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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 9, 2008) − A pair of University of Kentucky doctors have been named among the top five doctors in the south for orthopaedics and cancer care for women. Dr. Paul DePriest and Dr. Darren Johnson were selected to the first-ever "Top Doctor's for Women" special editorial section by Women's Health magazine. This list, compiled in conjunction with the medical research firm Castle Connolly, represents the country's best physicians in the 10 specialties that were deemed the most important by Women's Health readers.
DePriest, UK professor of obstetrics and gynecology and chief medical officer, was selected in the cancer care category for his work with ovarian cancer and early detection, cervical cancer, and Pap smear abnormalities.
In the area of orthopaedics, Johnson was chosen for his talents in the specialties of knee injuries, sports medicine, knee ligament reconstruction and arthroscopic surgery. Johnson, UK's chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine, is the only doctor in the state of Kentucky currently performing the double-bundle procedure for ACL repair.
The categories that were ranked included cardiology, dermatology, cancer care, endocrinology, gastroenterology, infertility, neurology, ob-gyn, orthopaedics and psychiatry. The list also featured four regions – northeast, south, midwest and west.
In the cancer category, DePriest was honored among doctors from the University of North Carolina's Wesley Long Community Hospital, the University of Texas' Anderson Cancer Center, Emory University Hospital's Grady Health System and the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla. In the orthopaedics category, Johnson was honored alongside doctors from Baylor University's Mary Shiels Hospital, Emory University Hospital, Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the University of North Carolina Hospitals.
Castle Connolly’s physician-led team of researchers followed a rigorous screening process to select the best doctors on the national and regional levels. Using mail and telephone surveys and electronic ballots, they polled physicians and the medical leadership at leading hospitals to identify exceptional doctors. Careful screening of doctors’ experience was essential before final selection was made among those most highly regarded by their peers.