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World-Class Specialists

Here are just some of our specialists and the unique ways in which they bring world-class health care to mid-Missouri. 

Stephen Whitt, MD

At work:
Chief of Staff as well as Pulmonologist, Critical Care and Environmental Medicine Specailist, University Hospital

Favorite hobby:

Favorite restaurant:

First job:

What others say:
"Dr. Whitt took the time to talk to our family when our dad was sick. He wasn't in a hurry and gave us his full attention, which means a lot when your loved one is in the Intensive Care Unit."


Ajit Tharakan, MD

At work:
Cardiothoracic surgeon, University Hospital

Why I do what I do:
"It's a calling; because it is challenging and I enjoy it."

Favorite movie:
Ben Hur

Favorite singer:
Billy Joel 

What others say:
Watch Dr. Tharakan to learn more about our cardiothoracic surgery services and the multi-specialty approach that is used to treat patients in our Hybrid OR.


Ashish Nanda, MD

At work:
Neuro-interventionalist, University Hospital

Why I do what I do:
"I believe each stroke patient deserves every possible treatment option and chance to survive."

What others say:
"When I thanked Dr. Nanda for repairing my aneurysm, he told me he was just doing his job. I was amazed that he could be so humble."

Watch Dr. Nanda to learn more about what goes into removing an aneurysm.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Nanda please call (573) 882-1515.



Stephen Barnes, MD 

At work:
Trauma surgeon, University Hospital

Why I do what I do:
"I can't think of anything more rewarding than saving lives."

What others say:
"If I'm ever involved in a car accident or other trauma, the person I want to see looking down at me is Stephen Barnes."

Watch Dr. Barnes to learn more about who treats patients at our Frankl L. Mitchell Jr, MD Level 1 Trauma Center, andhow trauma became his calling.

To contact Dr. Barnes or anyone on our Trauma team, please call (573) 884-MU-DOC (6836).



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