February 24, 2010


HOHENWALD, Tenn. – Jawaid Kamal, M.D, board certified in internal medicine and nephrology on the medical staff at Lewis Health Center is one of the nation's most influential doctors, according to an online database launched by USA TODAY. Dr. Kamal is the only physician in the Lewis County area listed.

Created for USA TODAY by the medical information firm Qforma, the database lists about 8,800 specialists in the treatment of high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, asthma, breast cancer, depression, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and arthritis from more than 300 communities across the country.

"I am committed to providing quality health care to the people of Lewis County, and have been serving the area for a total of eight years. It is an honor to be recognized in this database," said Dr. Kamal.

Unlike standard best-doctor lists compiled by opinion-based surveys, the Qforma analysis represents a national effort to track subtle differences in physcicians' practice patterns that reveal, on a local level, which physicians most influence their peers.

Qforma looked at referral patterns, prescription activity, procedures, research and many other factors. According to USA Today, by design, two-thirds of those identified are community physicians whose focus is patient care.

The project's goal is to offer consumers an innovative resource during the complex decision of how to choose a physician.

"We are fortunate to have such a great physician at Lewis Health Center. While we have witnessed his significant influence on excellent patient care in our community, it is wonderful to see him recognized on a national level,” said Dustin Flowers, DPT, director of the Lewis Health Center.

Dr. Kamal received his medical degree from Sind Medical College in Pakistan. He completed a residency at Interfaith Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York and a fellowship in nephrology at St. Louis University Medical Center in St. Louis, Missouri.