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
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Oncology | Gregory A. Masters, MD, David D. Biggs, MD
Doctors Gregory A. Masters and David Biggs are two of several respected board-certified oncologists at the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center at Christiana Hospital. Biggs’ sub-specialty is breast cancer. Masters concentrates on lung cancer.
“In our group, we like for each person to have a sub-specialty to get increased experience and expertise in a particular area,” says Masters. “Communication between the specialists helps ensure better and, often, less costly care. We don’t reorder the same tests, we get our recommendations coordinated, and we can present a plan to the patient in a more cohesive form.”
Nationally, breast cancer causes about 45,000 deaths a year. Lung cancer causes about 80,000. Both men earned national reputations for coordinating clinical trials. Masters co-chairs a group that analyzes the effectiveness of combined chemotherapy and radiation on patients with small-cell lung cancer. Biggs, chief of oncology at Christiana, coordinates studies for The National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project, which studies treatments for breast cancer. The doctors enjoy offices in the newest section of the Graham Center, where a recent expansion nearly tripled its size. The center boasts Delaware’s first dedicated breast MRI scanner and offers advanced radiation therapies.
Biggs on Masters “Greg came here with an established reputation and is recognized throughout the country. He’s calm and unflappable and never shows any stress. That’s important when dealing with patients who may be, understandably, stressed out.”
Masters on Biggs “Dave is knowledgeable and scholarly, but not too formal. He has compassion. There’s lots of stress and a lot of unknowns in cancer treatment. While Dave knows the facts, he can distill them to a level that patients understand.”
Biggs on exercise “Patients who exercise more and are closer to their ideal body weight—and don’t smoke—have much lower incidences of cancer.”
Masters on smoking Starting to smoke at any age will plant a seed that could lead to lung cancer. Don’t do it.
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