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Franciscan physicians named ‘Top Doctors’ by research firm


Franciscan Health Olympia Fields announced Tuesday, Jan. 25, that three members of its medical staff have been recognized as “Top Doctors” by Castle Connolly, a leading research and information resource for patients that partners with regional and national publications.

Franciscan Health Olympia Fields announced Tuesday, Jan. 25, that three members of its medical staff have been recognized as “Top Doctors” by Castle Connolly, a leading research and information resource for patients that partners with regional and national publications.

From left, Dr. Alejandra Perez-Tamayo, Dr. Paul A. Jones and Dr. Gerald W. Cahill

Bariatric surgeon Gerald W. Cahill, interventional cardiologist Paul A. Jones and breast surgeon Alejandra Perez-Tamayo are among the best in the nation in their specialties.

Each year, Castle Connolly surveys tens of thousands of practicing physicians across the U.S. After a doctor is nominated, a physician-led research team begins their work to screen each doctor. Castle Connolly evaluates several criteria when selecting Top Doctors, including professional qualifications, education, hospital and faculty appointments, research leadership, professional reputation, and disciplinary history.

Doctors are asked to consider not only the training and clinical skills of the physicians they nominate, but also interpersonal skills, such as listening and communicating effectively, demonstrating empathy and instilling trust and confidence.

All three Franciscan Health Olympia Fields Top Doctors are Specialty Physicians of Illinois physicians who choose to practice at the Olympia Fields hospital, and are all medical directors in their respective specialties. Cahill is medical director of Franciscan Health Center for Bariatric Surgery. Jones is medical director of the Heart & Vascular Institute. Perez-Tamayo is surgical director of Breast Health.

“Bringing quality healthcare to Chicago’s Southland is our highest priority,” said Specialty Physicians of Illinois Director of Operations, Sheree S. Boyd. “We’re proud that doctors Cahill, Jones and Perez-Tamayo are members of our unmatched team of accomplished physicians who provide comprehensive healthcare services to patients of all ages.”

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