America’s Leading Doctors

From treating heart disease to fighting cancer, these physicians are changing the world of medicine

of medicine at Duke University Medical Center, in Durham, North Carolina. He is the past president of the American Heart Association. A fellow of both the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology, his research and clinical efforts focus on treating cardiac arrhythmias.

Christopher J.W.B. Leggett, M.D., F.A.C.C.
Recognized for his substantial contributions internationally, Leggett is one of the leading interventional cardiologists in the country. He is an expert in the use of endovascular interventional technology, including treatments for vascular disease. Leggett practices at St. Joseph’s, Piedmont, and Northside hospitals in Metro Atlanta.
Title: Director of Cardiology, Medical Associates of North Georgia
Specialty: Interventional Cardiology

Elizabeth O. Ofili, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.C.
Title: Chief of Cardiology, Professo
r of Medicine, Director of the Clinical Research Center, and Associate Dean of Clinical Research, Morehouse School of Medicine
Specialty: Cardiology
A past president of the National Association of Black Cardiologists, Ofili has made more than 600 scientific presentations on hypertension, heart failure, coronary artery disease, and women’s health. The U.S. Congressional Physician Advisory Board named her physician of the year in 2003.

Specialty: Obstetrics & Gynecology
Linda Bradley, M.D.
Vice Chairman of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health Institute and Director, Center for Menstrual Disorders, Fibroids, and Hysteroscopic Services, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Cleveland Clinic Foundation
One of the nation’s top obstetricians, Bradley is considered an innovative leader in the field of hysterectomy alternatives and the evaluation of abnormal uterine bleeding. This internationally recognized surgeon’s work involves the study of novel procedures, technologies, and medications to treat women who have uterine fibroids and abnormal bleeding. “Fibroids are like a thumbprint. Everyone is very different,” Bradley says.

African American women face a higher risk than others, with as many as 50% to 80% having fibroids of a significant size. Of the 600,000 hysterectomies performed annually in the U.S., a third of these cases are related to fibroids, making it a major health issue for women. “A hysterectomy has been the standard [treatment],” says Bradley. “But women are having children later in life. Many now want to keep their uterus and maintain fertility.”

The 52-year-old practitioner pioneered hysteroscopy-the use of a thin telescope to view the uterus. “It is an office-based evaluation instead of taking patients to the operating room for medical discovery,” she explains. Bradley is principal investigator for new procedures such as endometrial ablation (removal of the uterine wall) and myomectomy (removal of fibroids leaving the uterus intact). She has also been involved with several clinical trials for embolization, a procedure to shrink fibroids, and has established a very successful collaborative practice with interventional radiologists to refer women for the uterine sparing procedure. -Carolyn M. Brown

Lynne Perry-Böttinger, M.D., F.A.C.C.
Title: Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, Columbia University;
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, Weill Medical College of Cornell University
Specialty: Clinical and Interventional Cardiology
Perry-Böttinger focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of coronary artery disease. She is knowledgeable in cardiac catheterization and interventional cardiology. She is a regular guest on major network television shows, serving as an expert on heart conditions and other medical topics.

Eliot F. Battle Jr., M.D.
Title: Co-Founder and

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