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Vanderbilt physicians again listed on best doctors surveys

BY: JOHN HOWSER

5/05/2011 - Again this year, Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s physicians are featured prominently in two popular annual surveys which recognize top physician performance and high levels of patient satisfaction. Both America’s Top Doctors and Best Doctors in America list hundreds of Vanderbilt physicians as being among the nation’s best.

“One thing we know is we have great doctors and nurses and that is one of the distinguishing features for Vanderbilt Health,” said C. Wright Pinson, MBA, M.D., deputy vice chancellor for Health Affairs and CEO of the Vanderbilt Health System.”

“And these two organizations continue to confirm and recognize many of our high quality health care providers. This acknowledgment serves as further validation of the talent and dedication of our physicians.”

“I want to congratulate our faculty who were named to these lists, and also say, I know many not on these lists are also superb doctors.”

The annual list for America’s Top Doctors 2011, published by Castle Connolly Medical, selected 61 VUMC faculty representing a diverse array of specialty and subspecialty areas.

Inclusion criteria for America’s Top Doctors is described by Castle Connolly as a selection process that begins with online surveys of physicians in both academic and private practice positions across the U.S., who are asked to nominate physicians they consider best in their respective areas of medicine.

Once professional peer nominations are processed, a physician-led research team reviews the credentials of every physician considered for inclusion as a Castle Connolly Top Doctor. This review includes, among other factors, scrutiny of medical education, training, hospital appointments, administrative posts, professional achievements, and malpractice and disciplinary history.

According to Castle Connolly, doctors do not and cannot pay to be included in any Castle Connolly listing or guide.

Also this year, 309 Vanderbilt physicians, including faculty specifically identied with VUMC, the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, the Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital, VA Medical Center and Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, were named to the list for Best Doctors in America.

Boston-based Best Doctors, Inc. describes their inclusion process for Best Doctors in America as drawing on the expertise of 46,000 physicians in 43 specialties and more than 400 subspecialties of medicine—representing the top 5 percent of physicians in their specialty.

The list is compiled every two years by Best Doctors, Inc. Each nominated physician was screened and asked to provide information about his or her practice.

America’s Top Doctors
Bassel Abou-Khali
Carlos Arteaga
R. Daniel Beauchamp
Jordan Berlin
David Bichell
Benjamin Byrd III
David Carbone
Anuradha Chakravarthy
Sam Chang
Ravi Chari
Karla Christian
Michael Cookson

Sean Donahue
Kathryn Edwards
Frank Fish
Haydar Frangoul
Debra Friedman
John Greer
Kevin Hagan
Kenneth Hande
David Haynes
J. Harold Helderman
Mark Kelley
Kevin Kelly
Howard Kirshner
Patrick Lavin
Richard Light
Christophe Lind
MacRae Linton
James Loyd

Louise Mawn
Thomas McCurley III
Douglas Milam
Walter Morgan III
Jonathan Nesbitt
James Netterville
Robert Ossoff
C. Leon Partain
C. Wright Pinson
Michael Porayko
Alvin Powers
Joe Putnam
David Raiford
Russell Ries
Martin Sandler
Herbert Schwartz
Douglas Seidner
John Sergent
Kenneth Sharp
Allen Sills
Joseph Smith Jr.
Carmen Solorzano
Jeffrey Sosman
Dan Spengler
Kurt Spindler
Paul Sternberg Jr.
Reid Thompson
Michael Vaezi
Arthur Wheeler
James Whitlock
Wendell Yarbrough

Best Doctors in America
Bassel Abou-Khalil
Sari Aftim Acra
Mark Adams
Anita Agarwal
John Travis Algren
George Allen
Ban Mishu Allos
Laurel Alsentzer
Ted Louis Anderson
Judy Aschner
Joseph Awad

Scott Baldwin
Shari Barkin
Donald Robert Barnett
Daniel Beauchamp

Nancy Benegas
Jordan Berlin
Phillip Bertram
Nancy Beveridge
Bruce Beyer
Italo Biaggioni
Brian Biesman
Alan Boyd
Andrea Bracikowski
Linda Brady
John W. Brock III
Douglas Brown
Nancy Brown
Benjamin Byrd III
John Gerald Byrne
W. Barton Campbell
David Paul Carbone
Lavenia Carpenter
Brian Carter
Sam Chang
Ravi Chari
David Charles
Joseph Shun-Che Cheng
Michael Christie
Brian Christman
Dai Chung
Andre Churchwell
Keith Churchwell
Walter Clair
Peter Clark
Anthony Cmelak
Cheryl Coffin
Harold Breckeridge Collins
Raoul Concepcion
John Connors III

Michael Cookson

Philip Coogan
Robert Cotton
Jeffrey Creasy

Marshall Crenshaw
Donna Crowe
William Raymond Davidson
Thomas Davis

Michael DeBaun
Dominique Delbeke
Mark Denison
Terence Dermody
Jayant Deshpande
Thomas DiSalvo
John Holland Dixon Jr.
Roger Dmochowski
Debra Dodd
Sean Donahue
Peter Donofrio
Thomas Doyle
Stephens Dudley
J. Stephen Dummer
Gary William Duncan
James Duncavage
Ryszard Dworski
Roland Eavey
Kathryn Edwards
William Edwards Jr.
Esther Eisenberg
Roy Elam III
Darrel Ellis
Wesley Ely Jr.
John Fang
Michael Craig Ferrell

Candace Fike
Jo-David Fine
Frederick Finke
Frank Fish
Haydar Frangoul
Joseph Fredi
Debra Friedman
Francis Andrew Gaffney
David Gailani
Clifford Louis Garrard
Gaelyn Garrett
James Gay
Jill Gilbert
Mark Glazer
Michael Alan Gold
Thomas Golper

Steven Goudy
Cornelia Graves
Neil Green
Brad Greenbaum
Ralph Greenbaum
John Greene
John Pettry Greer

Peter Grubb
Jeffrey Guy
Harry Edward Gwirtsman
David Haas
Kevin Hagan
Kenneth Hande
David Hansen
Frank Haraf Jr.
Zena Leah Harris
William Harwell Jr.
David Haynes
David Head

Peter Hedera
Richard Heller
S. Duke Herrell III

Martin Hirsch
Richard Hock
Mike Holzman
Rob Reid Hood
Jane Howard
David Hudson
Donna Hummell
Tracy Hunley
Joseph W. Huston III
Alp Ikizler
Kathy Jabs
Henry Jennings III
Jim Jirjis
James Johns
Karla Johns
Howard Jones III

Karen Joos
Audrey Kang
Ann Kavanaugh-McHugh
Mark Kelley
Kevin Joseph Kelly
Mary Keown
Lloyd King Jr.
Howard Kirshner
Peter Konrad
Marvin Kronenberg
Jed Kuhn
Annette Kyzer
Eric Lambright

James Lancaster
Ira Landsman
Michael Laposata
Patrick Lavin
Donald Lee
John Lee
Julia Lewis
Jun Li
Richard Light
Thomas Limbird
Christopher Lind
Nancy Lipsitz

Jefferson Lomenick
Harold Lovvorn III
James Emory Loyd
Robert Macdonald
Robert Mallard
Beth Malow
David Maron
Raymond Martin III

William Martin
Revi Mathew
Louise Mawn
Ingrid Mayer
Joshua McCollum
Michel Alice McDonald
Susan McGrew
Michael McLean
John Addison McPherson

Keith Meador
Willie Valentenia Melvin III
Gregory Mencio
Nipun Merchant
Douglas Milam
Jami Miller
Robert Miller
Ronald Miller
Aaron Milstone
Dina Mishu
Paul Moore
Paul Moots
Sam H. Moran
Thomas Morgan
John Albert Morris Jr.
Louis Muglia
Barbara Ann Murphy
John Murray
Allen Joel Naftilan
Jennifer Najjar
Thomas Charles Naslund
William Nealon
Wallace Neblett III
Jonathan Nesbitt
James Lee Netterville
John Newman
William Obremskey
Anne Elizabeth O'Duffy
Barbara Olson
Robert Ossoff
Leon Parks
Leon Partain
Neal Patel

Matthew Pearson
Stokes Peebles Jr.
Richard Peek Jr.
Amanda Catherine Peltier
David Penson
Elizabeth Perkett
Mark Peters
Michael Ray Petracek
William Petrie
John Phillips III

Robert Piana
John Pietsch
C. Wright Pinson
Sharon Piper
John Pope IV

James Powers
James Sterling Price
Jan Price
Lawrence (Lance) Prince
Joe Putnam Jr.
Stephen Raffanti
Jennifer Ragsdale
David Raiford
James Ramsey

Lindsay Rauth
Franco Recchia

John Reese
Todd William Rice
Steven Riley
Mark Anthony Robbins
David Robertson
Dan Roden

Mario Rojas

Jeffrey Rottman
Charles Rush
William Russell
Dan Sanders III
William Schaffner
Nicole Schlechter
Katharine Schull
Gerald Schulman

David Schwartz
Herbert Schwartz
John Sergent
Bruce Shack
David Shaffer
Kenneth Sharp
James Sheller
Richard Shelton
Jayant Shenai
Deborah Sherman
Harrison Shull Jr.
Jean Simpson
Robert Sinard
Bonnie Smith Slovis
Walter Smalley
Geoffrey Smallwood
Joseph Smith Jr.
Michael Smith
Carmen Solorzano
Jeffrey Sosman
Charles N. Spencer Jr.
Dan Spengler
Bennett Spetalnick
Kurt Spindler
Subramaniam Sriram
Stephen Staggs
Thomas Stasko
Paul Sternberg Jr.
LeAnn Stokes

George Stricklin
Craig Sussman
Bobo Tanner

John Thomas
Reid Thompson

Brian Thomson
Uyen Tran

Harsh Trivedi

Noel Tulipan

Michael Vaezi
Diane Vosberg
Ronald Clark Walker
Horace Watson
Amy Weeks
Douglas Weikert
Jay Werkhaven
Ralph Wesley
Arthur Wheeler
Joan White

George Wilson
Robert Workman
John Kelly Wright Jr.

Todd Wurth
David Zhao
John Zic
Carl Zimmerman

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