Forty-One Department of Medicine Physicians Named on San Diego’s 2015 “Top Doctors” List

This year’s San Diego Magazine/San Diego County Medical Society Top Doctors list includes 41 Department of Medicine faculty clinicians. View photo gallery

San Diego’s 2014 Top Doctors List Includes 44 from Department of Medicine

Forty-four physicians from the Department of Medicine are among over 100 UC San Diego Health System doctors named to the 2014 San Diego Top Doctors list. See the list for UC San Diego Health System.

Not present on that list are two additional internal medicine physicians who practice at the VA San Diego Healthcare System: Charles Goldberg, MD, and Simerjot Jassal, MD. Dr. Jassal directs the Internal Medicine Residency Program.

The Top Doctors list comes from the annual “Physicians of Exceptional Excellence” survey from the San Diego County Medical Society and San Diego Magazine.

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Fifty-Seven Department of Medicine Physicians Named to San Diego “Top Docs 2013” List

Fifty-seven Department of Medicine physicians have been voted to the Top Docs 2013 “Physicians of Exceptional Excellence” list from the San Diego County Medical Society and San Diego Magazine.

The list, released in the October issue of San Diego Magazine, includes a total of 749 San Diego doctors in 65 specialties. Of those, 142 doctors in 47 specialties are from UC San Diego Health System.

In 2012, the list included 537 San Diego physicians, 145 from UC San Diego Health System and 52 from the Department of Medicine.

The names of this year’s Department of Medicine honorees are listed by subspecialty division below, along with the name of the ranking category if different from the name of a physician’s Department of Medicine division.

Honorees

Cardiology

Daniel G. Blanchard, MD, FACC*
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Categories: Cardiovascular Disease and Internal Medicine
Lori B. Daniels, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Category: Cardiovascular Disease
Gregory K. Feld, MD
Professor of Medicine
Category: Cardiac Electrophysiology
Ehtisham (Shami) Mahmud, MD, FACC*
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Categories: Cardiovascular Disease and Interventional Cardiology
Ajit Raisinghani, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Category: Cardiovascular Disease

Endocrinology & Metabolism

Steven V. Edelman, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor

Gastroenterology

William J. Sandborn, MD
Professor of Medicine
Thomas John Savides, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine

General Internal Medicine

William J. Ackerman, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Unna McPherson Albers, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Jason Bronner, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Tina Bronner, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Edward David Brown, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Lori A. Brown, MD, FACP
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Lynette C. Cederquist, MD*
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Categories: Hospice and Palliative Medicine and Internal Medicine
Neil J. Farber, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Paul N. Gamble, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Charles G. Goldberg, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Eduardo L. Grunvald, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Shawn Harrity, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Heather Hofflich, DO, FACE, CCD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Simerjot K. Jassal, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Simone Elise Kanter, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Tony P. Lopez, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Gita Mehta, MD, FACP
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Marlene Millen, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Joe Wesley Ramsdell, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Armelia Sani, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Lori Wan, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor, Medicine and Pediatrics
Lisa J. Wastila, MD, FACP
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Pearl S. Yu, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor

Geriatrics

John W. Daly, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Victor J. Legner, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor

Hematology-Oncology

Lyudmila A. Bazhenova, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Category: Oncology
Peter Curtin, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Category: Hematology
Gregory A. Daniels, MD, PhD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Category: Oncology
Paul T. Fanta, MD, MS
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Category: Oncology
Thomas J. Kipps, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine
Category: Hematology
William Mitchell, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Category: Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Barbara A. Parker, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Category: Oncology
Erin G. Reid, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Category: Hematology
Sanford Shattil, MD
Professor of Medicine
Category: Hematology

Hospital Medicine

Leslie Martin, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Category: Internal Medicine
Gregory B. Seymann, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Category: Internal Medicine
Kenton O. Smitherman, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Category: Internal Medicine

Infectious Diseases

Randy Taplitz, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine

Nephrology

Ravindra L. Mehta, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine

Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine

William R. Auger, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Category: Pulmonary Disease
Timothy D. Bigby, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Category: Pulmonary Disease
Peter F. Fedullo, MD*
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Categories: Critical Care Medicine and Pulmonary Disease
Kim Kerr, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Category: Critical Care Medicine
Judd W. Landsberg, MD**
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Categories: Critical Care Medicine and Pulmonary Disease
Jose S. Loredo, MD, MS, MPH, FCCP
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Category: Sleep Medicine
Samir S. Makani, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Category: Pulmonary Disease
Kevin Shaw, MD
Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor
Category: Critical Care Medicine

Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology

Seema S. Aceves, MD, PhD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Gregory D. Middleton, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor, Medicine and Surgery
Category: Rheumatology

How the List Is Determined

Each year, the “Top Doctors” list reports the results of the San Diego County Medical Society’s Physicians of Exceptional Excellence survey, in which physicians are asked to name the board-certified doctors they would choose if one of their own family members or patients needed specialty care.

Limited to society members in the past, the voting was opened to all board-certified San Diego County physicians in 2011.

The San Diego County Medical Society and San Diego Magazine have collaborated to produce the “Top Doctors” list since 2004. The magazine first published a “Top Doctors” list in 2002.

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Fifty-Two Department of Medicine Physicians Named to 2012 “San Diego’s Top Doctors” List

Fifty-two Department of Medicine physicians have been voted to the 2012 “San Diego’s Top Doctors” list from the San Diego County Medical Society.  |  See a photo gallery of the Department of Medicine honorees

The list, released in the October issue of San Diego Magazine, includes a total of 537 San Diego doctors in 51 specialties. Of those, 145 doctors in 39 specialties are from UC San Diego Health System.  |  See the list of all UC San Diego Health System physicians honored

In 2011, the list included 526 San Diego physicians, 129 from UC San Diego Health System and 40 from the Department of Medicine.

The names of this year’s Department of Medicine honorees are listed by subspecialty division below, along with the name of the ranking category if different from the name of a physician’s Department of Medicine division.

The list includes the UC San Diego Health System physicians who practice in internal medicine subspecialties at Rady Children’s Hospital.

Honorees

Bone Marrow Transplantation

Edward (Ted) Ball, MD
Professor of Medicine
Category: Hematology

Cardiology

Daniel G. Blanchard, MD, FACC
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Category: Cardiovascular Disease
Lori B. Daniels, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Category: Cardiovascular Disease
Gregory K. Feld, MD
Professor of Medicine
Category: Cardiac Electrophysiology
Ehtisham (Shami) Mahmud, MD, FACC
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Category: Interventional Cardiology
Ajit Raisinghani, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Category: Cardiovascular Disease

Dermatology

Lawrence Eichenfield, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine; Professor of Pediatrics
Sheila F. Friedlander, MD
Clinical Professor, Pediatrics and Medicine
Categories: Dermatology and Pediatrics

Endocrinology & Metabolism

Charles H. Choe, MD
Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor
Steven V. Edelman, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor

Gastroenterology

Robert G. Gish, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
William J. Sandborn, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Thomas John Savides, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine

General Internal Medicine

William J. Ackerman, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Unna McPherson Albers, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Jason Bronner, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Tina Bronner
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Edward David Brown, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Lori A. Brown, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Lynette C. Cederquist, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Paul N. Gamble, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Charles G. Goldberg, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Eduardo L. Grunvald, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Shawn Harrity, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Heather Hofflich, DO
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Simerjot Jassal, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Tony P. Lopez, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Gita Mehta, MD, FACP
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Marlene Millen, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Joe Wesley Ramsdell, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Armelia Sani, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Lori Wan, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor, Medicine and Pediatrics
Lisa J. Wastila, MD, FACP
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Pearl S. Yu, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor

Geriatrics

Victor J. Legner, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Category: Internal Medicine

Hematology-Oncology

Lyudmila A. Bazhenova, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Category: Oncology
Paul T. Fanta, MD, MS
Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor
Category: Oncology
Catriona Jamieson, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Category: Hematology
Thomas J. Kipps, MD
Professor of Medicine
Category: Hematology
Barbara A. Parker, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Category: Oncology
Erin G. Reid, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Category: Hematology

Hospital Medicine

Brian J. Clay, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Category: Internal Medicine
Gregory B. Seymann, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Category: Internal Medicine
Kenton O. Smitherman, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Category: Internal Medicine

Nephrology

Ravindra L. Mehta, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine

Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine

William R. Auger, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Category: Pulmonary Disease
Timothy D. Bigby, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Category: Pulmonary Disease
Peter F. Fedullo, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Category: Critical Care Medicine
Kim Kerr, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Category: Critical Care Medicine
Samir S. Makani, MD
Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor
Category: Pulmonary Disease
Kevin Shaw, MD
Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor
Category: Critical Care Medicine

Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology

Seema S. Aceves, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine

How the List Is Determined

Each year, the “Top Doctors” list reports the results of the San Diego County Medical Society’s Physicians of Exceptional Excellence survey, in which physicians are asked to name the board-certified doctors they would choose if one of their own family members or patients needed specialty care.

Limited to society members in the past, the voting was opened to all board-certified San Diego County physicians in 2011.

The San Diego County Medical Society and San Diego Magazine have collaborated to produce the “Top Doctors” list since 2004. The magazine first published a “Top Doctors” list in 2002.

Forty Department of Medicine Physicians on National “Top Doctors” List for 2012-2013

Forty Department of Medicine physicians are among the 137 UC San Diego Health System doctors designated Top Doctors by U.S.News & World Report for 2012-2013.  |  See a photo gallery of the Department of Medicine honorees

U.S. News teamed with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., publisher of America’s Top Doctors and other consumer health guides, to create its Top Doctors™ list.

Of the 40 honorees from the Department of Medicine this year, 20 are among Castle Connolly’s top 1% in the nation. All physicians listed as Top Doctors are considered to be in the top 10%.

In the following list, an asterisk indicates the physician is in Castle Connolly’s Top 1%.

U.S. News and Castle Connolly use a combination of peer nomination and physician-directed analysis to create their Top Doctors™ database.

Twenty-One Department of Medicine Physicians on National “Top Doctors” List for 2011-2012

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Twenty-one Department of Medicine physicians are among the 83 UC San Diego Health System doctors designated Top Doctors by U.S.News & World Report for 2011-2012.

U.S. News teamed with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., publisher of America’s Top Doctors and other consumer health guides, to create its Top Doctors™ list.

Of the 21 Top Doctors from the Department of Medicine, 16 are among Castle Connolly’s top 1% in the nation and 5 are considered in the top 10%.

In the following list, an asterisk indicates the physician is in Castle Connolly’s Top 1%.

Auger, William R.*

    – Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

Ball, Edward D.*

    – Bone Marrow Transplantation

Blanchard, Daniel G. *

    – Cardiology

Catanzaro, Antonino*

    – Pulmonary

Choe, Charles H.

    – Endocrinology and Metabolism

Edelman, Steven V.*

    – Endocrinology and Metabolism

Feld, Gregory K.*

    – Cardiology

Gamble, Paul N.

    – General Internal Medicine

Gish, Robert*

    – Gastroenterology

Kipps, Thomas J.*

    – Hematology-Oncology

Mahmud, Ehtisham*

    – Cardiology

Mittal, Ravinder

    – Gastroenterology

Parker, Barbara A.*

    – Hematology-Oncology

Read, William L.

    – Hematology-Oncology

Reid, Tony R.*

    – Hematology-Oncology

Richman, Douglas D.*

    – Infectious Diseases

Rubin, Lewis J.*

    – Gastroenterology

Sandborn, William J.*

    – Gastroenterology

Savides, Thomas

    – Gastroenterology

Schooley, Robert T.*

    – Infectious Diseases

Wasserman, Stephen I.*

    – Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology

U.S. News and Castle Connolly use a combination of peer nomination and physician-directed analysis to create their Top Doctors™ database. | More about the methodology: Castle Connolly | U.S. News

Most Top Doctors Named by U.S. News & World Report

UC San Diego Health System has been recognized as having 83 Top Doctors in more than 30 specialties by U.S. News & World Report. Based on a peer nomination process, UC San Diego Health System’s results represent the majority of San Diego physicians recognized by their colleagues locally and nationally as being a top doctor and worthy referral…. Read the full story from the UCSD Newsroom

Thirty-Five Department of Medicine Physicians Named to 2010 Top Doctors List

For their clinical excellence in the opinion of their fellow doctors in San Diego County, 35 faculty physicians from the Department of Medicine have been named to the 2010 edition of the “San Diego’s Top Doctors” list.

The San Diego County Medical Society conducts its Physicians of Exceptional Excellence survey each year, asking its members to name the board-certified doctors they choose when they refer their own family members or patients to a specialist. The goal is to recognize the top 5% of the doctors in each specialty.The result is the “Top Doctors” list, released in the October issue of San Diego Magazine. This year, there are 82 UC San Diego physicians on the list, which includes a total of 510 doctors in 49 specialties.In 2009, the “Top Doctors” list included 475 physicians, 80 from UC San Diego and 36 from the Department of Medicine.

Again this year, the list includes more physicians from the UC San Diego Health System than from any other medical center or medical group in the region.

“This is an important achievement for UCSD and for the Department of Medicine,” said Dr. Wolfgang H. Dillmann, Professor and Interim Chair of the Department of Medicine (pictured at left).

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“By many measures, we are providing excellent care for our patients, and we have earned the respect of our colleagues in the community in doing so,” he said.

Of the 35 Department of Medicine physicians honored in 2010, most have been named to the list at least once before. Four are being recognized for the seventh straight year:

Three Department of Medicine doctors were named in two different specialties:

San Diego Magazine first published a “Top Doctors” list in 2002. The San Diego County Medical Society and the magazine have collaborated to produce the “Top Doctors” list since 2004.

Here are the names of this year’s Department of Medicine awardees, listed by subspecialty division and followed by the number of years each has been named to the “Top Doctors” list:

Cardiology

Emergency Medicine

Endocrinology & Metabolism

Gastroenterology

General Internal Medicine

Hematology-Oncology

Nephrology

Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine

2009 “San Diego’s Top Doctors” List Includes 36 Department of Medicine Physicians

For their excellence in the opinion of their fellow physicians in San Diego County, 36 doctors from the Department of Medicine have been named to the “San Diego’s Top Doctors” list for 2009.

This year’s list includes a total of 475 doctors in 46 specialties. Eighty of the doctors are from UC San Diego.  |  Read the full story from UC San Diego News

“We can be very proud of the fact that UC San Diego Medical Center has more doctors on the list than any other medical center or medical group in the region,” said Dr. Kenneth Kaushansky, Helen M. Ranney Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine.

In 2008, the “Top Doctors” list included 449 physicians, 61 from UC San Diego and 25 from the Department of Medicine.Of the 36 Department of Medicine physicians honored this year, 24 have been named to the list at least once before. Four are being recognized for the sixth straight year:

A place on the “Top Doctors” list is a particular honor for those who are chosen because it reflects the confidence of their peers.

In the “Top Doctors” survey, the members of the San Diego County Medical Society are asked to name the board-certified physicians they would select when they refer their own family members or patients to a specialist. They are permitted to vote across medical specialties.  |  Read more about how Top Doctors are chosen

The list is published each year in the October issue of San Diego Magazine.The magazine and the San Diego County Medical Society have collaborated to produce the “Top Doctors” list since 2004. San Diego Magazine first published a “Top Doctors” list in 2002.

Here are the names of this year’s Department of Medicine awardees, listed by subspecialty division and followed by the number of years each has been named to the “Top Doctors” list:

Division of Cardiology

Division of Emergency Medicine

Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism

Gastroenterology

General Internal Medicine

Geriatrics

  • Kwi Young Bulow, MD, voted a Top Doctor in both Geriatric Medicine and Internal Medicine (3 years)
    Health Sciences Clinical Professor

Division of Hematology-Oncology

Division of Hospital Medicine

Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine

Drs. Daniel G. Blanchard and Barbara A. Parker: Profiles from “San Diego’s Top Doctors 2008”

Drs. Daniel G. Blanchard and Barbara A. Parker are among 25 Department of Medicine physicians who were named to the 2008 “San Diego’s Top Doctors” list.Here, they comment on their selection as Top Doctors and on their work at UC San Diego.

Read the full story about the Department of Medicine honorees here.

Daniel G. Blanchard, M.D.
Chief of Clinical Cardiology
UCSD Thornton Hospital

Professor of Clinical Medicine
Division of Cardiology

“It’s a testament to UCSD’s clinical excellence that we have more physicians on the ‘Top Doctors’ list than any other medical center in San Diego,” said Dr. Daniel G. Blanchard, Professor of Clinical Medicine and Chief of Clinical Cardiology at UCSD Thornton Hospital.

Daniel G. Blanchard, M.D.

Dr. Blanchard has been named to San Diego Magazine’s “Top Doctors” list five times in the six-year history of the list.

Of his selection again this year, he said simply, “It’s a real honor to hear that your peers think you’re doing a good job.”

Dr. Blanchard, a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, has been at UCSD since 1981. He graduated from the UCSD School of Medicine, and trained in the Internal Medicine Residency Program and the Cardiology Fellowship Program at UCSD.

He’s now director of the UCSD Cardiology Fellowship Training Program.

“It’s an exciting time in the Division of Cardiology because we’re expanding,” he said. “And, frankly, it’s a pleasure.

“Our main missions are to maintain the excellence of our patient care, increase our ability to see additional patients, and develop the Sulpizio Family Cardiovascular Center.”

The Sulpizio Center, now under construction, is expected to open in 2010.

Cardiology is a popular subspecialty of internal medicine, Dr. Blanchard said. Each year, over 450 physicians apply for the four available training slots in the highly-regarded UCSD Cardiology Fellowship Program.

One reason for the popularity of cardiology among internal medicine trainees, he said, is the availability of new tools and treatments that have been developed in recent years. Today, cardiologists often have good news for their patients even in the face of life-threatening illness.

He gave an example. “In the past,” he said, “a patient with advanced heart failure had only one option: a heart transplant. Now, we have medications and implantable devices that improve the function of a failing heart.

“I often get to tell people, ‘You have a very serious disease, but we have very good treatments for it, and we’re going to get you through this.’”


Barbara A. Parker, M.D.
Medical Director of Oncology Services
Moores UCSD Cancer Center

Professor of Clinical Medicine
Division of Hematology-Oncology

Dr. Barbara A. Parker is Medical Director of Oncology Services at the Moores UCSD Cancer Center. Recently, she reflected on her first year in that role.

Barbara A. Parker, M.D.

“We have made progress on many fronts,” she said, crediting the Cancer Center team, the University, the hospital, and the clinical enterprise for their support.Dr. Parker is Professor of Clinical Medicine in the UCSD Division of Hematology-Oncology, where she received her own fellowship training. She accepted the Cancer Center leadership position in late 2007.

In the past year, the Cancer Center has reorganized the faculty into discipline-based teams, made infrastructure investments, grown the clinical practice, increased the volume of patients being treated, and undertaken key recruitments to complement strengths in the faculty.

Dr. Parker sees the Cancer Center as the heart of a multidisciplinary care system that extends through UCSD’s facilities and outward to the greater community.

The Cancer Center and Radiation Oncology are opening a satellite radiation therapy facility in the North County. A new satellite facility is planned for the South Bay as well.

In addition, in response to an increased demand, the Cancer Center is expanding its own radiation oncology facility.

The Cancer Center is also offering seminars in key tumor areas to educate patients about the services and the care available there.

“We’re continuing to try to strengthen our patient-centered care for all disciplines,” Dr. Parker said. “There are many opportunities to develop novel treatments and targeted therapies for our patients.

“Our goal is to provide multidisciplinary care with compassion, new treatment, and new hope for our patients and their families.”