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    Spine Surgeon Dr. Richard Francis Selected For Texas Super Doctors 2015 List

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    Houston Spine Surgeon Dr. Richard Francis, founder of Spine Associates and widely recognized as a leader in spine surgery was recently named for the fifth year in a row to the Texas Super Doctors 2015 List to be published in Texas Monthly Magazine’s December 2015 Issue. Selecting Dr. Francis was partially based on other physicians response to the question: “If you needed medical care in one of the following practice areas, which doctor would you choose?”

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    Renowned spine surgeon Dr. Richard Francis has just been named one of the Texas Super Doctors of 2015 for the 5th year in a row. The number of doctors receiving this honor is limited to approximately five percent of the regions active physicians. Dr. Francis is the founder of Spine Associates in Houston and Beaumont Texas and has been practicing for over 27 years.

    Each year, MSP Communications undertakes a rigorous multi-phase selection process that includes a survey of doctors, independent evaluation of candidates by the research staff, a peer review of candidates by practice area and a good-standing and disciplinary check. As a part of this evaluation, physicians are asked to consider the following question: “If you needed medical care in one of the following practice areas, which doctor would you choose?”

    It is always a huge honor to be named to the Super Doctors List, the process of nomination by his peers and for his professional achievements is one of many requirements and not easy to attain. Dr. Francis is widely known for his very personal attention to each and every patient, is one of a few spine specialists who treat children and adults with spine deformities such as scoliosis and kyphosis. Dr. Francis also helps those with degenerative conditions, tumors, sciatica, and metabolic diseases, and performs Revision and Reconstructive surgery as well as General surgery and sees patients from around the world.

    Dr. Francis is proud to be affiliated with the following hospitals: 1. Houston Orthopedic & Spine Hospital 2. Westside Surgical Hospital 3. Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center 4. St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital 5. First Street Surgical Hospital

    THE SUPER DOCTORS SELECTION PROCESS In selecting physicians for Super Doctors, MSP Communications employs a rigorous multi-step process designed to identify physicians who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Super Doctors is a selective yet diverse listing of outstanding doctors, representing consumer-oriented medical specialties.

    Survey of Doctors • First, a pool of candidates is created. Each year MSP Communications invites doctors to nominate colleagues they know to be exceptional in their specified field. Physicians are asked to consider the following question: "If you needed medical care in one of the following specialties, which doctor would you choose?" Numerous safeguards are in place to prevent ballot manipulation and doctors may not self-nominate.

    Candidate Search • MSP Communications research staff also contributes to the pool of candidates by searching medical databases, online sources, and publications for doctors who have attained certain credentials, honors or professional achievements - what they term 'Star Search Credentials.' This process also includes physicians in less visible or highly specialized medical treatment areas. Research

    Candidates are then evaluated on 10 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. • Years of experience • Hospital appointments • Fellowships • Professional activities • Leadership positions • Academic achievements/positions • Board certifications • Publications, lectures & presentations • Honors and awards • Other outstanding achievement

    Blue Ribbon Panel Review • Nominees are then grouped into specialties. Doctors, in each area, who have the highest scores from the nomination and evaluation steps are invited to serve on a "blue ribbon panel." Each panelist is asked to review and evaluate a list of nominees from his/her area of focus.

    The Final Selection • The last step is to total the points received from nominations, research, and blue ribbon panel review. Only the highest-scoring doctors are included on the Super Doctors list. The Super Doctors list is approximately 5% of the physicians within the respective state or region.

    Before Publishing • Each candidate is contacted to verify the doctor's professional information. Physicians are asked to verify they have not been subject to disciplinary or criminal proceedings. The research staff also independently reviews the discipline record of each candidate before publication and verifies that the doctor is active and in good standing.

    For more information about Dr. Richard Francis call his office at 713-383-7100 or Visit the Website at http://www.myspineassociates.com/our-services/

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    "When I first came in I could not function for the most part. Walking, standing and sitting were all painful. Dr. Francis was sharp and honest with his recommendation of surgery. After weeks of pain, I didn’t know just how great ‘normal’ could feel. The staff, along with Dr. Francis, helped me and my family be able to understand and deal with my condition, my surgery, and my recovery. I feel great! I can pick up my son again and walk with him. He learned to walk while I was injured. How do I say thank you for helping me walk with my son? Thank you – Thank you – Thank you!".
    - Patient Charles Taylor
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    Keith Robinson

    713-416-3529

    http://www.myspineassociates.com/

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