January 26, 2012

List of top doctors includes 73 from Vanderbilt

List of top doctors includes 73 from Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt University Medical Center physicians again are a dominant presence in the 11th edition of “America’s Top Doctors,” a peer-recommended list published annually by Castle Connolly Medical.

The 11th edition includes 73 VUMC faculty representing a diverse array of specialists and subspecialists recognized as being among the best in their respective fields.

This year’s list represents an increase of 12 physicians from the 61 named to the 10th edition “America’s Top Doctors” list published in 2011.

“There is no question we have superb doctors and nurses at Vanderbilt. This list is further testament our physicians are widely recognized by peers from across the nation as being among the best,” said C. Wright Pinson, MBA, M.D., deputy vice chancellor for Health Affairs and CEO of the Vanderbilt Health System.

“I want to congratulate our faculty who were named to this list, and also say that I know many not on this list who are also superior physicians worthy of inclusion.”

Castle Connolly’s methodology first asks physicians in both academic and private practice from across the country to participate in the nomination process to identify physicians in every specialty who demonstrate excellence.

Then a physician-led research team carefully reviews the credentials of every physician considered for inclusion.

The review includes, among other factors, scrutiny of medical education, training, hospital appointments, administrative posts, professional achievements, malpractice and disciplinary history.

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

Last March, Castle Connolly announced collaboration with U.S. News and World Report, linking Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors database with U.S. News’ Best Hospitals website.

At http://health.us-news.com/top-doctors, consumers can now search the full database of Top Doctors.

Castle Connolly Medical’s list for “America’s Top Doctors” is separate from “Best Doctors in America,” another annual listing of the nation’s top physicians, published by Boston-based Best Doctors Inc.

From a list provided to VUMC by Castle Connolly Medical, “America’s Top Doctors” 11th edition includes:

Bassel Abou-Khalil
Carlos Arteaga
R. Daniel Beauchamp
Jordan Berlin
David Bichell
John Brock
Colleen Brophy
Benjamin Byrd
John Byrne
David Carbone
Anuradha Chakravarthy
Sam Chang
Karla Christian
Anthony Cmelak
Michael Cookson
Jeffery Dattilo
Roland Eavey
Kathryn Edwards
Frank Fish
Haydar Frangoul
Debra Friedman
John Greer
Kevin Hagan
Kenneth Hande
David Haynes
J. Harold Helderman
Kathy Jabs
Mark Kelley
Kevin Kelly
Howard Kirshner
Patrick Lavin
Richard Light
Christopher Lind
MacRae Linton
James Loyd
Arnold Malcolm
Louise Mawn
Thomas McCurley
Douglas Milam
Paul Moots
David Morgan
Walter Morgan
Thomas Naslund
Jonathan Nesbitt
James Netterville
Robert Ossoff
William Pao
C. Leon Partain
David Penson
C. Wright Pinson
John Pope
Michael Porayko
Alvin Powers
Joe Putnam
David Raiford
W. Russell Ries
Martin Sandler
Herbert Schwartz
Douglas Seidner
John Sergent
Kenneth Sharp
Allen Sills
Joseph Smith
Carmen Solorzano
Jeffrey Sosman
Dan Spengler
Kurt Spindler
Paul Sternberg
Reid Thompson
Michael Vaezi
Arthur Wheeler
Paul Wise
Wendell Yarbrough