Published on January 22, 2019

Pardee UNC Health Care Physicians Chris Parsons, M.D., and James Radford, M.D.,

Named To Prestigious 2017-2018 Best Doctors In America® List


Hendersonville, N.C. – Pardee UNC Health Care physicians Chris Parsons, M.D., and James M. Radford, M.D., have been named among the Best Doctors in America® for 2017-2018. The prestigious recognition marks the second and eighth times, respectively, that Drs. Parsons and Radford have earned this honor.

Dr. Chris Parsons is the medical director of the Pardee Center for Infectious Diseases and is board-certified in infectious disease. Over a 13-year career in academic medicine focused on patient care, clinical education and research in infectious diseases, Dr. Parsons achieved the rank of Professor of Medicine while earning more than $10 million in external funding for clinical trials and original research from the National Institutes of Health and other sources.

“It’s a great honor to receive this recognition from colleagues,” Dr. Parsons said. “I’ve been fortunate to work with all of the talented members of the antibiotic stewardship, pharmacy, nursing and infection control teams whose contributions are critical for the good outcomes of patients at Pardee Hospital and the Center for Infectious Diseases.”

Dr. James Radford is an oncologist at the Pardee Cancer Center and is board-certified in both internal medicine and medical oncology. Dr. Radford notes that he became an oncologist for two reasons. His mother was diagnosed and treated for breast cancer during his second year in college.

“She was treated by a very good surgeon and did well,” Dr. Radford said. “But this was before medical oncology became a specialty and before anyone was available to answer our unending questions, to provide other treatment options, or to help people learn how to deal with this gut-wrenching life event. This experience made me want to be that person.” Secondly, Dr. Radford said he feared boredom. “Oncology may be frustrating, stressful, interesting, exciting, puzzling, joyful and tragic; however, I have never been bored over the years and love learning and experiencing something new in my profession every day.”

The highly regarded Best Doctors in America® List is assembled by Best Doctors, Inc. and results from exhaustive polling of close to 40,000 physicians in the United States. In a confidential review, current physician listees answer the question, “If you or a loved one needed a doctor in your specialty, to whom would you refer?” Best Doctors, Inc. evaluates the review results and verifies all additional information to meet detailed inclusion criteria.   

Best Doctors has earned a sterling reputation for reliable, impartial results by remaining totally independent. Doctors cannot pay to be included in the Best Doctors database, nor are they paid to provide their input. The List is a product of validated peer review, in which doctors who excel in their specialties are selected by their peers in the profession. 

Founded in 1989 by Harvard Medical School physicians, Best Doctors is a global benefits provider and medical information services company that connects individuals facing difficult medical treatment decisions with the best doctors, selected by impartial peer review in over 450 subspecialties of medicine, to review their diagnosis and treatment plans. Best Doctors has grown to over 40 million members worldwide.          

The innovative services offered by Best Doctors include access to an unrivaled database of physicians who have been selected as the best in their field by other leading doctors. The Company also employs leading analytics and technology platforms that help people in need get the right diagnosis and treatment plan, which significantly improves health outcomes while reducing costs. For further information, visit Best Doctors at

Pardee UNC Health Care is a not-for-profit community hospital founded in 1953 and is managed by UNC Health Care. The hospital is licensed for 222 acute care beds. Pardee has several locations separate from the main campus, including a comprehensive physician practice network, a cancer center, three urgent care locations and five orthopedic clinics. For more information or to find a physician, visit

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