Neurosurgeon Kennedy Yalamanchili will never forget the words or the professor who spoke them: “‘You can teach a monkey to operate,’ he told me. “I was so mad.”
But Yalamanchili finally came to understand the point: Technical skill is important in a surgeon, but more important, perhaps, is diagnostic skill and good judgment. Is the surgeon smart enough to find the real core of the issue? Is he smart enough to identify the best surgery to correct the issue? More important, is he smart enough to find a correction that doesn’t require surgery? Because the best surgeons will do everything possible to find a non-surgical solution to your problem.
“At bottom, medicine is a service business,” says orthopedic surgeon Eric Johnson. “We have to be honest about what we can provide the patients.”
We arm you with good information to help you make good decisions about surgery. Also included is a list of Delaware’s top surgeons, as chosen by doctors.
Do go for that consultation. But make sure you get the treatment you deserve, Yalamanchili says: “Non-surgical treatment when possible, the best diagnosis, a good list of options.”
Top Doctors 2011
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Doctors listed below were the most recommended by their professional peers, as determined by a Delaware Today survey of licensed physicians in Delaware. Those highlighted received the most votes in their specialty. YIP denotes years in practice. NA denotes “not available.” Addresses listed are for main offices only.