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Patricia used the Healthwise Knowledgebase to save her own life.
Patricia had just finished her Saturday-morning chores when her lungs began burning. She was sweating and had some numbness in her arms. She drew a bath thinking, “I must be having a panic attack—I’ll be all right if I can just relax.”
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Hospital tests confirmed that Patricia had indeed had a heart attack, and the following Tuesday she had triple-bypass heart surgery. Today, Patricia is back in the saddle, riding horses and enjoying life.
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Healthwise Medical Review Board
The Medical Review Board is directed by our chief medical officer, Dr. Steven L. Schneider, and our medical directors, Dr. Adam C. Husney and Dr. Martin J. Gabica; all three are board-certified family medicine physicians. Dr. Catherine Serio provides leadership on behavioral health issues for all Healthwise products. There are nine board-certified associate medical directors. Together, these thirteen physicians conduct initial and final reviews of all Healthwise® Knowledgebase topics written by Healthwise, and they are involved in the planning and updating of all Healthwise publications and products.
Chief Medical Officer: Steven L. Schneider , MD, Family Medicine, Boise, ID
Medical Director: Adam C. Husney , MD, Family Medicine; Physician, Boise Minor Emergency Center, PA, Boise, ID
Medical Director: Martin J. Gabica , MD, Family Medicine; Boise, ID
Behavioral Health Specialist: Catherine Serio , PhD, Psychology, Boise, ID
Associate Medical Directors:
- Patrice Burgess , MD, Family Medicine; Assistant Clinical Professor, University of Washington, part-time faculty at the Family Practice Residency of Idaho, and family medicine physician in Boise, ID
- William M. Green , MD, Emergency Medicine; Medical Director, Sexual Assault Forensic Medicine Education Program and Clinical Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of California Davis Health System, Sacramento, CA
- Susan Kim , MD, Pediatrics; Clinical Instructor in Family Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine; Family Medicine Residency of Idaho, Boise, ID
- Sarah Marshall , MD, Family Medicine; Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of California, Davis, Sacramento, CA
- Joy Melnikow , MD, MPH, Family Medicine; Professor, Department of Family Practice, University of California, Davis, Sacramento, CA
- Anne C. Poinier , MD, Internal Medicine; Physician, St. Luke's Internal Medicine, Boise, ID
- John Pope , MD, Pediatrics; Medical Director of Pediatrics Program and Director of Hospitalist Group, Phoenix Children's Hospital, Phoenix, AZ
- Caroline S. Rhoads , MD, Internal Medicine; Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
- Kathleen Romito , MD, Family Medicine; Physician, St. Luke's Family Medicine Clinic, Boise, ID
- Michael J. Sexton , MD, Pediatrics; Medical Director, CARES Program, St. Luke's Children's Hospital, Boise, ID; Associate Clinical Professor, Family Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
- E. Gregory Thompson , MD, Internal Medicine; Physician, St. Luke's Internal Medicine, Boise, ID
Other members of the Medical Review Board review Knowledgebase topics from the specialist's point of view. With the input of these specialists, Healthwise medical writers develop topics based on scientific evidence and current clinical practice.
Members of the Medical Review Board are experts in their specialty area. Their credentials include board certification, academic appointments at the nation's leading medical schools, active involvement in research, and publication in peer-reviewed journals and medical textbooks. Most important, they share the Healthwise commitment to empowering patients with reliable health information and building strong patient-provider relationships; this encourages partnerships in the decision-making process.
The following physicians and health professionals have been selected for the Medical Review Board:
Enoch Gordis , MD, Addiction Medicine
Director Emeritus, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism; National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
Allergy and Immunology
Harold S. Nelson , MD, Allergy and Immunology
Professor of Medicine, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and Professor in the Department of Medicine at the National Jewish Medical and Research Center, Denver, CO
John M. Freedman , MD, Anesthesiology
Associate Clinical Professor of Anesthesia, University of California, San Francisco, and Chief, Department of Anesthesiology, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, Santa Rosa, CA
Catherine Serio , PhD, Psychology
Behavioral Health Specialist, Healthwise, Incorporated, Boise, ID
Stephen Fort , MD, MRCP, FRCPC, Interventional Cardiology
Associate Professor and Director, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories, Dalhousie University and Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre, Halifax, NS
Julien I. E. Hoffman , MD, Pediatric Cardiology
Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics, Cardiovascular Research Institute, University of California, San Francisco, CA
Robert A. Kloner , MD, PhD, Cardiology
Professor of Medicine, Section of Cardiology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles; Director of Research, The Heart Institute of Good Samaritan Hospital, Los Angeles, CA
Larry A. Latson , MD, Pediatric Cardiology and Critical Care
Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine, Ohio State University, and Director of the Pediatric and Congenital Heart Diseases Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
George J. Philippides , MD, FACC, Cardiology
Assistant Professor, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA
Neil J. Stone , MD, FACC, FACP, Cardiology
Clinical Professor of Medicine, Northwestern University Medical School; Attending Staff, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL
Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Marc S. Micozzi , MD, Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Policy Institute for Integrative Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
Arden G. Christen , DDS, MSD, MA, FACD, Dentistry
Professor and Director of Preventive/Community Dentistry, Department of Oral Biology, Indiana University School of Dentistry, Indianapolis, IN
Steven K. Patterson , BSc, DDS, MPH, Dentistry
Faculty and Director of Continuing Dental Education, Department of Dentistry, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
Randall D. Burr , MD, Dermatology
Associate Faculty, University of Washington Medical School, Seattle, WA; Consultant, VA Medical Center and Family Practice Residency Program; Ada West Dermatology, Boise, ID
Alexander Murray , MD, Dermatology
Associate Professor, Division of Dermatology, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS
Diet and Nutrition
Ruth Schneider , RD, MPH, Dietitian
Dietetic Internship Coordinator and Clinical Assistant Professor, Idaho State University; Private Practice, Boise; Adjunct Instructor, Boise State University, Boise, ID
Sean P. Bush , MD, FACEP, Emergency Medicine/Envenomation Specialist
Professor of emergency medicine and envenomation specialist at Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Loma Linda, CA.
William M. Green , MD, Emergency Medicine
Associate Medical Director, Healthwise, Incorporated; Medical Director, Sexual Assault Forensic Medicine Education Program and Clinical Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of California Davis Health System, Sacramento, CA
H. Michael O' Connor , MD, Emergency Medicine
Chairman and Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Queen's University, Kingston, ON
Endocrinology and Metabolism
Alan C. Dalkin , MD, Endocrinology and Metabolism
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, University of Virginia Health Sciences, Charlottesville, VA
Lois Jovanovic , MD, Endocrinology and Metabolism
Director, Sansum Medical Research Institute; Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of Southern California, Santa Barbara, CA
Matthew I. Kim , MD, Endocrinology and Metabolism
Assistant Professor, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism and the Division of Health Sciences Informatics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
Stephen H. LaFranchi , MD, Pediatric Endocrinology
Director, Pediatric Endocrinology Training Program; Head, Pediatric Endocrinology Division; Associate Chair for Education Professor, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR
David C.W. Lau , MD, PhD, FRCPC, Endocrinology and Metabolism
Professor of Medicine, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Chair of the Diabetes and Endocrine Research Group at the University of Calgary, AB
Thomas M. Bailey , MD, Family Medicine
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Family Practice, University of British Columbia, Victoria, BC
Patrice Burgess , MD, Family Medicine
Associate Medical Director, Healthwise, Incorporated; Assistant Clinical Professor, University of Washington, part-time faculty at the Family Practice Residency of Idaho, and family medicine physician in Boise, ID
Martin J. Gabica , MD, Family Medicine
Medical Director, Healthwise, Incorporated, Boise, ID
Adam C. Husney , MD, Family Medicine
Medical Director, Healthwise, Incorporated; Physician, Boise Minor Emergency Center, PA, Boise, ID
Sarah Marshall , MD, Family Medicine; Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of California, Davis, Sacramento, CA
Joy Melnikow , MD, MPH, Family Medicine
Associate Medical Director, Healthwise, Incorporated; Professor, Department of Family Practice, University of California Davis, Sacramento, CA
Kathleen Romito , MD, Family Medicine
Associate Medical Director, Healthwise, Incorporated; Physician, St. Luke's Family Medicine Clinic, Boise, ID
Steven L. Schneider , MD, Family Medicine
Chief Medical Officer, Healthwise, Incorporated, Boise, ID
David S. Smith , MD, Family Medicine
Assistant Professor, Family/Community Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin; Director, Family Practice Residency Program, St. Michael Hospital; Medical Director, Down Syndrome Clinic of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
Peter J. Kahrilas , MD, Gastroenterology
Professor, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Department of Medicine, Northwestern University School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
Jerome B. Simon , MD, Gastroenterology
Professor, Department of Medicine, Queen's University, Kingston, ON
Jerry S. Trier , MD, Gastroenterology
Professor Emeritus, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Arvydas D. Vanagunas , MD, Gastroenterology
Associate Professor of Medicine, Northwestern University School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
Renée H. Martin , PhD, FCCMG, Medical Genetics
Professor, Department of Medical Genetics, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB
John B. Moeschler , MD, Genetics, Pediatric
Director, Clinical Genetics, Department of Pediatrics, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH
Carla J. Herman , MD, Gerontology
Associate Professor of Medicine, Chief, Division of Gerontology, and Member, Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
Jeffrey S. Ginsberg , MD, Hematology
Professor, McMaster University, Department of Medicine, Hamilton, ON
Joseph F. O'Donnell , MD, Hematology/Oncology
Senior Associate Dean for Student Life and Alumni Relations at Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, NH
W. Thomas London , MD, Hepatology
Senior Member, Division of Population Science and Director, Liver Cancer Prevention Center, Fox Chase Cancer Center; Senior Member and Adjunct Scholar, Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
W. David Colby , MSc, MD, FRCPC, Infectious Disease
Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology and the Department of Medicine, University of Western Ontario; Director, University Hospital Travel Medicine and Tropical Diseases Service, London, ON
Christine Hahn , MD, Infectious Disease, Medical Epidemiology
Epidemiologist, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Boise, ID
Jeanne Marrazzo , MD, MPH, Infectious Disease, STD/HIV Prevention Epidemiology
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Washington; Medical Director, Seattle STD/HIV Prevention and Training Center, Seattle, WA
Peter Shalit , MD, PhD, Internal Medicine (HIV/AIDS)
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, University of Washington; Attending Physician, AIDS Clinic, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA
Stanford T. Shulman , MD, Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Professor of Pediatrics, Northwestern University Medical School, and Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases, Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL
Dennis L. Stevens , MD, Infectious Diseases
Chief, Infectious Diseases, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Boise, ID
Anne C. Poinier , MD, Internal Medicine
Physician, St. Luke's Internal Medicine, Boise, ID
Caroline S. Rhoads , MD, Internal Medicine
Associate Medical Director, Healthwise, Incorporated; Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
E. Gregory Thompson , MD, Internal Medicine
Physician, St. Luke's Internal Medicine, Boise, ID
Gregory A.L. Davies , MD, FRCSC, FACOG, Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Professor, Departments of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Diagnostic Imaging, and in the School of Kinesiology and Health Education, Chair of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Queen's University, Kingston, ON
William M. Gilbert , MD, Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Regional Medical Director of Women's Services at Sutter Health and Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of California, Davis, Sacramento, CA
David N. Alexander , MD, Neurology
Professor of Neurology, University of California, Los Angeles; and Medical Director of the UCLA Neurological Rehabilitation and Research Unit at Reed Neurological Research Center, Los Angeles, CA
Colin H. Chalk , MD, CM, FRCPC, Neurology
Associate Professor, Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, McGill University, Montreal, QC
Seymour Diamond , MD, Headaches
Director, Diamond Headache Clinic; Director, Inpatient Headache Unit, Columbus Hospital; Adjunct Professor, Chicago Medical School; Editor-in-Chief, Headache Quarterly, Chicago, IL
Barrie J. Hurwitz , MD, Neurology
Associate Professor, Division of Neurology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC
Peter J. Whitehouse , MD, PhD, Neurology
Professor of Neurology, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
G. Frederick Wooten , MD, Neurology
Chairman and Professor, Department of Neurology, University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, VA
Ross S. Berkowitz , MD, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Gynecologic Oncology
Oncology Professor of Gynecology and Director of Gynecology and Gynecologic Oncology, Brigham and Women's Hospital; Professor of Gynecology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Robert A. Hatcher , MD, MPH, Obstetrics and Family Planning
Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics and Director, Family Planning Program, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA
Kirtly Jones , MD, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology
Associate Professor and Chief, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT
Deborah A. Penava , MD, FRCSC, Obstetrics/Gynaecology
Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Western Ontario, London, ON
George F. Sawaya , MD, Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
Assistant Professor in Residence, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, University of California, San Francisco, CA
Stephen D. Smith , MD, FACOG, Obstetrics/Gynecology
Private practice, Missoula, MT
Paul G. Montgomery , MD, Hematology/Oncology
Medical Oncologist, Mountain States Tumor Institute; Codirector, Bone Marrow Transplant Program, St. Luke's Regional Medical Center, Boise, ID; Clinical Instructor, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Douglas A. Stewart , MD, FRCPC, Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology
Professor, Departments of Medicine and Oncology, Divisions of Medical Oncology, Hematology and Hematological Malignancies, University of Calgary, and Medical Oncologist at Tom Baker Cancer Centre and the Calgary Health Region, Calgary, AB.
Christopher Joseph Rudnisky, MD , BMs, MD, FRCSC, Ophthalmology
Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB.
Jill Ann Smith , MD, Ophthalmology/Glaucoma
Clinical Instructor, Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School's Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston; Newton Wellesley Eye Associates, Newton, MA
William F. Hohlt , DDS, Orthodontics
Associate Professor with Tenure, Indiana University School of Dentistry, Indianapolis, IN
Michael J. Coughlin , MD, Orthopaedics
Clinical Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR; Orthopaedic Surgeon, Boise, ID
Freddie H. Fu , MD, Orthopaedics
David Silver Professor and Chairman, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Robert B. Keller , MD, Orthopaedics
Professor of Community and Family Medicine and Surgery, Dartmouth Medical School; Associate Clinical Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Massachusetts Medical School, North Dartmouth, MA
Kenneth J. Koval , MD, Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopedic Trauma
Professor, Department of Orthopaedics, Dartmouth Medical School and division leader in orthopedic trauma at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH
Frederick A. Matsen III , MD, Orthopaedics
Assistant Professor and Chairman, Department of Orthopaedics, and Adjunct Professor, Center of Bioengineering, University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, WA
Patrick J. McMahon , MD, Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine
Founder, McMahon Orthopedics and Rehabilitation (MORe), and Adjunct Associate Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA
Thomas S. Renshaw , MD, Orthopaedics
Professor Emeritus of Orthopaedic Surgery, Yale University, New Haven, CT
Charles M. Myer III , MD, Pediatric Otolaryngology
Professor, Department of Pediatric Otolaryngology, Children's Hospital Medical Center; Professor, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Cincinnati, OH
Daniel R. Tobin , MD, Palliative Medicine
Adjunct Assistant Professor in Psychiatry, Dartmouth Medical School, Lebanon, NH; Principal Investigator, Robert Wood Johnson National Demonstration "Promoting Excellence in End-of-Life Care," in coordination with The National Chronic Care Consortium, Albany, NY
Thomas Emmett Francoeur , MDCM, CSPQ, FRCPC, Pediatrics
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, McGill University, and Director, Learning Progress Clinic and Child Development Programme, Montreal Children's Hospital, Montreal, QC
Susan Kim , MD, Pediatrics
Clinical Instructor in Family Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine; Family Medicine Residency of Idaho, Boise, ID
Louis Pellegrino , MD, Pediatrics, Neurodevelopmental Disabilities
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY
John Pope , MD, Pediatrics
Medical Director of Pediatrics Program and Director of Hospitalist Group, Phoenix Children's Hospital, Phoenix, AZ
Michael J. Sexton , MD, Pediatrics
Associate Medical Director, Healthwise, Incorporated; Medical Director, CARES Program, St. Luke's Children's Hospital, Boise, ID; Associate Clinical Professor, Family Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA
Theresa O'Young , PharmD, Clinical Pharmacist
Clinical Instructor, University of Washington School of Pharmacy, and Clinical Pharmacist at Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Nancy E. Greenwald , MD, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Medical Director, Idaho Elks Rehabilitation Hospital Outpatient Brain Injury Program, Boise, ID
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Keith A. Denkler , MD, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Associate Clinical Professor of Plastic Surgery, University of California, San Francisco, CA, and physician in private practice, Larkspur, CA
Gavin W.G. Chalmers , DPM, FACFAS, Podiatry and Podiatric Surgery
Private Practice, Vancouver, BC
Barry Scurran , DPM, Podiatry and Podiatric Surgery
Assistant Physician-in-Chief, The Permanente Medical Group, Hayward, CA
W. Stewart Agras , MD, FRCPC, Psychiatry (Eating Disorders)
Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Psychiatry, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA
John R. Hughes , MD, Addiction Psychiatry
Professor, Departments of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Family Practice, University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, VT
Yifrah Kaminer , MD, MBA, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Alcohol Research Center, University of Connecticut, Farmington, CT
Alfred J. Lewy , MD, PhD, Psychiatry
Richard H. Phillips Professor, Biological Psychiatry, Oregon Health and Science University School of Medicine, Portland, OR
Fred R. Volkmar , MD, Pediatric Psychiatry
Professor of Child Psychiatry and Professor of Pediatrics and Psychology, Yale University, New Haven, CT
Lisa S. Weinstock , MD, Psychiatry
Private practice specializing in Psychopharmacology and Perinatal Psychiatry, Mount Kisco, NY
Sidney Zisook , MD, Psychiatry
Professor of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego, CA
Robert L. Cowie , MB, ChB, MD, MSc, FCP[SA], MFOM, Respiratory Medicine
Professor, University of Calgary Departments of Medicine and Community Health Sciences; Director of Tuberculosis Services, Calgary Health Region; Director, Calgary COPD and Asthma Program, Calgary, AB
Susanna A. McColley , MD, Pediatric Pulmonology
Director, Cystic Fibrosis Center, Division of Pediatric Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, The Children's Memorial Center, Chicago, IL
R. Steven Tharratt , MD, FACP, FCCP, Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine
Associate Professor of Medicine; Chief of Clinical Pharmacology and Medical Toxicology, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine; Medical Director, Respiratory Care Department, University of California Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, CA
Ken Y. Yoneda , MD, Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine
Associate Professor in Residence, Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, University of California Davis School of Medicine, Sacramento, CA
Paul D. Traughber , MD, Interventional Radiology
Radiology Group, St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, Boise, ID
Stanford M. Shoor , MD, Rheumatology
Internist and Chief of Professional Education, Kaiser Foundation Hospital, Santa Clara, CA; Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine (Immunology), Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Jan Ulfberg , MD, PhD, Internal Medicine, Sleep Disorders
Associate Professor of Medicine, Uppsala University, Sweden; Medical Director, Sleep Disorders Centers, Avesta Hospital, Sweden, and Inland Hospital, Norway.
Paul J. Rosch , MD, Stress Management, Cardiovascular Disease
Clinical Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry, New York Medical College; President, American Institute of Stress, New York, NY
Brent T. Shoji , MD, General Surgery
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School; Chief of General Surgery, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, Boston, MA
Brad W. Warner , MD, Pediatric Surgery/Critical Care
Surgeon-in-Chief, St. Louis Children's Hospital (SLCH), and the Apolline Blair Professor of Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
Peter Anderson , MD, FRCS(C), Pediatric Urology
Professor of Urology and Director of the Residency Training Program, Dalhousie University; Professor of Urology, Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre, Halifax, NS
Philip Belitsky , MD, Urology
Professor of Urology, QEII Health Sciences Centre, Halifax, NS
J. Curtis Nickel , MD, FRCSC, Urology
Professor, Department of Urology, Queen's University; Staff Urologist, Department of Urology, Kingston General and Hotel Dieu Hospitals, Kingston, ON
Avery L. Seifert , MD, Urology
Private practice, Boise, ID; Clinical Instructor, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA
Christopher G. Wood , MD, FACS, Urology
Associate Professor of Urology, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
Last updated: February 2010
Healthwise® Knowledgebase Editorial Policy and Processes
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