59 UNC physicians named among "America's Top Doctors"

The doctors were chosen by their peers, based primarily for their excellence in patient care through Castle Connolly's surveying and research methods.

Media contact: Tom Hughes, (919) 966-6047, tahughes@unch.unc.edu

Friday, Feb. 4, 2011

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Fifty-nine physicians at the University of North Carolina Hospitals are listed in the latest version of “America’s Top Doctors,” a compilation that is published annually by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.

The doctors were chosen by their peers, based primarily for their excellence in patient care through Castle Connolly's surveying and research methods. Survey respondents were asked to nominate peer physicians to whom they would send members of their family.

The UNC doctors honored in the compilation are:

Cardiovascular Disease – Sidney Smith
Child Neurology – Robert Greenwood
Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism – John Buse, H. Shelton Earp, David Ontjes
Gastroenterology – Scott Brazer, Douglas Drossman, Kim Isaacs, Scott Plevy, R. Balfour Sartor
Geriatric Medicine – Mac Greganti, Laura Hanson
Gynecologic Oncology – Daniel Clarke-Pearson, Wesley Fowler, John Soper
Infectious Disease – Myron Cohen, Charles van der Horst
Maternal & Fetal Medicine – John Thorp
Medical Oncology – Stephen Bernard, Lisa Carey, Paul Godley, Richard Goldberg, Hyman Muss, Jonathan Serody, Thomas Shea, Mark Socinski
Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine – Alan Stiles
Nephrology – Ronald Falk
Neurological Surgery – Matthew Ewend
Obstetrics & Gynecology – John Steege
Ophthalmology – Jonathan Dutton, Travis Meredith
Orthopaedic Surgery - Timothy Taft
– Harold Pillsbury, Brent Senior, William Shockley, Mark Weissler
Pediatric Hematology-Oncology – Julie Blatt, Stuart Gold
Pediatric Otolaryngology – Amelia Drake
Plastic Surgery – C. Scott Hultman
Psychiatry – Richard Weisler
Pulmonary Disease – James Donohue, David Henke
Radiation Oncology – Jan Halle, Lawrence Marks, Julian Rosenman, Joel Tepper
Reproductive Endocrinology – Marc Fritz
Rheumatology – Nortin Hadler
Surgery – Benjamin Calvo, Mark Koruda, Anthony Meyer
Thoracic Surgery – Richard Feins
Urology – Culley Carson, Raj Pruthi, Richard Sutherland, Eric Wallen
Vascular & Interventional Radiology – Matthew Mauro

A physician-led team of researchers followed a rigorous screening process to select top doctors on both the national and regional levels. Using mail surveys, telephone surveys and electronic ballots, the research team asked board certified physicians and the medical leadership of leading hospitals to nominate highly skilled, exceptional doctors. Criteria developed by the Castle Connolly research team led to the final selection of those physicians most highly regarded by their peers in each specialty. The criteria used to determine physician eligibility for inclusion in the magazine: professional qualifications; education, residency, board certification, fellowships; professional reputation, hospital appointment, medical school faculty appointment, and experience. The physicians are grouped alphabetically by specialty and alphabetically within each specialty.

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