Area doctors win local and state awards

By William K. Alcorn


Three area doctors have received HealthTap Top Doctor Awards that recognize their expertise in providing medical information online and via mobile devices.

They are: Dr. Luis Villaplana, internist, Top Thought Leader in the Youngstown Region; Dr. Elizabeth Finley-Belgrad, child psychiatrist, Top Doctor for the Youngstown Region and Top Child Psychiatrist in Ohio; and Dr. Michael Pascolini, Top Otolaryngologist in Ohio.

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Dr. Villaplana, a 1986 graduate of Ponce School of Medicine, is a board certified internist who has been in practice since 1989. He sees patients from adolescents to geriatrics at Prima Health Care, 7629 Market St., Suite 1000, Boardman.

An infant, child and adolescent psychiatrist, Dr. Finley-Belgrad, also certified in adult psychiatry, completed postgraduate training at Brown University; received her medical degree from Northwestern University in 1987, and in 1995, relocated to Boardman. She has offices at 146 Forest Hill Road, Boardman, and 3837 Starr Center Drive, Canfield.

Dr. Pascolini has five years’ experience in otolaryngology, otolaryngology/ facial plastic surgery, and otolaryngology/plastic surgery within the head and neck. His offices are at Fifth Avenue Otolaryngologists, 7227 Glenwood Ave., Boardman; HMHP Physicians Enterprise, 1950 Niles- Cortland Road NE, Suite 4, Howland; and 2388 Southeast Blvd., Salem.

The primary service offered by HealthTap, an interactive health company, is the ability to ask health questions online and via mobile devices for free to a network of United States-licensed physicians, with which Drs. Villaplana, Finley-Belgrad and Pascolini are affiliated.

The Winter 2013 HealthTap Top Doctor Competition brought together thousands of HealthTap network doctors who competed for local, state and national awards in the categories of Top Doctor, Top Specialist, Most Influential Doctor, and Thought Leader, said Dr. Jeff Livingston, HealthTap medical director.

Winners were selected by other doctors, who rated their peers based on demonstrated knowledge and expertise, and by consumers, who rated doctors on bedside manner and personality, Livingston said.

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