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Top Doctors 2022: 103 SLUCare Physicians Honored


Castle Connolly Top Doctors title over SLUCare lab coat
St. Louis Magazine has released its 2022 Top Doctors issue, revealing the area’s top physicians. The list includes 98 physicians from SLUCare Physician Group, a member of SSM Health. The honored physicians represent more than 40 different specialties.

Every year, Castle Connolly surveys tens of thousands of practicing physicians across the United States to ensure its list always reflects the latest in quality care. After a doctor is nominated, a physician-led research team begins their work to screen each doctor and confirm whether he or she meets Castle Connolly standards. 

Selection criteria include professional qualifications, education, hospital and faculty appointments, research leadership, professional reputation and disciplinary history. Where available, the firm includes outcomes data in its research. Castle Connelly also asks doctors to consider not just the training and clinical skills of the physicians they nominate, but also interpersonal skills such as listening and communicating effectively, demonstrating empathy, and instilling trust and confidence.

The selected SLUCare physicians — listed by specialty — are: 

Adult Medicine

Allergy & Immunology
Mark Dykewicz, MD 

Lisa J. Alderson, MD
Philip Mar, MD
Anthony Pearson, MD 
Steven C. Smart, MD 

Ramona Behshad, MD  
Nicole M. Burkemper, MD
A. Mary Guo, MD
M. Yadira Hurley, MD
Daniel A. West, MD

Emergency Medicine
Laurie Byrne, MD

Alan B. Silverberg, MD

Family Medicine
Matthew Breeden, MD 

Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Alex Befeler, MD 
Christine Y. Hachem, MD 
Jennifer Palagiri, MD 
Brent A. Tetri, MD

Geriatric Medicine
Julie K. Gammack, MD 

Hematology and Oncology
John M. Richart, MD

Infectious Diseases
Donald J. Kennedy, MD

Internal Medicine (General)
Marilyn Maxwell, MD

Bahar Bastani, MD 
Krista Lentine, MD, PhD 
Kevin J. Martin, MD
Marie Philipneri, MD, PhD
Thanh-Mai Vo, MD

Aninda Acharya, MD
Pratap Chand, MD
Randall C. Edgell, MD
Ghazala S. Hayat, MD
Jafar Kafaie, MD, PhD

Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health
Shannon Grabosch, MD 
Gilad Gross, MD
John T. Hoff, MD
Brigid Holloran-Schwartz, MD
Cherie A. LeFevre, MD
Fah Che Leong, MD
Leslie McCloskey, MD
Mary McLennan, MD
Dorothea J. Mostello, MD
Diane M. Petersen, MD
Amy J. Ravin, MD
Mitul B. Shah, MD
Andrew C. Steele, MD
Michael Thomure, MD
Tracy M. Tomlinson, MD

Bradley Davitt, MD
Sean Edelstein, MD
Gabriela M. Espinoza, MD
Rafif Ghadban, MD

George T. Grossberg, MD

Joseph Espiritu, MD
Ravi P. Nayak, MD
David Stoeckel, MD

Keith Pereira, MD
Kirubahara Vaheesan, MD

Terry L. Moore, MD

Pediatric Medicine

Child Neurology
Himanshu Kaulas, MD

Pediatrics (General)
Joshua D. Arthur, MD
M. Susan Heaney, MD
Gene LaBarge, MD
Elisa Pincus, MD

Pediatric Adolescent Medicine 
Victoria Cornelius, MD

Pediatric Allergy and Immunology 
Alan P. Knutsen, MD

Pediatric Cardiology
Robert Petersen, MD
Renuka Peterson, MD
Jamie S. Sutherell, MD

Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery
Charles B. Huddleston, MD

Pediatric Dermatology
Elaine Siegfried, MD

Pediatric Emergency Medicine
James Gerard, MD

Pediatric Endocrinology
Susan Myers, MD

Pediatric Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Nisha Mangalat, MD
Jeffrey Teckman, MD

Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Deepika Bhatla, MD

Pediatric Medical Genetics
Stephen R. Braddock, MD

Pediatric Neurology
Glen Fenton, MD
Sean Goretzke, MD

Pediatric Nephrology
Anne Marie Beck, MD
Craig W. Belsha, MD

Pediatric Otolaryngology
Adrienne Childers, MD
Dary J. Costa, MD

Pediatric Pulmonology
Gary M. Albers, MD
Brent Haberman, MD
Blakeslee Noyes, MD
Michael Smiley, MD 
Kurtis Sobush, MD

Pediatric Rheumatology
Austin Dalrymple, DO

Pediatric Urology
Barry Duel, MD


Surgery (General and Oncologic)
Eddy Hsueh, MD
Grace Montenegro, MD

Richard Bucholz, MD

Orthopedic Surgery
Thomas J. Fox, MD
David Greenberg, MD
Scott Kaar, MD
Howard Place, MD

Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
John F. Eisenbeis, MD
Joshua Hentzelman, MD
Anthony Mikulec, MD
Thomas Sanford, MD

Thoracic Surgery 
Keith S. Naunheim, MD

Transplant Surgery 
Henry Randall, MD

Sameer Siddiqui, MD

Vascular Surgery 
David Han, MD

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