It’s one thing to be a great doctor; it’s another to be a Top Physician. Here, we talk with 30 leaders in medicine to get their input on the industry. We also unveil this year’s list compiled by the independent organization Avvo, as well as many more readers’ choices.
What’s one idea you have that you think could change the future of medicine in a positive way?
Dr. Gary B. Buck Anesthesiology To regulate prescription medicine predictability to keep medicine affordable, as well as legal fees and penalties.
Dr. Matthew Ramsey Orthopedic Surgery Working toward following the clinical outcomes for all of the patients treated in our practice. This will ultimately be public information that patients can use to compare one physician to another.
Dr. David G. Nazarian Orthopedic Surgery I would privatize Medicare. If this was subjected to competitive market forces, I believe that the skyrocketing costs of health care would be stymied.
Dr. Evan O’Brien Orthopedic Surgery I honestly believe that the United States—without increasing our national health care expenditures—could provide a universal single-payer health system that would be the best in the world.
Dr. Nicholas DePace Cardiology The one thing that will change medicine most is pharmacogenomics. Treatment of diseases will be tailored to an individual’s genetic makeup.
Dr. Alexis Harvey Radiation Oncology I feel it is imperative that physicians of all specialties work together when treating the patient. There needs to be more focus on treating “the whole patient” rather than just the individualized area a physician may specialize in. When there is a conscious effort to engage in an inter-disciplinary approach ... it leads to far greater outcomes and a much happier patient.
Dr. Stephen Goldfine Hospice & Palliative Care Developing a medical system that allows doctors and patients the time to collaborate on reasonable goals of care. Recent studies have shown that when doctors have the time to talk with patients, the time to listen to what’s truly important to patients, then outcomes, patient satisfaction and quality of life improve.
Dr. Peter Van Deerlin Reproductive Endocrinology Convince America that in this modern world, appropriate health care is a human right. … This is the intent of a few little known parts of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) such as the “accountable care organizations” and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.
Dr. Erol Veznedaroglu Neurosurgery To collaborate and develop regional centers of excellence as opposed to competing for doctors, resources, and patients. Do one thing and do it exceptionally well.
Dr. Robert Debbs Maternal and Fetal Medicine Communication is the key to the future of medicine. All of the ills of our system of medicine have to do with how we communicate with each other, with our patients and with other disciplines. The better a job we do in this area, the better our system of medicine will be.
What is the most rewarding part of the profession for you personally?
Dr. Steven M. Bromley Neurology Seeing people get better. My days shine when patients come back and say that they are now “doing great.” I treat patients with difficult neurological and neuropsychiatric conditions—many without a cure. I want all my days to shine.
Dr. Robert Greenleaf Orthopedic Surgery Educating Patients. I know that I cannot fix every patient’s problem, but my goal is that every patient leaves my office with a better understanding of their diagnosis and treatment options.
Dr. Catherine W. Piccoli Radiology The knowledge that, for many women, I have found a bad disease that, if otherwise left unidentified and unchecked, could cut life short.
Dr. Gary A. Tuma Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery Whether it is cosmetic or reconstructive in nature, there is something very satisfying about restoring someone’s confidence in themselves.
Dr. Fabio Orozco Orthopedic Surgery I am privileged to help our patients get their life back. I treat each patient as if they are my family. The changes we can make in a patient’s lifestyle after joint replacement affects not only that patient but their spouse, parent, son, daughter or friend.
Dr. Young Lee Pain Management Taking medical mission trips is the most rewarding part of my profession. I travel to different countries where people can’t afford or don’t have access to medical treatments. Seeing the joyful tears in the faces of so many deprived people brings me the utmost satisfaction.
Dr. Joseph Lombardi Vascular Surgery My greatest reward is the smile on a patient who visits me in the office after having been through a life-threatening condition requiring emergency surgery. It is a reminder of who I am; what I do and the impact we have on patient’s lives as physicians. The will to survive is a key ingredient for some patients that can’t be measured or predicted, just observed and admired.
Dr. Scott Greenberg Preoperative Services First and foremost, I love having a close relationship with my patients. I feel that they are an extension of my family and I treat them as such. Secondly, I am honored to have patients travel from around the country and around the world for my care, often because no one else has been able to help them and I can.
Dr. Richard DiVerniero Orthopedic Surgery My job is to get people back on their feet after accidents or injuries. Nothing is more satisfying than being able to restore a patient’s quality of life after these events. At the end of the day, you need to have done your job and know that you have done it well.
Dr. Thomas Cavalieri Geriatrics Throughout my career as a geriatrician, I have been rewarded by the privilege of caring for my elderly patients, improving the quality of their lives. Now as a dean (at UMDNJ), I receive great satisfaction from my role in preparing the next generation of skillful and compassionate physicians at a time when they are greatly needed.
What do you know now that you wished you had learned in medical school?
Dr. Lawrence Barr Orthopedic Surgery Although technology in medi-cine is ever-changing, I wish today’s advances were available during my medical training. These advances greatly enhance the quality of care that providers can offer.
Dr. Vic Bahal Cardiology I wish that medical schools would make it mandatory to have speed reading classes, which allow you to read and assimilate medical journals more quickly. Being a doctor requires good leadership skills and thus leadership seminars should be an integral part of medical school.
Dr. Susan M. Hughes Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery Law, accounting, banking and business practices are sorely missing from medical school curriculums. We are ill-prepared in facing those real aspects of business management and it is an important piece in creating a harmonious atmosphere for our patients and our staff. That harmonious atmosphere contributes to the well-being of all.
Dr. Arthur T. Martella Cardiothoracic Surgeon Success in medicine is a journey and not a destination.
Dr. Anu Momi Family Medicine I wish there were more business classes in medical school that would have helped me learn how to “run” a practice, which is essentially a business. Unfortunately, it was all medicine and no business, so when you come out and start your practice, you have to learn all on your own.
Dr. Jesse Liebeman Chiropractic Medicine When I graduated Chiropractic school 20 years ago, I felt like I wanted to go out and heal the world. I opened my practice in 1992 in Marlton, and literally stared at empty walls. They never taught us how to get patients.
Dr. William Hozack Orthopedic Surgery That there is more to life than medicine.
Dr. Rajesh K. Jain Orthopedic Surgery Even if you’re a surgeon with great skill, patients will still appreciate you being friendly and personable, sometimes as much as they appreciate your skill.
Dr. Gregory H. Scimeca Ophthalmology Medical school represents the beginning of a lifetime of learning the latest techniques and procedures we have to offer.
Dr. Scott M. Dorfner Family Medicine Many patients come to doctors for many things other than what we were taught in medical school with regard to diagnosis and treatment of diseases.
Top Physicians 2012 This year, we turned to Avvo, a Seattle-based company that rates and profiles legal and medical professionals. Avvo’s proprietary algorithm rates all doctors on a 10-point scale, factoring in peer endorsements as well as experience, education, training, research, publishing and awards. These dynamic ratings are regularly refreshed based on new information gleaned from doctors as well as from certifying, licensing and disciplinary boards. [As of press time, all the practitioners on our list were certified to practice in their fields by their respective medical licensing board.]
While the list in the pages that follow is wide-ranging and carefully researched, many good doctors don’t appear on the list. This reference is best used as just one step in the careful journey toward finding the doctor who is right for you.
ALLERGY AND IMMUNOLOGY
Dr. Donald Dvorin Mount Laurel (856) 235-8282 Woodbury (856) 251-9951
Dr. Eugene Gatti Marlton (856) 988-0570
Dr. Michael Gentlesk Voorhees (856) 651-9393
Dr. Eric Glasofer Voorhees (856) 772-1200
Dr. Marc Goldstein Mount Laurel (856) 235-8282 Woodbury (856) 251-9951
Dr. Stuart Kravitz Mount Laurel (856) 778-4222 Marlton (856) 596-5585
Dr. John Safaryn Camden (856) 342-2425
Dr. M. Scott Dawson Woodbury (856) 845-6807
Dr. David Fischman Voorhees (215) 955-5050
Dr. Kartik Giri Haddon Heights (856) 546-3003 Sewell (856) 582-2000 Cherry Hill (856) 795-2227
Dr. Jeffrey Kramer Haddon Heights (856) 546-3003 Sewell (856) 582-2000 Cherry Hill (856) 795-2227
Dr. Peter Kurnik Marlton (856) 396-0950
Dr. Steven A. Levi Haddon Heights (856) 546-3003 Cherry Hill (856) 795-2227 Sewell (856) 546-2000
Dr. Donald Orth Voorhees (856) 424-3600
Dr. Michael Reichman Cherry Hill (856) 428-4100 Woodbury (856) 251-2340
Dr. David Schlessel Voorhees (856) 424-3600 Medford (856) 985-4590
Dr. Steven Silver Cherry Hill (856) 795-2227 Haddon Heights (856) 547-0539 Sewell (856) 582-2000 Sicklerville (856) 237-8183
Dr. Harvey Snyder Haddon Heights (856) 546-3003 Sewell (856) 582-2000
Dr. Christina Wjasow Marlton (856) 396-0950
Dr. Sanford Gips Haddon Heights (856) 546-3003 Sewell (856) 582-2000 Cherry Hill (856) 795-2227
Dr. Frank Bowen III Voorhees (856) 342-2141 Camden (856) 342-3113
Dr. Arthur Ng Browns Mills (609) 893-6611
Dr. Michael Rosenbloom Voorhees (856) 342-2141 Camden (856) 342-3113
Dr. Rhonda Schnur Camden, Voorhees (856) 968-7255
COLON AND RECTAL SURGERY
Dr. Robert Gardine Voorhees (856) 429-8030 Turnersville (856) 262-7340
CRITICAL CARE MEDICINE
Dr. Joseph Parrillo Voorhees (888) 342-2034
Dr. Booth H. Durham Turnersville (856) 227-7488
Dr. Analisa Halpern Marlton (856) 596-0111 Camden (856) 342-2439
Dr. Warren Heymann Marlton (856) 596-0111 Camden (856) 342-2439
Dr. Kehua Li Sewell (856) 256-0500
Dr. Christine Papa Voorhees (856) 627-1900
Dr. Jerry Apple Marlton (856) 983-1818 Turnersville (856) 227-6600 Haddonfield (856) 616-1130 Cherry Hill (856) 428-4344 Voorhees (856) 751-0123 Sickerville (856) 237-8090 Pennsauken (856) 665-3330
Dr. Steven Gilbert West Deptford (856) 848-4998
Dr. Gregory Goodworth Voorhees (856) 751-0123
Dr. Sherrill Little Woodbury (856) 848-4998
Dr. Lewis Marchant Woodbury (856) 848-4998
Dr. Scott Mattox Woodbury (856) 848-4998
Dr. Sloan Rosten Woodbury (856) 848-4998
Dr. Samir Tilak Woodbury (856) 848-4998
Dr. Ross Titton Woodbury (856) 848-4998
Dr. Andrew Zeiberg Mount Laurel (609) 261-4500
Dr. Brigitte Baumann Camden (856) 342-2627
ENDOCRINOLOGY, DIABETES AND METABOLISM
Dr. Allison Herbst Moorestown (856) 727-0900
Dr. Anthony Jennings Cherry Hill (856) 428-6768
Dr. Steven T. Kaufman Cherry Hill, Sewell (856) 795-3597
Dr. Marc Laufgraben Camden, Cherry Hill (856) 795-3597
Dr. Timothy Chen Bordentown (609) 298-4340
Dr. Myung Chung Moorestown (856) 222-4766
Dr. Carman Ciervo Marlton (856) 596-0558
Dr. Neil Levin Sewell (856) 589-2929
Dr. Marie Louis Moorestown (856) 608-8840
Dr. Jennifer Naticchia Woodbury (856) 853-2055
Dr. Kenneth Panitch Haddonfield (856) 354-2211
Dr. Sanjiv Patel Moorestown (856) 234-2500
Dr. Beverly Toporowski Lumberton (609) 261-7035
FEMALE PELVIC MEDICINE AND SURGERY
Dr. Karolynn Echols Voorhees (856) 325-6622
Dr. David Kastenberg Voorhees (215) 955-8900
Dr. Howard Kroop Woodbury (856) 848-4464
Dr. Hugh Lasch Lumberton (609) 265-1700
Dr. Phillip Hayes Cherry Hill (856) 795-0587
Dr. Meredith Crisp Voorhees (856) 325-6644
Dr. Randolph Deger Voorhees (856) 325-4310
Dr. Thomas Rocereto Voorhees (856) 325-6644
Dr. David Warshal Voorhees (856) 325-6644
Dr. David A. Fuller Voorhees,?Camden (856) 342-3162
Dr. Bruce A. Monaghan Mullica Hill (856) 343-0055 Woodbury (856) 848-3880
Dr. Mark Rekant Cherry Hill, Sewell (856) 489-5630
Dr. John Taras Cherry Hill (856) 489-5630
Dr. Pola De La Torre Camden (856) 963-3715
Dr. Rose Kim Camden (856) 963-3715
Dr. Daniel Meyer Camden (856) 963-3715
Dr. Rudolph Depersia Woodbury (856) 845-0664
Dr. Anna Headly Camden (856) 342-2439
Dr. Rosemarie Leuzzi Voorhees (856) 325-6770
Dr. David Schreiner Camden (856) 342-2439
Dr. Timothy Shack Cherry Hill (856) 429-2224
Dr. Edward Viner Camden (856) 342-2439
MATERNAL AND FETAL MEDICINE
Dr. Elyce Cardonick Burlington (609) 835-0896 Camden (856) 342-2491
Dr. Richard Fischer Burlington, Camden (609) 835-0896
Dr. Alisa Modena Mount Holly (609) 265-7914
Dr. Priya Gor Cherry Hill (856) 424-3311
Dr. Generosa Grana Voorhees (856) 673-4575
Dr. Richard Greenberg Cherry Hill (856) 424-3311
NEONATAL AND PERINATAL MEDICINE
Dr. Judy Saslow Camden (856) 342-2265
Dr. Gary Stahl Camden (856) 342-2265
Dr. Savita Butani Cherry Hill (856) 428-8992
Dr. Dorothy Min Mount Laurel (856) 222-1975
Dr. Liya Beyderman Gibbsboro (856) 346-0005
Dr. Steven Bromley Audubon (856) 546-2300
Dr. Melissa Carran Cherry Hill, Camden (856) 342-2445
Dr. Jeffrey Campbell Voorhees (856) 309-8508
Dr. William Mitchell Mount Laurel (856) 222-4444 Sewell (856) 740-5360
OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY
Dr. Isadore Ances Cherry Hill (856) 321-1800 Voorhees (856) 325-6600 Sewell (856) 270-4020 Camden (856) 342-2186
Dr. Ryan Colella Voorhees (856) 424-3323
Dr. Natali Franzblau Cherry Hill (856) 321-1800 Voorhees (856) 325-6600
Dr. Eric Grossman Voorhees (856) 772-2300
Dr. Samuel Jacobs Marlton (856) 751-5575
Dr. Suzanne Mackey Voorhees (856) 424-3323
Dr. Saifuddin Mama Marlton (856) 983-5691 Camden (856) 342-2186
Dr. Wanda Ronner Haddonfield (856) 429-0400
Dr. Michael Snyder Willingboro (609) 871-2060 Mount Laurel (856) 778-2060 Delran (856) 764-0002 Columbus (609) 324-7424
Dr. David Horvick Willingboro (609) 877-3064 Voorhees (856) 424-0003 Woodbury (856) 848-7374 Hammonton (609) 704-7280
Dr. Michael D. Stambaugh Willingboro (609) 877-3064 Voorhees (856) 424-0003 Woodbury (856) 848-7374 Hammonton (609) 704-7280
Dr. Mark DiMarcangelo Cherry Hill (856) 661-5473 Stratford (856) 346-7844 Washington Township (856) 582-2844
Dr. James Elder Voorhees (856) 751-0123 Marlton (856) 983-1818 Haddonfield (856) 616-1130
Dr. William F. Muhr Cherry Hill (856) 428-4344 Haddonfield (856) 616-1130 Sicklerville (856) 237-8090 Marlton (856) 983-1818 Pennsauken (856) 665-3330 Turnersville (856) 227-6600 Voorhees (856) 751-0123 Washington Township (856) 740-5241
Dr. David Olian Stratford (856) 566-2552 West Deptford (856) 848-4998 Woodbury (856) 686-7290
Dr. Catherine W. Piccoli Voorhees (856) 751-5522
Dr. David A. Roberts Cherry Hill (856) 428-4344 Haddonfield (856) 616-1130 Sicklerville (856) 237-8090 Marlton (856) 983-1818 Pennsauken (856) 665-3330 Turnersville (856) 227-6600 Voorhees (856) 751-0123 Washington Township (856) 740-5241
Dr. Kathryn T. Gollotto Marlton, Mount Holly (800) 896-7326
Dr. John M. Gray Marlton, Mount Holly (800) 896-7326
Dr. Kathryn Lambert Stratford (856) 566-7020
Dr. Enrico A. Marcelli Cherry Hill, Sewell (800) 896-7326
Dr. Mitesh K. Patel Marlton, Sewell (800) 321-9999
Dr. Morris Eisen Voorhees (856) 772-9600
Dr. Jay Steinberg Cherry Hill (856) 428-7700
Dr. Gene J. Braga Cape May Courthouse (609) 465-4404 Somers Point (609) 653-4343
Dr. Gordon Brown Sewell (856) 582-9645 Voorhees (856) 673-1600 Cherry Hill (856) 325-2500
Dr. Michael Cohen Lawrenceville (609) 895-1991
Dr. Evan Krisch Voorhees (856) 673-1600 Sewell (856) 582-9645 Cherry Hill (856) 325-2500
Dr. Thomas J. Mueller Sewell (856) 582-9645 Voorhees (856) 673-1600
Dr. Marcella M. Nachmann Sewell (856) 582-9645 Voorhees (856) 428-8005 Cherry Hill (856) 325-2500
Dr. David Sussman Sewell (856) 582-9645 Voorhees (856) 428-8005
Dr. Alfredo Abud Pennington (609) 537-7300
Dr. Charles L. Dietzek Voorhees, Sewell, Swedesboro, Vineland (856) 309-8346
Dr. Raymond S. Wojtalik Voorhees, Sewell, Swedesboro, Vineland (856) 309-8346
Published (and copyrighted) in South Jersey Magazine, Volume 9, Issue 5 (August, 2012). For more info on South Jersey Magazine, click here. To subscribe to South Jersey Magazine, click here. To advertise in South Jersey Magazine, click here.