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The following listing includes recommended doctors and practitioners for your thyroid care. Please note that being listed here in the Thyroid Top Doctors Directory doesn't necessarily mean a doctor is the right one for you. The doctor may be an empathetic and warm physician, but not open to working with drugs like Armour or T3 drugs. The doctor may be brilliant and innovative, but have a terrible bedside manner. Or the doctor may be quite costly and not on insurance programs. Always call the doctor's office ahead of time to find out more about the doctor's philosophy, approach, costs, and other important factors before going in for your first appointment. Please let me know if you have feedback -- positive or negative -- about doctors listed here, or would like to recommend your "top" doctor.

Thanks! -- Mary

Become part of the movement for better care! Help keep great doctors in business and encourage more doctors to properly treat thyroid patients by recommending the smart, caring, innovative practitioner who treats your thyroid condition. We might include him or her on the Top Docs Directory! And if you have criticism or feedback about a listed doctor, please let us know now!

Why is a Particular Doctor No Longer Listed?

Doctors who were previously listed here are removed for a number of reasons.
* The doctor has requested that his/her listings be removed because: he/she does not agree with this site’s philosophy or patient-orientation; the practice is too busy and can’t accept new patients; the doctor does not feel comfortable handling complicated thyroid problems; the doctor did not agree with what was said in the patient recommendations; or the doctor said “take me off the list” and offered no explanation.
* The doctor has moved, retired, or died.
* The doctor has lost his/her license, or given up his/her license, and is no longer practicing medicine.
* Patients have provided negative input about the doctor that is of sufficient concern that, in the opinion of the editor, the doctor should no longer be on the Top Thyroid Doctors List.
* Thyroid Top Doctors would face legal concerns if we published specific information about why patients had negative opinions about doctors, or if we shared a doctor’s occasional ranting ”take me off” email, or if we publicized doctors with licensing problems. So please, if you see that a doctor has been taken off the list and want to know why, talk to the doctor directly. If you write to us to ask why a doctor was taken off the list, we’re sorry, but we won’t be able to answer you or share that information.

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Pravin Patel, MD General Practice 423 Central Ave. Coldwater, MS (662) 622-7011. This reader writes, "I had been on Synthroid for 7 years before seeing Dr. Patel and being switched to Armour Thyroid by him. My husband had seen some new information about Synthroid levels not being consistent and also that T3 was not included in any synthetic thyroid. I took this article to Dr. Patel and he read it, told me that he PREFERS Armour thyroid and wanted me back in 3 months to recheck my blood levels. Listened to my symptoms, did NOT dismiss me out-of-hand. My TSH was 70.65 the first time it was ever a dermatologist who was seeing me for something totally unrelated!! Up to that point, for the years following the birth of my first child, I was told in so many words that the weight gain and fatigue was my own fault. By the time it was diagnosed, I believed it. It was such a refreshing change to see a physician who paid attention."

Another reader writes:
"Dr. Patel is absolutely wonderful... He listened to my symptoms and I mean the long list of them, he was genuinely interested in helping me. I am on Armor Thyroid, Cymbalta, and Provigil. I feel like a million bucks. I am thinking clearly, I have enough energy to last all day, my memory has improved, my aches and pains are gone, I feel I have come back and joined the living literally. Before I felt so badly that I cried daily, had to nap after work to get through the rest of the day. I drive an hour to his office gladly. I have suffered from hypothyroidism for 15 years and this is the first time I have felt good in that long. I found him on this site. I highly recommend this doctor." (May 2008)


Mahmoud Shaalan,MD, PhD, General practice/internist/primary care, Other, 105 CR 305, Corinth,MS 38834, 6622876488/6622873493

Dr. Shaalan is a general practice/internist/primary care with expertise in thyroid care." (May 2008)


Arnold Smith M.D., Oncologist Antigen, Central Mississippi Cancer Center, 1401 River Road, Greenwood Ms 38930, 1-800-720-8933 "Dr. Smith and his associate Dr. Sergey Dzugan not only listen and treat you like and individual. They are very knowledgeable about natural and holistic medicine preferring it to synthetic if possible. They believe in building you immune system as routine treatment for what ever your diagnosis. When it comes to hormone replacement including Thyroid they are the best in the state."


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Dr. Roger Collins, 1420 Old Square Rd., Jackson, MS 39211. 601-713-1145 "This Dr. put me on Armour after hearing of my lack of progress with Synthroid. He evaluated my test results and based the treatment on my symptoms not just on my blood tests. He is very well versed in Hypothyroidism and even recommended that I read several books on the subject. He is open to patient input in the treatment and actually listens to what the patient has to says!"

Another reader writes:
"Treated me based on symptoms despite 'normal' TSH. Uses Armour by preference and believes in increasing dosages until you feel well, not just by lab tests. I found his name from this site, and can definitely second his recommendation as a top doc!" (Added Dec. 04)

Another fan:
"I obtained this doctor's name off of this website and took a gamble on calling him. He was able to see me the next morning at 7:30 and he spent a whole hour with me only. We discussed my whole history. He was kind and knowledgeable and made a great impact on my feeling not so crazy anymore. He then helped me to formulate a plan to get off my current medications and he started me on Armour right off. He was an excellent practitioner who seemed interested in me and what was going on. I am so grateful to this website for helping me find someone I feel can help me get my life back. Thank you so much." (August 2007)


Jeffrey LeDuff, Internal Medicine, Jackson Medical Clinic, 501 Marshall Street, Jackson, Mississippi 39202, 601-352-2273. "Well educated in treating thyroid, believes monitoring FT-3 and FT-4 is more important than just TSH. He was also willing to le me try T-4/T-3 combo."


John Milam, Muscle surgery TEDs/Graves, 1421 N State Street #301, Jackson, MS 39202, 601-352-4312. "Doctor Milam is an artist when it comes to precision and realignment of the muscles when pertaining to Graves or Thyroid Eye Disease. I have experienced this dreaded disease for 2+ years and he is a specialist who understand the depression and fear of what this disease puts a patient through. A specialist who believes in helping the patient emotionally as well as physically."


David R Segrest Ophthalmic Plastic & Recon Surgery Disease and Surgery of the Orbit 1421 N State St. #201 Jackson 601 355-9537. A reader writes: "After suffering from severe TEDs disease with major cosmetic distortion due to lid retraction, protrusion and the eye positioning, Dr. Segrest performed magic with the reconstruction from the orbit decompression. Then provided the expertise and skill level in obtaining the lower muscle that had such a tight grip on the eye that it receded beneath the lower bottom lid. Dr. Segrest gave me another chance at life without looking like the freak that this disease enabled me. I have had 3 surgeries with Dr. Segrest and I cannot believe that through it all, he has saved my vision and that was/is the most important thing. He is one of my heroes." (Added 2/03)


Dr. Keith Rushing, Winona, MS 38967, (662-283-3060). A reader writes: "Dr. Rushing was kind enough to agree to look over the information I had re: Wilson's Syndrome. After explaining to me that he had never done anything like this before, he agreed to help me. He has been treating me for just shy of a year. I have never felt this good since becoming ill. He is very understanding and I feel he is worthy of being listed as a Top Doc."


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