USF physicians earn spots on 2017-18 Best Doctors in America list

Once again, USF Health physicians fill the biennial Best Doctors in America® list, one of the largest ongoing peer physician polls in health care.

This year, the local list included 115 USF Health doctors who care for patients and families throughout the Tampa Bay area, and many of them were named within multiple subspecialties.

The list for Best Doctors in America is based on surveys of physicians, asking them: If you or a loved one needed a physician in your specialty, to whom would you refer? The result is a national listing of nearly 40,000 physicians representing more than 450 specialties and subspecialties – about 4 percent of the 926,000 physicians practicing in the United States. Each list, produced every two years, offers a new compilation and inclusion in one list does not guarantee inclusion in future lists.

“Selected by their peers, inclusion on this list shows the respect given to our outstanding academic physicians for providing the quality of care that leads to better outcomes for their patients and families,” said Charles Lockwood, MD, MHCM, senior vice president of USF Health and dean of the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine. “I am proud of all of our USF Health physician honorees for earning this distinguished recognition, signifying the best in their medical specialties and in health care throughout the nation.”

The following list is of USF Health physicians currently practicing medicine within the nearly three dozen clinical sites, specialty care centers and affiliated hospitals throughout the region. Some physicians earned spots in more than one specialty, so are listed multiple times but counted only once in our totals.

Allergy and Immunology
Thomas B. Casale

Roger Williams Fox
Mark Christian Glaum
Dennis K. Ledford
Richard F. Lockey

Cardiovascular Disease
Fadi A. Matar *

Colon and Rectal Surgery
Jorge E. Marcet *

Critical Care Medicine
McDowell Anderson

Mark Rumbak
Frank W. Walsh

Dermatology
Basil S. Cherpelis
Neil Alan Fenske

Christopher G. Nelson
Philip D. Shenefelt

Emergency Medicine
Mark G. Moseley

Family Medicine
Eric Emmanuel Coris
Eduardo C. Gonzalez
Richard G. Roetzheim
Laurie J. Woodard
Kira Katherine Zwygart

Gastroenterology
Patrick G. Brady *
Soojong H. Chae
Jay J. Mamel
Joel E. Richter

Infectious Disease
Sally F. Alrabaa
Beata C. Casanas
Sandra Gompf
Daniel Haight
Douglas Allen Holt
Jose Montero
Richard Oehler
Charurut Somboonwit
John Toney *
Ana Paula Velez *
Todd S. Wills

Internal Medicine
Erika Abel
Bryan Bognar
Nathan Brinn
Charles M. Edwards
Denise K. Edwards
Deborah A. Humphrey
John D. McCormick
Cuc Thi Mai
Hugo J. Narvarte
Kevin O’Brien

Neurological Surgery
Siviero Agazzi
Thomas B. Freeman
Mark Greenberg
Donald A. Smith
Harry R. van Loveren ***
Fernando L. Vale

Neurology
Selim Ramin Benbadis
Robert A. Hauser
Juan R. Sanchez-Ramos *

Obstetrics and Gynecology
Shelly W. Holmstrom
Charles J. Lockwood *
Judette Marie Louis
Catherine M. Lynch
Anthony O. Odibo
Shayne M. Plosker
J. Kell Williams
Jerome (Jerry) Yankowitz *

Ophthalmology
Mitchell D. Drucker
Lewis Groden *
Peter Reed Pavan

Orthopaedic Surgery
Roy W. Sanders *

Otolaryngology
Kestutis Paul Boyev *
Thomas Vincent McCaffrey
Tapan Ashvin Padhya *
Mark Tabor

Pathology
Jane Messina
Santo V. Nicosia

Pediatric Specialist
Terri Ashmeade
Patricia Emmanuel
Michael E. Fant
Jose Ferreira
Maria A. Gieron-Korthals
Verena Jorgensen
Kristopher Edward Kaliebe
Carol Lilly
Akhil Maheshwari
Tanya K. Murphy
Charles Paidas
Valerie M. Panzarino
Carina Rodriguez
Henry Rodriguez
Dorothy I. Shulman
Saundra Stock
Diane M. Straub

Pediatrics
Nathan Brinn
Sharon M. Dabrow
Denise K. Edwards
Mudra K. Kumar
Carol Lilly
Luis Maldonado
Hugo J. Narvarte
Karen S. Paltoo
Antoinette C. Spoto-Cannons
Jennifer Cohen Takagishi

Psychiatry
Kristopher Edward Kaliebe *

Tanya K. Murphy
Deborah C. Roth *
Amanda Grant Smith

Pulmonary Medicine
McDowell Anderson *
Mark Rumbak *
Frank W. Walsh

Radiation Oncology
Alison Ruth Calkins
Harvey Greenberg *

Radiology
Cliff R. Davis
Krishna Nallamshetty
Rajendra Kedar
Bruce Zwiebel

Rheumatology
John D. Carter
Dennis K. Ledford
Joanne Valeriano-Marcet

Sleep Medicine
McDowell Anderson

Surgery
Michael H. Albrink
Charles E. Cox

Surgical Oncology
Charles E. Cox
Wayne Cruse
Douglas S. Reintgen *

Urology
Jorge L. Lockhart *
David J. Hernandez

Vascular Surgery
Martin R. Back
Brad Larvin Johnson
Murray L. Shames

*Indicates each additional subspecialty listing this doctor has within this specialty.