New York Magazine "Top Docs" of 2009


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    Annual Issue Identifies the Region's "Best" as Selected by Peers

     STONY BROOK, NY, June 17, 2009--New York magazine's 12th annual "Best Doctors in New York" issue features 18 full time and voluntary physicians from Stony Brook University Medical Center. Boasting a wide range of specialties, they were selected from more than 50,000 physicians in the Greater New York Metropolitan Area. The "Best Doctors" list approximately represents the top 3% of New York area physicians. The issue hit newsstands on June 15, 2009.

    The "Best Doctors" list is comprised by Castle Conolly Medical, a medical research and publishing company. The selection  process is based on peer nominations, followed by telephone interviews with leading specialists, cheifs of service and other hospital personnel. Criteria for selection include professional qualifications, communication skills, and reputation, among other factors. Castle Connolly specificaly asked for the commendations of those to whom the nominator would refer their own patients and family members.  Once the interviews were completed, the nomination pool was tabulated and a group of 6,000 doctors were chosen. The "best" 1,107 were then hand-picked from that list and featured in New York  magazine (see for complete methodology).

    "This is wonderful recognition from physician peers," says Dr. Steven L. Strongwater, hospital CEO. "Our physicians make enourmous contributions every day, and continuously work hard, along with our nurses and staff, to ensure that our patients receive high quality and compassionate care."

    Physicians from Stony Brook University Medical Center selected as New York magazine's "Best Doctors" include (in alphabetical order):

         -     Carole Agin, M.D. -Pain Medicine

         -     Mary Andriola, M.D. - Child Neurology

         -     David Baker, M.D. - Obstetrics & Gynecology (Infectious Disease)

         -     Thomas Biancaniello, M.D. - Pediatric Cardiology

         -     David Brown, M.D., - Cardiology

         -     Alexander Dagum M.D.. - Plastic Surgery

         -     Raphael Davis, M.D. - Neurolgical Surgery

         -     Dorothy Lane, M.D.- Preventive Medicine

         -     Brian O'Hea, M.D. - Surgery (Breast Care)

         -     Robert Parker, M.D. - Pediatric Hematology - Oncology

         -     Michael Poon, M.D. -Cardiovascular Disease

         -     Lesley Rechter, M.D. - Family Medicine

         -     Michael Richeimer, M.D. - Allergy & Immunology

         -     Todd Rosengart, M.D. - Thoracic Surgery (Open Heart Surgery)

         -     Deborah Weisbrot, M.D. - Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

         -     Thomas Wilson, M.D. - Pediatric Endocrinology

         -     Michael Zerna, M.D. Cardiovascular Disease

    In addition to full-time faculty attendings at Stony Brook University Medical Center, Winthrop-University Hospital attendings on the "Best Doctors" list with School Of Medicine faculty appointments at Stony Brook University include (in alphabetical order):

         -     Burke Cunha, M.D. - Infectious Disease

         -     Irving Gormolin, M.D. - Garontology

         -     Leonard Krilov, M.D. - Pediatric Infectious Disease

         -     Michael Niederman, M.D. - Pulmonology

         -     Mark Weinblatt, M.D. - Pediatric Hematology - Oncology

    Stony Brook University Medical Center is the only academic medical center on Long Island.  It compromises Stony Brook University School of Medicine and Stony Brook University Hospital, which is the only tertiary care hospital and Level 1 trauma center in Suffolk County. With 540 beds and 5,100 employees, it is the largest hospital in Suffolk County. The Heart Center performs the only open-heart surgery in Suffolk and the Cancer Center and Cerebrovascular Center attract patients from throughout the region with cutting edge diagnostic and treatment facilities. Stony Brook is home to Long Island's first kidney transplantation program which has performed over 1,000 transplants, and initiated the nation's first Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis Center. The hospital is also the regional referral center for trauma, perinatal and neonatal intensive care, burns, bone marrow and stem cell transplantation, cystic fibrosis, pediatric/adult AIDS, and is the regional resource center for emergency management.  Stony Brook's Stroke program is certified by the Joint Commission and the NYS Department of Health and, Stony Brook is home to the Cody Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities and Long Island's first Accredited Comprehensive ALS Center.