Oldest Doc Receiving Votes in 2018
James Giangobbe, M.D.
89 years old (Retired)
Lynn Calcote, M.D.
Colon & Rectal Surgery
6-foot-4 *Not actually sure about this one. Email us if you know of a taller doc. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Ly T Ma, M.D.
(12 Years Running)
Venkataramanarasimham “Bob” Evani
To view the 2018 Top Doctor’s Profiles
It’s not just about X-rays and otoscopes with some industrious Valley doctors. Here are some extra-medical M.D. endeavors we glimpsed since our last issue.
On the Border of a Dream
by Edgar H. Hernandez, M.D.
The seven-time Top Doc recounts his childhood journey from rural Mexico to the United States, dodging La Migra and ultimately becoming a pioneering breast cancer surgeon.
Amelia Gallitano-Mendel, a physician-researcher at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, received a $175,000 grant to develop a first-of-its-kind chemical test for schizophrenia.
If you’re like us, you sometimes peruse those monthly “top home sales” slideshows on azcentral.com – and we couldn’t help but notice that quite a few of those seven-figure stunners are bought and sold by physicians. So we asked Valley real estate broker Sammy Glassman, who has a doctor-heavy client list, to name the top three selling points for M.D. homebuyers.
1. Location, OBVS.
“The No. 1 request is a home within a certain commute to a hospital and/or office. Some hospitals require a minimum commute for their doctors.”
2. School quality, unsurprisingly.
Those little future med school applicants aren’t going to educate themselves! “On many occasions, I’ve set up tours so that the parents can see public, private and charter school options before selecting a home.”
3. Overall fabulousness.
“I often hear: walkability, near amenities like restaurants and grocery stores, activities nearby such as hiking, parks, canals. It’s about listening to what is important to my clients and providing what fits their lifestyle best.”
These multi-year Top Docs retired or left the market since our last issue.
Robin K. Blitz, M.D.
The influential child doc abruptly left PCH; now believed to be practicing in Minnesota.
Lawrence J. Koep, M.D.
(1999, 2001, 2003, 2009-2017)
The multi-year transplant specialist stitched his last kidney in 2017. Retired.
Robert G. Hooper, M.D.
Closed his Scottsdale-based Sleep Center last year, citing lease hassles and “commercial insurances.”
Lorne D. McKay, M.D.
Would have made his second list in 2018, but decamped for Connecticut in December. Will return in July.