Top ranked doctor in Tyler
POSTED: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - 6:22pm
UPDATED: Thursday, August 2, 2012 - 10:05am
Dr. Richard Wallace, Infectious disease specialist—UTHSCT, amoung the top one percent of doctors and researchers in the U.S.
Tyler, Texas — Richard Wallace, MD, 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.
Dr. 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.
He went to medical school at Baylor College of Medicine in the Houston and did his residency and fellowship trainning in Boston then he came back to Texas and he's been working as a researcher and medical doctor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler fort he last 30 years.
The disease he specializes in is "MAC" — an environmentally acquired disease that causes a germ to 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.
Tyler is proud to have a top-ranked medical doctor and researcher working at the UTHSCT. Dr. Wallace actually grew up on Nacogdoches, and said, " Tyler is such a wonderful place to raise a family and live I love it here."