Gary E. Kraus, MD, FAANS

Gary E. Kraus, MD, FAANS
Kraus Back & Neck Institute, Neurosurgery, PA

kraus_oishi_2016The Kraus Back and Neck Institute (KBNI) is honored to be featured in the Top Doctor Issue of H Texas for the 10th consecutive year. Dr. Gary Kraus and Dr. Masaki Oishi, both top-rated neurosurgeons, strive to provide the highest-quality service to patients, in a compassionate and caring environment. Physicians at the KBNI have learned, after having treated more than 30,000 patients, that the best way to meet the needs and expectations of the patient is through excellent communication. “No two patients have the same problem or desires,” says Dr. Oishi. “It is our role, as neurosurgeons, to diagnose what is causing a patient’s difficulties, explain it to them, and together with the patient, formulate a treatment plan which will best meet their expectations.”

Physicians at the KBNI have treated patients with neck pain, back pain, and spine and brain disorders, and continue to focus on the most important issue—the needs and goals of the patient. The result has been years of highly satisfied patients.

“Frequently, surgery is not necessary to help patients suffering with pain,” says Dr. Kraus. “Patients often achieve excellent results with nonsurgical treatments such as chiropractic treatments and physical therapy…at times, epidural steroid injections, sacro-iliac joint injections and facet blocks may also be very beneficial.” Dr. Oishi adds: “The advantage of being evaluated by a highly experienced team is that patients can be shown and educated about their problem, which helps them to make the best decision, be it surgical intervention or conservative care, to heal their pain and restore their quality of life.” It is this conservative approach, of avoiding surgery when possible, but using the most current and advanced minimally invasive surgical techniques when necessary, that has gained the confidence of many satisfied patients to refer their trusted family and friends for care.

“Many patients come to see us because they have low-back or neck pain, leg or arm pain, and weakness,” adds Dr. Kraus. “They may have been in an accident, and suffered trauma to their spine. Many patients are scared, depressed and fearful. Pain has taken over their lives, their families and their jobs.” Adds Dr. Oishi: “A big fear of patients is that they may require a large operation. Many are relieved to know that there are often numerous treatment options available to improve their pain without an operation.”

Many patients treated at the KBNI have experienced significant improvements in their pain, and many have “gotten their lives back.” Patients have said, “I wish I had gotten treatment a long time ago. For the first time in years, I have no pain.” The goal at the KBNI is to restore patients’ function, and get people back to their lives with their families and their jobs. This provides the ultimate satisfaction to the doctors and staff at the KBNI.

“Most patients don’t need to see the inside of an operating room,” Dr. Kraus points out. “So don’t live in fear and pain,” advises Dr. Oishi.

Dr. Kraus is past Chairman of Neurosurgery at Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital, and Director of Neurosciences and Gamma Knife at West Houston Medical Center. He is the Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Kraus is board-certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery, and is a Fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. He has been listed in “Best Doctors in America,” Castle Connolly Top Doctors, Texas Super Doctors, featured in Newsweek among “Best Neurosurgeons in Texas” and “Neurosurgery Leaders in the United States,” and is listed in “Who’s Who in America.”

Publications include the textbook Microsurgical Anatomy of the Brain: A Stereo Atlas (Williams and Wilkins), as well as numerous peer-reviewed papers and chapters in neurosurgery journals and textbooks. He has also coauthored the medical thriller novel Body Trade.

Specialty: Neurosurgery

Education: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, BS, Physics, Electrical Engineering; State University of New York/Stony Brook, MD; St. Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, Residency in Neurosurgery; Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix, AZ, Fellowship Neurovascular, Skull Base Surgery

Gary E. Kraus, MD, FAANS
Masaki Oishi, MD, PhD
Kraus Back & Neck Institute
Neurosurgery, PA

(281) 44-NEURO (446-3876)
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West Houston Medical Center
12121 Richmond Ave., Ste. 324
Houston, TX 77082
(281) 870-9292

Memorial Hermann Memorial City, Building III
915 Gessner, Ste. 360
Houston, TX 77024
(281) 44-NEURO

The Woodlands Office
3101 College Park Dr.
The Woodlands, TX 77384
(281) 44-NEURO

Humble Office
1485 FM 1960 Bypass E., Ste. 340
Humble, TX 77338
(281) 44-NEURO

Katy Office
1331 West Grand Parkway N., Ste. 320
Katy, TX 77082
(281) 44-NEURO

West University/Galleria
3391 Westpark
Houston, TX 77005
(281) 44-NEURO

Scott Young, DDS

Scott Young, DDS
Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry

At the offices of Scott Young, DDS you are not just another patient; you are treated as a prominent guest from the moment you walk through the door. Dr. Young’s practice is based on a foundation of providing personal attention to every guest. Personalized treatment plans ensure your comfort at every level of service including sedation dentistry, a serenity suite for relaxation, pillows, blankets and noise cancellation headphones.

“It is my goal that our patients—our guests—have no anxiety while they are under our care. We utilize advanced technology such as the 3D CT scan for planning and placement of implants,” says Dr. Young. “For those who are a little more apprehensive about visiting a dentist, we have sedation dentistry available.”

A graduate of the University of Texas Dental Branch, Dr. Young focuses on cosmetic and implant dentistry while offering the full spectrum of dental services including teeth whitening, implant supported prosthesis and full smile makeovers. Dr. Young has completed all core courses at LVI for Advanced Dental Studies. In addition, Dr. Young holds fellowship status with the American Dental Implant Association and was named a Super Dentist® in Texas Monthly.

“With the most advanced dental technology, a warm and knowledgeable team, and all the amenities necessary to help you feel relaxed and comfortable, our office is the place to receive five-star cosmetic dentistry treatment along with the smile you’ve always wanted,” says Dr. Young.

Scott Young, DDS
6769 Lake Woodlands Drive, Ste. G
The Woodlands, TX 77382
832-610-3119
www.woodlandsdentistry.com

Sandhya J. Prashad, MD

Sandhya J. Prashad, MD
Psychiatry

“Ketamine therapy is helping the best of me shine while quieting the thoughts and anxiety that can so often be self-defeating. It has, quite simply, been life-changing.”—Jack, patient

Up to one-third of patients with depression do not respond to several attempts at treatment or struggle with side effects. Dr. Prashad refused to settle for the relatively ineffective treatments available to these patients and decided to seek out the most evidence-based, innovative options.

She first became interested in IV ketamine because of the robust, rapid results and lack of side effects between treatments. Patients often notice that depression dramatically improves in a matter of days. Additionally, she became the first physician in the Houston area to offer deep transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy. This revolutionary approach to treating psychiatric conditions without medication is considered the most advanced TMS system currently available and is covered by insurance.

Dr. Prashad is a board-certified psychiatrist, who completed both medical school and residency at Baylor College of Medicine. She understands that any one treatment, no matter how cutting-edge, can’t be the right solution for everyone, and that treatments must be customized for each patient. Her patients describe her as compassionate, insightful and approachable, and above all, 100 percent dedicated to helping them achieve their goals.

 


Sandhya J. Prashad, MD

Houston Ketamine Therapeutics & Deep TMS
6565 West Loop South, Ste. 530
Bellaire, TX 77401
832-436-4055
www.houstonketaminetherapy.com

Rashid Rashid, MD, PhD, FAAD

RASHID RASHID, MD, PhD, FAAD
Dermatology

Rashid Rashid-5

Dr. Rashid is one of the few skin physicians in the world to hold two doctorate-level degrees, including a MD and PhD. He has received many awards from national societies (such as the American Medical Association) and has more than five dozen peer reviewed scientific papers.

With his exceptional background, this allows for a high standard of work that is used to cater to the unique needs and concerns of each patient. The Mosaic team offers treatments in Acne, Skin Cancer, Skin Rashes and can help with the evaluation of new or changing moles.

For Dr. Rashid and his staff, the top priority is to provide each and every patient with personalized care, and to create a low-pressure environment that allows the patient to make the most informed decision on skin care.

Mosaic Dermatology Houston
2211 Norfolk St., Ste. 405
Houston, TX 77098
713-522-7411 • MyDermatologyClinic.com

Meredith V. Morgan, MD

Meredith V. Morgan MD
Obstetrics and Gynecology

m_morganDr. Morgan’s goal is to know the needs of each patient while administering sophisticated, compassionate medical care. He is a Board Certified OB/Gyn with additional qualifications in menopausal care and bone densitometry. He has practiced in Houston for over 35 years. His attractive office is conveniently located in the Museum District with easy access to the Medical Center. His area of special interest is management of menopause and osteoporosis.

MEREDITH V. MORGAN, MD
2 Chelsa Blvd.
Houston, TX 77006
713-795-4145

www.drmeredithmorgan.com

Freemu Varghese, MD

Freemu Varghese, MD
Nephrology

As a Board Certified nephrologist, Freemu Varghese, MD, has been treating Houstonians suffering from complicated hypertension, kidney diseases and complicated medical conditions for more than 20 years. With a practice built not only on experience and expertise, in internal medicine and nephrology, but also on compassion for his patients, Dr. Varghese reaches out to the Houston Medical community by working with nursing homes and outpatient wound care. Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Nephrology, Dr. Varghese is also a clinical instructor at Baylor College of Medicine; the Medical Director for Quality Dialysis, Inc; and the Clinical Manager for Renal Access Clinic of Houston, an interventional nephrology practice. He has also served on the Harris County Medical Society Board.

Freemu Varghese, MD
Diagnostic Clinic of Houston
1200 Binz Street, Ste. 1100
Houston, TX 77004
713-797-9191

www.diagnosticclinic.com

George N. Zaibaq, O.D. & ASSOCIATES

May 20, 2018 by  
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George N. Zaibaq, O.D. & ASSOCIATES
Eye Trends

Always at the forefront of cutting edge technology and striving to gain knowledge on the latest Ophthalmic advancements, Dr. George Zaibaq & Associates have earned a reputation as one of Houston’s leading Therapeutic Optometrists. Dr. Zaibaq is a Diplomat of the American Optometry Board who specializes in comprehensive eye care, treatment and management of eye disease, glaucoma and laser vision correction co-management, as well as specialty contact lenses for warped corneas and keratoconus. He is a graduate of the University of Houston College of Optometry and completed his clinical training at the University of Houston Eye Institute and the Hebrew University Hospital Ophthalmology Department in Jerusalem. He completed his Optometric Glaucoma Certification training at the University of Texas Health Science center Houston. Dr. Zaibaq & Associates are dedicated to providing individualized care and go the extra mile to address their patients concerns. “I cherish my patients’ loyalty and work hard to keep them well taken care of,” says Dr. Zaibaq. Along with his associates, Dr. Veronica Wong and Dr. Darlene Freeman, Dr. Zaibaq & Associates serve patients in the Galleria, Bellaire, Meyerland and Sugar Land areas.


Meyerland Plaza
238 Meyerland Plaza
Houston, TX 77096
713-771-2020

Sugar Land Town Square
16200 City Walk
Sugar Land, TX 77479
281-265-2000

www.drzaibaq.com

New Kid on the Block and Tackle

One gray winter Sunday night in the 1960s I was working at a New York City newspaper when a colleague came across the city room holding a sheet of paper. He said to me, “You think we ought to run these scores?” They were the results of that afternoon’s games played by something called the American Football League. Most New Yorkers had never heard of the AFL, or even their own team, the New York Titans, which in 1963 became the Jets. The story goes that the AFL came about because Lamar Hunt of Dallas, son of H.L. Hunt, wanted a National Football League team in his town, but was turned down. So in 1959 he called up the richest person he knew in a number of cities and asked if they would put up $25,000 for a franchise — Barron Hilton in Los Angeles, Bud Adams in Houston, and so on.

For years the AFL played before sparse crowds in lousy stadiums until it got big enough, and competitive enough, to merge with the NFL. With the addition of several new franchises, today the NFL is a billion-dollar operation. But wait. Are ya ready for even more football? There is a new pro football league shaping up, and games may be played at a high school stadium near you, or maybe Houston has finally found a use for the Astrodome. Yes, here we go again, with high hopes, lots of money invested by armatures who haven’t the foggiest idea of what they are doing. Then again, that 25K the AFL owners spent to own a team is today worth maybe a hundred thousand or so.

The new league is called the Alliance of American Football, and already has a TV contract with CBS. Plans are for the AAF not to compete with the NFL, but to give fans spring games. The season begins play Feb. 9, 2019, six days after Super Bowl LII in Atlanta. The founders describe the league as “a feeder system for the NFL,” rather like the role minor league baseball plays with its not ready for prime time players. The league will consist of eight teams, although all the teams won’t be introduced until next month. So far Orlando, with Steve Spurrier as head coach, and Atlanta, with the infamous Michael Vick as a coach, have been assigned a franchise. In order to make the game faster and fan-friendly, there will be some rule differences from the NFL. The AAF is eliminating one of the most dangerous parts of football – kickoffs. Teams will start on their own 25-yard line after a score and at the start of each half. This means no onside kicks, but instead, the team that scores a touchdown gets the ball on its 35 in a 4th-and-10 situation. There will also be no extra points in the AAF as teams will be forced to go for a 2-point conversion.

Starting a new pro football league is monetarily suicidal. Remember Vince McMahon and his XFL league? It lasted one season, although McMahon will try again in 2020. The NFL is by far the nation’s most popular pro sport, but it has taken a hit the last two seasons. There was, and still is, the dispute over players taking a knee during the national anthem. TV ratings have dropped the last two seasons. Concussions have become a big problem. And there is overexposure with games on Saturdays after the colleges have taken a recess until the bowl games, Sunday afternoons and nights, Monday nights and now on Thursdays. For some fans, a saturation point has been reached.

At this point you are thinking, “If there’s gonna be a new football league, Houston should be at the table.” Well, the Bayou City has tried it before. There have been the Houston Texans in the World Football League. They moved to Louisiana to become the Shreveport Steamer. Over the years, in pro football, Houston has had the Oilers, Gamblers, Terror/Thunderbears, Outlaws, Marshals, Wild Riders, Texas Cyclones, Lightning and Stallions. Elsewhere in Texas, there were the San Antonio Texans in — of all things — the Canadian Football League. (Incidentally, on March 2, 2000, the new Houston franchise announced that the team name search had been narrowed down to five choices: Apollos, Bobcats, Stallions, Texans, and Wildcatters. Bobcats?) Then there were the Dallas Texans of the NFL, and therein lies a story. It was the 1952 season and the NFL put a franchise in Dallas, the Texans. One sports historian wrote: “The team is considered one of the worst teams in NFL history, both on (lowest franchise winning percentage) and off the field.” It lasted one season, went 1-11, and moved in mid-season to Hershey, Penn., then to Akron, Ohio. Remember that story the next time a Cowboy fan brings up football.

When the previously mentioned Lamar Hunt created the AFL, he named his team — what else? — the Dallas Texans. At that point the NFL decided Dallas deserved an NFL franchise after all. What a sudden change of heart. So Big D had two pro football teams. Eventually, Hunt moved his team to Kansas City where they became the Chiefs because the “Texans” handle didn’t do too well. Keeping that name would have been as bad as when Bud Adams moved the Oilers to Nashville and became the Nashville Oilers, then changed it to Titans, a totally meaningless handle. Adams probably felt safer in Nashville, since he was greatly disliked in Houston. When he announced the move, there was a rally in front of City Hall demanding that the Oilers stay put. Of a metropolitan population of several million, 100 people showed up. Adams once got in a fist fight at the Shamrock Hotel bar with Houston Post sportswriter Jack Gallagher. Later, someone told Jack, “Forget it. Adams is his own worst enemy.” Jack replied, “Not as long as I’m alive.”


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