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    CPMC Physicians Named Among Best in Nation

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    San Francisco, CA - December 11, 2009

    More than 160 physicians at California Pacific Medical Center have been named on the prestigious list of Best Doctors in America®.

    The list, created by Best Doctors, Inc., results from intensive polling of more than 45,000 physicians in the United States. Doctors in more than 400 subspecialties of medicine appear on this year’s list. In a confidential review, physicians were asked to answer the question, “If you or a loved one needed a doctor in your specialty, to whom would you refer?”

    "It’s always gratifying to be named as one of the best doctors in your area of specialty,” says Warren Browner, MD, MPH, CEO of CPMC. "But to be named to the list by your peers who really understand what goes into being a great doctor is the ultimate accolade. To have so many CPMC doctors on the list shows why we are considered one of the best hospitals in the U.S. and why we have such an excellent reputation for high quality, compassionate care."

    Only 5 percent of the physicians in the U.S. make the Best Doctors list. Because physicians cannot pay to be included on the list, nor are they paid to provide their input, the Best Doctors list has a well-deserved reputation for independence and impartiality. The list is a product of validated peer review, in which only doctors who excel in their specialties are chosen.

    The 166 CPMC physicians named on this year’s list are:
    Michael Abel, Colon and Rectal Surgery
    Eileen G. Aicardi, Pediatrics
    Kenneth H. Akizuki, Orthopaedic Surgery
    Arthur W. Allen, Ophthalmology
    Bernard S. Alpert, Plastic Surgery
    Devi Ananda, Pediatrics
    William S. Andereck, Jr., Internal Medicine
    Angelica Andrade-Silverman, Family Medicine
    Brian T. Andrews, Neurological Surgery
    James P. Anthony, Plastic Surgery
    Gary N. Apter, Internal Medicine
    Damian H. Augustyn, Gastroenterology
    Susan Bailey, Vascular surgery
    Peter Banys, Psychiatry
    Ari Baron, Medical Oncology and Hematology
    Gary B. Birnbaum, Family Medicine
    Neal S. Birnbaum, Rheumatology
    Barbara M. Bishop, Family Medicine
    Maurizio Bonacini, Hepatology
    Andrew I. Brill, Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Darrell Brooks, Plastic Surgery
    Gregory M. Buncke, Plastic Surgery
    Rudolf Buntic, Plastic Surgery
    David F. Busch, Infectious disease
    Natalie H. Bzowej, Hepatology
    Virginia Irene Cafaro, Infectious Disease
    Karen Richter Callen, Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Richard L. Caplin, Internal Medicine
    Devron H. Char, Ophthalmology
    Lee-May Chen, Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Philip E. Chenette, Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Yanek S. Y. Chiu, Colon and Rectal Surgery
    Paul Chuljian, Anesthesiology
    Daniel R. Conlin, Gastroenterology
    Peter Francis Coopersmith, Internal Medicine
    Thomas Cromwell, Anesthesiology
    Quita V. Cruciger, Dermatology
    Richard Cuneo, Neurology
    Emmett Thomas Cunningham, Ophthalmology
    James A. Davis, Rheumatology
    Susan H. Day, Pediatric Ophthalmology
    Mary G. De May, Psychiatry
    Vincent Demarco, Anesthesiology
    Eric H. Denys, Neurology
    Edward Diao, Hand Surgery
    Jesse H. Dohemann, Internal Medicine
    Edward Eisler, Anesthesiology
    Thomas L. Engel, Pediatric Specialist – ENT
    Martin F. Ernster, Pediatrics
    Lisa Everson, Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Diana L. Farmer, Pediatric Surgeon
    Cynthia A. Farner, Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Lawrence H. Feld, Anesthesiology
    Craig Fong, Anesthesiology
    Yasuko Fukuda, Pediatrics
    Erik Gann, Psychiatry
    Avraham Giannini, Pediatric Allergist
    Robert J. Gilbert, Orthopaedic Surgery
    Robert Gish, Hepatology
    Carolyn R. Givens, Obstetrics and Gynecology
    James D. Goldberg, Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Steven D. Goldfien, Anesthesiology
    William Gonda, Pediatrics
    William V. Good, Pediatric Specialist - Ophthalmology
    Erica T. Goode, Internal Medicine
    Daniel F. Goodman, Ophthalmology
    William H. Goodson III, Surgical Oncology
    Shelley M. Gordon, Infectious Disease
    Kathleen M. Grant, Medical Oncology and Hematology
    John M. Gray, Orthopaedic Surgery
    Laurie R. Green, Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Joyce Hansen, Internal Medicine
    David Heiden, Ophthalmology
    Carl M. Herbert III, Obstetrics and Gynecology
    William Y. Hoffman, Pediatric Specialist
    Holly C. Holter, Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Jordan J. Horowitz, Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Katherine Hsiao, Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Peter Y. M. Hui, Cardiovascular Disease
    Sonja Huie, Pediatrics
    David H. Irwin, Anesthesiology
    Andrew G. Iwach, Ophthalmology
    Lester Jacobson, Cardiovascular Disease
    Sheila D. Jenkins, Pediatric specialist
    Alan C. Johnson, Pediatrics
    Robert I. Kahn, Urology
    Lee-Chuan Kao, Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Michael Katz, Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Daniel P. Kelly, Pediatrics
    Edward S. Kersh, Cardiovascular Disease
    David Woojin Kim, Otolaryngology
    Michael A. Kirsch, Psychiatry
    Audrey Koh, Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Elliot S. Krames, Pain Medicine
    Marilyn M. Kutzscher, Internal Medicine
    Fung Lam, Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Kenneth D. Laxer, Neurology
    Carol K. Lee, Pediatrics
    Gershon Levinson, Anesthesiology
    Stephen Lockhart, Anesthesiology
    David William Lowenberg, Orthopaedic Surgery
    James Mailhot, Cardiovascular Disease
    Denise M. Main, Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Elliott K. Main, Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Aditi Mandpe, Otolaryngology
    Robert Joseph Margolin, Geriatric Medicine
    Timothy J. Marten, Plastic Surgery
    Douglas J. Martin, Anesthesiology
    Seth Matarasso, Dermatology
    Ken Maybury, Internal Medicine
    H. Richard McDonald, Ophthalmology
    Jane Melnick, Gastroenterology
    John E. Mendelson, Internal Medicine
    Gary F. Milechman, Cardiovascular Disease
    Robert Gordon Miller, Neurology
    Sophia Mirviss, Family Medicine
    Philippa Newfield, Pediatric Specialist
    Philip J. O'Keefe, Internal Medicine
    Carl E. Otto, Obstetrics and Gynecology
    William F. Owen, Jr., Internal Medicine
    William B. Parmer, Internal Medicine
    V. Ram Peddi, Nephrology
    Mary D. Piel, Pediatrics
    Cynthia A. Point, Internal Medicine
    Anthony A. Portale, Pediatric Specialist
    Catherine Bethan Powell, Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Geoffrey Quinn, Internal Medicine
    Brunno Ristow, Plastic Surgery
    Barry M. Rose, Anesthesiology
    Adam Rosenblatt, Internal Medicine
    Jennifer G. Ross, Internal Medicine
    Jon C. Ross, Pathology
    Barry Rostek, Pediatrics
    Daniel E. Roth, Family Medicine
    Isabelle Ryan, Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Kevin Saitowitz, Internal Medicine
    Stuart R. Seiff, Ophthalmology
    Claire M. Serrato, Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Ira D. Sharlip, Urology
    Jenta Shen, Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Lawrence G. Shore, Family Medicine
    Rona Z. Silkiss, Ophthalmology
    Mark I. Singer, Otolaryngology
    William J. Snape, Jr., Gastroenterology
    William Solomon, Pediatrics
    Collin B. Smikle, Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Kimberlee A. Sorem, Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Joseph Spaulding, Urology
    Robert L. Stamper, Ophthalmology
    Claire Targoff, Rheumatology
    David Tong, Neurology
    Bryant A. Toth, Plastic Surgery
    Anne Tseng, Pediatric Specialist
    Lucia R. Tuffanelli, Dermatology
    Robert C. Vazquez, Family Medicine
    Michael Verhille, Gastroenterology
    Steven G. Vitcov, Anesthesiology
    Adil Ed Wakil, Hepatology
    Aileen Watanabe, Internal Medicine
    Donna Wiggins, Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Sydney Williams, Ophthalmology
    Lory D. Wiviott, Infectious Disease
    Eugene M. Wolf, Orthopaedic Surgery
    Carolyn Wright, Pediatrics
    Laurence F. Yee, Colon and Rectal Surgery

    Best Doctors, Inc. evaluates the review results of its polling, and verifies additional information to meet inclusion criteria. The experts that are part of the Best Doctors in America® database provide the most advanced medical knowledge to patients with serious conditions.

    California Pacific Medical Center. Beyond Medicine. At San Francisco’s California Pacific Medical Center, we believe in the power of medicine. We research the most up-to-date treatments, hire the most qualified individuals, and practice the most modern, innovative medicine available. We deliver the highest quality expert care, with kindness and compassion, in acute, post-acute and outpatient services, as well as preventive and complementary medicine. But we also believe that medicine alone is only part of the solution. That’s why we look intently at each individual case and treat the whole person, not just the illness. It’s why we go beyond medical care and provide our patients with things like disease counseling, family support and wellness treatments. As one of California’s largest private, community-based, not-for-profit, teaching medical centers, and a Sutter Health affiliate, we are able to reach deep into our community to provide education, screening and financial support in some of the city’s most underserved neighborhoods. Medicine can transform a body. But going beyond medicine can transform a life.

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