Top Docs for Women

April 1, 2005 by  
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Timothy N. Hickman,
M.D., F.A.C.O.G.
Houston IVF
920 Frostwood, Ste. 720
Houston, TX 77024
(713) 465-1211

After completing his residency and fellowship at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and serving as the program director and medical director of the Air Force?s in vitro fertilization program, Dr. Timothy N. Hickman founded Houston IVF to continue providing the highest quality of reproductive care in a civilian setting. Board certified in obstetrics and gynecology as well as reproductive endocrinology and infertility, Dr. Hickman uses years of qualified experience, elite medical training and the utmost in medical technologies and procedures to find the solution to his patients? infertility problems.

Dr. Hickman founded Houston IVF in 2001, along with William Schoolcraft, M.D. and David Gardner, Ph.D., both of the highly successful Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine. Partnering the Houston IVF research department with that of the Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine results in world-class resources for research in assisted reproductive technologies. In 2004, with the addition of Dr. Laurie J. McKenzie, Houston IVF has established itself as one of the leaders in infertility care and research.

Dr. Hickman is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine Patient Education Committee and the webmaster for the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology. He is the former American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Delegate to the American Medical Association-Resident Fellow Section and the former ASRM delegate to the American Medical Association Young Physician Section.

In addition to high-quality personalized fertility care, Houston IVF offers some of the highest success rates in the nation. Patients can research fertility clinics? success rates on the CDC?s website at:

Specialty: Reproductive endocrinology and infertility, obstetrics and gynecology
Education: Brigham Young University, B.A.; St. Louis University School of Medicine, M.D.; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Laurie J. McKenzie, M.D.
Houston IVF
920 Frostwood, Ste. 720
Houston, TX 77024
(713) 465-1211

Dr. McKenzie is medical director of Houston IVF and is on clinical faculty for both University of Texas and Baylor College of Medicine. After graduating with honors from the University of Florida Medical School, followed by her completion of a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Texas, Dr. McKenzie completed fellowship training in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Dr. McKenzie is committed to providing her patients the best reproductive care scientifically available in order to optimize the chance of pregnancy.

Professional memberships include the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Endocrine Society and the American Medical Association. She is a professional member of RESOLVE, the National Fertility Association. Dr. McKenzie has received many honors and awards, including the John Harrington Tanous Research Award, the NIH Fellowship Award and membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honor Society. In 2003, she was awarded the prestigious ACOG Ortho-McNeil Academic Fellowship.

Dr. McKenzie has published both basic science research and clinical reports in peer-reviewed journals, as well as chapters in textbooks on reproductive topics. Her research related to preimplantation genetic diagnosis, embryo selection and male factor infertility has been presented at national and international research meetings, including the Society for Gynecologic Investigation, American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the International Society for Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis, and she has been an invited speaker for courses given by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Dr. McKenzie?s areas of expertise include IVF, preimplantation genetic diagnosis, recurrent pregnancy loss, reproductive surgery and fertility preservation in couples undergoing therapy for cancer. Dr. McKenzie?s current research is targeting means to improve embryo selection and gene regulation in human oocytes.

Specialty: Reproductive endocrinology and infertility, obstetrics and gynecology
Education: University of Florida, B.A., B.S.; University of Florida School of Medicine, M.D.; University of Texas, residency; Baylor College of Medicine, fellowship

Isam Balat, M.D.
Plaza OB-GYN Associates
1200 Binz, Ste. 1100
Houston, TX 77004
(713) 522-3333

Dr. Isam Balat started in private practice in 1976 in the Houston Medical Center as soon as he ended his training in OB-GYN at the University of Texas in Houston. Since then, he has been taking care of several generations of Houston families. His patients respect him and refer their friends because of his excellent care, his availability and his commitment to their well-being.

Dr. Balat believes that the recent advances in women?s health care are very exciting. Endometrial ablation, a new procedure to minimize bleeding, is done as an outpatient procedure with a fast recovery. Also, several new options, both medical and surgical, are now available to help women with urinary incontinence which afflicts many women later in their life. Endometriosis, a major cause of pelvic pain that affects approximately 7 million women, can now be managed with the new generation of medications. In areas of infertility, new approaches to polycystic ovarian disease and ovulation induction have helped many achieve pregnancy.

Nine years ago, Dr. Balat founded Plaza OB-GYN Associates in the museum district. Dr. Balat and his associates, Dr. Chundar Tsai and Dr. Katherine Sullivan admit patients to Woman?s Hospital, Memorial Hermann Hospital and Park Plaza Hospital.

Board certification: board certified in obstetrics and gynecology since 1977
Education: University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, M.D.; University of Texas Houston, obstetrics and gynecology residency

Michael Eisemann,
M.D., P.A., F.A.C.S.
Eisemann Cosmetic DaySurgery Center
6550 Fannin
Houston, TX 77030
(713) 790-1771

A ?Top Doc? four years running, Dr. Michael Eisemann is a Board Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon and a Board Certified Ear, Nose and Throat, Head and Neck Surgeon who has been serving Houston-area women for more than 20 years. Operating out of the Eisemann Cosmetic DaySurgery Center in the Texas Medical Center, Dr. Eisemann specializes in aesthetic and reconstructive breast surgery, liposuction and body contouring, breast enhancement and augmentation, and nasal and facial plastic surgery.

A past president of the Houston Society of Plastic Surgeons and fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Eisemann has been selected as a top doctor for the past four years. With a nationally accredited, full operating room, most of the surgery Dr. Eisemann performs is done under regional anesthesia, meaning the patient breathes on her own without the use of a mask or respirator, which decreases the risk of complications.

While he performs many liposuction and breast augmentation surgeries, Dr. Eisemann also does many facial surgeries as well as nasal surgery and secondary surgery, the repairing of previous surgeries that failed to produce satisfactory results. After a surgery internship at the Yale-New Haven Hospital, Dr. Eisemann served as chief resident of Otolaryngology ? Head and Neck Surgery ? at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and did his Plastic Surgery residency at Baylor College of Medicine. He is a member of the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Specialty: Plastic surgery
Education: Colgate University, B.A.; Jefferson Medical College, M.D.; Yale, General Surgery Residency; Johns Hopkins Hospital, Otolaryngology Residency; Baylor College of Medicine, Plastic Surgery Residency

Susan Ellison, D.D.S.
12850 Jones Road, Ste. 103 Houston, TX 77070 (281) 890-2828

With over 16 years in private practice, Dr. Susan Ellison offers her patients the best of both worlds: state-of-the-art sophistication delivered with warm, soothing, personalized care. The experience of her dentistry is a relaxing one, made possible by the calm soothing atmosphere, the soft touch dentistry Dr. Ellison performs, and the caring staff who will take care of you from the moment you walk in the door.

Offering everything from full mouth restorations to teeth whitening, veneers, crowns, bridges, and root canals, Dr. Ellison is able to take care of all of her patients? dental needs. Some even travel across the globe in order to receive Dr. Ellison?s services.

The exceptional dentistry performed by Dr. Ellison is a result of her advanced training at the world-renowned Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies. Here she received training in comprehensive aesthetic and neuromuscular dentistry. She also offers the advantage and convenience of the Cerec 3D system which allows her to custom design and place inlays, onlays, and crowns in just one appointment.

Dr. Ellison believes ?This is such an exciting time to be a dentist and to work with all of the beautiful, natural-looking materials available today. We are able to do so much for our patients?health, beauty and confidence.?

Specialty: Cosmetic dentistry
Education: University of Texas at Austin, B.S.; University of Texas Dental Branch at Houston, D.D.S.

Gregory P. Harvey, M.D.
Orthopaedic Associates, LLP
1315 St. Joseph Pkwy., Ste.800
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 650-6900

22999 U.S. 59 North, Ste. 276
Kingwood, TX 77339
(281) 358-4145

Dr. Gregory P. Harvey is a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon who is fellowship trained in sports medicine and shoulder surgery. Originally from New York, Dr. Harvey has used his extensive experience to train residents in the finer points of arthroscopic surgery at the University of Texas Medical School. Having practiced orthopedic surgery in Houston since 1991, Dr. Harvey?s reputation as a skilled orthopedic surgeon and compassionate physician is well-known in the community. Dr. Harvey is a partner of Orthopaedic Associates, founded in 1950, the oldest ongoing orthopedic group in Houston with state-of-the-art facilities in downtown Houston and Kingwood. His practice includes some general orthopedics, but his main focus is on sports injuries, knee and shoulder injuries, as well as total joint replacement of the shoulder. He is one of the few physicians in the Houston area who are specifically trained in Carticel Procedures, (Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation), which is a biologic product used to repair articular cartilage damage in the knee (an innovative treatment for cartilage loss).

Dr. Harvey completed his Fellowship in Sports Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine. He is the Chief of Sports Medicine and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedics at the University of Texas Medical Center. Sharing his talents and skills as an orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Harvey currently serves as one of the physicians for the U.S. Ski Team. He is also the Director of the Christus St. Joseph Hospital Sports Medicine Rehab Center and he was the former Chairman of Orthopedic Surgery.

Specialty: Orthopedic surgery and sports medicine Education: Tufts University, B.S.; New York Medical College, M.D.

KSF Orthopaedic Center P.A.
17270 Red Oak Drive, Ste. 200
Houston, TX 77090
(281) 440-6960
18220 Tomball Parkway, Ste. 270
Houston, TX 77070
(832) 912-7804

Mark A. S. Stuart, M.D.
Dr. Mark A. S. Stuart has been practicing in the F.M. 1960 area since 1977. As one of the founding partners of KSF Orthopaedic Center P.A., his expertise in arthroscopic surgery makes him an in demand teacher of surgical procedures around the globe. Dr. Stuart is known as one of the premier orthopaedic surgeons in Houston.

?Women know their bodies better than anyone else,? Dr. Stuart says. ?I find that by taking time and listening carefully to each patient, I can best determine the cause of her pain. After appropriate tests, I discuss the treatment options and work with her to return her to optimal well-being.?

Travis W. Hanson, M.D.
Dr. Travis Hanson has established himself as a premier provider of state-of-the-art orthopaedic care in Houston. His background includes being named the outstanding premedical student in his graduating class at Rice University. After attending medical school at Washington University in St. Louis, he completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at UCLA. He then returned to Houston for a subspecialty fellowship in foot and ankle surgery.

In 2003, Dr. Hanson joined KSF Orthopaedic Center P.A. His practice focuses on the full spectrum of foot and ankle problems, from bunions to complex lower extremity trauma.

Marc Kudisch, M.D.
Physicians Endoscopy Center
3030 S. Gessner, Ste. 150
Houston, TX 77063
(713) 587-0909
(713) 587-0912 fax

In November 2001, a group of gastroenterologists merged practices with the goal of ?improving the management and coordination of services to customers in south Texas.?

Such was the beginning of Physicians Endoscopy Center (PEC), which specializes in gastrointestinal medicine. The practice utilizes endoscopy, a minimally invasive procedure where a small endoscope is used to visualize the digestive tract. PEC has been accredited for three years by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) for its commitment to providing the highest level of health care.

Eighteen doctors now work for Physicians Endoscopy Center, including Dr. Marc Kudisch, a prominent member of the American College of Gastroenterology, American Gastroentero- logical Association and Texas Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. Dr. Kudisch, who has been with PEC since its inception, was previously a gastroenterological fellow at UT-Galveston, in addition to chief resident of St. Francis Medical Center in Pittsburgh. Members of the PEC nursing staff are active in professional organizations, annually attending courses about recent trends within the field. Kim Molke, the nurse administrator, was recently awarded Nurse of the Year by the Crohn?s and Colitis Foundation.

?We believe every patient is a unique and special person who deserves our full consideration,? reads the beginning of the Center?s ethics statement. ?To accomplish our mission of providing highest quality care to these patients, we envision patient care to exceed customer expectations.?

Specialty: Gastroenterology
Education: University of Rome?Italy, M.D.; University of Texas Medical Branch, Gastroenterology fellowship

David A. Lee,
M.D., F.A.C.S.
6560 Fannin, Ste. 1760
Houston, TX 77030
(713) 795-5584

Combining 21st century technology with a style of doctor-patient relationship more reminiscent of the 1950s, Dr. David Lee is one of a limited number of surgeons who is double board certified. These distinct surgical specialties, plastic surgery and otorhinolaryngology (ear, nose and throat surgery), contribute to Dr. Lee?s expertise in facial plastic surgery.

Dr. Lee believes that many physicians today have forgotten the importance of listening to the patient, finding a satisfactory solution for the problem that is bothering the patient and then being there after the surgical procedure for support and comfort ? a principle so simple yet serves as the cornerstone of his practice.

Dr. Lee limits his practice to cosmetic and aesthetic surgery with some select reconstructive surgery of the breast and face. He has been in the same location in the Texas Medical Center since completing his plastic surgery residency at Baylor College of Medicine in July 1985.

Current societies in which Dr. Lee holds active membership include the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, American Society of Plastic Surgery, Texas Society of Plastic Surgery and Houston Society of Plastic Surgery. He has served as past president of the Houston Society of Plastic Surgery and on committees with several of the other societies.

Dr. Lee is active on the staff of the Methodist Hospital, St. Luke?s Episcopal Hospital and The Woman?s Hospital of Texas.

In addition to medicine, Dr. Lee is a newfound playwright. His play ?Shrowded? won the gold award at the 2003 Houston World Fest, and another play he penned, ?Pages Folded Down,? is being considered for the 2005 awards.

Dr. Lee is also the owner of the Pierson Riverhouse Bed & Breakfast in Natchitoches, Louisiana.

Specialty: Plastic Surgery
Education: Louisiana State Univeristy, New Orleans, M.D.; Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Plastic Surgery and Otolaryngology Residencies

Guy M. Lewis, D.D.S., F.A.D.F.E.
Texas Center for Cosmetic Dentistry and Spa
4800 W. Panther Creek Drive, Ste. 200
The Woodlands, TX 77381
(281) 36-SMILE

For more than 20 years, Dr. Guy M. Lewis has had a special interest in cosmetic dentistry. In 1984, he, along with other internationally recognized cosmetic dentists, founded the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. An accreditation process was developed in order to recognize, as well as scrutinize, the work of those who wished to set themselves apart as excellent cosmetic dentists. Dr. Lewis became the youngest member to be accredited and is one of only 250 worldwide to attain this status.

?It?s very gratifying to see how new smiles continue to improve the confidence and overall happiness in my patients,? Dr. Lewis says. With his passionate attitude and a string of accolades and accreditations, Dr. Lewis is understandably among the ?Best Dentists in America? as listed by Woodward/White Inc., a ?Top Doctor for Women? as awarded by H Texas magazine, and a ?Super Dentist? as awarded by Texas Monthly magazine.

Dr. Lewis is proud to have patients travel from around the world to The Woodlands to receive world-class cosmetic dentistry. His patients consist of high-profile professional athletes, Grammy and Emmy Award winners, elected officials, models and actors, TV personalities and beauty queens; but the majority of his patients are average Houstonians who are everyday people seeking a healthy, beautiful, confident smile.

Dr. Lewis utilizes his talent to change lives with cosmetic dentistry. ?It?s extremely important to make sure that you get someone who is experienced, who has proven himself through an accreditation process,? he says. With many of the top dentists in specialty fields, spa treatments and a relaxing atmosphere, The Texas Center for Cosmetic Dentistry and Spa is a premier dental facility.

Specialty: Cosmetic dentistry
Education: Abilene Christian University, B.S.; Baylor College of Dentistry, D.D.S.

Rakesh K. Mangal, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.
Fertility Specialists of Houston
Obstetrical and Gynecological Associates, PA
7550 Fannin
Houston,TX 77054
(713) 512-7880

4724 Sweetwater Blvd., Ste. 105
Sugar Land, TX 77479
(832) 553-5483
1 (800) 988-0081

Dr. Rakesh Mangal is one of the few doctors in America who has completed fellowship trainings in both advanced reproductive laparoscopic surgery as well as reproductive endocrinology and infertility, allowing him to be the medical and surgical specialist for endometriosis, pelvic pain and infertility.

Nearly a decade ago, Dr.Mangal joined his friend and teacher Dr. Robert Franklin, an internationally known endometriosis and infertility surgeon, in private practice at Obstetrics and Gynecological Associates (OGA) of Houston. Founded in 1962, it is now one of the largest and most technologically advanced ob-gyn groups in the U.S. OGA?s assisted reproductive center, now called Fertility Specialists of Houston (FSH), is one of the largest and consistently successful IVF programs in the nation.

In addition to writing numerous articles and chapters in medical textbooks on infertility and endometriosis surgery, Dr. Mangal teaches surgical techniques to doctors in training. His patients boast about his individualized care, compassion and understanding, from initial consultation through the entire treatment.

One of his endometriosis patients who flew down from New Jersey just for surgery writes of her pregnancy, ?You have made a miracle come true ? I really appreciate the time you took to listen to me and treat my symptoms. Finally, someone was listening to me!?

Another patient with extensive endometriosis requiring bowel resection, large chocolate ovarian cysts, and extensive adhesions writes of her newborn, ?I truly believe that she wouldn?t be here if you hadn?t done such a terrific job in my surgery ? If you hadn?t taken the time you did to do what you did to save my ovaries as well as my right tube, she wouldn?t be here and we might still be struggling.?

Dr. Mangal is the president-elect for the Indian Doctors Association of Houston with over 1,000 Indian doctors residing in this area. The association has a charity clinic which provides free general medical care to anyone with financial difficulty. In his free time, Dr. Mangal enjoys travel and spending time with his wife, Seema, and daughter, Reeti.

Specialty: Reproductive endocrinology and infertility, obstetrics and gynecology with advanced training in endometriosis and pelvic pain surgeries
Education: Millsaps College, B.S.; Tulane University, M.D.; Ochsner Medical Institutions, residency in obstetrics and gynecology; Women?s Hospital of Texas, Society of Reproductive Surgeons (SRS) fellowship; Baylor College of Medicine, fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility Board certifications: Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility

Northwest Diagnostic Clinic P.A.
1140 Cypress Station Drive
Houston, TX 77090
9100 Forest Crossing Drive, Ste. A
The Woodlands, TX 77381
(281) 440-5300
(866) 333-6932

Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, Northwest Diagnostic Clinic serves the patients of Houston and The Woodlands with care and compassion. They are able to offer the most advanced diagnostic services to their patients in an office setting that is comfortable and convenient, and in most cases just minutes away from the patient?s home or work.

All of the physicians of Northwest Diagnostic Clinic are board certified in their respective specialties by the American Board of Medical Specialties. The clinic offers care in internal medicine, family practice and rheumatology in its two locations.

Northwest Diagnostic Clinic congratulates its two Top Docs for Women, James Krause, M.D. and Stephen Fillman, M.D., F.A.C.P.

After getting his M.D. at Ohio State University, Dr. Jim Krause did his internal medicine residency at UTMB in Galveston, before founding Northwest Diagnostic Clinic with Dr. Dave McNeill in 1975.

Dr. Steve Fillman joined the clinic in 1982 after completing his residency in internal medicine at UTMB in Galveston and serving a stint with the United States Air Force. He was named a fellow in the American College of Physicians in 2001.

Both of these physicians are true exemplars of the caring spirit of Northwest Diagnostic Clinic.

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