The Doctors’ producers traveled coast to coast in search of the most beautiful men in medicine -- inside and out -- to bring you a full year of helpful health tips and handsome faces with the Most Beautiful Doctors in America 2013 calendar! Buy yours today at thebooknook.com.
The Most Beautiful Doctors in America calendar is published by The Doctors’ Executive Producer, Jay McGraw, and is sold exclusively through hisonline bookstore, thebooknook.com.
For every copy of the The Most Beautiful Doctors in America calendar sold between January 8 and December 31, 2013, The Doctors will donate 100% of the retail price ($14.99) to the American Red Cross to support disaster relief.
“Encourage people to help each other out during times of need. We just came out of the holidays and it truly is better to give than receive,” E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork says.
Get to know the cuties in your new calendar! OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson and special guest co-host Lisa Rinna grill the guys on their medical practices, community outreach and their biggest health tips for 2013.
"It's not only how they look on the ouside, but what they do for the community," Dr. Lisa says.
• Web exclusive: Go behind the scenes of the calendar cover shoot!
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January: Dentist Dr. Blake Julian
Dr. Julian received his doctorate of dental surgery from University of Missouri and now owns Signature Smiles Family Dentistry in Greenville, South Carolina. Newly-married, Dr. Julian enjoys spending time with family, as well as playing golf, working out and snowboarding in his home state of Colorado. Plus, you may also recognize him as a former contestant on ABC’s The Bachelorette.
“My dad is a dentist and growing up, I saw the amount of time he was able to spend with his family, which is important to me. Being a dentist, I can see the way I change patients’ lives and I’m always looking for ways to give back to the community.”
Dr. Julian has provided free dental care to underserved citizens in the Kansas City area, as well as oral hygiene education to school-aged children in collaboration with several non-profit organizations.
“Being considered one of the most beautiful doctors in America is kind of embarrassing,” Dr. Julian adds. “I’m never going to hear the end of it from my family, but it’s nice.”
Dr. Julian’s tips for 2013:
• For whiter teeth, drink water after drinking coffee or red wine.
• Web exclusive: Dr. Julian and his wife, Holly, dish about how they met.
February: Podiatrist Dr. Rondrick Williamson
Dr. Williamson attended Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine and currently runs a practice in Atlanta, Georgia, as well as a college scholarship fund, The Rondrick Williamson Foundation.
“It’s an honor to be on the same pedestal as so many other great physicians [in this calendar],” Dr. Williamson says.
“I do what I do because there are patients out there who need adequate and efficient medical service,” he says. “What makes me happy is giving back to the community. I’m trying to show young people that even if you have a hard lifestyle, you can make a difference in a life.”
Audience member TMarie asks Dr. Williamson why she has calluses on her feet and what she can do about them.
"Typically calluses are a pressure phenomenon. They tell you that extra pressure is being placed on the specific area," he says.
Dr. Williamson’s tips for 2013:
• High heels were not designed to be everyday shoes, so limit how often you wear them, and when you do, make sure the shoe has a wider toe box and has a wedge heel.
• The best way to treat nail fungus is through prevention.
March: Plastic surgeon Dr. Justin Piasecki
Dr. Piasecki is a graduate of Vanderbilt Medical School who currently runs Harbor Plastic Surgery in Gig Harbor, Washington. He is a member of the American College of Mohs surgery, a microscopically controlled surgery, also known as chemosurgery, used to treat common types of skin cancer.
“I’m a plastic surgeon specializing in skin cancer. In most settings around the world, the person removing the cancer would remove the cancer, but then would send [the patient] to a plastic surgeon; my practice is unique in that I do both of those,” Dr. Piasecki says.
Dr. Piasecki lives on a farm with his wife and three daughters where he kayaks recreationally and enjoys spending time outdoors. Last June, Dr. Piasecki survived a horrible accident after falling 15 feet from a rope and landing directly on his head, which could have left him paralyzed or dead.
“[The accident] taught me to focus on my family and enjoy the smaller things in life. We reset every weekend, stay out in the barn, and turn off all the electronics.”
Dr. Piasecki’s tips for 2013:
• Take some time every week to shut off your electronics and share time with people you care about. “There’s always room for coffee with a friend and time with people you care about and unless you make that time, it’s going to be gone.”
• Web exclusive: Back stage with Dr. Piasecki.
April: Pediatric surgeon Dr. Frederico Seifarth
Dr. Seifarth earned his medical degree from University of Zurich in Switzerland. He is a member of the Swiss Pediatric Surgical association, the American Pediatric Surgical Association and is a specialty fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He currently practices at Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital Department of Pediatric Surgery.
As a pediatric surgeon, Dr. Seifarth says he mainly performs surgeries on children between the ages of zero and 18 years. The most common surgeries are performed on the chest and belly and he frequently administers appendectomies.
"I'm extremely passionate about what I do. You have to be passionate about any profession if you want to do a good job," Dr. Seifarth says.
“Helping a child doesn’t just change the moment, it changes the child’s entire life," he adds. “Everybody who works with kids needs to know that you’re dealing with the most precious thing a parent will ever have."
Dr. Seifarth’s Tips for 2013:
• A symptom of pediatric appendicitis is pain around the belly button that moves to a sharp pain in the lower right side of the abdomen. If your child is presenting these symptoms, remember not to give them anything to eat or drink and seek medical assistance ASAP.
May: Radiologist Dr. Jeff Masi
Dr. Masi graduated from University of California, San Francisco Medical School and is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. His goal is to serve other veterans and he currently practices at the Veterans Hospital in Miami, Florida. In his spare time, Dr. Masi enjoys playing the drums.
“What beauty means to me is what somebody devotes themselves to. For me it’s medicine, family and my drums. I feel that I’m devoted to things that are very worthwhile and meaningful.”
Radiology is a really cool specialty," he continues. "As radiologists we get to look through bodies in X-ray vision and help people with any condition they might have. It makes it challenging and fun."
Dr. Masi’s tip for 2013:
• Some women are under the impression that if you get an ultrasound or an MRI, you don’t need a mammogram, but that’s not true. Make sure to get your annual mammograms.
une: Thoracic surgeon Dr. Vince Moss and urologic surgeon Dr. Vance Moss
You're not seeing double! Identical twins Dr. Vance and Dr. Vince Moss served in Operation Enduring Freedom, where they focused on humanitarian care, helping women and children in war-torn areas of Afghanistan. Currently, the Moss brothers practice in New York and New Jersey and also volunteer with Red Cross, providing medical care for families affected by Superstorm Sandy.
“Superstorm Sandy really devastated the East Coast. We witnessed it because it was in our neighborhood. We’ve been all over the world and it’s been a privilege and an honor to take care of our [own] community; there’s no greater honor,” Dr. Moss says.
American Red Cross spokesperson Paul Schultz joins the show to give an update on what Red Cross needs to help people during a disaster.
“Red Cross has been incredibly active over the past few weeks and months following hurricane Sandy. It’s the biggest disaster relief operation in the past 5 years.
“In the first few weeks of disaster relief, it’s feeding and sheltering and providing emotional support that people really need. Over 90 percent of the responders are volunteers like Vince and Vance, and they’re the real the heroes of Red Cross.”
Dr. Vince and Vance Moss’ tip for 2013:
• Volunteering is extremely important, giving back to the community especially, in a time like this, is essential.
• Keep your priorities in check, whether it be God or family, and make sure health is one of them.
July: Emergency medicine physician Dr. Leif Lunsford
Dr. Lunsford received his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine and currently practices at Executive E.R. in Beverly Hills.
“I love my job! I went into emergency medicine because I like the variety. I can go in one room and I’ll have a swollen knee, in the next room someone who may have appendicitis. I have to figure out a puzzle and a lot of times I only have a certain amount of time to do it," Dr. Lunsford says.
"My favorite procedure is to do a tap of the knee, which people refer to as water of the knee," he continues. "When [the patient] gets that fluid out they just feel better in a matter of seconds. I really enjoy my job."
Dr. Lunsford says patients visit the E.R. most often for abs and chest pain, but in July, the most common injuries are knees, ankles and wrists, since people tend to start becoming active again once the weather warms up.
Dr. Lunsford’s tip for 2013:
• “Make sure you’re always maintaining your health and staying in shape. Try to be fit all year long. Always stretch, always warm up before you exercise and always warm down too.”
• Web exclusive: Dr. Lunsford reveals what it's like to be chosen as a most beautiful doctor.
August: Cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. David Greuner
Dr. Greuner focuses on minimally-invasive procedures and minimal-access robotic surgery, allowing his patients the least disruption possible to their lives. Dr. Greuner was named “Top Surgeon” by the Consumers Research Counsel of America two years in a row and he currently practices in New York City.
"I went into surgery because my father was a surgeon and said, if you really love what you do, you’re never really going to work and that's something that hit home with me. That's how I feel today; I love my job."
One of Dr. Greuner’s specialties is varicose vein removal. But why do people get varicose veins in the first place?
“A lot of it is genetic, a lot is stress. Veins have very thin walls like papier-mâché. They don’t hold up to pressure very well," Dr. Greuner explains.
“A lot of people are reluctant to get treated for [varicose veins] because it used to be a huge painful procedure. Now, with the minimally invasive technique, you can get it done in 20 minutes," he adds.
Dr. Greuner’s tip for 2013:
• If you sit at a desk or stand all day, gravity naturally pools blood in your legs. To reduce the effects, elevate your legs higher than your heart two to three times a day.
September: Family practitioner Dr. Weston “Wiggy” Saunders
Dr. Wiggy, as his patients, family and friends call him, practices family medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and has devoted his elective time to discovering more and more about combining functional and integrative medicine.
"I was drawn toward treating the whole person instead of focusing on one specific symptom," Dr. Wiggy says. "I practice what I call integrative and functional medicine, which is where we look at the person as a wholistic system and try to restore that system back to health instead of just covering up the symptoms."I get to practice medicine in a way that really helps people and I'm passionate about helping people be happy and live a happy life," he adds.
Lisa says she has two friends in their 40s who've been diagnosed with thyroid cancer in the last two years and asks Dr. Wiggy why thyroid cancer seems to be becoming more prevalent.
Dr. Wiggy explains that certain foods, toxins and radiation in our environment may be factors in the increase in thyroid cancer cases.
"We live in a toxic world," he says.
Dr. Wiggy’s tip for 2013:
• When getting an x-ray, make sure the radiologist uses a thyroid shield.
• Web exclusive: What Dr. Wiggy wants you to know about your tongue.
October: Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Tom Hackett
Dr. Hackett is an orthopedic surgeon focused on the surgical and non-surgical treatment of knee, shoulder and elbow disorders. He’s served as a physician for the Los Angeles Lakers, Dodgers and Galaxy sports teams, and currently practices as the head team physician for the U.S. Snowboarding team.
"My true passion lies in the operating room and I'm a tremendous outdoor enthusiast," Dr. Hackett says. "I apply my outdoor knowledge to my medical profession. I have one of the best jobs in the world."
Lisa asks Dr. Hackett how women can help prevent osteoporosis as they age.
Dr. Hackett explains that osteoporosis is the weakness in quality and structure of the bones, and if you have a bad fall and break a bone, it can lead to other health problems.
"To prevent osteoporosis, you need to strengthen your bones and the best way is to use your muscles because your muscles are attached to the bone. When the muscles tug on the bone, the bone responds to the stress by strengthening."
Dr. Hackett’s tip for 2013:
• To help prevent osteoporosis, strengthen your muscles.
November: Dermatologist Dr. Jeremy Green
Dr. Green is a fourth generation physician who serves as a voluntary assistant professor of dermatology and coetaneous surgery at the University of Miami Department of Dermatology. He also provides dermatological care to patients in Haiti through Project Medishare, a non-profit co-founded by his father, Dr. Barth Green, to provide quality health care and services for the citizens of Haiti.
Dr. Green says working in Haiti has really put things into perspective. "It makes the small things seem exactly that -- small," he says.
“The most gratifying thing is impacting my patients’ lives, making them feel better about their appearance. I feel like I can really make a positive impact on their lives,” he adds.
Dr. Green explains that adult female acne is hormone-driven and occurs most often right after ovulation when androgens are peaking.
“The good news is we have treatments, and since the acne is hormonally driven from the inside, you’ll need a systemic medication,” he says. “Spironolactone is a blood pressure medication, but in low doses it has little impact on blood pressure and blocks androgens after a month or two of starting it.”
Dr. Green’s tip for 2013:
• If you have adult female acne, you’re not alone -- consult your dermatologist for solutions!
• Web exclusive: Dr. Green's sun safety tips.
December: Our very own plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon, pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears and Dr. Travis!
“It’s been such a pleasure getting to know all these fine doctors,” Dr. Travis says. “I’m pretty sure they were required to have us in this calendar,” he jokes.
The Docs’ tips for 2013:
• “If you’re due for an exam, get it on the calendar, get it done in 2013,” Dr. Ordon says.
• “Family or not, try to do something active every day! Get your kids, turn off the computer, the TV, the video games just for 10, 15 or even 5 minutes. Just try it for two weeks and you’ll get in the habit. Make sure you don’t go through a day without doing something active with your family,” Dr. Sears advises.
• “Give up sugary drinks during the month of January, anything with sugar in it. Do this for one month and I bet come February, when you drink that first soda, you’ll say, ‘you know what? That’s too much for me,’” Dr. Travis says.