USF Health physicians dominate Best Doctors in America list

– More than a third on list in the Tampa Bay area work at USF –

In the Tampa Bay area, 36 percent of the physicians who made the 2007 Best Doctors in America list work at USF Health.

And when you include the generous volunteer faculty members (those who teach medical students several times each year) and College of Medicine alumni in private practice locally, the statement is even more profound – 70 percent of the list has a connection with USF Health.

The annual list for Best Doctors in America is compiled from surveys of physicians asking them who they would go to for treatment in their specialty. The result is a national listing of 30,000 physicians in more than 40 specialties.

This year, the list included 522 physicians from the Tampa Bay area. Of that 190 are full-time, courtesy or OPS physicians for USF. The list also included 156 physicians who are volunteer faculty members for USF and 17 alumni of the USF College of Medicine (some of the physicians in the other categories are also alumni but were counted only in their faculty category), bringing the total to 363 physicians (70 percent) who have a connection with USF Health.

In 2004, 213 out of 310 physicians listed were USF Health (69 percent) and, in 2005, 263 out of 389 listed were USF Health (68 percent).

“That so many of our faculty made the Best Doctors list speaks volumes about the impact USF Health has in the Tampa Bay area,” said Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA, dean of the USF College of Medicine and vice president for USF Health. “Our expertise is sought after by patients and physicians alike.”

USF Health boasts the area’s largest medical practice, with more than 400 physicians treating this region’s residents. They see more than 500,000 patients each year in dozens of medical facilities – large and small – along the Florida Gulf Coast.

The following is the list of physicians included in the 2007 Best Doctors in America who have a connection to USF Health. The physicians are listed alphabetically in each specialty, with some physicians earning spots in more than one specialty.

Allergy and Immunology

Roger Williams Fox
Mark Christian Glaum
Alan Barton Halsey
Craig Andrew Kalik
Dennis K. Ledford
Richard F. Lockey
Mitchel Seleznick
Mandel Reid Sher

Anesthesiology
Alan David Almengual
Amrat Anand
Attila Becsey
Enrico M. Camporesi
John B. Downs
John H. Elinger
Danya Godoy-Hung
Frank Green
Christopher Knop
Rafael Miguel
Emery Navori
Willem J. Nel
David Jeffrey Samuels
John (Hans) Schweiger
Hector Vila
Luminita Vladutu
Dien Vu

Cardiovascular Disease
Guillermo B. Cintron
Anne B. Curtis
Fadi A. Matar
Debbie Rinde-Hoffman
John Thompson Sullebarger

Colon and Rectal Surgery
Jorge E. Marcet

Dermatology
Teresa Pullara Brandt
James B. Connors
Peter A. Donelan
Lowella E. Esperanza
Neil Alan Fenske
L. Frank Glass
John Robert Hamill, Jr.
Timothy Francis Kelly
Nancy Ling
Christopher G. Nelson
Albert J. Nemeth
Stacy Perez
Philip D. Shenefelt

Family Medicine
Colin S. Beach
Susan Beers Betzer
Harrison James Brownlee, Jr.
Adam A. Brunson
Eric Emmanuel Coris
Corey H. Evans
Bruce Joseph Flareau
Eduardo C. Gonzalez
Pamela C. Grover
Frederic J. Guerrier
George E. Hutter
Richard J. Ina
Gigi Claire Lefebvre
Paul Lewis
Candice C. Linton
Dolores K. Lowe
Yves Morency
John V. Murray, Jr.
Michele D. Pescasio
Richard G. Roetzheim
Diane M. Rogers
Robert B. Rosequist
Frank Allen Thompson
Laurie Joan Woodard
Kira Katherine Zwygart

Gastroenterology
Patrick G. Brady
Jay J. Mamel
H. Juergen Nord
Haim Pinkas

Geriatric Medicine
Claudia Beghé-Balducci
John A. Frutchey
June Leland
Vincent P. Perron
Bruce Eugene Robinson
Ronald Scott Schonwetter

Hand Surgery
Robert John Belsole

Infectious Disease
Margarita Rosa Cancio
John N. Greene
Douglas Allen Holt
Sally H. Houston
John Thomas Sinnott

Internal Medicine (General)
Harold M. Adelman
Claudia Beghé-Balducci
Bryan Bognar
Maria L. Cannarozzi
Jose Panganiban Cariaga
Kent R. Corral
Edward Cutolo
Mark Allen Davis
Michael T. Flannery
Richard A. Gross
William E. Helm
Richard P. Hoffmann
Deborah A. Humphrey
Jose (Joe) Lezama
Cuc Thi Mai
Hugo J. Narvarte
Gregory W. Nestor
Kevin O’Brien
Vincent P. Perron
Alexander Reiss
Mitchel Seleznick
Elizabeth A. Warner
Susan M. Zimmer

Medical Oncology and Hematology
Melissa Alsina
Lodovico Balducci
Gerold Bepler
Paul A. Chervenick
Gina D’Amato
William S. Dalton
Adil Iqbal Daud
Martine Extermann
Christopher R. Garrett
Mohamad A. Hussein
Alan F. List
Susan Minton
Daniel M. Sullivan
Kenneth S. Zuckerman

Nephrology
Denise Y. Alveranga
Samuel Steven Weinstein
Charles E. Wright

Neurological Surgery
Gene Alan Balis
Steven Brem
Kenneth Louis
Donald A. Smith
Bruce B. Storrs
Fernando L. Vale
Harry R. van Loveren

Neurology
Selim Ramin Benbadis
Edmund Guy Grant, Jr.
Robert A. Hauser
Kenneth Louis
Erasmo Passaro
Juan R. Sanchez-Ramos
Gregory C. Scott
Michael Allan Sloan
William O. Tatum
Paul R. Winters

Neurology, Child
Maria A. Gieron-Korthals
J. Richard Gunderman

Nuclear Medicine
Claudia G. Berman

Obstetrics and Gynecology
Jeffrey L. Angel
Marc A. Bernhisel
Steven D. Gitomer
Mitchel S. Hoffman
David L. Keefe
Catherine M. Lynch
James C. Mayer
Joan McCarthy
Valerie C. Mechanik
Anthony M. Messina
Anna Kristina Parsons
Michael Thomas Parsons
Karen Raimer
Samuel Tarantino
Barry Stephen Verkauf
James C. Von Thron
J. Kell Williams

Occupational Medicine
Stuart M. Brooks

Ophthalmology
Craig Berger
Christine E. Callahan
Leonard Edward Cortelli, Jr.
Mitchell D. Drucker
W. Sanderson Grizzard
Lewis Groden
Steven Abraham Gross
Mark E. Hammer
Geoffrey Malcom Kwitko
Scott E. Pautler
Peter Reed Pavan
Thomas J. Pusateri
David W. Richards
Charles B. Slonim

Orthopaedic Surgery
Thomas L. Bernasek
Brett R. Bolhofner
William G. Carson, Jr.
Philip Davidson
George Douglas Letson
Michael R. Piazza
Heidi Multhopp Stephens

Otolaryngology
Loren J. Bartels
Kestutis Paul Boyev
James N. Endicott
Edward H. Farrior
Joseph B. Farrior, III
Douglas W. Klotch
Judith Czaja McCaffrey
Thomas Vincent McCaffrey

Pathology
Jane Messina
Michael Morgan
Santo V. Nicosia

Pediatric Allergy and Immunology
Alan Barton Halsey
Craig Andrew Kalik
Mandel Reid Sher
John W. Sleasman

Pediatric Anesthesiology
John H. Elinger
Jeffery W. Miller
Linda Jo Rice
Dien Vu

Pediatric Cardiac Surgery
Jeffrey P. Jacobs
James Anthony Quintessenza

Pediatric Cardiology
Alfred Asante-Korang
Michael L. Epstein
Jorge Manuel Giroud
James Gifford Henry
James C. Huhta
Richard Manuel Martinez
Jorge McCormack

Pediatric Cardiovascular Anesthesia
Jeffery W. Miller

Pediatric Critical Care
Perry Boyd Everett
Mark Allan Nichter
Daniel J. Plasencia
Dan Riggs
Albert Saltiel
Richard E. Weibley

Pediatric Endocrinology
Barry B. Bercu
Terry J. DeClue
Frank B. Diamond, Jr.
E. Verena Jorgensen
John I. Malone
Allen W. Root
Dorothy I. Shulman

Pediatric Gastroenterology
Daniel T. McClenathan

Pediatric Hermatology-Oncology
Jerry L. Barbosa
Michael L. Nieder

Pediatric Infectious Disease
David Michael Berman
Juan Dumois
Patricia Emmanuel
Jack H. Hutto, Jr.

Pediatric Nephrology
Alfonso Campos
Valerie M. Panzarino
Sharon A. Perlman

Pediatric Neurologial Surgery
Carolyn M. Carey
Sarah J. Gaskill
Arthur E. Marlin
Luis F. Rodriguez
Bruce B. Storrs

Pediatric Nutrition
Michele P. Winesett

Pedidatric Ophthalmology
Magda Barsoum-Homsy
Steven Abraham Gross
Derek B. Hess

Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery
Scott Warren Beck
Dennis Paul Grogan
Harry Kim
Sheila M. Love
Jeffrey B. Neustadt
Cara D. Novick

Pediatric Otolaryngology
Thomas M. Andrews
Peter W. Orobello, Jr.

Pediatric Plastic Surgery
Ernesto Ruas

Pediatric Pulmonology
Anthony Kriseman

Pediatric Rheumatology
Robert W. Nickeson, Jr.
Mandel Reid Sher
John W. Sleasman

Pediatric Specialist/Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Deborah A. Donlon
Anthony E. Napolitano, Jr.

Pediatric Surgery
Andre Hebra

Pediatric Urology
Yves L. Homsy
Mark E. Kolligian

Pediatrics (General)
Dipti Patel Amin
Lori A. Bowers
Maria L. Cannarozzi
Jose E. Colon
Sharon M. Dabrow
Gabriele Hosemann
Gerard R. Hough
Patricia L. Jeansonne
Mudra K. Kumar
Carol Lilly
Fred I. Lipschutz
Karalee Kulek Luzey
Ovidio Mendez
Hugo J. Narvarte
Stephen George Nelson
Emily T. Perkins
Robert J. Pesce
Domenick P. Reina
Christopher D. Reiner
Lynnette N. Ringenberg
Gerald M. Sokol
Antoinette C. Spoto-Cannons
Christopher L. Tappan
Marianne Trubelhorn
Laura S. Weathers

Plastic Surgery
Ernesto Ruas
Karen E. Wells

Psychiatry
Martha Eugenia Brown
Glenn Catalano
Maria C. Catalano
James R. Edgar
Francisco Fernandez
Robert C. Fernandez
Asher Raphael Gorelik
Jaffrey Hashimie
Eric A. Pfeiffer
Marguerite Poreda
Pauline S. Powers
Deborah C. Roth
David V. Sheehan
Michael Finbar Sheehan
Jonathan Taylor Stewart
Julia Winston

Psychiatry/Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Jeffrey L. Alvaro
Glenn Catalano
Mark A. Cavitt
Steven Noah Kanfer
Kailie R. Shaw
Saundra Stock

Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
W. Michael Alberts
W. McDowell Anderson
Claudia G. Cote
Allan L. Goldman
Mark W. Rolfe
Mark Rumbak
Daniel Jacob Schwartz
Mark Anthony Smith
David Allan Solomon
Frank W. Walsh

Radiation Oncology
Harvey M. Greenberg
Sarah Hoffe
James Pearlman
Andrea (Andy) Trotti, III

Radiology
John A. Arrington
Junsung Choi
Robert Jay Entel
Carlos R. Martinez
Frederick Reed Murtagh
Martin L. Silbiger
Bruce R. Zwiebel

Rheumatology
John D. Carter
Dennis K. Ledford
Louis R. Ricca
Mitchel Seleznick
Joanne Valeriano-Marcet
Frank B. Vasey

Sleep Medicine
W. McDowell Anderson
Daniel Jacob Schwartz

Surgery
Michael H. Albrink
Martin R. Back
Dennis F. Bandyk
James A. Christensen
Charles E. Cox
John L. Driscoll
Rodney M. Durham
Peter Jeffrey Fabri
Lewis M. Flint, Jr.
Steven B. Goldin
Brad Larvin Johnson
Richard Clemens Karl
Michel Murr
Ernest C. Rehnke
Alexander S. Rosemurgy
Larry R. Williams

Surgical Oncology
Charles E. Cox
Richard Clemens Karl
Mokenge P. Malafa
Vernon K. Sondak
Timothy Joseph Yeatman

Thoracic Surgery
Jeffrey P. Jacobs

Urology
Jorge L. Lockhart
Julio M. Pow-Sang

– Story by Sarah Worth

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