Publishers Letter

Yes, the doctors are in

Written by Kendra Akers

Is there a doctor in the house?

This is no longer a valid question if you’re a Lake County resident and need medical attention. During the past three decades, a slew of talented doctors have set up shop here, bringing with them vision and innovation. As a result, our county has experienced numerous medical milestones:

  • 1991—Dr. David C. Lew opened Florida Heart and Vascular Center. He later performed the first coronary balloon angioplasty in the county. 
  • 1998—The first open-heart surgery in Lake County was performed at Leesburg Regional Medical Center. 
  • 2001—The first hospital-based neurosurgery program in Lake County was introduced at Leesburg Regional Medical Center. 
  • 2002—The Villages Regional Hospital opened to serve residents of Lake and Sumter counties. 
  • 2003—The Florida Hospital Waterman Cancer Institute opened, providing patients with comprehensive treatment and care close to home. 
  • 2012—Florida Hospital Waterman became the county’s first hospital to offer a robotic-assisted partial knee replacement procedure. 
  • 2013—The Personalized Urology and Robotics (PUR) Clinic opened at South Lake Hospital, offering robotic-assisted microsurgery to male patients. 

The list goes on and on. 

This month, we are introducing you to the area’s five-star physicians as rated by Castle Connolly, a health-care research company that identifies the nation’s best doctors and hospitals. Doctors who make this prestigious list were nominated by their peers and do not pay to be included. 

This list may be extremely helpful for anyone in need of a family doctor or a specialty doctor. After all, we no longer rely on word-of-mouth or simply choose the friendly neighborhood physician. We want a doctor with top-notch credentials and proven results. 

So, is there a doctor in the house?

You better believe it. And some damn good ones, at that. 



About the author

Kendra Akers

Kendra Akers is a lifelong resident of Lake County. She and husband, Doug, have five children, Michael, 23, Matthew, 21, Aubrey, 17, Shaena, 17 and Brooke, 15. She has been in the publishing industry since 1999, beginning her career as a marketing representative for a local newspaper. Since then, Kendra has worked at various publications and was able to fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a magazine publisher with her launch of Healthy Living Magazine in 2008. She then launched her second publication, VLIFE, in 2009 and purchased Lake and Sumter STYLE Magazine in 2010. She is proud to report her publications, published by Akers Media Group, have been recognized in numerous categories for “Publishing Excellence.” The most recent accomplishment was when Healthy Living Magazine was voted “Best Overall Magazine” by the Florida Magazine Association for the fourth year in a row! In her spare time, she enjoys most sports and likes to spend her free time offshore fishing near Crystal River, Florida.

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