Doctor's Orders

A word from some of KC's top docs

Randy Sheridan, MD

Johnson County OB/GYN

MidAmerica Physician Services, LLC


His decision to become a doctor: Working as an obstetrician and gynecologist since 1982, I have welcomed more than 6,000 new babies to the Kansas City area. I feel I have the most gratifying job on earth.

His approach to the delivery room:  I believe each patient deserves to have her ‘own doctor’ present to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

What he does to de-stress: I enjoy jogging and playing basketball. 


Bradley L. Freilich, MD

Kansas City Gastroenterology and Hepatology


His proudest achievement in health care: Being a part of the revolutionary research that led to a cure for Hepatitis C.

On the patient’s right to die debate: I believe it is a patient’s right to decide and they do not make that decision lightly.

The most common mistake patients make when it comes to health: Lack of preventative health care and staying in shape.


Rajesh Pahwa

University of Kansas Hospital Landon Center on Aging -- Neurology


What inspired him to become a doctor: Being born and brought up in India, at a young age all kids look to two main career paths: engineering and being a physician. My older brother became an engineer and I picked the next career path.

Medical advances he is excited about: There is a tremendous amount of research devoted to finding better treatment options for Parkinson’s disease. As a result, we will be offering newer treatments to my patients in the near future.

On the use of marijuana as medical therapy: Medical marijuana may help some patients with specific symptoms like loss of appetite and weight loss, but we need better scientific data and we need to limit its use to specific conditions rather than use it as an excuse to use marijuana.

The most common mistake patients make when it comes to their health: Not exercising and being overweight…[Addressing these issues] does not have to cost anything and would help a number of conditions.


Eugenia Pallotto, MD

Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics

Department of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine


Her decision to become a doctor: I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to be a doctor. Even in grade school I loved taking care of babies and have been able to continue this passion through my profession.

On the patient’s right to die debate: Death is not always the worst outcome for a patient. The advances in technology supporting patients through illnesses are so important but we need to use them cautiously to improve the quality of life, not to prolong death. This may look very different from family to family. It should be our job in the healthcare field to provide information and listen to what is most important to each family or individual.


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