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HackensackUMC Physicians Selected as Top Doctors in New Jersey Monthly Magazine


Hackensack University Medical Center is proud to announce that 87 of its affiliated physicians have been recognized as Top Doctors, according to New Jersey Monthly magazine.  A total of 22,780 New Jersey-based physicians were invited to submit their recommendations for this year’s list. It yielded 839 top doctors in 68 medical specialties.

 “I would like to congratulate each of the 87 HackensackUMC physicians who have been listed on the New Jersey Monthly Top Doctors list,” said Robert C. Garrett, president and chief executive officer of Hackensack University Health Network. “We work very hard to recruit and retain the best of the best in healthcare, and I am thrilled that so many highly-respected physicians choose to be part of HackensackUMC.” 

To compile the list, New Jersey Monthly commissioned an independent survey by Leflein Associates, a research firm in Ringwood. Leflein Associates mailed a questionnaire to every doctor licensed in New Jersey for at least five years, and each was asked to vote for physicians he or she would choose to treat him or herself or a family member. Leflein tallied the votes and provided the preliminary results to New Jersey Monthly.

Next, a blue-ribbon advisory board of New Jersey doctors examined the preliminary results for possible additions or deletions, with special attention to physicians in their respective fields of practice or regions of the state.

                “Congratulations to all of the New Jersey Monthly Top Doctors,” said Ihor S. Sawczuk, M.D., executive vice president and chief medical officer of HackensackUMC. “This list is particularly flattering since it is a peer-nominated submission. It is so nice to know how many HackensackUMC physicians are respected, and as a Top Doctor myself, I am honored to be listed among such skilled physicians.”

The following HackensackUMC physicians are listed as New Jersey Monthly Top Doctors:  Mutahar Ahmed, M.D., Urology; Javier E. Aisenberg, M.D., Pediatrics, Endocrinology; Francis G. Alberta, M.D., Surgery, Orthopedic; Robert S. Alter, M.D., Oncology & Hematology; James L. Amato, M.D., Cardiovascular Disease; Paul M. Andrews, M.D., Cardiology, Interventional; Benjamin Aronoff, M.D., Nephrology; Douglas G. Avella, M.D., Pediatrics, Orthopedics; George M. Azzariti, M.D., Pediatrics, General; Aryeh Z. Baer, M.D., Pediatrics, Infectious Disease; Anthony C. Berlet, M.D., Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive; Ruth E. Borgen, M.D., Pediatrics, General; Jeffrey R. Boscamp, M.D., Pediatrics, Infectious Disease; Michael P. Esposito, M.D., Urology; Frederick Fakharzadeh, M.D., Surgery, Hand; Deborah A. Fein, M.D., Nephrology; David L. Feit, M.D., Gastroenterology; David M. Felig, M.D., Gastroenterology; George J. Ferrone, M.D., Radiology, Interventional; Debra Fromer, M.D., Urology; Gregory J. Gallina, M.D., Surgery, Colorectal; Glen Gejerman, M.D., Radiation Oncology; Joseph Giangola, M.D., Endocrinology/ Diabetes/ Metabolism; Michael G. Giuliano, D.O., Family Medicine; Sami J. Harawi, M.D., Pathology; Michael B. Harris, M.D., Pediatrics, Oncology/ Hematology; Mark E. Helbraun, M.D., Surgery, Colorectal; Dante A. Implicito, M.D., Surgery, Spine; Rosy E. Joseph, M.D., Nephrology; Edward Julie, M.D., Cardiovascular Disease; Peter Kagan, M.D., Surgery, Vascular; George J. Kaptain, M.D., Surgery, Neurological; Yukiko Kimura, M.D., Pediatrics, Rheumatology; David Konigsberg, M.D., Pediatrics, Orthopedics; Paul E. Kovatis, M.D., Surgery, Orthopedic; Nathaniel E. Lebowitz, M.D., Cardiovascular Disease; Donna Lee, M.D., Pediatrics, Pulmonology; George Leipsner, M.D., Family Medicine; Gregory G. Lovallo, M.D., Urology; Joseph Manno, M.D., Surgery, General, Vascular; Renuka N. Mapitigama, M.D., Pulmonary Disease; Ralph E. Marcus, M.D., Rheumatology; Domenic Mariano, D.O., Cardiovascular Disease; Donald A. McCain, M.D., Ph.D., Surgery, Oncologic; Mary Ann Michelis, M.D., Allergy & Immunology; Neil I. Minikes, M.D., Allergy & Immunology; Ravi Munver, M.D., Urology; Massimo M. Napolitano, M.D., Surgery, Vascular; Ravinder M. Narang, M.D.,  Cardiovascular Disease; Sanjeev N. Patel, M.D., Cardiovascular Disease; Helio Pedro, M.D., Clinical Genetics; Stephen Percy, M.D., Pediatrics, Critical Care; Stephen G. Pereira, M.D., Surgery, General; Julia A. Piwoz, M.D., Pediatrics, Infectious Disease; Melvin S. Polkow, M.D., Pulmonary Disease; Arnold H. Rabinowitz, M.D., Pediatrics, General; Ravishankar Ramamoorthy, M.D., Gastroenterology; Elizabeth A. Reiley, M.D., Pediatrics, Urology; Michael Rosenberg, M.D., Ophthalmology; Patrick A. Roth, M.D., Surgery, Neurological; Ihor S. Sawczuk, M.D., Urology; Joseph J. Schwartz, M.D., Endocrinology/Diabetes/Metabolism; Rani Sebti, M.D., Infectious Disease; Thomas A. Selvaggi, M.D: Allergy & Immunology; Virender Sethi, M.D., Cardiology, Interventional; Christopher Shaari, M.D., Otolaryngology; David Shin, M.D., Urology; Mark E. Siegel, M.D., Pediatrics, Critical Care; Gregory Simonian, M.D., Surgery, Vascular; Grant R. Simons, M.D., Cardiac Electrophysiology; Kevin A. Slavin, M.D., Pediatrics, Infectious Disease; Steven J. Sperber, M.D., Infectious Disease; Jeffrey A. Stock, M.D., Pediatrics, Urology; Lynn M. Sugarman, M.D., Pediatrics, General; Lisa K. Tank, M.D., Geriatric Medicine; Stephen J. Thompson, M.D., Pediatrics, Neurology; Patrick J. Toth, M.D., Radiology, Diagnostic; Robert J. Tozzi, M.D., Pediatrics, Cardiology; Amit Trivedi, M.D., Surgery, Bariatric; Ami Vaidya, M.D., Gynecological Oncology; Pranaychandra Vaidya, M.D., Cardiology, Interventional; Victor Valda, M.D., Pediatrics, Surgery; Roy D. Vingan, M.D., Surgery, Spine; Jennifer Weiss, M.D., Pediatrics, Rheumatology; Mark Wiesen, M.D., Endocrinology/ Diabetes/ Metabolism; Luis A. Zapiach, M.D., Surgery, Plastic & Reconstructive; Scott W. Zucker, M.D., Pediatrics, General.

About Hackensack University Medical Center
HackensackUMC, a non-profit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, New Jersey, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state, and home to the only Level II Trauma Center in the county. This 775-bed facility has gone beyond traditional thinking by creating an entire campus of care, including: the Heart & Vascular Hospital, the John Theurer Cancer Center, the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital, and the Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital. As a result of using science and creativity to push medicine further, HackensackUMC was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey and one of the top four New York metro area hospitals by the U.S. News & World Report, and has received nine national rankings in: Cancer; Cardiology & Heart Surgery; Ear, Nose & Throat; Gastroenterology; Geriatrics; Neurology & Neurosurgery; Orthopedics; Urology; and the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital ranked as one of the Top 25 Best Children’s Hospitals for Neurology and Neurosurgery in the 2012-13 Best Children’s Hospitals list. The medical center has also been named one of the Truven Health Analytics 100 Top Hospitals® and one of America's 50 Best Hospitals by HealthGrades®. It is listed among the Leapfrog Top Hospitals List, received 18 Gold Seals of Approval™ by the Joint Commission, and is listed as one of the 50 Best Hospitals in America by Becker’s Hospital Review. It was the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence. The medical center is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls, and remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events. To learn more about one of the nation’s 50 best hospitals, visit:   



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