Top Doctors 2009




In our 2009 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, for the first time, we’ve solicited votes from our readers.

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.

The List

Here’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 — 3,819 names. This year, we received responses from 558. 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 43 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.

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) Dover

Survey ResultsAllergy Immunology

Top Vote Getter

John Kalliel, M.D.

Elliot/CMC

Manchester Allergy Inc.

765 S. Main St.

Manchester, (603) 668-6444

Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, Mass.

1982

Past Top Doctor

Other Leading Physicians

Barbara 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

Steven Grandgeorge, M.D.

DHMC

Pediatric Allergy and Clinical Immunology at Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth (CHaD)

Manchester, (603) 695-2560

Past Leading Physician

Anesthesiology

Top Vote-Getters

Robert LaFlam, M.D.

Concord Hospital

Anesthesia Associates, P.A.

501 South St., Box 2

Bow, (603) 224-4776

Medical School: Dartmouth Medical School, N.H., 1984

Past Top Doctor

Paul Del Giudice, M.D.

CMC/BASC

Anesthesia Care Group

87 McGregor St., Ste. 1400

Manchester, (603) 647-9325

Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, Mass.

1979

Past Top Doctor

Other Leading Physicians

Robert Kramer, M.D.

Concord Hospital

Anesthesia Associates, P.A.

Bow, (603) 224-4776

Robert Parker, D.O.

SNHMC

Nashua Anesthesia Partners

Nashua, (603) 889-2624

Cardiology

Top Vote-Getter

Louis Fink, M.D., F.A.C.C.

CMC/PMC

New England Heart Institute at CMC

100 McGregor St.

Manchester, (603) 663-6888

Medical School: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pa.

1980

Other Leading Physicians

Robert M. Lavery, M.D.

Elliot/CMC

N.H. Cardiology Consultants

Manchester, (603) 627-1669

Past Top Doctor

Peter Klementowicz, M.D., FACC

SJH/CMC

New England Heart Institute

Manchester, (603) 668-3545

New England Heart Institute

Nashua, (603) 883-5673

Past Leading Physician

Dermatology

Top Vote-Getter

Steven Del Giudice, M.D.

Concord Hospital

250 Pleasant St.

(603) 226-6119

Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, Mass. 1981

Past Top Doctor

Other Leading Physicians

Thomas P. Habif, M.D.

PRH

Portsmouth, (603) 431-5205

Past Leading Physician

Robert Posnick, M.D.

SNHMC

Nashua Dermatology Associates

Nashua, (603) 579-9648

Past Top Doctor Winner and Past Leading Physician

Emergency Care

Top Vote-Getter

Michael Lynch, M.D.

Concord Hospital

250 Pleasant St.

Concord, (603) 225-2711

Medical School: University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, Va., 1993

Past Top Doctor and Past Leading Physician

Other Leading Physicians

James Martin, M.D., F.A.C.E.P.

SJH

SJH Emergency Department

Nashua, (603) 882-3000

Donavon Albertson, M.D., F.A.C.E.P.

PRH

Portsmouth, (603) 436-5110

Past Top Doctor and Past Leading Physician

Endocrinology

Top Vote-Getter

Robert Levine, M.D. F.A.C.E.

SJH

Office of Doctor Levine

Thyroid Center of New Hampshire

5 Coliseum Ave.

Nashua, (603) 881-7141

Medical School: University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington, Conn., 1981

Past Top Doctor

Other Leading Physicians

Richard J. Comi, M.D.

DHMC

Lebanon, (603) 650-8630

Past Top Doctor and Past Leading Physician

Ellie Chuang, M.D.

SNHMC

Joslin Diabetes Center affiliate at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center/Southern New Hampshire Endocrinology

Nashua, (603) 577-3290

End of Life Care

Top Vote-Getter

Ira R. Byock, M.D.

DHMC

Palliative Medicine

One Medical Center Drive

Lebanon, (603) 650-5402

Medical School: University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver, Co., 1978

Past Top Doctor

Other Leading Physicians

Donald Mc Donah, M.D.

SJH

SJ Family Medical Center

Nashua, (603) 891-4804

Past Leading Physician

Patrick Clary, M.D.

The Palliative Care

Service, LLC

(603) 436-8690

Gastroenterology

Top Vote-Getter

Timothy Scherer, M.D

SNHMC/DHMC

Dartmouth-Hitchcock

21 East Hollis Street

Nashua (603) 577-4081

Medical School: State University of New York, Brooklyn, N.Y., 1996

Past Top Doctor

Other Leading Physicians

Mark Silversmith, M.D.

CMC

N.H. Gastroenterology, Inc.

Bedford, (603) 625-5744

Past Top Doctor and Past Leading Physician

John G. Meadows, M.D.

Concord Hospital

GI Associates - Concord Gastroenterology

Concord, (603) 228-1763

Past Top Doctor

Geriatrics

Top Vote-Getter

Beverly Jean (B.J.) Entwisle, M.D.

Concord Hospital

Capital Region Family Health Center

250 Pleasant St.

Concord, (603) 228-7200

Medical School: Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Mass., 1984

Past Top Doctor

Other Leading Physicians

Harry Ward, M.D., F.A.C.P.

SJH

The Roger Dionne, M.D. Senior Center

Nashua, (603) 595-3722

Past Leading Physician

Samuel Goldman, D.O.

Elliot

Senior Health Primary Care Elliot Senior Health Center

Manchester,

(603) 663-7030

Past Leading Physician

General/Family Practice

Top Vote-Getter

Mary Merkel, D.O.

SNHMC/DH–Merrimack

Merrimack Family Practice

294 DW Hwy.

Merrimack, (603) 424-4713

Medical School: New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, Old Westbury, N.Y., 1999

Other Leading Physicians

Louis Kazal, Jr., M.D.

DHMC

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Community Health Center

Lebanon, (603) 650-4001

Doug Dreffer, M.D.

Concord Hospital

Concord Hospital Family Health Center

Hillsboro, (603) 464-3434

Robert Quirbach, M.D.

SJH

SJ Family Medical Center

Milford, (603) 673-3014

Jonathan B. Thyng, M.D.

SNHMC/DHMC

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Nashua

Nashua, (603) 577-4440

Past Top Doctor

Gynecology

Top Vote-Getter

Mary Jo Montanarella, M.D.

CMC/Elliot

Dr. Montanarella & Assoc.

Manchester, (603) 624-1638

Medical School: University of Rochester School of Medicine, Rochester, N.Y., 1986

Past Top Doctor and Past Leading Physician

Other Leading Physicians

Valerie A. Bell, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.

SNHMC/SJH/DHMC–Nashua

Nashua, (603) 577-4300

Leslie DeMars, M.D.

DHMC

Lebanon, (603) 653-3530

Past Top Doctor and Past Leading Physician

Gynecology Oncology

Top Vote-Getter

Leslie DeMars, M.D.

DHMC

1 Medical Center Drive

Lebanon, (603) 653-3530

Medical School: University of Vermont College of Medicine Burlington, Vt., 1987

Past Top Doctor and Past Leading Physician

Other Leading Physicians

Lloyd A. West, M.D.

DHMC/DH–Concord/DHMC–Lebanon

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Gynecologic Oncology

Lebanon, (603) 653-3525

Anne Shapter, M.D.

Concord Hospital

Lahey Clinic Medical Center-Gynecology

Burlington, MA (781) 744-5021

Hemotology Oncology

Top Vote-Getter

Denis Hammond, M.D.

CMC/Concord/Elliot/

Exeter/LRGH/PMC

N.H. Oncology-Hematology PA

200 Technology Dr.

Hooksett, (603) 622-6484

Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine Boston, Mass., 1973

Past Top Doctor and Past Leading Physician

Other Leading Physicians

Gautami Rao, M.D.

SNHMC/SJH/CMC/Elliot

DHMC Norris

Cotton Center

Manchester, (603) 629-1828

Nashua, (603) 577-3460

Past Top Doctor and Past Leading Physician

Marc S. Ernstoff, M.D.

DHMC–Lebanon/Norris Cotton Cancer Center

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Hematology/Oncology

Lebanon, (603) 650-5534

Infectious Diseases

Top Vote-Getter

David Itkin, M.D.

Exeter/Portsmouth

Appledore Medical Group

330 Borthwick Ave.

Portsmouth, (603) 433-8733

Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine

Illinois, Chicago, Ill., 1980

Past Top Doctor and Past Leading Physician

Other Leading Physicians

Michael Strampfer, M.D., F.A.C.P.

SNHMC/SJH/CMC/Elliot

Infectious Disease Associates/Travel Clinic

Nashua, (603) 595-1305

Past Top Doctor

Elizabeth Clark, M.D.

SJH/SNHMC

Infectious Disease Associates

Nashua, (603) 595-1305

Past Top Doctor

Internal Medicine

Top Vote-Getter

Paul Clark, M.D.

Concord Hospital

248 Pleasant St. Suite 2800

Concord, (603) 224-4003

Medical School: University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Worcester, Mass., 1979

Past Top Doctor

Other Leading Physicians

Tanja VanderLinde, M.D.

Concord Hospital

Internal Medicine

Pillsbury Building

Concord, (603) 224-4003

Charles F. Carrier

CMC

Queen City Medical Associates

Manchester, (603) 625-6198

Past Leading Physician

Nephrology

Top Vote-Getters

Sean Fitzpatrick, M.D.

SNHMC/SJH/PMC

Nashua Nephrology

38 Tyler St.

Nashua, (603) 882-2921

Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, Mass., 1989

Past Top Doctor

Charles Kert, M.D.

SNHMC/SJH/PMC

Nashua Nephrology

38 Tyler St.

Nashua, (603) 882-2921

Medical School: University of Southern California School of Medicine, 1981

Past Top Doctor and Past Leading Physician

Other Leading Physicians

Clay A. Block, M.D.

DHMC

Nephrology

Lebanon, (603) 653-3830

Past Leading Physician

David S. Friedenberg, D.O., F.A.C.P.

Elliot/CMC

Nephrology Associates PA

Manchester

603) 641-5800

Past Top Doctor

Neurology

Top Vote-Geter

Robert Thies, M.D.

CMC/Elliot

Neurology Associates

769 S Main St.

Manchester,

(603) 669-0859

Medical School: Cornell University Medical College, New York, N.Y., 1976

Past Top Doctor

Other Leading Physicians

Mildred LaFontaine, M.D.

Concord Hospital

Neurology Associates

Pillsbury Building

Concord, (603) 224-6691

Past Top Doctor and Past Leading Physician

Jeffrey 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., 1977

Patricia Locuratolo, M.D.

PRH

Orchard Park, Ste. B-4-5

Portsmouth, (603) 427-2577

Keith J. McAvoy, M.D.

Elliot Hospital

Dartmouth Hitchcock Bedford

Bedford, (603) 695-2940

Past Top Doctor and Past Leading Physician

Obstetrics

Top Vote-Getter

Mary Jo Montanarella, M.D.

CMC/Elliot Hospital

Dr. Montanarella & Assoc.

30 Canton St., Ste. 6

Manchester, (603) 624-1638

Medical School: University of Rochester School of Medicine, Rochester, N.Y., 1986

Past Top Doctor and Past Leading Physician

Other Leading Physicians

Karen Maynard, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.

SNHMC

Women’s Care of Nashua

Nashua, (603) 577-3100

Past Top Doctor and Past Leading Physician

Valerie A. Bell, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.

SNHMC/SJH/DHMC–Nashua

Nashua, (603) 577-4300

Opthalmology

Top Vote-Getter

George Shaker, M.D.

Elliot Hospital/CMC

Bellows, Goodman, Shaker, & Siegal Medical Eye Center

250 River Rd.

Manchester

(603) 668-2020

Medical School: University of Rochester School of Medicine, Rochester, N.Y., 1989

Past Top Doctor

Other Leading Physicians

Erin Fogel, M.D.

The Eye Center of Concord

Concord, (603) 228-1104

Past Leading Physician

Matthew Norman, M.D., F.A.C.S.

PRH

Seacoast Ophthalmology

Portsmouth, (603) 436-7485

Past Top Doctor and Past Leading Physician

Optometry

Top Vote-Getters

David Caban, O.D.

Manchester Eye Associates

581 Second St.

Manchester

(603) 668-2010

Medical School: New England College of Optometry, Boston, Mass. 1977

Peter Lapre, O.D.

DHMC-Lebaon/LASIK Laser Vision Center

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Court Street Eye Clinic & Optical

One Court St.

Lebanon, (603) 650-2651

Medical School: New England College of Optometry, Boston, Mass., 1988

Other Leading Physicians

Doug Benoit, O.D., F.A.A.O.

The Eye Center of Concord

Concord, (603) 228-1104

David MacKay, O.D.

MacKay Vision Center, LLC

Bedford, (603) 668-2771

Otolaryngology

Top Vote-Getter

James Bartels, M.D.

CMC/Elliot/PMC

Ear Nose & Throat Specialists of Southern New Hampshire

30 Canton St.

Manchester, (603) 622-3623

Medical School: University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, N.Y., 1982

Past Top Doctor Winner

Other Leading Physicians

Brett Steven Rankin, M.D.

PRH

Family Ear Nose and Throat

Landmark Hill

Kittery, Maine

(207) 351-3525

Jeffrey Byer, M.D.

SJH

Ear, Nose & Throat Physicians

Nashua, (603) 595-4800

Ear, Nose & Throat Physicians

Manchester

(603) 669-0831

Past Leading Physician

Pathology

Top Vote-Getter

J. 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

Other Leading Physicians

Alan R. Schned, M.D.

DHMC

Pathology

Lebanon, (603) 650-7211

Past Leading Physician

Weldon Sanford, M.D.

Pathology Specialists of NE PA

Manchester, (603) 663-2583

Pediatrics

Top Vote-Getter

Charles T. Cappetta, M.D.

DHMC

591 West Hollis St.

Nashua, (603) 577-4400

Medical School: University College and Middlesex School of Medicine, London, UK, 1988

Other Leading Physicians

Stanley S. Paras, M.D.

Elliot

River Road Pediatrics

Bedford, (603) 622-8619

George DeVito, M.D.

Concord Hospital

Concord Hospital Family Health Center

Concord, (603) 228-7200

Past Top Doctor

Denise E. Youssef, M.D.

SNHMC/DH-Nashua

Nashua, (603) 577-4400

Patricia Campbell, D.O.

Cheshire/DHK

Keene, (603) 354-5400

Past Top Doctor and Past Leading Physician

Podiatry

Top Vote-Getter

Raef Fahmy, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.

BASC/CMC/Elliot/Cheshire

Associates in Podiatry

18 Constitution Dr. Ste. 2

Bedford, (603) 669-2188

Medical School: Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine, Philadelphia , Pa., 1987

Past Top Doctor

Other Leading Physicians

David Kosofsky, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.

SJH/SNHMC

Nashua Podiatry Associates

Nashua, (603) 880-9177

Past Top Doctor

Anna Ruelle, D.P.M.

Cheshire/DHK

Keene, (603) 354-5400

Past Top Doctor and Past Leading Physician

Psychiatry

Top Vote-Getters

Wassfy M. Hanna, M.D

PRH

Seacoast Mental Health Ctr.

1145 Sagamore Ave.

Portsmouth, (603) 431-6703

278 Lafayette Road

Portsmouth

(603) 436-6887

Medical School: Cairo University School of Medicine, Cairo, Egypt, 1957

Past Top Doctor

Michael McGee, M.D.

SJH/Roger Dionne Senior Center at SJH

172 Kinsley St.

Nashua, (603) 595-3722 (603) 598-3334

Medical School: Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto, Calif.

Other Leading Physicians

Karl Lanocha, M.D.

Concord Psychiatry Associates

Concord(603) 228-7100

Past Top Doctor and Past Leading Physician

Donald A. West, M.D.

DHMC

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Psychiatric Associates

Lebanon, (603) 650-7075

Past Leading Physician

Marc M. Sadowsky, M.D.

SNHMC

Nashua, (603) 882-2114

Pulmonary Diseases

Top Vote-Getter

Stephen Rowe, M.D.

CMC/Elliot/PMC

Bedford Commons

706 Riverway Place

Bedford, (603) 623-3516

Medical School: University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, Vt., 1975

Past Top Doctor

Other Leading Physicians

William Goodman, M.D., F.C.C.P., M.P.H.

CMC

Manchester

(603) 645-6407

Past Top Doctor and Past Leading Physician

Steve Imgrund, M.D.

Concord Hospital

Concord Hospital Pulmonary Medicine,

Concord, (603) 224-9661

Past Top Doctor and Past Leading Physician

Radiology

Top Vote-Getter

Eric Landis, M.D.

Elliot Hospital

So. NH Radiology Consultants

703 Riverway Place

Bedford, (603) 627-1663

Medical School: University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington, Conn., 1988

Other Leading Physicians

Peter Van der Meer, M.D.

Elliot Hospital

So. NH Radiology Consultants

Bedford, (603) 627-1663

Gerald Smith, M.D.

Concord

X-Ray Professional Association

Concord, (603) 228-1521

Past Top Doctor

Rehabilitation/Physical Medicine

Top Vote-Getter

Barry Gendron, D.O.

PRH/WD

Seacoast Area Physiatry

2064 Woodbury Ave.

Newington, (603) 431-5529

Medical School: University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, Biddeford, Maine, 1989

Past Top Doctor

Other Leading Physicians

Gregory Zuercher, D.O.

SJH

Office of Rehab Services

Nashua, (603) 598-2401

Powen Hsu, M.D.

CMC

New Era Medicine

Manchester

(603) 622-8665

William E. Kois MD

SNHMC

Nashua, (603) 821-5613

Past Top Doctor and Past Leading Physician

Reproductive Medicine

Top Vote-Getter

Paul Manganiello, M.D.

DHMC

One Medical Center Drive

Lebanon, (603) 653-9240

Medical School: Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson university, Philadelphia, Pa., 1973

Past Top Doctor and Past Leading Physician

Other Leading Physicians

Misty Blanchette Porter, M.D.

DHMC

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Lebanon, (603) 653-9240

Past Top Doctor

Richard H. Reindollar, M.D.

DHMC-Manchester/DHMC-Lebanon/DH-Nashua

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Lebanon, (603) 653-9240

Rheumatology

Top Vote-Getter

Hoke Shirley, M.D.

Concord/New London

Concord Orthopaedics

264 Pleasant St.

Concord, (603) 224-3368

Medical School: Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, La., 1982

Past Top Doctor

Other Leading Physicians

John H. Yost, D.O.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Manchester

Manchester, (603) 695-2550

DHMC

Adult & Pediatric Rheumatology

Lebanon, (603) 650-8622

Past Leading Physician

Irene Orzano

Concord Hospital

Concord Orthopedic

Concord, (603) 224-3368

Sports Medicine

Top Vote-Getter

James 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 Physician

Other Leading Physicians

Greg Soghikian, M.D.

CMC/Elliot Hospital

NH Orthopaedic Surgery PA

Manchester

(603) 669-5454

Past Top Doctor

Josh Siegel, M.D.

Exeter/PRH/Northeast Surgical Care

Access Sports Medicine and Ortho

Exeter, (603) 775-7575

Past Top Doctor and Past Leading Physician

Breast Surgery

Top Vote-Getter

Teresa A. Ponn, M.D.

Elliot Hospital

Elliot Health Breast Center

275 Mammoth Rd.

Manchester

(603) 668-3067

Medical School: University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville , Fla., 1976

Other Leading Physicians

Edward Dalton, M.D., F.A.C.S

Elliot

Elliot Breast Health Center

Manchester

(603) 668-3067

Past Top Doctor

Kari M. Rosenkranz, M.D.

DHMC

Cancer Services (Norris Cotton Cancer Ctr. at CMC)

General Surgery

Lebanon, (603) 650-9479

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Manchester

Past Leading Physician

Cardiac Thoracic Surgery

Top Vote-Getter

Benjamin Westbrook, M.D.

CMC/Elliot/PMC

Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates, P.A.

100 McGregor St.

Manchester

(603) 663-6340

Medical School: University of South Alabama College of Medicine, Mobile, Ala.,1979

Past Top Doctor

Other Leading Physicians

David C. Charlesworth, M.D., F.A.C.S.

CMC

New England Heart Institute

Manchester

(603) 663-6888

Past Top Doctor and Past Leading Physician

Lawrence Dacey, M.D.

DHMC

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Lebanon, (603) 650-7390

Past Leading Physician

Colon Rectal Surgery

Top Vote-Getter

Russell Strong, M.D.

Concord

Concord Surgical Associates

246 Pleasant St., # 205

Concord, (603) 224-0584

Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine

Chicago, Ill., 1987

Past Top Doctor

Other Leading Physicians

Jeffrey Harnsberger, M.D.

Elliot/DHMC

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Manchester

(603) 695-2840

Past Top Doctor

Lawrence Hoepp, M.D.

CMC/Elliot

General Surgical Specialists of New England

Manchester, (603) 627-1102

Past Top Doctor

Ear, Nose, Throat Surgery

Top Vote-Getter

James Bartels, M.D.

CMC/Elliot/PMC

Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists of Southern NH

30 Canton St.

Manchester, (603) 622-3623

Medical School: University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, N.Y., 1982

Past Top Doctor

Other Leading Physicians

Jeffrey Byer, M.D.

SJH

Ear, Nose & Throat Physicians

Nashua, (603) 595-4800

Past Top Doctor

Brett Steven Rankin, M.D.

PRH

Family Ear Nose and Throat

Landmark Hill

Kittery, Maine, (207) 351-3525

General Surgery

Top Vote-Getter

Lawrence Hoepp, M.D.

CMC/Elliot

General Surgical Specialists of New England

184 Tarrytown Rd.

Manchester, (603) 627-1102

Medical School: Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pa., 1973

Past Top Doctor

Other Leading Physicians

Joseph P. Meyer, M.D.

Concord Hospital

Concord Surgical Associates

Concord, (603) 224-0584

Past Top Doctor

Connie Campbell, M.D., F.A.C.S.

CMC

Manchester, (603) 668-3454

Past Leading Physician

Gynecological Surgery

Top Vote-Getters

Valerie A. Bell, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.

SNHMC/SJH/DHMC–Nashua

21 East Hollis St.

Nashua, (603) 577-4300

Medical School: University of Vermont School of Medicine, Burlington, Vt., 1999

Gary 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 Physician

Other Leading Physicians

Mark Conway, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.

SJH/SNHMC

OB/GYN Associates of Southern New Hampshire

Merrimack, (603) 883-3365

Past Top Doctor and Past Leading Physician

Mary Jo Montanarella, M.D.

CMC/Elliot

Dr. Montanarella & Assoc.

Manchester, (603) 624-1638

Past Top Doctor and Past Leading Physician

Hand Surgery

Top Vote-Getter

Jinsong Wang, M.D., Ph.D.

BASC/CMC/Elliot

New Hampshire Orthopaedic Surgery

700 Lake Ave., # 1

Manchester, (603) 669-5454

Medical School: University of Chicago School of Medicine

Chicago, Ill., 1994

Past Top Doctor and Past Leading Physician

Other Leading Physicians

Robert Heaps, M.D.

SNHMC/Elliot/CMC/BASC

The Orthopedic Center

Nashua, (603) 883-0091

Past Top Doctor

Robert E. Eberhart, M.D.

PRH

Sports Medicine Atlantic Orthopaedics, P.A.

Portsmouth, (603) 431-1121

Neurosurgery

Top Vote-Getter

N. Ross Jenkins, M.D.

Concord Hospital/CMC/Elliot/PMC/

SNHMC

NH NeuroSpine Institute

4 Hawthorne Dr.

Bedford, (603) 472-8888

Medical School: Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn., 1987

Past Top Doctor

Other Leading Physicians

Theodore R. Jacobs M.D.

Elliot/SNHMC/Concord

N.H. NeuroSpine Institute

Bedford, (603) 472-8888

Past Leading Physician

Carlos A. Palacio, M.D.

PRH

Coastal New Hampshire Neurosurgeons

Portsmouth, (603) 433-4666

Orthopedic Surgery

Top Vote-Getter

Eric Benson, M.D.

CMC/Elliot/BASC

N.H. Orthopaedic Surgery P.A.

700 Lake Ave., # 1

Manchester, (603) 669-5454

Medical School: University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, Mass., 1993

Past Top Doctor and Past Leading Physician

Other Leading Physicians

James Vailas, M.D.

CMC/Elliot/PMC/SJH/

SNHMC/BASC

The Orthopedic Center

Manchester, (603) 695-2870

Past Top Doctor and Past Leading Physician

Thomas V. King, M.D.

PRH

Knee, Hip and Shoulder Center

Medical Office Building

Portsmouth (603)431-5858

Past Top Doctor Winner

Plastic/Reconstructive Surgery

Top Vote-Getter

Wayne Stadelmann, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Concord/CASC/Elliot/CMC/ New London

Stadelmann Plasic Surgery, PC

248 Pleasant St., # 201

Concord (603) 224-5200

Medical School: University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago, Ill., 1990

Other Leading Physicians

Bruce Topol, M.D.

CMC/Elliot

36 Bay St.

Manchester, (603) 622-0900

Past Top Doctor

George Chatson, M.D.

SJH/SNHMC

Andover/Nashua Plastic Surgery

Nashua, (603) 882-2103

Urological Surgery

Top Vote-Getter

John Munoz, M.D.

Elliot/CMC

Manchester Urology Associates, P.A.

4 Elliot Way, # 200

Manchester, (603) 669-9200

Medical School: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pa., 1995

Past Leading Physician

Other Leading Physicians

John J. Janeiro M.D.

SJH/SNHMC/PMC

Urology Center of Southern New Hampshire

Nashua, (603) 594-0880

Past Top Doctor

John D. Seigne, M.B.

DHMC

Lebanon, (603) 650-6052

Past Leading Physician

William Santis, M.D.

Concord Hospital/New London/DHMC/Speare Memorial

Concord Hospital Center for Urological Care

Concord (603) 224-3388

Past Top Doctor and Past Leading Physician

Vascular Surgery

Top Vote-Getter

Lawrence Hoepp, M.D.

CMC/Elliot

General Surgical Specialists of New England

184 Tarrytown Rd.

Manchester, (603) 627-1102

Medical School: Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pa., 1973

Past Top Doctor

Other Leading Physicians

Richard Powell, M.D.

DHMC

Lebanon, (603) 650-8677

Past Leading Physician

Laurence P. Young, M.D.

SNHMC

Foundation Vascular Surgery

North II Specialty Services

Nashua, (603) 577-3070

Past Leading Physician

Readers' Poll: We invited our readers to log onto our Web site and cast their votes.Primary/Family Practitioner

Julia Burdick, M.D.

DH–Concord

Concord

Mary Merkel, D.O.

SNHMC/DH–Merrimack

Merrimack Family Practice

Merrimack

Donald M. Mazanowski, M.D.

DH–Keene

Keene

Richard Lefleur, M.D. F.A.C.P.

Southern NH Internal Medicine Associates

Derry

John Foley, D.O.

Strafford Medical

Associates

Dover

Donald McDonah, M.D.

Saint Joseph’s Family Medical Center

Nashua

John Dipastina, D.O.

DH–Concord

Concord

Robert Mike-Mayer, M.D.

Exeter Family CareExeter

Timothy Pike, D.O.

Beacon Internal Medicine

PRH

Portsmouth

Jeffrey Reisert, D.O.

Tenney Mountain Internal Medicine

Speare Memorial Hospital

Plymouth

Anthony C. Zwaan, M.D.

Family Medicine

Exeter Hospital

Exeter

Thomas Lyng, M.D.

Frisbee Hospital

Rochester

Brian Claussen, M.D.

Family Physicians of Manchester

CMC

Manchester

Peter Doane, M.D.

Newfound Family Practice

Bristol

Susan Murray, M.D.

Woodbury Family Practice

PRH

Newington

Mark Rholl, M.D.

Bedford Family Practice

DH-Bedford

DH-Manchester

Bedford

Christopher Riccio, M.D., F.A.A.P.

Medicine-Pediatrics of Nashua

SNHMC

Nashua

John Ford, M.D.

Weeks Medical Center

Whitefield

Jennifer Jones, D.O.

DHMC

Manchester

Pediatrician

Tessa Lafortune-Greenberg, M.D.

DH–Concord

Concord

Leonard Small, M.D.

Dover Pediatrics

WDH

Patricia Edwards, M.D.

Concord Pediatrics

Concord Hospital

Concord

Elizabeth Olson, M.D.

DHMC

Elliot Hospital

Manchester

Ann Dobbins, M.D.

Nashua Pediatrics

SNHMC

Nashua

Thomas Johnson, M.D.

DHMC

ChaD

Manchester

Kathleen Fisher, M.D.

Cheshire/DH–KeeneKeene

Obstetrician

Timothy Fisher, M.D.

Cheshire/DH–Keene

Keene

Jeffrey Segil, M.D., F.A.C.O.G, M.S.

Dover Women’s Health

WDH

Sonja Nelson, M.D.

Women’s Health

Associates

Portsmouth

Melissa Martinez-

Adorno, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.

Foundations Medical Partners

SNHMC

Nashua

Mary Jo

Montanarella, M.D.

Dr. Montanarella & Assoc.

CMC/Elliot

Manchester

Alternative/Complementary Health Care

Deborah Sellars, N.D.

Center for Integrative Medicine

Concord

Donna Lang-Rice, P.T., D.P.T., Cert. M.D.T.

Gilford Physical Therapy and Spine Center

Gretchen Baker, LMT,

Natural Rhythms Massage & Bodywork, Londonderry

Patricia Garcia LMT (Bodywork) & Bryant Stevener D.C.

(Chiropractor)

Capitol Chiropractic Center, Bow

We also asked readers to submit stories of their own personal "Health Care Heroes."

“Dr. [Donald] Mazanowski has been my family physician for over 20 years. While, fortunately, my family and I have not had any truly serious health situations for which we’ve called on ‘Dr. Maz,’ I feel that he is an extraordinary practitioner deserving of recognition.”

“Dr. [Jeffrey] Reisert has personally called me at home to check on me more than once, and he also called my father after my mother passed away. My parents, in-laws, my husband and my children are all patients of Dr. Reisert’s. He is one of a kind in this day and age. He truly cares about all of his patients.”

“Dr. [Thomas] Lyng goes beyond the call of duty every day. He is a dedicated young physician who cares about his patients and his community.”

“Dr. [John] Ford will call you himself to check on your well-being after he sees you. In some cases he will give you his home phone number for a real emergency. He is very kind and listens to his patients. He never treats a patient like a nuisance.”

“This husband/wife team [Drs. Timothy and Kathleen Fisher] is phenomenal. He delivers your baby and she provides the care for the little one. As far as knowledge and especially caring, these doctors are unexcelled. Not sure where they came from, but N.H. is a better place for their being here.”

Top Doctor >> Infectious Disease Dr. David ItkinWhy medicine? Why this specialty?

Infectious Disease medicine is a complex, ever-evolving science that is, in essence, the ongoing conflict between man and microbe. I am able to apply this science to a human, one-on-one level that cuts across all areas of medicine. It allows me to see a vast array of challenging clinical problems. It is never boring.

Most rewarding aspect of your work?

The most rewarding aspect of my work is seeing a patient through a serious, life-threatening illness, and knowing that I made a difference.

Most difficult aspect?

The most difficult aspect of my work is informing a patient or family when there is nothing left to offer diagnostically or therapeutically. Be it a terminal illness or a non-life-threatening chronic symptom complex, these discussions are never easy and need to be done in a relaxed, open, honest and sensitive manner.

What makes a great doctor?

The qualities that I see in the physicians that I most admire are humility and the ability to listen. Those that have these qualities, practice their craft at a high level and go the extra distance for their patients are great doctors, in my eyes.

How do you put patients at ease?

Patients need to know that they are being heard. They need the time and space to express themselves. Humor is an important part of my approach.

Any misconceptions about your specialty?

The danger. With the use of hand hygiene and appropriate barrier precautions, I can confidently protect myself from contagious diseases.

Exciting development in your field?

The ability to control the progression of HIV infection has been the most remarkable development during my career. Emerging infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance will remain ongoing challenges.

Top Doctor >> Breast Surgery Dr. Teresa PonnWhy medicine? Why this specialty?

Medicine is still at heart a service industry and surgery combines the chance to be intellectually curious and physically busy. Surgeons are ‘doers’ and for me breast surgery is such a custom disease, it never becomes rote or boring. I love being able to teach and guide patients through a difficult and emotionally charged journey. I chose breast surgery because most of my patients do well and I get to see them regularly after they’ve been through multidisciplinary treatment.

Most difficult aspect?

It is never easy telling someone she has breast cancer. That moment changes her life forever — sometimes for the worse and, actually, sometimes for the better. I want my patients to know I will be there for them throughout their journey.

What do you do to relieve stress and leave work behind?

I love the game of golf — it provides the relaxation I need to recharge.

Exciting development in your field?

There are many new developments from newer methods of diagnosis — MRI, BSGI (breast-specific gamma imaging), digital mammography, 3D ultrasound — to new methods of treatment — oncoplastic surgery, partial breast irradiation, introperative irradiation — and, always, new drugs in oncology.

What can patients bring to the patient/doctor equation?

Patients should bring a willingness to learn about their condition and hopefully trust in their physician. We are educators and our job is to make sure our patients understand as much as they need to help themselves and make informed choices.

Top Doctor >> General/Family Practice Dr. Mary MerkelWhy medicine? Why this specialty?

I came at it in a non-traditional way. I was an English major in college and have always had a keen interest in people’s stories — I realized that I would experience people’s lives with them in a unique way as their doctor. Family medicine was the best fit because you care for patients during all phases of life. I also really enjoy taking care of multiple generations within a family.

Most rewarding aspect of your work?

I love to see someone make meaningful change with her own effort — whether it is weight loss or quitting smoking or learning to put herself first. While making a correct diagnosis or choosing the right medical therapy is satisfying, it is so much more rewarding when patients see their own hard work pay off.

Most difficult aspect?

It can be very difficult when a patient dies — especially one you have cared for through health and illness. The daily challenge for me is to watch anyone suffer because he is stuck in a bad pattern and cannot get out. I doubt patients understand how hard that can be for their doctor.

What makes a great doctor?

Listening to the patient is critical regardless of your specialty.

Any misconceptions about your specialty?

We know that listening is critical to good primary care and that the best care comes from time spent with patients, taking a thorough history and educating them. However, healthcare policy and funding are not consistent with what we all read and are taught. The system does not encourage doctors to take the time to listen.

What do you do to relieve stress and leave work behind?

I spend time with my husband and 19-month-old daughter. Kate and I enjoy getting outside with our dog for a walk almost every day when I get home. I like to cook and work in the garden when I can.

What can patients bring to the patient/doctor equation?

Honesty. If we don’t know the whole story, it is very hard for us to be helpful.

Top Doctor >> Cardiology Dr. Lou FinkWhat kinds of procedures do you perform most often?

Cardiac catheterizations and intra-coronary stenting.

What makes a great doctor?

A great doctor is compassionate, intelligent, technically skilled and detail-oriented; however, a great doctor is only as great as the team of healthcare providers that supports him or her.

Rx for staying healthy:

Choose your parents carefully. Seriously, eat a heart healthy diet, exercise regularly and if you have diabetes, hypertension, cholesterol problems or obesity, treat these problems aggressively. Also, don’t smoke.

What do you do to relieve stress and leave work behind?

Playing classical piano, exercising, reading for pleasure and enjoying family activities such as hiking and traveling.

Do you have a motto or philosophy?

Always treat and respect patients as you’d want them to do if the roles of physician and patient were reversed.

Most rewarding aspect of your work?

l) Following patients longitudinally and seeing how dramatically their lives have improved because of the therapies we’ve provided and 2) performing life-saving interventions in the cath lab for patients experiencing acute heart attacks.

Top Doctor >> Plastic Reconstructive Surgery Dr. Wayne StadelmannWhy medicine? Why this specialty?

I decided to pursue plastic surgery first and medicine second! One day in college I was studying in the science library and going through the “stacks” looking at various journals. I happened upon the “Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery” and became immediately captivated by the prospects that this specialty could offer. At that moment I decided to pursue medicine.

The most rewarding aspect of your work?

I love seeing good outcomes and the positive effect good outcomes have on my patients. Hearing a patient say “Thank you, Dr. Stadelmann” is immensely gratifying whether it comes from a cosmetic patient or someone who has a reconstructive procedure.

Most difficult aspect?

The hardest aspect of my job is sharing the news of a cancer diagnosis and the spread of cancer. I treat a large number of patients with melanoma and their disease process is sometimes more extensive than predicted.

What kind of procedures do you perform most often?

I do a wide range of procedures but the most common are breast operations for reconstruction and augmentation. I perform a large number of tummy tucks and liposuction procedures. Melanoma care is also a passion of mine.

What is the trickiest procedure to perform?

Probably a facelift.

What makes a great doctor?

Never losing your perspective and your sense of humanity. Our jobs as caregivers should never be allowed to become routine or mundane. And always treat every patient as someone’s daughter, son, wife, husband, mother or father.

Any misconceptions about your specialty?

Plastic surgery is so much more than a nip and tuck. I am always amazed when patients and friends say “Wow, you do that?!”

Exciting development in your field?

Facial transplantation and the use of compposite allografts to do complex reconstructive procedures.

What do people need to understand about medicine?

Medicine is a two way street that requires mutual cooperation and respect. A good results are easiest to achieve if the patient and physicain work together toward a common goal.

Do you have a motto or philosophy?

“A more perfect you”

Survey QuestionWe asked the doctors surveyed to answer the following question: Name your favorite doctor from fiction, television or movies and your favorite health-related novel or film.

The favorite TV show among doctors is “House.”

“M*A*S*H” is a close second. Hawkeye Pierce is the favorite character.

“ER” and two of its main characters, Dr. Doug Ross (played by George Clooney) and Dr. Mark Green, were other favorites.

Other Popular Film and TV Doctors:

Quincy, M.D.

Dr. Donald Westphall from “St. Elsewhere”

“Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story”

Characters from “Friends”

• Dr. Ross Geller

• Dr. Drake Ramoray (Joey’s soap opera character)

Characters from “Scrubs”

• Dr. Dorian

• Dr. Cox

Dr. Joe Gannon from “Medical Center”

Dr. Kildare

“The Andromeda Strain”

Dr. Marcus Welby

“Philadelphia”

Doc Baker of “Little House on the Prairie”

Dr. Zhivago

Characters from “Grey’s Anatomy”

• Dr. Shepherd, aka McDreamy

“Private Practice”

Dr. Huxtable

Doogie Howser

Dr. Doolittle

Dr. Nick Riviera from the “Simpsons”

Dr. Spock

Dr. Strangelove

Joel Fleischman from “Northern Exposure”

Mark Sloan from “Diagnostic Murder”

Robert Rey from “90210”

Literary Characters

Dr. Watson and Sherlock Holmes in the novels by Sir Arthur C. Doyle

Stephen Maturin from the Patrick O’Brien novels

Books

“House of God” by Samuel Shem was the overwhelmingly favorite novel.

“Coma” by Robin Cook was mentioned second most.

Other Popular Books

“My Own Country” Dr. Abraham Verghese

“An Irish Country Doctor” by Patrick Taylor (Dr. Barry Laverty)

“Spark” by John Ratey, M.D.

“Mount Misery” by Samuel Shem

“The Making of a Surgeon” by Dr. William Nolen

“The World I Made for Her” by Thomas Moran

“The Demon in the Freezer” by Richard Preston

“Mountains Beyond Mountains” by Tracy Kidder

Robertson Davies author of “The Cunning Man”

Survey QuestionWe asked the Doctor’s surveyed to answer the following question: What one thing could President Obama do that would make health care much better?

30% Make health care universal and affordable for all

20% Malpractice/tort reform

15% Establish a single payer system

10% Put more emphasis/provide better coverage for preventative health care

10% Provide better reimbursement for primary care physicians and pediatricians

5% Better regulate insurance and pharmaceutical companies

5% Include doctors in the discussion

5% Miscellaneous suggestions

“Listen to practicing and rural physicians, not health care advocates or leaders or only organized medicine such as multi-specialty clinics.”

“Do not involve insurance companies in providing health care coverage; give doctors more roles in the decision-making process.”

“Reduce red tape and bureaucracy for physicians and hospitals.”

“Make insurance companies nonprofit.”

“Fund a study to figure out if cost benefits of universal health care exist.”

“Increase pay to primary care doctors and increase the number of jobs for PCPs so everyone has a PCP.”

“Talk about rationing health care, especially for the terminally ill.”

“Rein in malpractice lawsuits so doctors don’t have to practice ‘defensive’ medicine.”

“Standardized health care database.”

“Require doctors to post the cost for their 20 most common procedures/exams on a Web site.”

“Resign.”

“Nothing. Fix other problems first like the economy.”

“Get government out of health care.”

“Cap the cost of drugs to make them affordable.”

“Fix Medicare.”

“Put the power of understanding their coverage into the patients’ own hands.”

Survey QuestionWe asked the doctors surveyed to answer the following question: What one thing could President Obama do that would make health care much worse?

40% Do nothing

15% Socialize medicine

10% Increase the role of government

10% Give more power and control to insurance and pharmaceutical companies

10% Cut Medicare payments for primary care doctors

5% Ignore tort reform

5% Try to nationalize health care

5% Miscellaneous suggestions

“Continue current status, a ‘market system’ where consumers and physicians are not conscious of costs.”

“Doing nothing would invite disaster.”

“Believe that the government can run it (or anything).”

“Try to nationalize it.”

“Creating a universal health care system like the English or Canadian system.”

“Allow Medicare payments to continue to decline, which would decrease the ability to care for our aging population.”

“Reduce Medicare and Medicaid funding to hospitals and physicians — this will make it harder for many hospitals and physicians to care for the under-insured”

“Sweeping changes without careful input from medical societies.”

“Build ‘health reform’ around the current inefficient and exclusionary private insurance system.”

“Try to save the insurance and pharmaceutical companies.”

“Spend significant money to provide government-run universal coverage while reducing the quality and availability of services for all.”

“Let insurance companies dictate parameters of treatment.”

“Allow malpractice claims to accelerate by not restricting upper limits in settlements for pain and suffering.”

“Anything increasing bureaucratic load in the health care field.”

“Make it difficult for doctors who work long hours not to have increased financial gain.”

“Allowing costs to continue to escalate.”

“Failure to enact legislation.”

“Take away patient choices.”

Force employers to cover universal healthcare.”

“Anything he touches.

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