Eight UT Health Austin physicians were recognized as Top Doctors in the 2020 January Issue of Austin Monthly magazine. These physicians were nominated by other licensed physicians as the best in their medical specialty or among the best in the nation in their medical specialty. Each physician nominee is carefully screened based on their educational and professional experience by a physician-led team of Castle Connolly researchers who select top doctors on a national and regional level. This is the third year that UT Health Austin physicians have seen an increase in the number of physicians recognized for this honor.
How are doctors selected for Austin’s Top Doctors?
Austin Monthly’s Top Doctors are selected by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., a healthcare research and information company to help guide consumers to America’s top doctors and top hospitals. Doctors do not and cannot pay to be selected and profiled as Castle Connolly Top Doctors.
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Meet the 2020 Austin Monthly Top Doctors
Charles Fraser, Jr., MD, is the medical director of The Texas Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease, a clinical partnership between UT Health Austin and Ascension Seton. House at Dell Children’s Medical Center, the Texas Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease is a focused congenital heart surgery unit for babies, children, and adults. Dr. Fraser earned his medical degree from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He completed a residency in surgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a fellowship in pediatric heart surgery at Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. His vision for the program is to build on his experience to optimize the entire continuum of care of patients with congenital heart disease in a compassionate, calm, gentle environment which also nurtures and supports the patients’ families. Dr. Fraser and his team have performed over 16,000 congenital cardiac repairs and related surgeries in children and adults.
John Kuo, MD, is a neurosurgeon in UT Health Austin’s Mulva Clinic for the Neurosciences Neurosurgery. A native of Taiwan, Dr. Kuo immigrated to New York City at age 9, earning his undergraduate degree from Harvard College as well as a M.D. and Ph.D. through a joint program created by Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as part of the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. At UT Health Austin, Dr. Kuo treats patients with brain tumors and pituitary tumors.
E. Steve Roach, MD, is a pediatric neurologist in the Comprehensive Pediatric Headache Program within UT Health Austin Pediatric Neurosciences at Dell Children’s, a clinical partnership between UT Health Austin and Dell Children’s Medial Center. Dr. Roach received his medical degree at the University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences in Memphis. He completed a residency in pediatric neurology at Wake Forest School of Medicine. He drives treatment efforts in autism, epilepsy, and neuromuscular conditions as well as other neurological diseases. Dr. Roach serves as the Associate Chair for Clinical Integration and Operations in the Dell Medical School Department of Neurology.
David Paydarfar, MD, serves as Interim Director for UT Health Austin’s Mulva Clinic for the Neurosciences. He previously served as a professor and the Executive Vice Chair of the Department of Neurology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School as well as an associate faculty member of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University. He earned his medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his bachelor’s in physics from Duke University. He completed a residency in neurology at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. He is a fellow of the American Neurological Association and an investigator of the Clayton Foundation for Research.
Mark Queralt, MD, is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and earned his medical degree from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. For more than two decades, Dr. Queralt has specialized in the treatment of spinal pain and injuries. He completed a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at The University of Texas Southwestern. He is board-certified in pain medicine through the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Queralt is also a member of the North American Spine Society and the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Queralt sees patients with back and neck pain in UT Health Austin’s Musculoskeletal Institute.
Rebecca Rogers, MD, serves as the Clinical Director of Women’s Health, a clinical partnership between UT Health Austin and Ascension Seton. She is board-certified in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, of which she has more than 25 years of experience. In 2015, she received a lifetime achievement award from the National Association for Continence for her substantial contributions to urogynecology in clinical care, research, and education. Dr. Rogers received her medical degree from Harvard University. She completed both a residency in obstetrics and gynecology and a fellowship in urogynecology at University of New Mexico Health Science Center.
Celeste Sheppard, MD, is a Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist in Women’s Health, a clinical partnership between UT Health Austin and Ascension Seton. She received her medical degree from UT Southwestern and completed both an internship and residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Parkland Memorial Hospital. She completed a fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine at The University of Texas-Houston Medical School and a second fellowship in perinatal research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and a member of the Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, and the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Amanda White, MD, received her medical degree from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, where she also completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology and a fellowship in female pelvic and reproductive surgery. Dr. White treats uncontrolled urination, accidental bowel leakage (incontinence), weakening of muscles and tissue in the pelvis, and vaginal bulging (pelvic organ prolapse). As a physician in Women’s Health, a clinical partnership between UT Health Austin and Ascension Seton, Dr. White works to find treatment solutions that fit a woman’s individual lifestyle and goals, including surgical options.
*Consulting Clinician: A medical specialist who, though not a member of the UT Health Austin professional staff, works as part of a care team to help to ensure our patients comprehensive access to the clinical expertise and services they need to address their unique condition, situation, or circumstance.