Top Doctors 2011 – The List




Sponsored By: A list of top specialists and leading physicians chosen by their peers in the 2011 Top Doctors Poll. Click here for Q&A's with the six featured Top Doctors.In our 2011 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. 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 healthcare reform.Here's how the list 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.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), LebanonBedford Ambulatory Surgical Center (BASC)Catholic Medical Center (CMC), ManchesterCheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock (Cheshire/DHK), KeeneConcord Ambulatory Surgery Center (CASC)Concord Hospital (Concord)Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC), LebanonElliot Hospital (Elliot), ManchesterExeter Hospital (Exeter)Franklin Regional Hospital (FRH)Frisbie Memorial Hospital (Frisbie), RochesterNew London Hospital (New London)Parkland Medical Center (PMC), DerryPortsmouth Regional Hospital (PRH)Southern New Hampshire Medical Center (SNHMC), NashuaSpeare Memorial Hospital (Speare), PlymouthSt. Joseph Hospital (SJH), NashuaWentworth-Douglass Hospital (WD), Dover2011 Top DoctorsAllergy/ImmunologyTop Vote-Getter John 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 PhysiciansRobert 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 PhysicianAmit Kumar, M.D. SNHMC Southern New Hampshire Asthma & Allergy, Nashua (603) 577-3065 Medical School: SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, N.Y., 2004AnesthesiologyTop Vote-Getter Paul 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-Getter Steven Beaudette, M.D., F.A.C.C. SNHMC/SJH New England Heart Institute, Nashua (603) 883-5673 Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, Mass., 1988 Other Leading PhysiciansRobert M. Lavery, M.D. Elliot/CMC N.H. Cardiology Consultants, Manchester (603) 627-1669 Medical School: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Md., 1976 Past Top Doctor and Past Leading PhysicianLouis 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 Past Top DoctorDermatologyTop Vote-Getter Robert 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 and Past Leading PhysicianOther Leading PhysiciansStephen Del Giudice, M.D. DH-Concord (603) 226-6119 Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, Mass. 1981 Past Top DoctorM. 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, 1995 Past Leading PhysicianEmergency CareTop Vote-Getter Scott W. Rodi, M.D., M.P.H. DHMC Lebanon, (603) 650-7254 Medical School, Cornell University Medical College, New York, N.Y., 1992 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 Doctor and Past Leading PhysicianJames Martin, M.D., F.A.C.E.P. SJH SJH Emergency Department Nashua, (603) 882-3000 Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, D.C., 1988 Past Leading PhysicianEndocrinologyTop Vote-Getter Richard 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 SNHMC/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., 1979Fetal CareTop Vote-Getter Emily 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 PhysicianOther Leading PhysiciansGary E. Kaufman, M.D. SNHMC/DH-Nashua Obstetrics and Gynecology Nashua, (603) 577-4300 Medical School: Hahnemann University, Philadelphia, Pa., 1985Michelle R. Lauria, M.D. DHMC Obstetrics and Gynecology Lebanon, (603) 653-9306 Medical School: SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine, Buffalo, N.Y., 1988Jeffrey R. Johnson, M.D. DH-Manchester Maternal-Fetal Medicine Manchester, (603) 695-2902 The Center for Medical Genetics Dover, (603) 516-0092 Medical School: Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Mass., 1993GastroenterologyTop Vote-Getter Timothy 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 PhysiciansRichard I. Rothstein, M.D. DHMC Gastroenterology and Hepatology Lebanon, (603) 650-8343 Medical School: Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Mass., 1980Roger M. Epstein, M.D. PRH Gastroenterology Professional Assoc. Portsmouth, (603) 433-2488 Medical School: Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Mass., 1982Richard Dai, M.D. F.A.C.G. SJH/SNHMC Nashua, (603) 883-0337 Medical School: Chicago Medical School, Chicago, Ill., 1978General/Family PracticeTop Vote-Getter Jonathan B. Thyng, M.D. SNHMC/DHMC/SJH Dartmouth-Hitchcock Nashua Nashua, (603) 577-4440 Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, Mass., 1988 Past Top Doctor and Past Leading PhysicianOther Leading PhysiciansSarah 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 PhysicianRobert Zinnes, M.D. SNHMC Nashua Primary Care of Hudson Hudson, (603) 886-3979 Medical School: Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, N.H., 1985GeriatricsTop Vote-Getter Harry Ward, M.D., F.A.C.P. SJH The Roger Dionne, M.D. Senior Center Nashua, (603) 595-3722 Medical School: Brown University School of Medicine, Providence, R.I., 1981 Past Leading PhysicianOther Leading PhysiciansBeverly 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 DoctorJohn A. Batsis, M.D. DHMC General Internal Medicine Lebanon, (603) 653-9500 Medical School: Trinity College - University of Dublin, Dublin, Ireland, 2002GynecologyTop Vote-Getter Mark Conway, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. SJH OB/GYN Associates of Southern NH Nashua, (603) 883-3365 Medical School:New York Medical College, Valhalla, N.Y., 1989Other Leading PhysiciansGary 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 PhysicianKaren 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 PhysicianHematology/ OncologyTop Vote-Getter Gautami Rao, M.D. SNHMC/SJH/CMC/Elliot Foundation Hematology/Oncology Nashua, (603) 886-7900 Medical School: University of Madras Medical College, Chennai, India, 1982 Past Top Doctor and Past Leading PhysicianOther Leading PhysiciansDouglas Tisdale, M.D. SJH/SNHMC Oncology Center at St. Joseph Hospital Nashua, (603) 880-3408 Medical School: University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 1986Barbara S. Civiello, M.D. WDH Seacoast Cancer Center Dover, (603) 742-8787 Medical School: University of Vermont College of Medicine, Vt., 1995HospitalistTop Vote-Getter Edward J. Merrens, M.D. DHMC Hospital Medicine Lebanon, (603) 650-8380 Medical School: Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, N.H., 1994Other Leading PhysiciansSusan Alicia Hilburn, M.D. SNHMC Foundation Medical Partners Adult Hospitalist Program Nashua, (603) 577-2045 Medical School: Mercer University School of Medicine, Macon, Ga., 2000Sheriff Sahadulla, M.D. SJH Hospital Medicine Associates Nashua, (603) 882-3000 Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, Mass., 1996Infectious DiseasesTop Vote-Getter Michael 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 PhysicianOther Leading PhysiciansDavid Itkin, M.D. Exeter/Portsmouth Appledore Medical Group Portsmouth, (603) 433-8733 Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago, Ill., 1980 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-Getter (Tie) Douglas 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., 1992 Past Leading PhysicianW. Blair Brooks, M.D. DHMC General Internal Medicine Lebanon, (603) 653-9500 Medical School: Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, N.H., 1979Other Leading PhysiciansChristopher Riccio, M.D., F.A.A.P. SNHMC Medicine-Pediatrics of Nashua Nashua, (603) 889-2847 Foundation Medical Partners Medical School: Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Mass., 2000Thomas N. Decker, M.D. WDH Strafford Medical Associates Dover, (603) 742-3664 Medical School: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pa., 1974NephrologyTop Vote-Getter Clay A. Block, M.D. DHMC Nephrology Lebanon, (603) 653-3830 Medical School: University of California, Los Angeles, Calif., 1989 Past Leading PhysicianOther Leading PhysiciansCharles Kert, M.D. SNHMC/SJH/PMC/CMC 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 PhysicianSean Fitzpatrick, M.D. SNHMC/SJH/PMC/CMC Nashua Nephrology Nashua, (603) 882-2921 Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, Mass., 1989 Past Top DoctorNeurologyTop Vote-Getter Robert Thies, M.D. CMC/Elliot Neurology Associates Manchester, (603) 669-0859 Medical School: Cornell University Medical College, New York, N.Y., 1976 Past Top Doctor and Past Leading PhysicianOther Leading PhysiciansMildred 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 PhysicianKeith J. McAvoy, M.D. Elliot Hospital Dartmouth Hitchcock Bedford Bedford, (603) 695-2940 Medical School:Chicago Medical School, Chicago, Ill., 1992 Past Top Doctor and Past Leading PhysicianObstetricsTop Vote-Getter Karen 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 PhysiciansEmily 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 PhysicianDanielle T. Albushies, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. Elliot Bedford Commons OB/GYN PA Bedford, (603) 668-8400 Medical School: Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, N.H., 1999OptometristsTop Vote-Getter Peter G. Lapre, O.D. DHMC LASIK Laser Vision Center Dartmouth-Hitchcock Court Street Eye Clinic & Optical Lebanon, (603) 650-2651 Medical School: New England College of Optometry, Boston, Mass., 1988Other Leading PractitionersDavid MacKay, O.D. MacKay Vision Center Bedford, (603) 668-2771 Medical School: New England College of Optometry, Boston, Mass., 1992Nancy E. Wolf, O.D. Dr. Nancy E. Wolf and Associates, Optometrists Bedford, (603) 836-5353 Medical School: The New England College of Optometry Boston, Mass., 1985 David J. Caban, O.D. Manchester Eye Associates Manchester, (603) 668-2010 Medical School: The New England College of Optometry Boston, Mass., 1977OphthalmologyTop Vote-Getter Susan M. Pepin, M.D. DHMC Lebanon, (603) 650-8746 Medical School; University of California - San Francisco School of Medicine, San Francisco, Calif., 1995Other Leading PhysiciansPatrick 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 Top Doctor and Past Leading PhysicianMatthew 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 PhysicianPain ManagementTop Vote-Getter Praveen Suchdev, M.D. DHMC/SNHMC Pain Solutions Nashua, (603) 577-3003 Medical School: Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, Ill., 1991 Past Leading PhysicianOther Leading PhysiciansGilbert J. Fanciullo, M.D., M.S. DHMC Spine Center Lebanon, (603) 650-2225 Medical School: Albany Medical College, Albany, N.Y., 1987 Past Top DoctorJames R. Hay, M.D. WDH Atlantic Anesthesia, PA Dover, (603) 740-2651 Medical School: University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, Kan., 1986PathologyTop 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 and Past Leading PhysicianOther Leading PhysiciansAlan R. Schned, M.D. DHMC Pathology Lebanon, (603) 650-7211 Medical School: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, N.Y., 1975 Past Leading PhysicianDavid Syrek, M.D. SJH Nashua Pathology, PA Nashua, (603) 889-4431 Medical School: University of New York, N.Y., 1997PediatricsTop Vote-Getter Linda A. Williams, M.D., F.A.A.P. SNHMC Foundation Pediatrics Nashua, (603) 886-5520 Medical School: George Washington University, Washington, D.C., 1991 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 PhysicianTodd M. Poret, M.D. DHMC Pediatrics, (603) 653-9662 Medical School: University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, N.C., 2003PodiatryTop Vote-Getter David D. Court, D.P.M DH-Concord - Orthopaedics SNHMC Dartmouth-Hitchcock Nashua (603) 577-4340 Dartmouth-Hitchcock Concord, (603) 224-5522 Medical School:Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, Chicago, Ill., 1997 Past Leading PhysicianOther Leading PractitionersDavid 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 PhysicianRaef Fahmy, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S. BASC/CMC/Elliot/Cheshire Associates in Podiatry Bedford, (603) 669-2188 Medical School: Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine, Philadelphia , Pa., 1987 Past Top DoctorAnna 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, Iowa Past Top Doctor and Past Leading PhysicianBrian Tedesco, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S. SNHMC Foundation Foot & Ankle Medicine/Surgery Nashua, (603) 577-3230 Medical School: New York College of Podiatric Medicine, New York, N.Y., 1995PsychiatryTop Vote-Getter Christine T. Finn, M.D. DHMC Dartmouth-Hitchcock Psychiatric Associates Lebanon, (603) 650-7086 Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, N.Y., 1997 Past Leading PhysicianOther Leading PhysiciansWassfy 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 Doctor and Past Leading PhysicianMichael McGee, M.D. SJH/Roger Dionne Senior Center at SJH Nashua, (603) 595-3722 Medical School: Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto, Calif. Past Top DoctorMarc M. Sadowsky, M.D. SNHMC Nashua, (603) 882-2114 Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, Mass., 1985 Past Leading PhysicianPulmonary DiseasesTop Vote-Getter Christopher C. Daigle, M.D. SNHMC Foundation Medical Partners Nashua, (603) 886-0290 Medical School: SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn, Brooklyn, N.Y., 1996 Past Leading PhysicianOther Leading PhysiciansWilliam 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 PhysicianHarold L. Manning, M.D. DHMC Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Lebanon, (603) 650-5533 Medical School: John Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Md., 1982 Past Leading PhysicianRadiology (Tie)Top Vote-Getters Peter 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 PhysicianJeffrey Chapdelaine, M.D. SJH Nashua Radiology Nashua, (603) 882-3000 Medical School: Brown University, Providence, R.I., 1990Other Leading PhysiciansDaniel 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., 1999 Past Top DoctorMark G. Goldshein, M.D. SNHMC Associated Radiologists, P.A. Nashua, (603) 883-4636 Medical School: University of Rochester School of Medicine, Rochester, N.Y., 1978 Past Top DoctorRehabilitation/Physical MedicineTop Vote-Getter Barry 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 PhysiciansGregory Zuercher, D.O. SJH Office of Rehab Services Nashua, (603) 598-2401 Medical School: New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, Old Westbury, N.Y., 1992 Past Leading PhysicianKathleen Leahy, D.O. SNHMC Nashua Lewis Physical Medicine Associates Bedford, (603) 644-5133 Medical School: University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, Biddeford, Maine, 1992Reproductive MedicineTop Vote-Getter Paul Manganiello, M.D. SNHMC/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 PhysicianDanielle Vitiello PhD, M.D. Fertility Centers of New England, (781) 942-7000 Elliot Hospital and CMC Medical School (2001); PhD (1999) University of Vermont; Residency and fellowship through Yale.RheumatologyTop Vote-Getter Lin A. Brown, M.D. Rheumatology DHMC Lebanon, (603) 650-8622 Medical School: Medical College of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa., 1979 Past Leading PhysicianOther Leading PhysiciansJohn 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, Idaho. 1986 Past Leading PhysicianHoke 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 DoctorSports MedicineTop Vote-Getter Christopher Couture, M.D. SNHMC Victory Sports Medicine/Merrimack Medical Center Merrimack, (603) 429-3155 Medical School: Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, N.H., 1997Other Leading PhysiciansJoshua 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 PhysicianJames Vailas, M.D. CMC/Elliot/PMC/SJH/SNHMC/BASC New Hampshire Orthopaedic Center Manchester, (603) 634-0080 Medical School: Dartmouth Medical School, N.H., 1981 Past Top Doctor and Past Leading PhysicianWound CareTop Vote-Getter Joseph Snow, M.D. Concord Hospital Concord Hospital Wound Healing Center Concord, (603) 230-1970 Medical School: Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, N.C., 1976Other Leading PhysiciansMaureen P. Knepp, P.A.-C., M.S. SNHMC/DH-Nashua Nashua, (603) 577-4141 Medical School: University of Nebraska, Omaha, Neb., Orthopaedics, 2003Kathleen Kelly, M.D. Exeter Hospital Core Physicians Hampton, (603) 929-1195 Medical School: Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Mass., 1990Breast SurgeryTop Vote-Getter Kari M. Rosenkranz, M.D. DHMC General Surgery Lebanon, (603) 650-9479 Dartmouth-Hitchcock Manchester Cancer Services (Norris Cotton Cancer Ctr. at CMC) Medical School: Albany Medical College, Albany, N.Y., 1999 Past Leading PhysicianOther Leading PhysiciansTeresa A. Ponn, M.D. Elliot Hospital Elliot Health Breast Center Manchester, (603) 668-3067 Medical School: University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville , Fla., 1976 Past Top DoctorDiane P. Palladino, M.D. Exeter Core Surgical Specialties Exeter, (603) 775-7405 Medical School: Hahnemann School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pa., 1973 Past Leading PhysicianCardiac/Thoracic SurgeryTop Vote-Getter Benjamin 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 PhysiciansLawrence Dacey, M.D. DHMC Cardiothoracic Surgery Lebanon, (603) 650-7390 Medical School: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1984 Past Leading PhysicianAnthony W. DiScipio, M.D. DHMC Cardiothoracic Surgery Lebanon, (603) 650-7390 Medical School: Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, N.H., 1989Colon/Rectal SurgeryTop Vote-Getter Jeffrey 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 PhysiciansJohn J. Murray, M.D. DHMC General Surgery Lebanon, (603) 650-8113 Medical School: Boston University, Boston, Mass., 1977 Past Leading PhysicianJohn Friel, M.D. SNHMC Colon & Rectal Surgery of New England North II Specialty Services Nashua, (603) 577-3322 Medical School: Albany Medical College, Albany, N.Y., 1998Ear, Nose and Throat SurgeryTop Vote-Getter Joseph A. Paydarfar, M.D. DHMC Otolaryngology Lebanon, (603) 650-8112 DHMC/Manchester Manchester Cancer Services (Norris Cotton Cancer Ctr. at CMC) Medical School: Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, N.C., 1996 Past Leading PhysicianOther Leading PhysiciansJames 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 DoctorJeffrey Byer, M.D. SJH Ear, Nose & Throat Physicians Nashua, (603) 595-4800 Medical School:Baylor College of Medi cine, Houston, Texas, 1979 Past Top Doctor and Past Leading PhysicianGeneral SurgeryTop Vote-Getter Kenneth Howe, 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., 1981Other Leading PhysiciansLawrence 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 DoctorMichael Remar, M.D. SJH Nashua, (603) 598-0455 Medical School: George Washington University School of Medicine, Washington D.C., 1985 Past Leading PhysicianGynecological SurgeryTop Vote-Getter Leslie 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 PhysiciansMark Conway, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. SJH OB/GYN Associates of Southern NH Nashua, (603) 883-3365 Medical School:New York Medical College, Valhalla, N.Y., 1989Kristen L. Bannister, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. Elliot Hospital Bedford Commons OB-GYN, PA Bedford, (603) 668-8400 Medical School: University of Texas Medical School in Galveston, Texas, 1997Hand SurgeryTop Vote-Getter Robert Heaps, M.D. SNHMC/Elliot/CMC/BASC/SJH New Hampshire Orthopaedic Center Nashua, (603) 883-0091 Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington D.C., 1989 Past Top Doctor and Past Leading Physician Other Leading PhysiciansJinsong Wang, M.D., Ph.D. BASC/CMC/Elliot/SNHMC New Hampshire Orthopaedic Center Manchester, (603) 634-0080 Medical School: University of Chicago School of Medicine, Chicago, Ill., 1994 Past Top Doctor and Past Leading PhysicianLance G. Warhold, M.D. DHMC Orthopaedics Lebanon, (603) 650-8494 Medical School: Hahnemann University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pa., 1985NeurosurgeryTop Vote-Getter N. Ross Jenkins, M.D. Concord Hospital/CMC/Elliot/PMC/SNHMC NH NeuroSpine Institute Bedford, (603) 472-8888 Medical School: Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn., 1987 Past Top DoctorOther Leading PhysiciansTung T. Nguyen, M.D. SNHMC North II Specialty Services Nashua, (603) 577-5370 Medical School: Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, N.Y., 1990 Past Leading PhysicianDavid Roberts, M.D. DHMC Lebanon, (603) 650-8736 Medical School: Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, N.H., 1975 Past Top Doctor and Past Leading PhysicianOral and Maxillofacial SurgeryTop Vote-Getter Rocco R. Addante, D.M.D, M.D. DHMC/The Craniofacial Clinic Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Maxillofacial Surgery Lebanon, (603) 650-5150 Medical School: Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass., 1979Other Leading PractitionersMark G. Hochberg, D.M.D. CMC/BASC North Manchester Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, PLLC Manchester, (603) 622-9738 Medical School:University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pa., 1989Leonard Waldman, D.M.D. SNHMC Nashua, (603) 889-8400 Medical School: University of Pennsylvania, Philadephia, Pa..Orthopedic SurgeryTop Vote-Getter Charles M. Blitzer, M.D. WDH Dover Seacoast Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Somersworth, (603) 742-2007 Medical School: Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Mass., 1979Other Leading PhysiciansDouglas Joseph, M.D. SNHMC/SJH/Elliot/CMC/BASC New Hampshire Orthopaedic Center Nashua, (603) 883-0091 Medical School: University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, Ky. Past Top DoctorSean C. Frost, M.D. DH-Nashua/SNHMC Dartmouth-Hitchcock Nashua Orthopaedics Nashua, (603) 577-4340 Medical School: Queen's University, Kingston, ON, Canada, 1999 Past Top DoctorPlastic/Reconstructive SurgeryTop Vote-Getter Bruce Topol, M.D. CMC/Elliot Bruce M. Topol, M.D. Plastic Surgery Manchester, (603) 622-0900 Medical School: Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, Ill., 1980 Past Top Doctor and Past Leading PhysiciaOther Leading PhysiciansWayne 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 PhysicianGeorge Chatson, M.D. SJH/SNHMC Andover/Nashua Plastic Surgery Nashua, (603) 882-2103 Medical School: New York University School of Medicine, N.Y., 1987 Past Leading PhysicianUrological SurgeryTop Vote-Getter Gary 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., 1977 Past Leading PhysicianOther Leading PhysiciansJohn D. Seigne, M.D. DHMC Lebanon, (603) 650-6052 Medical School: University of Dublin, Dublin, Ireland, 1986 Past Leading PhysicianJohn J. Janeiro M.D. SJH/SNHMC/PMC Urology Center of Southern New Hampshire Nashua, (603) 594-0880 Past Top DoctorVascular SurgeryTop Vote-Getter Laurence 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 PhysicianOther Leading PhysiciansRichard Powell, M.D. DHMC Lebanon, (603) 650-8677 Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wis., 1986 Past Top Doctor and 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 Doctor and Past Leading PhysicianHealth Care HeroesOur 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 and a few of their comments.Margarita R. Ochoa-Maya, M.D., C.D.E, C.C.D. Advanced Health and Wellbeing 116 South River Road Bedford (603) 801-3681 www.advancedhealthnh.comDr. Ochoa-Maya is a godsend to patients like me who suffer from PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) and metabolic syndrome. Thanks is not enough for Dr. Ochoa-Maya.Dr. Ochoa Maya is empowering in the fact that rather than simply looking for the "bad" things to heal; she looks for the best qualities a person has and helps them to heal themselves through positive thinking. Very inspirational.Debra E. Margolis, D.O. SNHMC Amherst Family Practice The Meeting Place, 199 Rte. 101 Amherst (603) 673-5885 www.snhmc.org/practices/amherstfp/index.htm"Dr. Margolis consistently appears concerned, caring and attentive to all of my needs and fears. She is easy to contact, talk to, and heal with. She is always lending everything from a shoulder to cry on to a confident explanation of your condition. We have been abroad for some years, and she was always was available via e-mail while we were abroad and able to see us on very short notice when we were home for a week or so.Additionally, our daughter developed an eating disorder while abroad in India and Dr. Margolis took it very seriously and helped us while we were still in India, and obviously immediately after returning. Her genuine concern, warmth and general people skills makes her the best doctor I have ever encountered. Needless to say she also knows her stuff!!"Shaikh Hoque, M.D. Hospitalist Program at SNHMC 8 Prospect St. Nashua (603) 577-2045 www.snhmc.org/practices hospitalistprogramsnhmc"I have observed Dr. Hoque with several patient's in his role as Hospitalist at SNHMC. Despite the pressures of being a physician in a very busy acute care setting, Dr. Hoque always takes the time to really listen to his colleagues and patients. His approach to patient care and his excellent bedside manner should be considered an example for all other physicians."J. Duke Lovetere, D.C. Duke Family Chiropractic 3 Riverside Ln. Greenland (603) 422-0432 www.familybackdoc.com"My son Brandan has severe learning disabilities, terrible stomach pains and epilepsy. He was on thousands of milligrams for medications every day. Dr. Duke said he could help him. I doubted it because we had spent thousands of dollars seeing neurologists. Soon Brandan started "cracka lackin" as Dr. Duke and Brandan call it. Within two visits his stomach pains went away, his speech and language skills improved and the seizures disappeared.Dr. Duke regularly calls to check in on Brandan. He has a special relationship with Dr. Duke because Dr. Duke goes above and beyond the call of duty for my son. Dr. Duke deserves this award.""My mother first came to Dr. Duke for adjustments when other doctors had told her that the only way she could feel relief from her herniated discs were through invasive surgery. She has since been adjusted regularly and her quality of life has been dramatically improved. His bedside manor and extensive knowledge make him and his practice extremely successful in providing N.H.'s seacoast with the best care possible."Robert M. Zinnes, M.D. SNHMC Primary Care of Hudson 300 Derry Rd. Hudson (603) 886-3979 www.snhmc.org/practices/primarycarehudson/index.htm"Dr. Zinnes is without a doubt the most dedicated, compassionate and understanding doctor I have ever known. Last night, Sunday at 7:15 p.m., he called to see how I was doing and asked me to resume a medication he had stopped. He recently brought to my attention the fact that I had a major cardiac problem that I was unaware of, and thus probably saved my life.""I travel around the world as part of my job. Once, a few years ago, I returned from China with an anaerobic spore-forming bacteria in my intestines. A couple of days after I got home, I went to the emergency room and was admitted. I woke up at 6 a.m. to find Dr. Zinnes at my bedside checking up on me. After Dr. Zinnes left, the nurse came in and asked if Dr Zinnes was my doctor and I told her he was. To that she replied "How did you get so lucky?" I AM lucky and happy about having Dr. Zinnes as my physician, and so is my wife!" Linda A. Williams, M.D., F.A.A.P. SNHMC Foundation Pediatrics 19 Tyler St. Nashua (603) 886-5520 www.snhmc.org/practices/foundationpediatrics"Our youngest (nine months old) began having unexplained fevers and was admitted to Southern NH Medical Center. Our pediatrician, Dr. Linda Williams, went above and beyond as she searched for answers to his fevers. After two days we had an answer, and we owe this to Dr. Williams and her never-ending efforts to not just settle for any answer, she wanted the correct one.With the correct treatment our son began to get better and he continues to need monitoring due to his condition, and we know that whatever arrises, Dr. Williams will get us through it using her knowledge and compassion. She has a an unbelievable office staff and we couldn't be more thankful for the care they have given our son!"
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