Dr. Richard Wallace, an infectious disease specialist at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler, has been ranked in the top 1 percent of physicians in his field by U.S. News and World Report magazine.
Wallace is a board-certified infectious disease physician who specializes in treating Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC), a rare and non-contagious bacterial infection affecting only one in 100,000 people in the United States.
MAC is thought to be environmentally acquired, meaning that the germs get into the lungs or body via air, water or soil. Risk factors for the disease include having lung tissue that has been damaged by tuberculosis, heavy smoking, or bronchiectasis — a condition that causes destruction of the tubes that carry air in and out of the lungs.
“I’ve been studying MAC for 35 years,” Dr. Wallace said. “We are fortunate to have the premiere laboratory in the world at UTHSCT for identifying these bacteria and determining which antibiotics work best against them.”
To qualify for Top Doctor, U.S. News teams up with Castle Connolly, a New York City-based firm that has spent almost 20 years identifying the nation’s top doctors. The firm bases its selections on nominations submitted by other doctors and reviewed by its physician-led research team.
Any doctor may nominate one or more physicians, but doctors cannot nominate themselves. Neither physicians nor their employers — such as hospitals or group practices — can pay to have a physician selected as a Top Doctor.