 Del Prado Blvd.
Cape Coral, FL 33990
(239) 772-0500
Special expertise: Prostate cancer, bladder cancer, kidney stones, incontinence

William M. Figlesthaler
Naples Community Hospital Healthcare System
Physicians Regional
Medical Center
Specialists in Urology
990 Tamiami Trail N.
Naples, FL 34102
(239) 434-6300
Special expertise: Robotic surgery, prostate cancer, laparoscopic surgery, vasectomy reversal

Nicholas Franco
Physicians Regional
Medical Center
Naples Community Hospital Healthcare System
Specialists in Urology
990 Tamiami Trail N., Suite 200
Naples, FL 34102
(239) 434-6300
Special expertise: Pelvic reconstruction, genitourinary reconstruction, incontinence—male and female

Jonathan K. Jay
Physicians Regional
Medical Center
Naples Community Hospital Healthcare System
Specialists in Urology
28930 Trails Edge Blvd.,
Suite 200
Bonita Springs, FL 34134
(239) 495-3000
Special expertise: Voiding dysfunction, incontinence, pelvic floor reconstruction, minimally invasive surgery

Kendall L. Wise
Naples Community Hospital Healthcare System
21st Century Oncology
1044 Goodlette Road N.
Naples, FL 34102
(239) 261-5400
Special expertise: Prostate cancer, overactive bladder, prostate disease, urinary tract infection

Vascular Surgery
Hiranya A. Rajasinghe
Naples Community Hospital Healthcare System
21st Century Oncology
Physicians Regional
Medical Center
Anchor Health Centers
2450 Goodlette Road N.,
Suite 102, Naples, FL 34103
(239) 643-8794
Special expertise: Aneurysm—aortic, stent placement, carotid artery surgery

 

MEET THE DOCTOR

“She Knew My Concerns”

When Michelle Parr, 32, of Lehigh Acres, discovered that her OB/GYN was pregnant and also due in April, she knew she’d have to make alternate plans. In February, Parr set up appointments with three other OB/GYNs. The first was Dr. Heather V. Auld of Physicians Primary Care of Southwest Florida in Fort Myers.

“I didn’t even see the other two,” Parr says. “The way she came in, her whole approach—you just know when someone’s going to be good. She was calming and had a lot of information.”

There was plenty to discuss. Auld says Parr was at high risk because of a respiratory infection, asthma, gestational diabetes and a prior Cesarean section with her first son, Shanne, now three.

“I’m used to doctors coming in with laptops and sitting there, pecking away,” Parr says. “You wonder, ‘Are they paying attention to me?’ She never does that. She had plenty of eye contact with me and my husband, Michael. She knew my concerns.”

Auld says when the mother’s breathing is compromised, the baby’s health can become compromised. “We have two patients to think about,” she says. “We had to send her in for breathing treatments.”

Parr recovered from the respiratory infection with no consequences to the baby.

Auld says hospital rules make it nearly impossible to deliver naturally after a C-section, so this C-section was pre-planned. From prep time to delivery, she says it typically takes half an hour.

Parr says this delivery was so much easier than the first, during which she went through labor before the C-section. This time, she says, “I knew it was scheduled. I was rested. I had no contractions. It was awesome.” Isaiah was born on April 21.
                                       —Denise Scott

 

MEET THE DOCTOR

“Hands of Gold”

Rheumatologists, physical therapy—nothing helped Frank Zangari’s swollen, painful knee. It got so bad a couple of years ago that Zangari, a 56-year-old painter, single parent and spinning instructor, relied on a cane to get out of the car.

The breaking point came the night he got out of bed and fell. “My cat knocked me down. I lay there for about 20 minutes. When I got up in the morning, I picked up the phone, and I called Dr. Kapp.”
   
Naples orthopedic surgeon Howard J. Kapp had fixed a torn ligament for Zangari years earlier. With an undergraduate degree from Harvard, medical degree from Case Western, chief residency at Massachusetts General and a reputation for excellent skills and consideration for patients’ concerns (he worked with Zangari’s “bare-bones insurance”), Kapp became known as the one to see for sports injuries. A hip and knee specialist who’s been practicing in Naples for 23 years, Kapp does about 700 to 800 total hip and knee replacements per year and another 200 to 300 reconstructions—probably 25 to 30 percent of all those procedures in Naples. “I get a lot of referrals from patients’ word-of-mouth,” he says, including out-of-towners who travel here to see him.
   
Kapp has aggressively stayed on the forefront of medical advances, using minimally invasive techniques, better pain management and quick recovery. “Less invasive surgery is a more difficult procedure; there’s a learning curve,” he says. “You have to do a lot of total joints to get good at it. It takes a little longer than the traditional way, and you need more assistants.”
   
Just as important to patients, he says, is compassion, a good team and consideration. “After the conversation I have with the patient, they can call as many times as they want. There’s no question that’s too trivial, and they appreciate that.”
   
Zangari does. He’s back to full strength and teaching three spinning classes a week. “Hands of gold,” he says. “The guy just doesn’t fail.”
                                              —Jill Tyrer

 

MEET THE DOCTOR

“He Makes People Feel at Ease”

B. Read Miller has had several relatives lose their sight, but it wasn’t until his sister was diagnosed with wet macular degeneration that the culprit became clear. After laser treatments failed, her ophthalmologist in Virginia referred her to retinal specialist Stephen G. Schwartz in Naples. He gave her a series of shots that stopped the degeneration.
   
So when Miller was also diagnosed with wet macular degeneration, he went to Schwartz, who stopped his deterioration, too.
   
“This guy is unique not just in knowing what to do, but he’s got a bedside manner that’s just incredible, how he makes people feel at ease,” says Miller, 76. “I was scared to death about a needle going inside my eye. His attitude of self confidence, that ‘I can fix this,’ really causes you to have confidence. And half of medicine, in my opinion, is the patient being able to rely on what he hears.”
   
As a medical student at NYU, Schwartz spent time at the Manhattan Eye and Ear Hospital, “which at the time was doing some very advanced work in macular degeneration,” he says. Trained at Baylor College of Medicine, he was recruited from the Medical College of Virginia faculty in 2004 by University of Miami’s Bascom Palmer Eye Institute—ranked by ophthalmologists as the top eye hospital in the country—to open its Naples office. Now associate professor of clinical ophthalmology, he stays involved in ophthalmic research.
   
And he understands the importance of considering patients’ concerns.
   
“We probably see more patients in a day than any of us are comfortable with. What you’re trying to do is make people feel like you’re giving them all the time that they need,” Schwartz says. “I just think you should treat people the way you want to be treated yourself.”
                                              —Jill Tyrer

 

The Process  

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