Vegas Seven

Top Docs 2013

  • Health

    The Treatment for Nevada’s Ailing Health Care System

    By Heidi Kyser

    I would rather take a DMV test than figure out a medical bill. I can’t think of anyone other than tax auditors and medieval history scholars who is sufficiently determined and detail-oriented to get to the bottom of those lines of Latin and figure out who paid what to whom, who still owes what, what was covered, what was not, why the things that weren’t covered were refused, and whether any of it corresponds to the treatment actually received.

  • Seven Questions

    Seven Questions for Joe Heck

    By Paul Szydelko

    One of 17 medical doctors in the 113th Congress, Republican Joe Heck is suddenly Nevada’s senior representative after withstanding John Oceguera’s challenge for only a second term last fall.

  • Price of Safety

    By Heidi Kyser

    People enjoy parodying the National Rifle Association’s mantra: Guns don’t kill people; bullets/rappers/Chuck Norris do(es). The NRA itself has provided the latest update: Guns don’t kill people; the mentally ill do.

  • Medicine

    Beam Yourself Up, McCoy

    By Heidi Kyser

    For something like 130 years, humans have had the telephone, yet it didn’t occur to the health care industry to formalize phone-based diagnosis and treatment until some 50 years ago. In 1996, the next frontier arrived when the Institute of Medicine said, “Hey, I bet this Internet thing could make it a lot easier to see patients who live out in the middle of nowhere!”

  • Education

    Teaching Life in Three Dimensions


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    In the center of a dark and cavernous industrial space just off Interstate 15 near Flamingo and Dean Martin, a whorl of red light swirled 15 feet over my head, cupped in the air by an inverted glass-walled pyramid like something pulsing at the heart of the Death Star. Scattered throughout the space, images spun in three-dimensional splashes of light. Two life-size female models cavorted in the chilly air. All of these images were illusions—and, according to Dr.

  • Health

    Las Vegas’ Best Doctors 2013

    This year we offer a combination of our previous efforts by our survey partner, the nonprofit organization Consumers' Checkbook of Washington, D.C. We've combined the highest-ranked physicians and specialists from 2011 and 2012 into one comprehensive listing of the Las Vegas Valley's best.

  • Dr. Derek Duke

    By Paul Szydelko

    Dr. Duke, who operated on magician Roy Horn after the onstage tiger attack in 2003, has practiced in the Valley for 14 years. He earned his degree from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, in 1993. Duke serves on the St. Rose Dominican Hospital Community Board and on the honorary board of the Nevada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Here are the highlights from his recent interview with Paul Szydelko:

  • Dr. Brian J. Lipman

    Dr. Lipman is called into hospital rooms to consult when patients develop pneumonia and post-op complications such as bladder and skin infections. HIV is still the leading disease of his outpatient practice. He earned his degree from the University of Buffalo and has practiced in Las Vegas for 13 years. Here are the highlights from his recent interview with Cate Weeks: People confuse infectious diseases with contagious ones. When I walk into a patient's room and introduce myself, the family members always worry.

  • Dr. Marietta Nelson

    By Paul Szydelko

    With a passion for broader health issues, Dr. Nelson has been a delegate for the American Medical Association for more than a decade, a past president of the Nevada State Medical Association and was recently appointed to a two-year term on the Southern Nevada Health District board. Nelson, who graduated from the Medical College of Georgia in 1979, has practiced in the Valley for 27 years and runs the Eye Clinic of Las Vegas. Here are the highlights from her recent interview with Paul Szydelko:

  • Dr. Michael McKenna

    By Heidi Kyser

    Like many pain management specialists, Dr. McKenna began his practice as an anesthesiologist. The Saratoga, California, native got his medical degree from Harvard University and moved here to join Anesthesiology Consultants Inc. in 1988, when he was 30 years old. Here are the highlights from his recent interview with Heidi Kyser: Anybody in the medical field was revered by my family. I remember if a nurse or doctor said something, it was like God speaking.

  • Dr. Howard Baron

    By Heidi Kyser

    When Dr. Baron arrived here in 1993, there was only one other pediatric gastroenterologist. Now, there are five—three of them in his practice, Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition Associates. After earning a degree in his native state at the University of Minnesota Medical School, Baron headed to UCLA for a fellowship in his subspecialty. He hasn't left the West since. Here are the highlights from his recent interview with Heidi Kyser:

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