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Two Pardee physicians named 'Best Doctors'

Dr. Chris Parsons and Dr. James Radford were named to 'Best Doctors' list. Dr. Chris Parsons and Dr. James Radford were named to 'Best Doctors' list.

Infectious disease specialist Chris Parsons and oncologist James M. Radford have been named among the Best Doctors in America for 2018-2019, Pardee UNC Health Care announced.


The highly regarded Best Doctors in America List is assembled by Best Doctors, Inc. and results from exhaustive polling of close to 40,000 physicians in the United States. In a confidential review, current physician listees answer the question, “If you or a loved one needed a doctor in your specialty, to whom would you refer?” Best Doctors, Inc. evaluates the review results and verifies all additional information to meet detailed inclusion criteria.

The prestigious recognition marks the third and ninth times, respectively, that Parsons and Radford have earned the honor.
Parsons is the medical director of the Pardee Center for Infectious Diseases and is board-certified in infectious disease. Over a 14-year career in academic medicine focused on patient care, clinical education and research in infectious diseases, Dr. Parsons achieved the rank of Professor of Medicine while earning more than $10 million in external funding for clinical trials and original research from the National Institutes of Health and other sources.
Radford, an oncologist at the Pardee Cancer Center, is board-certified in both internal medicine and medical oncology. Radford notes that he became an oncologist for two reasons. First, his mother was diagnosed and treated for breast cancer during his second year in college. Secondly, Dr. Radford says he feared boredom and sought a career that offered a variety of learning opportunities and challenges.

Best Doctors has earned a reputation for reliable, impartial results by remaining totally independent. Doctors cannot pay to be included in the Best Doctors database, nor are they paid to provide their input. The list is a product of validated peer review, in which doctors who excel in their specialties are selected by their peers in the profession.
Founded in 1989 by Harvard Medical School physicians, Best Doctors is a global benefits provider and medical information services company that connects individuals facing difficult medical treatment decisions with the best doctors, selected by impartial peer review in over 450 subspecialties of medicine, to review their diagnosis and treatment plans. Best Doctors has grown to over 40 million members worldwide.
The innovative services offered by Best Doctors include access to an unrivaled database of physicians who have been selected as the best in their field by other leading doctors. The company also employs leading analytics and technology platforms that help people in need get the right diagnosis and treatment plan, which significantly improves health outcomes while reducing costs. For further information, visit Best Doctors at