Physicians

 

Dr. Cruse Dr. McIlwain Dr. Smith
Dr. Laura Cruse Dr. Harris McIlwain Dr. Kim Smith

 

Dr. Harris McIlwainDr. Harris McIlwain graduated from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and is board certified in Internal Medicine, Rheumatology, and Geriatric Medicine.  He has authored 28 books for patients on health, including topics as arthritis, osteoporosis, back pain, and fibromyalgia. His books include Diet for a Pain-Free Life, The Pain-Free Back, Reversing Osteopenia, Pain-Free Arthritis, and The Fibromyalgia Handbook. He has also published e-Books; Unleashing the Mystery of Fibromyalgia, Bone Boosters, Diet for a Pain-Free Life the Pain-Free Back, Reversing Osteopenia and the Simply Series Recipes.  Dr. McIlwain has been spotlighted as one of the “Best Doctors” in America and in the Tampa Bay area seven times as well as being honored as one of the Top 100 Physicians in the United States.  Recently, he received the Patients Choice Award.  He consults with Best Doctors of America on international cases on fibromyalgia and other areas of arthritis and related diseases.   Dr. McIlwain is also the Pain Expert for Dr. Oz’s Sharecare.com website, providing answers to questions from patients in pain. He has been the Principal Investigator for multiple clinical trials including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, lupus, gout and more. He is married, has six children, and is active in his community.  He coached the Tampa area Spirit’s soccer team, winners of a National Championship.

Dr. Laura Cruse

Dr. Laura Cruse graduated from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.  She completed her medical studies and fellowship in Rheumatology at the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL.  Active in her community, she has been a volunteer physician for the Migrant Clinic for the Catholic Charities and has previously been honored with the Humanism in Medicine Award.  She is also a “Best Doctor in America”. Dr. Cruse was a past Support and Education Group Leader for the Arthritis Foundation and has several publications to her credit, including co-authoring Reversing Osteopenia.  Dr. Cruse has been the Sub-Investigator for multiple rheumatological clinical trials for osteoarthritis, obesity, low bone density, and rheumatoid arthritis. She is married, has three children, and enjoys photography and outdoor activities.

 

Dr SmithDr. Kimberly Smith graduated from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She also attended the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida, and was accepted into Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. She received her degree in Internal Medicine from USF, and completed her fellowship in Rheumatology at Emory University. Dr. Smith has volunteered extensively in her community, including leadership activities with an Alzheimer’s Unit in Tampa. She was the Principal Investigator in lupus clinical trials and the Sub-Investigator on multiple clinical trials in Rheumatology and Internal Medicine, including studies on rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, and shingles. In 2011, Dr. Smith received the Compassionate Doctor Award based on reviews written by thousands of patients. While physicians generally receive positive feedback from their patients, only a select few receive praise about the compassion that accompanied their care. In fact, of the nation’s 720,000 active physicians, less than 3% were accorded this honor by their patients. In 2010, she was voted as one of America’s “Most Compassionate Doctors” and in 2008, 2009, and 2010, she was presented with “Patient’s Choice” Award. In addition, Dr. Smith has co-authored several books addressing osteopenia and arthritis, including Reversing Osteopenia. She is married, has three children, two dogs, enjoys long distance running, and has completed several half-marathons and full marathon events.