60 UNC physicians named among ‘America’s Top Doctors’

Fri, Feb 4, 2011 — The doctors were chosen by their peers, based primarily for their excellence in patient care through Castle Connolly's surveying and research methods. Survey respondents were asked to nominate peer physicians to whom they would send members of their family.

CHAPEL HILL, NC — Sixty physicians at the University of North Carolina Hospitals are listed in the latest version of “America’s Top Doctors,” a compilation that is published annually by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.

The doctors were chosen by their peers, based primarily for their excellence in patient care through Castle Connolly's surveying and research methods. Survey respondents were asked to nominate peer physicians to whom they would send members of their family.

The UNC doctors honored in the compilation are:

  • Cardiovascular Disease – Sidney Smith
  • Child Neurology – Robert Greenwood
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism – John Buse, H. Shelton Earp, David Ontjes
  • Gastroenterology – Scott Bezer, Douglas Drossman, Kim Isaacs, Scott Plevy, R. Balfour Sartor
  • Geriatric Medicine – Mac Greganti, Laura Hanson
  • Gynecologic Oncology – Daniel Clarke-Pearson, Wesley Fowler, John Soper
  • Infectious Disease – Myron Cohen, Charles van der Horst
  • Maternal & Fetal Medicine – John Thorp
  • Medical Oncology – Stephen Bernard, Lisa Carey, Paul Godley, Richard Goldberg, Hyman Muss, Jonathan Serody, Thomas Shea, Mark Socinski
  • Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine – Alan Stiles
  • Nephrology – Ronald Falk
  • Neurological Surgery – Matthew Ewend
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology – John Steege
  • Ophthalmology – Jonathan Dutton, Travis Meredith
  • Otolaryngology – Harold Pillsbury, Brent Senior, William Shockley, Mark Weissler
  • Pediatric Hematology-Oncology – Julie Blatt, Stuart Gold
  • Pediatric Otolaryngology – Amelia Drake
  • Plastic Surgery – C. Scott Hultman
  • Psychiatry – Richard Weisler
  • Pulmonary Disease – James Donohue, David Henke
  • Radiation Oncology – Jan Halle, Lawrence Marks, Julian Rosenman, Joel Tepper
  • Reproductive Endocrinology – Marc Fritz
  • Rheumatology – Nortin Hadler
  • Surgery – Benjamin Calvo, Mark Koruda, Anthony Meyer
  • Thoracic Surgery – Richard Feins
  • Urology – Culley Carson, Raj Pruthi, Richard Sutherland, Eric Wallen
  • Vascular & Interventional Radiology – Matthew Mauro


A physician-led team of researchers followed a rigorous screening process to select top doctors on both the national and regional levels. Using mail surveys, telephone surveys and electronic ballots, the research team asked board certified physicians and the medical leadership of leading hospitals to nominate highly skilled, exceptional doctors. Criteria developed by the Castle Connolly research team led to the final selection of those physicians most highly regarded by their peers in each specialty. The criteria used to determine physician eligibility for inclusion in the magazine: professional qualifications; education, residency, board certification, fellowships; professional reputation, hospital appointment, medical school faculty appointment, and experience. The physicians are grouped alphabetically by specialty and alphabetically within each specialty.

Media contact: Tom Hughes, (919) 966-6047, tahughes@unch.unc.edu

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