Top Docs 2009: The Specialists
You need good medical care. How do you know who gives it? We asked the doctors who of their peers they’d trust enough to recommend to a loved one. Here are their picks.
(To download the complete list of 2009 Top Docs, go to page 6 and click on the link.)
Research assistance by Jonathan Gainey Published September 15, 2009 at 03:56 PM
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Obstetrics- Gynecology | Vincent B. Killeen, MD
Dr. Vincent B. Killeen may deliver 1,000 babies a year, but to him, birth is still a miracle.
“When I deliver a baby, I can look at those two partners and explain everything medically, from the head crowning to the first cry,” he says. “But there’s still that magical moment when you sit back in awe and say, ‘How does that happen?’”
Killeen treats women of all ages at Bayside Health Association, where he and partner Dr. Steven Berlin have earned national reputations for laparoscopic surgeries, mostly hysterectomies.
“We have one of the largest studies, well over 350 laparoscopic hysterectomies to date that we’ve performed successfully,” says Killeen. The study compares the cost of traditional and laparoscopic hysterectomies. Performed as outpatient procedures, laparoscopic surgeries take less time, with less expense to the hospital and far less recovery time for patients.
Killeen is the father of three daughters, so his professional philosophy is a personal one. “I want women to be competitive at the same level, without medical excuses dragging them down. I want my kids, and all my patients, to command a room. This type of surgery lets them undergo major surgery and be back working way in advance of what society expects them to be.”
For the perimenopausal or menopausal woman, Killeen says judicious hormone replacement therapy is “the front line medicine.” He prefers plant- or peanut-based offerings such as Enjuvia or Prometrium.
inner voice Listen to it. “If something hurts, there’s a reason. Don’t come to my office eight months after finding a lump. Your body’s not stupid. Nature is not stupid.”
To your health “We know what to do. We just have to do it. Watch your weight. Exercise. Please don’t smoke. Get those tests done.”
Don’t fear the GYN “My sole reason for being here is to positively impact my patients’ healthcare. That cuts across every female type—pregnant, not pregnant, married or single, young or older. Women are women. I want them to think of me as their advocate.”
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