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More Than 130 HackensackUMC Doctors Included in Castle Connolly New York Top Doctors Guide, 15th Edition

May 30, 2012 08:20 AM


              Hackensack University Medical Center is proud to announce that 132 of its affiliated physicians were listed in the latest edition of The Castle Connolly Guideto “Top Doctors - New York Metro Area.” The guidebook, in its fifteenth edition, serves as a prominent consumer guide to finding top primary care and specialty doctors in the greater New York City area.

                “I would like to congratulate each of the 132 HackensackUMC physicians who have been listed on the most recent Top Doctors list,” said Robert C. Garrett, president and chief executive officer of HackensackUMC. “We pride ourselves on the high quality of care provided to patients, and this recognition of our doctors is a true testament to our medical center’s commitment to recruiting and retaining the best of the best in the field of medicine.” 

                The Castle Connolly Guideto “Top Doctors - New York Metro Area” is a non-ranking list of the top physicians in the tri-state metropolitan area. It is a peer-nominated list that details information on more than 5,500 physicians in 65 specialties. Nomination forms are sent to medical professionals in the region, including physicians and hospital executives. Nominators are asked to make a nomination based on which physicians they think are the best in their field, and to whom they would personally recommend a family member or loved one.

                “The number of HackensackUMC physicians who have been selected as Top Doctors is truly impressive and something to be proud of,” said Ihor S. Sawczuk, M.D., executive vice president and chief medical officer of HackensackUMC. “As a Top Doctor myself, it is an honor to be affiliated not only with HackensackUMC, but also with outstanding colleagues such as mine. HackensackUMC has established itself as a medical center that encourages its physicians to think outside of the box with regard to innovative research and patient care, and its physicians are a reflection of this.”

The following HackensackUMC physicians are listed in the 15thedition of The Castle Connolly Guide to “Top Doctors - New York Metro Area:” Allergy & Immunology: Carolyn Goodstein, M.D.; Ziv Harish, M.D.; Mary Ann Michelis, M.D.; Neil Minikes, M.D.; Cardiovascular Disease: Daniel Conroy, M.D.; Sheldon Eisenberg, M.D.; Julius Gardin, M.D.; Jacob Haft, M.D.; David Landers, M.D.; Joel Landzberg, M.D.; Henry Lau, M.D.; Rick Pumill, M.D.; Constantine Rossakis, M.D.; William Salerno, M.D.; Louis Teichholz, M.D.; Colon & Rectal Surgery: Mark Helbraun, M.D.; Dermatology: Robin Ashinoff, M.D.; David Goldberg, M.D.; Paul Possick, M.D.; Diagnostic Radiology: Joel Budin, M.D.; Melissa Leibling, M.D.; Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism: Martin Hochstein, M.D.; Robert Wehmann, M.D.; Mark Wiesen, M.D.; Family Medicine: George Leipsner, M.D.; Gastroenterology: Richard Chessler, M.D.; David Feit, M.D.; George Nikias, M.D.; Ira Zucker, M.D.; Geriatric Medicine: Lisa Tank, M.D.; Gynecologic Oncology: Peter Dottino, M.D.; Hand Surgery: Frederick Fakharzadeh, M.D.; Mark Gurland, M.D.; Roger Rosenstein, M.D.; Hematology: Scott Rowley, M.D.; David Vesole, M.D.; Infectious Disease: Cristina Cicogna, M.D.; Internal Medicine: Thomas Cacciola, M.D.; Evan Kushner, M.D.; Joseph Lauricella, M.D.; Interventional Cardiology: Michael Innerfield, M.D.; Elliott Lichtstein, M.D.; Maternal & Fetal Medicine: Manuel Alvarez, M.D.; Medical Oncology: Stuart Goldberg, M.D.; Andre Goy, M.D.; Harry Harper, M.D.; Andrew Jennis, M.D.; Mark Pascal, M.D.; Andrew Pecora, M.D.; Stanley Waintraub, M.D.; Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine: Michael Giuliano, M.D.; Harold Perl, M.D.; Nephrology: Jeffrey Kozlowski, M.D.; David Levin, M.D.; Austin Pattner, M.D.; Howard Weizman, M.D.; Neurological Surgery: Arno Fried, M.D.; Patrick Roth, M.D.; Roy Vingan, M.D.; Neurology: Patricia Klein, M.D.; Nuclear Medicine: Harry Agress, M.D.; Obstetrics & Gynecology: Barbara Cavallaro, M.D.; Andrew Rubenstein, M.D.; Ophthalmology: Simeon Lauer, M.D.; Glenn Silbert, M.D.; Thomas Slamovits, M.D.; Martin Weinberg, M.D.; Orthopedic Surgery: Mark Berman, M.D.; Ira Esformes, M.D.; Mark Hartzband, M.D.; Michael Kelly, M.D.; Stephen McIlveen, M.D.; Steven Weinfield, M.D.; James Wittig, M.D.; Otolaryngology: David Henick, M.D.; Jed Kwartler, M.D.; Ronald Low, M.D.; Arie Rosen, M.D.; Pediatric Cardiology: Robert Tozzi, M.D.; Pediatric Hematology-Oncology: Steven Diamond, M.D.; Frances Flug, M.D.; Michael Harris, M.D.; Pediatric Infectious Disease: Jeffrey Boscamp, M.D.; Pediatric Nephrology: Kenneth Lieberman, M.D.; Pediatric Otolaryngology: Don Respler, M.D.; Pediatric Rheumatology: Kathleen Haines, M.D.; Yukiko Kimura, M.D.; Pediatric Surgery: Frederick Alexander, M.D.; David Friedman, M.D.; Victor Valda, M.D.; Pediatrics: Russell Asnes, M.D.; Azzam Baker, M.D.;  Maury Buchalter, M.D.; Paul Harlow, M.D.; Neil Kolsky, M.D.; Susan Kushner, M.D.; Steven Schuss, M.D.; Lynn Sugerman, M.D.; David Wisotsky, M.D.; Plastic Surgery: David Bikoff, M.D.; Michael Sternschein, M.D.; Pulmonary Disease: Monroe Karetzky, M.D.; Melvin Polkow, M.D.; Radiation Oncology: Glen Gejerman, M.D.; Anthony Ingenito, M.D.; Reproductive Endocrinology: Philip Lesorgen, M.D.; Peter McGovern, M.D.; Mark Ransom, M.D.; Gerson Weiss, M.D.; Rheumatology: Ralph Marcus, M.D.; Sports Medicine: Michael Gross, M.D.; Gary Savatsky, M.D.; Surgery: Donald McCain, M.D.; Stephen Pereira, M.D.; Hans Schmidt, M.D.; Michael Shapiro, M.D.; Thoracic Surgery: Elie Elmann, M.D.; Leonard Lee, M.D.; Bernard Park, M.D.; Urology: Kevin Basralian, M.D.; Michael Esposito, M.D.; Terry Hensle, M.D.; Vincent Lanteri, M.D.; Ravi Munver, M.D.; Gene Rosenberg, M.D.; Hossein Sadeghi-Nejad, M.D.; Ihor Sawczuk, M.D.; Ellen Shapiro, M.D.; Jack Vitenson, M.D.; and Vascular Surgery: James Geuder, M.D.; Joseph Manno, M.D.; Charles Moss, M.D.

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 has been named one of the Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals® and one of America's 50 Best Hospitals by HealthGrades®. It is listed among the Leapfrog Top Hospitals List, received 17 Gold Seals of Approval™ by the Joint Commission,  is ranked in Cancer, Cardiology and Heart Surgery, and Geriatrics by U.S. News and World Report's "2011-12 Best Hospitals" list, is ranked in eight specialties on U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals Metro Area Top 10,” is listed as one of the 50 Best Hospitals in America by Becker’s Hospital Review, and is a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence, the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation. The medical center is the hometown hospital of the New York Giants and the New Jersey Nets, and remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events. To learn more about one of the nation’s top 50 hospitals, visit:   



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