Dr. Karen Herbst

Inside Tucson Business presented Dr. Karen Herbst of Banner-University Medical Center a lifetime achievement award at the 2018 ceremony. 

Tucson Local Media is excited to bring you the fifth annual Influential Health and Medical Awards to recognize the outstanding leaders in the medical field on Wednesday, June 12, at the Desert Diamond Casino & Hotel.

This year we received more than 86 nominations with 56 finalists in 20 categories. These nominations came from colleagues, patients and acquaintances who felt their nominee exemplified outstanding leadership, knowledge, compassion and a level of accomplishment, placing them at the top of their fields.

I would like to thank our sponsors who help make these awards possible: Desert Diamond Casinos and Entertainment, Konica Minolta, The Forum at Tucson, Sierra Tucson, Top Golf, Diet of Hope Institute and Hughes Federal Credit Union.

I would also like to thank the entire staff of Inside Tucson Business and Tucson Local Media for their hard work to help make this event a success.

We’ll see you at Desert Diamond!

- Jason Joseph President/Publisher


2019 Influential Health and Medical Leaders Awards Finalists

Outstanding Allergist

David Friedman, MD, Allergy Partners

Nabeeh LaHood, MD, Allergy Asthma Associates

George J Makol, MD, Alvernon Allergy & Asthma

Outstanding Behavioral Health

Rina Abrams-Dunn, LCSW, 48th Rescue Squadron/Davis-Monthan Air Force Base

CODAC Health, Recovery & Wellness, Inc.

Sonora Behavioral Health

Champion for Care

Julia Hann, Alice Rae Lingerie

Jade Star Acupuncture & Wellness

Outstanding Chiropractic

Richard Casabona, DC, Casabona Chiropractic

Alan Cross, DC, Tucson Chiropractic Spine & Injury Center

Daniel Marsh, DC, Oro Valley Health & Wellness 

Achievement in Community Outreach

TMC Healthcare

Outstanding Dental/Orothotic

Robert Hohenstein, DDS, Hohenstein & Schwartz PLLC

Jennifer J. Marshall, DDS, MSD

Mathew Stratman, DDS, PLLC, Stratman Family Dentistry

Outstanding Eye Care

Heather Hickson, OD, ClearVision Express

Kenneth Snow, DO, Barnet Dulaney Perkins Eye Center

Ovette Villavicencio, MD, PhD, Catalina Eye Care

Outstanding General/Family Practitioner

Douglas W Little, MD, Executive Healthcare & Aviation Medicine

Stephen Moore, MD, Sonora Family Practice

Robin Rash, MD, Oro Valley Family Practice

Outstanding Health & Fitness

Jennifer Comer, PT, DPT, CPI-PMA, CKTP, Body Resolution

Diet of Hope Institute

Sierra Fitness 

Outstanding Heart/Neurology

Thomas Norton, MD, Center for Neurosciences

Eric Sipos, MD, Western Neurosurgery LTD

Outstanding In-Patient/Out-Patient Facility

Carondelet Health Network

Escalera Health

Southern Arizona Urgent Care

Achievement in Medical Research

Michael Badruddoja, MD, Center for Neurosciences

Tracy E. Crane, PhD, MS, RDN, University of Arizona

John N Galgiani, MD, Valley Fever Center for Excellence / University of Arizona

Outstanding Nurse

Cynthia Carsten, MSN, RN, CEN, Tucson Medical Center

Alma C. Solis, LPN, Connections Southern AZ

Michael Strout, RN, BSN, Radiology Limited

Outstanding Oncology/Radiology

Pavani Chalasani, MD, University Cancer Center

Jonathan E Schwartz, MD, Arizona Oncology

Simon Med Imaging, Simon Med Imaging 

Outstanding Orthopedic

Kevin W. Bowers, MD, Tucson Orthopedic Institute

Ty Endean, MD

Colleen M. McBratney, MD, Colonel, USAF, MC, FS, FAAOS, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base

Outstanding Pain Management

Emil Annabi, MD, Pima Pain Center

Bennett Davis, MD, Sierra Tucson

Pain Institute of Southern AZ 

Outstanding Physical Therapy

Kimberly Campion, OTR/L, Tucson Orthopeodic

Brenden Lewer, DPT, Tucson Orthopeodic

Aspen C. Terry,  DSC, MPT, SCS, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base

Outstanding Senior Care

John Carter, MD

Marayeh Cunningham, PhD, Soulistic Hospice

Robert Murphy, Sun Life Home Health

Outstanding Veterinary Care

James E Dunn, DVM, CVMA, Suffolk Hills Pet Clinic

Linda Leuth, DVM, Cortaro Farms Pet Hospital

Karla Lombana, DVM, CVMA, Jackpot Veterinary Clinic

Lifetime Achievement

Sheldon Marks, MD, International Center for Vasectomy Reversal

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