Give Him a Hand

Dr. Stephen O’Connell

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Growing up near Washington, D.C., he idolized his family’s physician and wanted to follow in his footsteps. And in a family of Fighting Irish fans, O’Connell’s choice of university was a given: “I think I was a junior before my dad told me there were other colleges,” he says.

Tackling Tough Turf

Dr. Janet Ihde

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Board certified in general surgery, surgical oncology, and surgical critical care, Ihde serves as medical director for The Desert Comprehensive Breast Center at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, a position she has held since 1994. She also serves on the faculty at Loma Linda University.

Listening for Clues

Dr. Elke Jost-Vu

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The first thing you notice about Dr. Elke Jost-Vu is that she listens when you speak. An endocrinologist and medical director of the diabetes program at Eisenhower Medical Center, Jost-Vu specializes in a field whose warning signs are often predicated by subtle shifts in chemistry.

On the Forefront

Dr. Maria Greenwald

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Driven by the thrill of scientific research, Dr. Maria Greenwald became a doctor because medicine offered a way to apply cutting-edge ideas to helping people. After 26 years specializing in rheumatology and osteoporosis, the bounty of new treatments — especially in rheumatology — offers continual challenges and hopeful solutions.