"America's Top Doctors for Cancer" recognizes 20 IU Simon Cancer Center physicians


INDIANAPOLIS -- (Oct. 20, 2008) – Twenty physicians with the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center have been recognized among the best in their field.

The 20 are among 25 in Indiana included in the most recent edition of America’s Top Doctors for Cancer.  The current guide identifies the nation's most outstanding physicians for the diagnosis and treatment of cancers in adults and children.

The physicians – all of whom are faculty members with the IU School of Medicine and practice at the IU Simon Cancer Center and Clarian Health – are (their special expertise are in parenthesis):

  • Dennis Blom, MD (esophageal cancer, Barrett's esophagus, esophageal surgery)
  • John J. Coleman III, MD (breast reconstruction, head & neck surgery, pediatric plastic surgery)
  • James Croop, MD, PhD (rhabdomyosarcoma, clinical trials)
  • Lawrence H. Einhorn, MD (testicular cancer, lung cancer, urologic cancer)
  • Robert J. Fallon, MD (lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease, stem cell transplant)
  • Sherif Farag, MBBS, PhD (multiple myeloma, leukemia & lymphoma, bone marrow transplant, stem cell transplant)
  • Richard S. Foster, MD (testicular cancer)
  • Robert J. Goulet Jr., MD (breast cancer, breast surgery)
  • Paul Haut, MD, FAAP (stem cell transplant, bone marrow transplant, leukemia)
  • Valerie P. Jackson, MD (breast imaging)
  • Keith D. Lillemoe, MD (pancreatic cancer, colon cancer, pancreatic & biliary surgery)
  • Patrick J. Loehrer Sr., MD (gastrointestinal cancer, thymoma, genitourinary cancer)
  • Katherine Look, MD (ovarian cancer, uterine cancer)
  • Scott Shapiro, MD (brain tumors, pituitary tumors)
  • George W. Sledge Jr., MD (breast cancer)
  • Frederick B. Stehman, MD (clinical trials, gynecologic cancer)
  • Allan Thornton Jr., MD (proton beam therapy)   Thornton is with the Midwest Proton Radiotherapy Institute in Bloomington, which is affiliated with the IUSM Department of Radiation Oncology and the IU Simon Cancer Center.
  • Thomas M. Ulbright, MD (testicular cancer, gynecologic pathology)
  • Terry A. Vik, MD (neuroblastoma, clinical trials, cancer survivors-late effects of therapy, leukemia)
  • Stephen D. Williams, MD (testicular cancer, gynecologic cancer, genitourinary cancer)

“Recognition from a source, such as America’s Top Doctors for Cancer, is always appreciated," IU School of Medicine Dean D. Craig Brater, M.D., said. "It further confirms that our dedicated faculty physicians are highly regarded by their peers and their patients. Their collaborative style with other health-care professionals at our partner hospitals -- Wishard Health Services, the Roudebush VA Medical Center, and Clarian Health and our colleagues at other campuses such as IU Bloomington, Purdue and Notre Dame – makes their impact even greater.”  

Published by Castle Connolly, the guide contains detailed profiles of more than 2,100 of America’s leading cancer specialists across more than 40 medical specialties. The doctors are selected by a physician-led research team based on comprehensive national surveys of physicians and medical leaders. When selecting a doctor for cancer, or any specialty for that matter, consider these factors:

  • Medical education
  • Residency and fellowships
  • Board certification
  • Hospital appointment
  • Academic and other professional titles
  • Insurance accepted
  • Personality