Golf Digest editors picks

Top 250 Golfer Doctors in America

Ranked by handicap

August 2006

To take the temperature of our nation's golfer doctors, we wanted to track down 100 of the best. It was a long and difficult operation, but we managed to find them. Here they are--just a fraction of the roughly 100,000 golfers among America's 885,000 physicians.

RANKING/
NAME
FIELD LOCATION INDEX COMMENT
1. Douglas Hanzel Pulmonary Medicine Savannah, Ga. + 2.3 Lives and plays at The Landings on Skidaway Island
2. Cris Barnthouse Orthopedic Surgery Kansas City, Mo. + 1.6 Kansas City Chiefs team doc is former Kansas basketball player
3. Edward Vomastek Anesthesiology Traverse City, Mich. + 1.3 Has qualified for U.S. Mid-Amateur
T-4. Hap Pocras Anesthesiology Omaha + 1.0 Won Little People's Golf Championship at age 13
T-4. Steve Samuelson Ophthalmology Fremont, Neb. + 1.0 2003 Nebraska Mid-Am champ
6. Jonathan Valuck Cardiology Oklahoma City + 0.5 North American Medical Golf Assoc. champ in '00 and '04
7. Patricia Cornett Hematology/Oncology San Francisco 0 Curtis Cupper ('78, '88) named her dogs Troon, Ballybunion and Ailsa
T-8. Matt Weresh Orthopedic Surgery West Des Moines, Iowa 0.2 Three-time Des Moines C C. champ; played in 1982 U. S. Junior
T-8. Dan Whipple Ophthalmology Avon,Ind. 0.2 Built network of expert consultants through golf
10. Peter Parker General Surgery Winston-Salem, N.C. 0.3 Runner-up in '05 N C. Super Senior
T-11. Joseph Andriole Radiology Orlando 0.4 Has played in U.S., British and Canadian Amateurs
T-11. George Pipoly Medical Oncology Toledo, Ohio 0.4 Top doc at Sylvania (Ohio) Country Club
T-11. Philip Zambos Radiology Flatwoods, Ky. 0.4 Reigning club champ at Guyan G. &C C. in Huntington, W .Va.
14. Bradley Kropp Pediatric Urology Oklahoma City 0.5 Two-time All-American at Ohio Wesleyan; neighbor of Bob Tway
15. David Jude Obstetrics and Gynecology Huntington, W.Va. 0.6 Runner-up in '06 W.Va. Mid-Am; seventh in '04 W.Va. Open
T-16. Richard Ruffin Orthopedic Surgery Oklahoma City 0.7 Recommends many patients switch from steel to graphite
T-16. Joe Frank Terrell General Medicine Brewton, Ala. 0.7 Played golf for the University of Alabama in the 1960s
18. Luke Knox Neurosurgery Fayetteville, Ark. 1.1 Dad steered him away from a pro golf career
T-19. Mary Budke Emergency Medicine Eugene, Ore. 1.3 1972 U.S. Women's Amateur champion
T-19. W. Clark Hargrove III Cardiac Surgery Philadelphia 1.3 Clinical Dir., Cardiothoracic Surgery, Presbyterian Med. Center
T-19. John Winston Siebert Plastic Surgery New York City 1.3 Pioneered microsurgery on facial deformities, aesthetic surgery
22. Sally Voss Krueger Anesthesiology Walnut Creek, Calif. 1.4 Perennial San Francisco City champ; played in AT&T at Pebble
23. Terrell Coffield Radiology Bennington, Vt. 1.5 Uses cross-country skiing to stay in shape for golf
T-24. Joe Lewis Cardiology West Chester, Pa. 1.7 Son and grandson of golf professionals
T-24. Pem Rosal Internal Medicine Smyrna, Del. 1.7 Had a hole cut into his office carpet for daily putting practice
T-26. Richard Rink Pediatric Urology Indianapolis 1.9 Teaches at Indiana University School of Medicine
T-26. Robert Weaver Urology Orlando 1.9 Specializes in urologic cancer and robotic surgery
T-28. Craig Hopple Internal Medicine Toledo, Ohio 2 Has won Toledo Golf Assoc. Husband/Wife and Father/Son
T-28. Mark McBride Orthopedic Surgery Morristown, N.J. 2 Played on Stanford's golf team in the 1970s
T-28. John Van Natta Psychiatry Palo Alto, Calif. 2 Played for Case Western Reserve; won '02 Stanford Seniors
T-28. Thomas Win Radiology Toledo, Ohio 2 Often plays solo but made hole-in-one at a health-care event
32 Grant Liu Neurology Philadelpia 2.1 Writing a book on brain-eye coordination in golf
33. Carl Sanfelippo Urology Birmingham, Ala. 2.3 Ex-caddie attended Univ. of Wisconsin on an Evans Scholarship
T-34. Alan Graham Vascular Surgery New Brunswick, N.J. 2.4 Chair, Vascular Surgery, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
T-34. Ed Lewis Orthopedic Surgery Austin 2.4 Works on game with Chuck Cook; treats PGA Tour players
T-34. Chris Lombardozzi Emergency Medicine Spartan burg, S.C. 2.4 All-Ivy at Columbia; mo ved to S. C. with golf in mind
T-34. Ed Reidy Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Pittsburgh 2.4 All-Ivy at Cornell; son of former N Y. State Golf Assoc. director
38. Paul Wuthrich Ophthalmology Bryan, Tex. 2.5 Urges use of sunglasses to prevent macular degeneration
T-39. Stan Smazal Radiology Englewood, Colo. 2.6 Twice club champ at Cherry Hills, three times at Castle Pines
T-39. John Valade Internal Medicine Toledo, Ohio 2.6 Credits club pros at Sylvania C C. for his improvement
41. Robert Wharen Neurosurgery Jacksonville 2.7 Co-investigator, Mayo Clinic Study of the yips
42. Craig Aronchick Gastroenterology Philadelphia 2.8 Helped develop pre-colonoscopy pill Visicol
43. David Sibley Cardiology Birmingham, Ala. 2.9 Worked with Bob Toski at Ocean Reef, on range at Miami Lakes
44. Doug Willhoite Cardiology Kansas City, Kan. 3.2 Frequent golf partner of medical partner Harbrecht (No. T-66)
45. Gary Ramage Family Medicine Watford City, N.D. 3.3 Helped improve home course by designing new tees, hazards
T-46. Mike Graham Orthopedic Surgery Houston 3.4 Specializes in spine surgery
T-46. Robert Sutherland Orthopedic Surgery Wyomissing, Pa. 3.4 Club champ at Oakmont C C. ('96) and Saucon Valley C C. ('88)
T-48. Mark David Lorenze Orthopedic Surgery/Sports Medicine Essex, Conn. 3.5 1983 Connecticut Junior runner-up; 1988 Yale golf captain
T-48. Norman (Butch) Noe Pediatric Urology Memphis 3.5 Chief, Ped. Urology, Dept. of Surgery, St. Jude Children's
T-48. John Owens Cardiologist Woodbury, N.J. 3.5 Once resuscitated early golf mentor at a golf banquet
T-48. Richard Rand Plastic Surgery Bellevue, Wash. 3.5 Aced old fifth hole at Pebble Beach a few days after 1972 U S. Open
T-52. Jeff DeFrancisco Internal Medicine Des Moines 3.6 Insists on walking and carrying his bag
T-52. Joseph S. Hacker III Gastroenterology Newark, Del. 3.6 Chair of Legislation for the Medical Society of Delaware
T-52. Girard Robinson Psychiatry Cumberland, Me. 3.6 Department Chief, Maine Medical Center
T-52. Mark Socinski Medical Oncology Raleigh, N.C. 3.6 One of many docs who honed skills watching golf on TV
T-56. James Bradley Orthopedic Surgery Pittsburgh 3.7 Pittsburgh Steelers team doc; says golf is “a catharsis after work”
T-56. Byung Kim Anesthesiology Mount Kisco, N.Y. 3.7 Former club and senior club champ at Ardsley C C.
58. Greg Fairlie Family Medicine Oklahoma City 3.8 Isn't as good as wife, LeeAnn, a plus-1.8
T-59. Andrew Jaffe Dermatology Naples, Fla. 3.9 Performs Mohs micrographic surgery for skin cancers
T-59. Michael Martin Internal Medicine Portsmouth, Ohio 3.9 Planning to attend Ryder Cup in Ireland
T-59. Patrick Pasquariello Pediatrics Philadelphia 3.9 Chronic Fatigue specialist
T-59. Ira Handler Psychiatry Butler, Pa. 4 Directs Butler Memorial's Gero-Psychiatry Unit
T-62. Richard L. Harris Infectious Diseases Houston 4 Member, Baylor School of Medicine Hall of Fame
T-62. Stephen Lane Ophthalmology St. Paul, Minn. 4 Past President, American Society Of Cataract& Refractive Surgery
65. Sean Duerr General Surgery Stratford, Conn. 4.3 Performed first laparoscopic gall-bladder surgery in Conn, in 1990
T-66. Richard N. Baker Ophthalmology Houston 4.4 Co-founder of biennial match: Champions G.C. vs. Royal Portrush
T-66. David Ewalt Pediatric Urology Dallas 4.4 One of D Magazine's Best Doctors in Dallas
T-66. James Harbrecht Cardiology Kansas City, Kan. 4.4 Plays better in match play than stroke play
T-66. Howard Williams III Anesthesiology Atlanta 4.4 Pain management specialist with many golf patients
T-70. Wiliam Creevy Orthopedic Surgery Boston 4.5 Member at The Country Club (Brookline) and Kittansett Club
T-70. Mark Wilchinsky Orthopedic Surgery Bridgeport, Conn. 4.5 Sees double-knee replacement in his own future
72. John Leonetti Otolaryngology Maywood, Ill. 4.6 Director, Loyola's Center for Cranial Base Surgery
T-73. Peter Cotton Gastroenterology Charleston, S.C. 4.7 Caddied for son Andy in '86 and '88 British Opens
T-73. Lee Irving Obstetrics & Gynecology Grand Rapids, Mich. 4.7 Past president, American College of Osteopathic OB/GYNs
T-73. Glenn Perry Orthopedic Surgery Charlotte 4.7 Team doctor for NBA's Charlotte Bobcats
T-73. Peter Sneed Ophthalmology Leland, Mich. 4.7 Agrees with Bobby Jones: Golf is played between the ears
77. Steven Hotze Allergy & Immunology Katy, Tex. 4.8 Hormones advocate
78. Harrison Pierce Pediatrics New Canaan, Conn. 4.9 Childhood friend of Butch Harmon at Wykagyl C.C. (New Rochelle, N.Y.)
T-79. Douglas Fraker General Surgery Philadelphia 5 Vice chairman, Dept. of Surgery, University of Pennsylvania
T-79. J. Malcolm Moore Urology Little Rock 5 Has represented Arkansas in Senior Challenge
81. Scott Brazer Gastroenterology Durham, N.C. 5.1 Started playing with his dad at age 4
T-82. Steven Kahn Orthopedic Surgery Cherry Hills, N.J. 5.2 Focuses on vascular, oncologic, thyroid and parathyroid
T-82. Daniel Sexton Infectious Diseases Durham, N.C. 5.2 Part of Duke's Endocarditis Service
84. Michael Berkoben Nephrology Durham, N.C. 5.3 Focus is on end-stage renal disease
T-85. Jewell Malick Obstetrics & Gynecology Rockwall, Tex. 5.4 Finished 12th in '05 Women's Southern Golf Assoc. Senior
T-85. Chester Maxson Gastroenterology Jupiter, Fla. 5.4 Chief of Staff, Jupiter Medical Center; Medical Dir., Seminole Golf Club
T-85. Robert Solomon Neurosurgery New York City 5.4 Department chair at Columbia Presbyterian
T-88. Peter B. Anderson Gastroenterologist Lebanon,N.H. 5.6 Club champ at Montcalm G.C., a top-10 Best New Private in 2005
T-88. James Beaty Orthopedic Surgery Memphis 5.6 Specializes in pediatric orthopedics
T-88. Leland Winston Orthopedic Surgery Houston 5.6 Former Rice football player (All-SWC tackle, 1967-'68)
T-91. Ed Kosinski Cardiology Fairfield, Conn. 5.7 Interventional Cardiologist, St. Vincent's Med. Ctr., Bridgeport, Conn.
T-91. James Ryan Cardiology Columbus, Ohio 5.7 Medical Director of First Aid at Jack Nicklaus' Memorial Tournament
T-93. Arthur Day Neurosurgery Boston 5.8 Director, Cerebrovascular Center, Brigham & Women's Hospital
T-93. Kevin Hagan Plastic Surgery Nashville 5.8 Repairs cleft lips & palettes at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital
T-93. Michael Hallisey Vascular & Interventional Radiology Hartford, Conn. 5.8 Has pioneered minimally invasive procedures in Connecticut
T-93. Michael Kennelly Urology Charlotte 5.8 Director, Urology Department, Carolinas Rehabilitation
T-93. Mitch Storey Sports Medicine Seattle 5.8 Team doc for baseball's Seattle Mariners
T-93. Hunt Batjer Neurosurgery Chicago 6 Department chair at Northwestern's Memorial Hospital
T-98. Michael Kaminer Dermatology Chestnut Hill, Mass. 6 Co-editor, Atlas of Cosmetic Surgery
T-98. Barry Salky General Surgery New York City 6 Laparoscopic pioneer at New York City's Mount Sinai

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