Top Doctors 2010




The ListHere's how it works: We send a survey to each doctor on the New Hampshire Board of Medicine's list of physicians licensed to practice in the state. This year, we received responses from 429. The survey asks the physicians to nominate specialists they would most recommend to family and friends. Hundreds of physicians statewide were named. We include those who received the greatest number of recommendations within 45 specialties. Those picked in our survey are then fact-checked for biographical information. New Hampshire Magazine editors are not able to visit the Top Doctors nor screen their credentials. Many excellent physicians are not on this list and we wish we could report on all the stories of tireless service to patients that we hear during the course of our poll. Many fine doctors have practices in areas of the state with small populations and fewer associates to receive surveys, thus creating a bias toward more populated regions of the state. Even so, smaller hospitals are often represented in the poll and we trust this list is broad enough to be useful and to represent the level of excellence that exists across the state. When seeking a new specialist for care, it's always a good idea to consult with your own doctor first.In our 2010 survey we asked New Hampshire doctors who they would choose to provide for the medical needs of friends and loved ones and their choices are here in your hands. To broaden the reach of our poll, we list our top doctors along with other leading physicians in each specialty. Plus, we solicited votes from our readers.Profiles (following the list)Several of the top vote-getters are profiled to help explain the challenges and rewards of medicine, and we include replies from doctors to two questions we asked on the poll about health care reform.Note: More information about Dr. Sam Aldridge, as mentioned in Rick Broussard's Editor's Note, can be found here.Key to Abbreviations: Many of the doctors featured in this survey practice in more than one hospital and many have private practices. Below is a list of the hospitals represented and the abbreviations we used:Alice Peck Day Memorial (APDMH) Lebanon Bedford Ambulatory Surgical Center (BASC) Catholic Medical Center (CMC) Manchester Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock (Cheshire/DHK) Keene Concord Ambulatory Surgery Center (CASC) Concord Hospital (Concord) Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) Lebanon Elliot Hospital (Elliot) Manchester Exeter Hospital (Exeter) Franklin Regional Hospital (FRH) Frisbie Memorial Hospital (Frisbie) Rochester New London Hospital (New London) Parkland Medical Center (PMC) Derry Portsmouth Regional Hospital (PRH) Southern New Hampshire Medical Center (SNHMC) Nashua Speare Memorial Hospital (Speare) Plymouth St. Joseph Hospital (SJH) Nashua Wentworth-Douglass Hospital (WD) DoverAllergy/ImmunologyTop Vote-GetterJohn Kalliel, M.D. Elliot/CMC Manchester Allergy Inc. Manchester, 603) 668-6444 Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, Mass. 1982 Past Top DoctorOther Leading PhysiciansSteven Grandgeorge, M.D. DHMC Pediatric Allergy and Clinical Immunology at Children?s Hospital at Dartmouth (CHaD) Manchester (603) 695-2560 Medical School: University of Iowa College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa, 1980 Past Leading PhysicianBarbara L. Deuell, M.D. PRH Allergy Associates of New Hampshire Portsmouth (603) 436-7897 Medical School: State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine Buffalo, N.Y. 1985 Past Leading PhysicianNathaniel Hare, M.D. Cheshire/DHK Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic Keene, (603) 354-5400 Medical School: Eastern Virginia Medical School Norfolk, Va., 2001Robert W. Hickey, M.D. PRH Portsmouth, (603) 436-5110 Allergy Associates of N.H. Portsmouth (603) 436-7897 Medical School: Dartmouth Medical School, Dartmouth, N.H. 1987 Past Leading PhysicianAnesthesiologyTop Vote-GetterPaul Del Giudice, M.D. CMC/BASC Anesthesia Care Group Manchester (603) 647-9325 Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, Mass. 1979 Past Top DoctorOther Leading PhysiciansRobert LaFlam, M.D. Concord Hospital Anesthesia Associates P.A. Bow, (603) 224-4776 Medical School: Dartmouth Medical School, N.H., 1984 Past Top DoctorGary B. Friedman, M.D. SNHMC Nashua Anesthesia Partners Nashua, (603) 889-2624 Medical School: George Washington University School of Medicine Washington, D.C., 1992CardiologyTop Vote-GetterJeffrey T. Lockhart Concord Concord Hospital Cardiology Associates Concord, (603) 224-6070 Medical School: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pa., 1981Other Leading PhysiciansAndrew Torkelson, M.D. DHMC/New London Lebanon, (603) 650-5724 Medical School: University of Rochester School of Medicine, Rochester, N.Y., 1980 Past Top Doctor and Past Leading PhysicianSteven L. Schwartz, M.D., F.A.C.C. SNHMC Lahey Cardiology at the Medical Center Nashua, (603) 577-2039 Medical School: State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, N.Y., 1984DermatologyTop Vote-GetterStephen Del Giudice, M.D. DH-Concord (603) 226-6119 Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, Mass. 1981 Past Top DoctorOther Leading PhysiciansRobert Posnick, M.D. SNHMC Nashua Dermatology Associates Nashua, (603) 579-9648 Medical School: Mount Sinai School of Medicine, City University of New York, N.Y., 1982 Past Top Doctor Winner and Past Leading PhysicianM. Shane Chapman, M.D. DHMC Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Dermatology Lebanon, (603) 653-9363 Medical School: University of Texas at Houston Medical School, Houston, Texas, 1995Emergency CareTop Vote-GetterDonavon Albertson, M.D., F.A.C.E.P. PRH Portsmouth (603) 436-5110 Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, Mass., 1974 Past Top Doctor and Past Leading PhysicianOther Leading PhysiciansJoseph Leahy, D.O. SNHMC Nashua (603) 577-2500 University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, Biddeford, Maine, 1992 Past Top DoctorScott W. Rodi, M.D., M.P.H. DHMC Lebanon, (603) 650-7254 Medical School, Cornell University Medical College, New York, N.Y., 1992H. S. Sethi, M.D. Cheshire/DHK Keene, (603) 354-6600 MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine-Allegheny, Philadelphia, Pa., 2001Michael Lynch, M.D. Concord Hospital Concord, (603) 225-2711 Medical School: University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, Va., 1993 Past Top Doctor and Past Leading PhysicianEndocrinologyTop Vote-GetterRichard J. Comi, M.D. DHMC Lebanon, (603) 650-8630 Medical School: Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass., 1980 Past Top Doctor and Past Leading PhysicianOther Leading PhysiciansRobert Levine, M.D. F.A.C.E. SJH Office of Doctor Levine Thyroid Center of New Hampshire Nashua, (603) 881-7141 Medical School: University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington, Conn., 1981 Past Top DoctorEllie Chuang, M.D. SNHMC Joslin Diabetes Center affiliate at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center/Southern New Hampshire Endocrinology Nashua, (603) 577-5760 Medical School: University of California, La Jolla, Calif., 2000 Past Leading PhysicianEnd of Life CareTop Vote-Getter Ira R. Byock, M.D. DHMC Palliative Medicine Lebanon, (603) 650-5402 Medical School: University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver, Colo., 1978 Past Top DoctorOther Leading PhysiciansDonald McDonah, M.D. SJH SJ Family Medical Center Nashua, (603) 891-4804 Medical School: Dalhouse University Facility of Medicine, Halifax, Canada, 1983 Past Leading PhysicianPatrick Clary, M.D. Exeter Rockingham VNA and Hospice Exeter, (603) 772-2981 Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, D.C., 1979GastroenterologyTop Vote-GetterTimothy Scherer, M.D SNHMC/DHMC Dartmouth-Hitchcock Nashua (603) 577-4081 Medical School: State University of New York, Brooklyn, N.Y., 1996 Past Top DoctorOther Leading PhysiciansRobert Thomson, M.D. Concord GI Associates - Concord Gastroenterology Concord, (603) 228-1763 Medical School: Rush Medical College of Rush University, Chicago, Ill., 1993Mark Silversmith, M.D. CMC N.H. Gastroenterology, Inc. Bedford, (603) 625-5744 Medical School: St. Sinai School of Medicine, New York, N.Y., 1983 Past Top Doctor and Past Leading PhysicianGeneral/Family PracticeTop Vote-GetterJonathan B. Thyng, M.D. SNHMC/DHMC Dartmouth-Hitchcock Nashua Nashua, (603) 577-4440 Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, Mass., 1989 Past Top Doctor and Past Leading PhysicianOther Leading PhysiciansJames F. Fitzgerald, M.D. Elliot Elliot Family Medicine at Bedford Commons Bedford, (603) 626-4392 Medical School: Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, Va., 1998Sarah J. MacDuffie, D.O. PRH Portsmouth Family Practice Portsmouth (603) 431-2516 Medical School: University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, Maine, 1992 Past Leading PhysicianGeriatricsTop Vote-GetterBeverly Jean (B.J.) Entwisle, M.D. Concord Hospital Capital Region Family Health Center Concord, (603) 228-7200 Medical School: Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Mass., 1984 Past Top DoctorOther Leading PhysiciansSamuel Goldman, D.O. Elliot Senior Health Primary Care Elliot Senior Health Center Manchester (603) 663-7030 Medical School: Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., 1997 Past Leading PhysicianLisa Leinau, M.D. Cheshire/DHK Keene, (603) 354-5454 Medical School: Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, N.H., 1999GynecologyTop Vote-GetterKaren Maynard, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. SNHMC Women?s Care of Nashua Nashua, (603) 577-3100 Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, Mass., 1994 Past Top Doctor and Past Leading PhysicianOther Leading PhysiciansValerie A. Bell, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. SNHMC/SJH/DHMC?Nashua Nashua, (603) 577-4300 Medical School: University of Vermont School of Medicine, Burlington, Vt., 1999 Past Leading Physician and Past Top DoctorGary Wasserman, M.D. CMC/Elliot Manchester Obstetrical Associates, P.A. Manchester (603) 622-3162 Medical School: State University of New York in Buffalo School of Medicine, Buffalo, N.Y., 1977 Past Top Doctor and Past Leading PhysicianLeslie DeMars, M.D. DHMC Lebanon, (603) 653-3530 Medical School: University of Vermont College of Medicine Burlington, Vt., 1987 Past Top Doctor and Past Leading PhysicianGynecology OncologyTop Vote-GetterLeslie DeMars, M.D. DHMC Lebanon, (603) 653-3530 Medical School: University of Vermont College of Medicine Burlington, Vt., 1987 Past Top Doctor and Past Leading PhysicianOther Leading PhysiciansLloyd A. West, M.D. DHMC/DH?Concord/DHMC?Lebanon Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Gynecologic Oncology Lebanon, (603) 653-3525 Past Leading PhysicianGary Wasserman, M.D. CMC/Elliot Manchester Obstetrical Associates, P.A. Manchester (603) 622-3162 Medical School: State University of New York in Buffalo School of Medicine, Buffalo, N.Y., 1977 Past Top Doctor and Past Leading PhysicianHematology OncologyTop Vote-GetterGautami Rao, M.D. SNHMC/SJH/CMC/Elliot Foundatin Hematology/Oncology Nashua, (603) 886-7900 Medical School: University of Madras Medical College, Chennai, India, 1982 Past Top Doctor and Past Leading PhysicianOther Leading PhysiciansMarc S. Ernstoff, M.D. DHMC-Lebanon/Norris Cotton Cancer Center Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Hematology/Oncology Lebanon, (603) 650-5534 Medical School: New York University School of Medicine, New York, N.Y., 1978 Past Leading PhysicianFrederick M. Briccetti, M.D. Concord N.H. Oncology-Hematology, P.A. Hooksett, N.H. Medical School: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1988Infectious DiseasesTop Vote-GetterDavid Itkin, M.D. Exeter/Portsmouth Appledore Medical Group Portsmouth, (603) 433-8733 Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine Illinois, Chicago, Ill., 1980 Past Top Doctor and Past Leading PhysicianOther Leading PhysiciansMichael Strampfer, M.D., F.A.C.P. SNHMC/SJH/CMC/Elliot Infectious Disease Associates/Travel Clinic Merrimack, (603) 429-1611 Medical School: SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn, College of Medicine, Brooklyn, N.Y., 1981 Past Top Doctor and Past Leading PhysicianElizabeth Clark, M.D. SJH/SNHMC Infectious Disease & Travel Clinic Merrimack, (603) 429-1611 Medical School: SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse, Syracuse, N.Y., 1987 Past Top Doctor and Past Leading PhysicianInternal MedicineTop Vote-GetterPaul Clark, M.D. Concord Hospital Concord, (603) 224-4003 Medical School: University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Worcester, Mass., 1979 Past Top DoctorOther Leading PhysiciansTanja VanderLinde, M.D. Concord Hospital Internal Medicine Concord, (603) 224-4003 Medical School: Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Mass., 1988 Past Leading PhysicianDouglas H. DeSantis, M.D. PRH Portsmouth Internal Medicine Associates, P.A. Portsmouth, (603) 436-6115 Medical School: SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse, Syracuse, N.Y., 1992Kenneth D. Thomas, M.D. Elliot Manchester (603) 622-7548 Medical School: University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, Vt., 1974Albee Budnitz, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.C.C.P. SNHMC/Foundation Medical Partners Downtown Medical Associates Nashua, (603) 577-3300 Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, Mich., 1973NephrologyTop Vote-GetterSean Fitzpatrick, M.D. SNHMC/SJH/PMC Nashua Nephrology Nashua, (603) 882-2921 Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, Mass., 1989 Past Top DoctorOther Leading PhysiciansCharles Kert, M.D. SNHMC/SJH/PMC Nashua Nephrology Nashua, (603) 882-2921 Medical School: University of Southern California School of Medicine, Los Angeles, Calif., 1981 Past Top Doctor and Past Leading PhysicianClay A. Block, M.D. DHMC Nephrology Lebanon, (603) 653-3830 Medical School: University of California, Los Angeles, Calif., 1989 Past Leading PhysicianNeurologyTop Vote-GetterMildred LaFontaine, M.D. Concord Hospital Neurology Associates Concord, (603) 224-6691 Medical School: Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, N.C., 1977 Past Top Doctor and Past Leading PhysicianOther Leading PhysiciansRobert Thies, M.D. CMC/Elliot Neurology Associates Manchester (603) 669-0859 Medical School: Cornell University Medical College, New York, N.Y., 1976 Past Top DoctorJeffrey A. Cohen, M.D. DHMC/ALS Center/DHMC?Lebanon Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Lebanon, (603) 650-8589 Medical School: University of Oklahoma School of Medicine, Oklahoma City, Okla., 1977ObstetricsTop Vote-GetterKenneth R. Herr, M.D. Elliot Bedford Commons OB?GYN Bedford, (603) 668-8400 Medical School: Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pa., 1979Other Leading PhysiciansKaren Maynard, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. SNHMC Women?s Care of Nashua Nashua, (603) 577-3100 Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, Mass., 1994 Past Top Doctor and Past Leading PhysicianEmily R. Baker, M.D. DHMC Obstetrics and Gynecology Lebanon, (603) 653-9306 Medical School: Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, Calif., 1986 Past Top Doctor and Past Leading PhysicianOphthalmologyTop Vote-GettersPatrick J. Riddle, M.D. SNHMC Nashua Eye Associates, P.A. Nashua, (603) 882-9800 Medical School: Creighton University School of Medicine, Omaha, Neb., 1971 Past Leading PhysicianRichard Chace, M.D. PRH Eyesight Ophthalmic Services, P.A. Portsmouth (603) 436-1773 Medical School: Brown University, Providence, R.I, 1979Other Leading PhysiciansMatthew Norman, M.D., F.A.C.S. PRH Seacoast Ophthalmology Portsmouth (603) 436-7485 Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, Minn., 1982 Past Top Doctor and Past Leading PhysicianLawrence Jaeger, M.D. Cheshire/DHK Keene, (603) 354-5400 Medical School: NY Medical College, Valhalla, N.Y., 1983 Past Top DoctorOtolaryngologyTop Vote-GetterLaurie Porter, D.O. SNHMC/Foundation Medical Partners The New England Center for Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery Nashua, (603) 577-3150 Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia, Pa., 2000Other Leading PhysiciansJames Bartels, M.D. CMC/Elliot/PMC Ear Nose & Throat Specialists of Southern New Hampshire Manchester, (603) 622-3623 Medical School: University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, N.Y., 1982 Past Top Doctor WinnerBrett Steven Rankin, M.D. PRH Family Ear Nose and Throat Landmark Hill Kittery, Maine (207) 351-3525 Medical School, University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, Vt., 1993 Past Leading PhysicianPain ManagementTop Vote-GetterGilbert J. Fanciullo, M.D., M.S. DHMC Spine Center Lebanon, (603) 650-2225 Medical School: Albany Medical College, Albany, N.Y., 1987Other Leading PhysiciansPraveen Suchdev, M.D. DHMC Pain Solutions Nashua, (603) 577-3003 Medical School: Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, Ill., 1991 Thomas G. Provost D.O. Cheshire/DHK Keene, (603) 354-5400 Medical School: University of Health Science, Kansas City, Mo., 1986PathologyTop Vote-GetterJ. Samuel Smoot, M.D. Elliot Hospital/Monadnock Community Hospital Pathology Specialists of New England, P.A. Manchester (603) 663-2583 Medical School: University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, Wash., 1990 Past Leading Physician and Past Leading PhysicianOther Leading PhysiciansCheryl Ennis, M.D. SNHMC/SJH Nashua Pathology, PA (603) 577-2845 Medical School: St. George?s University School of Medicine, Bay Shore, N.Y., 1988 Past Top Doctors Winner and Past Leading PhysicianSonya M. Schwaegerle, M.D. PRH Atlantic Pathology, PA Portsmouth (603) 433-4907 Medical School: Medical College of Ohio, Toledo, Ohio, 1984Pediatrics Top Vote-GetterAndrew J. Breen, M.D. PRH Pediatric Associates of Hampton Hampton (603) 929-3838 Medical School: Dartmouth Medical School, Dartmouth, N.H., 1987 Past Leading PhysicianOther Leading PhysiciansPatricia Campbell, D.O. Cheshire/DHK Keene, (603) 354-5400 Medical School: University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, Maine, 1992 Past Top Doctor and Past Leading PhysicianGeorge DeVito, M.D. Concord Hospital Concord Hospital Family Health Center Concord, (603) 228-7200 Medical School: University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, V.T., 1976 Past Top Doctor and Past Leading PhysicianLinda A. Williams, M.D., F.A.A.P. SNHMC Foundation Pediatrics Medical School: George Washington University, Washington, D.C., 1991 Nashua, (603) 886-5520PodiatryTop Vote-GetterAnna Ruelle, D.P.M. Cheshire/DHK Keene, (603) 354-5400 Medical School: University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Services, College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery, Des Moines, Idaho Past Top Doctor and Past Leading PhysicianOther Leading PhysiciansThomas Detwiller, D.P.M. Concord Affiliates in Podiatry, PC Concord, (603) 225-5281 Medical School: New York College of Podiatric Medicine, New York, N.Y., 1996David Kosofsky, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S. SJH/SNHMC Nashua Podiatry Associates Nashua, (603) 880-9177 Medical School: Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio Past Top Doctor and Past Leading PhysicianPsychiatry Top Vote-GetterSusana Lugo, M.D. SNHMC Foundation Psychological Associates Nashua, (603) 881-9311 Medical School: Universidad Central del Este, San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic, 1986Other Leading PhysiciansJoseph G. Bergman, M.D. Cheshire/DHK Keene, (603) 354-6670 Medical School, The Autonomous University of Guadalajara, Guadalajara, Mexico, 1979Christine T. Finn, M.D. DHMC Dartmouth-Hitchcock Psychiatric Associates Lebanon, (603) 650-7086 Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, N.Y., 1997Wassfy M. Hanna, M.D PRH Seacoast Mental Health Ctr. Portsmouth (603) 431-6703 Medical School: Cairo University School of Medicine, Cairo, Egypt, 1957 Past Top DoctorPulmonary Diseases Top Vote-GetterSteve Imgrund, M.D. Concord Hospital Concord Hospital Pulmonary Medicine, Concord, (603) 224-9661 Medical School, The Autonomous University of Guadalajara, Guadalajara, Mexico, 1979 Past Top Doctor and Past Leading PhysicianOther Leading PhysiciansChristopher C. Daigle, M.D. SNHMC Foundation Medical Partners Nashua, (603) 886-0290 Medical School: SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn, Brooklyn, N.Y., 1996William Goodman, M.D., F.C.C.P., M.P.H. CMC Manchester (603) 645-6407 Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, Mass., 1989 Past Top Doctor and Past Leading PhysicianRadiologyTop Vote-GettersDaniel J. Abbis, D.O. DH-Nashua DH-Nashua Radiology Nashua, (603) 577-4073 Medical School: New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, New York, N.Y., 1999Mark G. Goldshein, M.D. SNHMC Associated Radiologists, P.A. Nashua, (603) 883-4636 Medical School: University of Rochester School of Medicine, Rochester, N.Y., 1978Other Leading PhysiciansRobert F. Oot, M.D. SNHMC Associated Radiologists, P.A. Nashua, (603) 883- 4636 Medical School: SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn, Brooklyn, N.Y., 1978 Past Top Doctor and Past Leading PhysicianPeter Van der Meer, M.D. Elliot Hospital So. NH Radiology Consultants Bedford, (603) 627-1663 Medical School: University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1991 Past Leading PhysicianArchie McGowan, M.D. PRH Portsmouth Radiological Associates, P.A. Portsmouth (603) 436-5560 Medical School: Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, N.H., 2001Rehabilitation/Physical MedicineTop Vote-GetterBarry Gendron, D.O. PRH/WD Seacoast Area Physiatry Newington (603) 431-5529 Medical School: University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, Biddeford, Maine, 1989 Past Top DoctorOther Leading Physicians Gregory Zuercher, D.O. SJH Office of Rehab Services Nashua, (603) 598-2401 Past Leading Physician Medical School: New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, Old Westbury, N.Y., 1992Nancy A. Bagley, M.D. DHMC Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Lebanon, (603) 650-6330 Past Leading Physician Medical School: Mayo Medical School, Rochester, Minn., 1979Reproductive MedicineTop Vote-GetterPaul Manganiello, M.D. DHMC Lebanon, (603) 653-9240 Medical School: Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pa., 1973 Past Top Doctor and Past Leading PhysicianOther Leading PhysiciansMisty Blanchette Porter, M.D. DHMC Obstetrics and Gynecology Lebanon, (603) 653-9240 Medical School: Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, N.H., 1989 Past Top Doctor and Past Leading PhysicianRichard H. Reindollar, M.D. DHMC-Manchester/DHMC-Lebanon/DH-Nashua Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Obstetrics and Gynecology Lebanon, (603) 653-9240 Medical School: Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, N.C., 1975 Past Leading PhysicianRheumatologyTop Vote-GetterHoke Shirley, M.D. Concord/New London Concord Orthopaedics Concord, (603) 224-3368 Medical School: Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, La., 1982 Past Top DoctorOther Leading PhysiciansChristopher J. Lynch, M.D. Elliot/CMC/Manchester VA Hospital Rheumatology Manchester, (603) 625-2775 Medical School: Cornell University Medical College, New York, N.Y., 1975 Past Top Doctors Winner and Past Leading PhysicianJohn H. Yost, D.O. Dartmouth-Hitchcock Manchester Manchester, (603) 695-2550 DHMC Adult & Pediatric Rheumatology Lebanon, (603) 650-8622 Medical School: Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences, Des Moines, Iadho. 1986 Past Leading PhysicianSports MedicineTop Vote-GetterJoshua Siegel, M.D. Exeter/PRH/Northeast Surgical Care Access Sports Medicine and Ortho Exeter, (603) 775-7575 Medical School: State University of New York, Buffalo, N.Y., 1992 Past Top Doctor and Past Leading PhysicianOther Leading PhysiciansJohn O?Connor, M.D. Concord Concord Orthopaedics, P.A. Concord, (603) 224-3368 Medical School: Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass., 1982 Past Top DoctorJames Vailas, M.D. CMC/Elliot/PMC/SJH/SNHMC/BASC The Orthopedic Center Manchester, (603) 634-0080 Medical School: Dartmouth Medical School, N.H., 1981 Past Top Doctor and Past Leading PhysicianBreast SurgeryTop Vote-GetterHelen M. Corbett, M.D. F.A.C.S. SNHMC Foundation Surgery North II Specialty Services Nashua, (603) 882-8375 Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, Mass., 1989 Past Leading PhysicianOther Leading PhysiciansKari M. Rosenkranz, M.D. DHMC Cancer Services (Norris Cotton Cancer Ctr. at CMC) General Surgery Lebanon, (603) 650-9479 Dartmouth-Hitchcock Manchester Medical School: Albany Medical College, Albany, N.Y., 1999 Past Leading PhysicianEdward Dalton, M.D., F.A.C.S Elliot Elliot Breast Health Center Manchester (603) 668-3067 Medical School: St. Louis University, St. Louis, Mo., 1970 Past Top DoctorCardiac/Thoracic SurgeryTop Vote-GetterBenjamin Westbrook, M.D. CMC/Elliot/PMC Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates, P.A. Manchester (603) 663-6340 Medical School: University of South Alabama College of Medicine, Mobile, Ala., 1979 Past Top DoctorOther Leading PhysiciansDonato A. Sisto, M.D., F.A.C.S. PRH Cardiothoracic Surgery Coastal Cardiothoracic & Vascular Associates Portsmouth, (603) 559-4111 Medical School: Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, University of Padua, Padua, Italy, 1975 Past Leading PhysicianDavid W. Johnstone, M.D. DHMC Cardiothoracic Surgery Lebanon, (603) 650-8537 Medical School: Northwestern University, Chicago, Ill., 1984 Past Leading PhysicianColon/Rectal SurgeryTop Vote-GetterJeffrey Harnsberger, M.D. Elliot/DHMC Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Manchester (603) 695-2840 Medical School: Medical College of Ohio, Toledo, Ohio, 1987 Past Top Doctor and Past Leading PhysicianOther Leading PhysiciansRussell Strong, M.D. Concord Concord Surgical Associates Concord, (603) 224-0584 Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine Chicago, Ill., 1987 Past Top DoctorJohn J. Murray, M.D. DHMC General Surgery Lebanon, (603) 650-8113 Medical School: Boston University, Boston, Mass., 1977Ear, Nose and Throat SurgeryTop Vote-GetterJames Bartels, M.D. CMC/Elliot/PMC Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists of Southern NH Manchester (603) 622-3623 Medical School: University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, N.Y., 1982 Past Top DoctorOther Leading PhysiciansBrett Steven Rankin, M.D. PRH Family Ear Nose &Throat Landmark Hill Kittery, Maine (207) 351-3525Benoit J. Gosselin, M.D. DHMC/Gifford Medical Center Lebanon, (603) 65ol: Queen?s University, Kingston, ON, Canada, 1999Other Leading PhysiciansPhillip M. Bernini, M.D. DHMC Lebanon, (603) 650-8949 Medical School: Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pa., 1973 Past Top DoctorThomas V. King, M.D. PRH Knee, Hip and Shoulder Center Medical Office Building Portsmouth (603) 431-5858 Medical School: Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass., 1978 Past Top Doctor and Past Leading PhysicianPlastic/Reconstructive SurgeryTop Vote-GetterWayne Stadelmann, M.D., F.A.C.S. Concord/CASC/Elliot/CMC/ New London Stadelmann Plasic Surgery, PC Concord (603) 224-5200 Medical School: University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago, Ill., 1990 Past Top Doctor and Past Leading PhysicianOther Leading PhysiciansCharles J. Gaudet, M.D., F.A.C.S. PRH Piscataqua Plastic Surgery Portsmouth (603) 431-5488 Medical School: Brown University Program in Medicine, Providence, R.I., 1980 Past Top Doctor and Past Leading PhysicianBruce Topol, M.D. CMC/Elliot Manchester (603) 622-0900 Medical School: Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, Ill., 1980 Past Top Doctor and Past Leading PhysicianUrological SurgeryTop Vote-GetterWilliam Santis, M.D. Concord Hospital/New London/DHMC/Speare Memorial Concord Hospital Center for Urological Care Concord (603) 224-3388 Medical School: Boston University School of Medicine, 1994 Past Top Doctor and Past Leading PhysicianOther Leading PhysiciansJohn D. Seigne, M.D, DHMC Lebanon, (603) 650-6052 Medical School: University of Dublin, Dublin, Ireland, 1986 Past Leading PhysicianGary N. Dunetz, M.D., F.A.C.S. SNHMC New England Urology Nashua, (603) 577-3190 Medical School: State University of New York Upstate College, Syracuse, N.Y., 1977Vascular Surgery Top Vote-GetterRichard Powell, M.D. DHMC Lebanon, (603) 650-8677 Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wis., 1986 Past Leading PhysicianOther Leading PhysiciansLaurence P. Young, M.D. SNHMC Foundation Vascular Surgery North II Specialty Services Nashua, (603) 577-3070 Medical School: New York University, New York, N.Y., 1995 Past Leading PhysicianLawrence Hoepp, M.D. CMC/Elliot General Surgical Specialists of New England Manchester (603) 627-1102 Medical School: Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pa., 1973 Past Top DoctorReaders' PollOur readers asked and we listened. Every year we get letters from patients asking how we could have failed to mention some doctor whose skills and dedication to patients sets them apart. For the second year, we've invited readers to submit their own health care heroes and the response has been dramatic. Here are their picks along with one doctor (below) for whom the case was made, we think, most eloquently.All doctors appearing in our readers' choice awards received multiple nominations and testimonials from verifiable sources.General Practitioner/Family PracticeTop Vote-GetterDonald McDonah, M.D. SJH SJ Family Medical Centers Nashua, (603) 883-7970 Medical School: Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, 1981Other Leading PhysiciansEllen H. Eisenberg, M.D. DHMC General Internal Medicine One Medical Center Drive Lebanon, (603) 653-9500 Medical School: SUNY, Downstate Medical School, Brooklyn, N.Y., 1987Katy Lilly, M.D. PRH Woodbury Family Practice Newington, (603) 430-0060 Medical School: Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, P.A., 2004Concetta Oteri, D.O. CMC Willowbend Family Practice Bedford, (603) 663-8060 Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia, P.A., 2001Adam J. Schwarz, M.D. Hanover Continuity Clinic Hanover, (603) 643-3320 Medical School: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio, 1993PediatricianTop Vote-GetterMark D. Carney, M.D. DH-Concord Dartmouth-Hitchcock Concord Pediatrics Concord, (603) 226-6100 Medical School: Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, N.H., 1982Other Leading PhysiciansNancy Turkington, M.D. Montshire Pediatrics Hanover, (603) 643-6700 Medical School: University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, Mass., 1996ObstetricianTop Vote-GetterJoan Crane Barthold, M.D. Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Obstetrics and Gynecology Lebanon, (603) 653-9302 Medical School: Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, N.H., 1985Other Leading PhysiciansWayne L. Goldner, M.D. Elliot Manchester Obstetrical Associates Manchester, (603) 622-3162 Medical School: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, P.A., 1978Sonja N. Nelson, M.D. Women's Health Associates PRH Portsmouth, (603) 436-1128 Medical School; Tufts University, School of Medicine, Boston, Mass., 1991Alternative/Complementary Top Vote-GettersWendy Pelton-Hall, B.S., LMT Hanover Massage Therapy Clinic Hanover, (603) 642-7588 Degree: B.S. in Health Science-Health Promotion and Fitness Robin Sinclair Happy N Healthy Naturopathy Clinic Salem, (603) 685-6977 Medical School: Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine, National College of Naturopathic Medicine Portland, Oregon, 2003Above and Beyond DoctorDr. Mark Carney DHMC/DH-Concord Pediatrics Concord, (603) 226-6100 Medical School: Dartmouth Medical School, 1982"Dr. Carney has been a wonderful pediatrician for our four young children. There isn't any single instance that defines why he is worthy of this award, but rather a consistent effort to go above and beyond on a regular basis. He has visited my one-month-old son in the hospital on his own time, following up on the care being provided by the on-duty doctors; he has scheduled to see my kids during his lunch break in order to help them recover sooner; and he always takes special care when interacting with my oldest daughter, who has had several surgeries and has a wariness for medical environments. We have always been grateful to have such a great doctor, and great person, looking after the well-being of our children.""I have had Dr. Mark Carney as my pediatrician for both of my children since birth.They are now 17 and 14. He is such a warm, caring person. Every time we have an appointment with him he is thorough. He always takes as much time as needed, and not once have I ever felt rushed through an appointment. In particular, he always remembers what my children?s interests are and makes a point to ask them where they are with their goals. I would recommend Dr. Carney every day."Q&A with Mildred LaFontaine, M.D.Neurology Concord Hospital Neurology Associates Why medicine? Why this specialty? I did not know from an early age that I wanted to go into medicine. However, as one of eight kids, I realized early on that "service" was my middle name. I still feel that medicine is ultimately a service profession, and that is what motivates me to continue. Any misconceptions about your specialty? All neurological diseases are fatal or incurable, right? Wrong! Many patients have symptoms which, after an Internet search, they conclude must be due to some terrible neurological illness, when in fact there are other very simple and reassuring explanations. In neurology, as in other parts of medicine, many diseases have very effective treatments, or are controllable with medication or procedures. Armed with an understanding of their neurological disease, together with effective symptom management, most patients continue to find life very much worth living. What do people need to understand about medicine? Despite our continuing efforts, medicine is not an exact science. We are getting much better at evidence-based treatments, but people need to understand that even if the majority of patients do well, that still does not mean that an individual will have the same level of success with that treatment. Also, people need to recognize that medicine can delay death sometimes, but we all die eventually. In this day of medical miracles it is more important than ever to plan for death, as scary as that sounds. Advance directives, with living wills and the appointment of a durable power of attorney for health care, can greatly ease the anguish many patients and families feel at the end of life. Most rewarding aspect? The opportunity to cut to the chase and deal with matters patients are genuinely concerned about, and which really matter to them Do you have a motto or philosophy? Life is short, so live it!Q&A with Joshua Siegel, M.D.Sports Medicine Access Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics/PRH/Exeter/Northeast Surgical Care Most rewarding aspect of your work? I feel very fortunate to be in a position where I can help people who are in pain or have been injured and cannot function at work or play. What makes a great doctor? I believe a great doctor is both highly competent and inherently driven to learn and progress within his/her field. In particular, orthopaedic surgery and sports medicine knowledge is expanding at such speed that what we believe we know one year may be irrelevant or even wrong the next. The "great" doctor will be the doctor who has an insatiable appetite for learning. I also believe that there is no technical skill that is more important than listening. Finally, I believe that there are no attributes more important than empathy and compassion. Any misconceptions about your specialty? Misconceptions about orthopaedics are that we only treat broken bones or surgical problems such as torn ligaments and tendons. However, orthopaedic surgeons are trained to treat primary musculoskeletal problems such as tendonitis, simple sprains and strains, osteoporosis and even concussions within the sports fields. Exciting development in your field? The introduction of biologics into orthopaedics. One example is the use of platelet-rich plasma to exploit the benefits of growth factors and the healing potential of the patient's own blood to stimulate healing of tendons and ligaments. Other examples are the biologic augmentation of rotator cuff repairs and growing patient's own cartilage cells to replace focal areas of arthritis. The goal of these advancements is to someday make joint replacements of historical significance only.Q&A with Eric Benson, M.D.Orthopaedic Surgery N.H. Orthopaedic Surgery P.A./CMC/Elliot/BASC Why medicine? Why this specialty? I chose medicine because I thought it would best utilize my skills and it was my desire to find a specialty that allowed me to "fix" things in a tangible way. Orthopaedic surgery seemed like one of the few places in medicine where excellent outcomes could be expected and where the results were almost immediate and very tangible.Most rewarding aspect of your work? The best part of my job and the thing that will keep me doing it is the satisfaction I get from significantly improving somebody's quality of life and allowing them to pursue their passion(s). Most difficult aspect? Making time for myself and my family; saying "no" to more work. What makes a great doctor? The ability to empathize and connect with patients of all different backgrounds to earn their trust; determine what is most important to the patient and be true to that; be systematic and consistent; and expect perfection but be realistic and practical. Rx for staying healthy? I recommend that all patients develop a passion in something or some activity that involves physical activity; this is good for both physical and mental health. No matter what the season, there is something for everyone. How do you put patients at ease? Humor (often at my expense); figuring out what someone is interested in and engaging them about it. Exciting development in your field? Minimally invasive direct anterior total hip replacement. What can patients bring to the patient/doctor equation? Do your research ahead of time and write down questions on note cards or whatever works. Never try to make a big health decision without your spouse or most important significant other.Q&A with Gautami Rao, M.D.Hematology/Oncology SNHMC/SJH/Elliot Why medicine? Why this specialty? I decided to become an animal doctor when I was 12, as I was helpless to save a puppy that was killed by a car as I stood watching; My mother suggested "doctoring humans" as veterinary medicine in India is mostly large animal husbandry; I was always fascinated by blood as an organ in medical school and chose hematology, which is linked to oncology. Most rewarding aspect of your work? The most rewarding part of oncology is to help people not suffer from cancer, but help them enable themselves to live as fully as possible for the time that they have. Exciting development in your field? Oncology is making leaps and bounds in research; Eventually, I hope to see it as a field where cancer is treated like a chronic disease (like HIV), have the ability to see who may benefit from one kind of treatment versus another, and use a series of protein blockers to inhibit growth of cancers. What can patients bring to the patient/doctor equation? I think of the patient-MD relationship as a team effort with mutual respect and trust; If the balance is lost, it is important for the patient to find a provider he/she can trust. Patients should be able to ask questions and feel comfortable in the plan of care, and patients must also understand that all physicians do not have all the answers. What do people need to understand about medicine? I think it is very important for patients also to be aware of the cost of health care and not ask for redundant tests. Similarly if an extra 15 minutes of time will enable a physician to explain one's thought process, we may be able to save on unnecessary tests. We all share the blame for costs. Do you have a motto or philosophy? My basic philosophy is to treat patients as I would like to be treated.Q&A with Gilbert Fanciullo, M.D., M.S.Pain Management The Spine Center at DHMC Why medicine? Why this specialty? The ability to combine my love for math and science with an end result of actually helping people convinced me at an early age that I wanted to become a doctor. It was not until I was in medical school and was exposed to Pain Medicine in a very early stage of the subspecialties development that I concluded that relieving pain and suffering sounded like a terrific career choice and it has been.The most rewarding aspect of my work is to see the fear and anguish of my patients suffering resolving and to see them transported back into their old selves, once again smiling, happy, and doing the things that they used to be able to do. The most difficult aspect is realizing that there are still many patients with chronic pain whose pain we cannot relieve and trying to help these patients get on with their lives is emotionally draining not only for them and their families but also for their doctors and nurses. What do people need to understand about medicine? I think that one of the most important, and perhaps the most difficult to accept fact is, that medicine is imperfect. We are making advances and we are able to do much more now than we were able to do 20 years ago but people are still dying of cancer and people are still suffering. The tools we have are inadequate to enable us to help everyone. We should all support medical research to whatever degree that we can. What do you do to relieve stress and leave work behind? It may be becoming something of a cliche, but I am a rock and blues guitarist and play in a band one night a week. I am in a men's book club. More than reading and music, I have been blessed with a loving wife who helps to calm and distract me.Q&A with Andrew Breen, M.D.Pediatrics Pediatric Associates of Hampton/PRH Why medicine? Why this specialty? My grandfather, Dr. Rolf C. Norris, was a quintessential physician and served as a great role model during my youth. After Dartmouth Medical School, I was initially interested in family practice. But during a rotating internship, it became clear to me that caring for children was what I really wanted to focus on. Kids are inspiring! Most rewarding aspect of your work? I often feel good at the end of a busy day knowing that I may have made a positive difference in someone's life circumstances. Most difficult aspect? The most difficult aspect of my job is dealing with the death of a child. No one expects children to die. But we have lost patients to cancer, accidents and suicides. Such events are rare but devastating to the entire community. Rx for staying healthy? Keep it simple Limit screen time Get outside Make time to enjoy meals with family How do you put patients at ease? Providing a fun, bright, sunny office space with interesting books and toys Remembering names Wearing fun ties and watches Sitting down at the child?s level, facing him/her while he she feels safe on the parent?s lap Doing most of my charting after the visit so that I can keep good eye contact and rapport with the patient and parent. Exciting developments in your field? Pediatric research is changing the lives of many with chronic disease, such as cystic fibrosis, diabetes and congenital heart disease. Do you have a motto or philosophy? Keep it simple. More stuff doesn't equate to more happiness.We asked the doctors surveyed to answer the following question:What's a quotation regarding health or medicine that continues to inspire you?Many doctors said that "First, do no harm" is the quotation that continues to motivate them. "There is healing in listening." "Learn as if you would live forever. Live as if you would die tomorrow." "No matter what else, be happy and have fun." "You can't care for the problem if you don't care for the person." "No bubble is so iridescent or floats longer than that blown by the successful teacher." "To cure sometimes, to relieve often, to comfort always." "May the love of my Art inspire me at all times." "The enemy of good is better." "Health care is a right, not a privilege." "It is not the disease that a person has, but the person that has the disease that matters most." "One of the essential qualities of the clinician is interest in humanity, for the secret of the care of the patient is in caring for the patient."We asked the doctors surveyed to answer the following questions:What are your best hopes for medicine in the next decade?30% hope for equal health care for every American 30% hope that the federal government will not intervene or run health care 20% hope that the federal government will intervene in some way 10% want major reform when it comes to the role of insurance companies in health care 5% would like to see malpractice litigation reformed 5% hope for better use of technology, such as electronic record keeping to increase communicationWhat are your biggest fears for medicine in the next decade?30% do not want any degree of government-run health care 20% worry that the government will fail to intervene in health care reform 10% fear that nothing will change 10% worry that quality and access to primary care will decrease 10% fear that insurance companies will exert more control over health care or prevent health care reform 5% fear a lack of malpractice litigation reform 5% worry that continued rising costs of health care and medications will become prohibitive for a majority of Americans 5% fear an overuse of technology will lead to a decrease in the quality of doctor-patient relationships and communication 5% predict a decrease in the numbers of well-qualified physicians

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