2018 Top Doctors

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For the 2018 Top Doctors poll, New Hampshire Magazine selected national research firm Castle Connolly to conduct the survey process. Included are 307 doctors in 54 specialties, as nominated by their peers, who cover a wide range of medical needs from pediatrics to surgical care. We also asked several of this year's Top Doctors to share a quotation or anecdote that helps motivate or inspire them to continue practicing medicine at the highest level.

Read about the Castle Connolly selection process

Meet some of the 2018 Top Doctors

Russel A. Strong, M.D., Colon & Rectal Surgery

Concord Hospital
Concord Surgical Associates

Practicing medicine allows me to interact with a wide variety of people; the patients and families of course, but also all of the different people who work at Concord Hospital. I'm inspired by the opportunity to try to make a difference in people's lives.


Marc J. Michaud, M.D., Orthopaedic Surgery

Elliot, CMC, BASC, PMC
The New Hampshire Orthopaedic Center

My goal is to treat everyone under my care as if they were part of my immediate family.



Philip Fitzpatrick, M.D., F.A.C.C., Cardiovascular Disease

New England Heart & Vascular Institute

As a member of the New England Heart & Vascular Institute at CMC, I continue to be motivated and inspired by the patients I meet in the communities we serve throughout New Hampshire and for me, most frequently in Peterborough. My patients make every day interesting and motivate me to be the best I can be both personally and professionally. As important advances in cardiology continue to occur, I look forward to providing excellent care to the people of New Hampshire.

Mary Dickinson Chamberlin, M.D., Medical Oncology

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

I am privileged to have been trained by the best New Hampshire doctors, and to work with many more deserving than I of this honor. I find the academic environment here at Dartmouth-Hitchcock inspiring, and I can’t resist a challenge. I guess that’s why I do the Ultimate Prouty every year too! Most of all, the reason I come to work every day is to solve problems for the people who trust me with their cancer care. We work together to find cures or to gain good control of their symptoms with the best possible balance for their lives. I am humbled by the hard questions I get asked  and love to do research to keep the options for treatment coming.

James M. Estes, M.D., Vascular Surgery

Wentworth-Douglas Hospital
Wentworth Health Partners-Cardiovascular Group
The Cardiovascular Group at Pease

Every patient I care for is unique. The challenge and reward in my work is to utilize all the available procedures and technology to get the best result in the least invasive manner possible.


Geoffrey Starr, M.D., Neurology

Exeter Hospital, Core Physicians

We are all called to the practice of medicine for different reasons, but ultimately we all strive for the same outcome, to help others. The opportunity to help each patient either through simple advice such as “take your baby aspirin every day” or more complicated interventions such as immunomodulatory therapies has been very rewarding to me and motivates me to strive for better and better outcomes. I’ve been blessed with great mentors (Chairman Robert Hamill), incredible patients (too many to name) and wonderful support staff (you know who you are) throughout my career and look forward to stamping out neurological disease in the future.”

Danielle Albushies, M.D., Obstetrics & Gynecology

Elliot Hospital, Bedford Commons OB-GYN, PA

The most meaningful part of my job is delivering babies. Being present for such an emotional and important part of a couple’s life is such a privilege.

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Top Doctor Event sponsors

Our annual Top Doctors awards reception is held each April and is invite-only.

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Top Doctor Photos

2018 Top Doctors Reception

2018 Top Doctors Reception

The 2018 Top Docs reception was held on Thursday, April 5 at the Bedford Village Inn. Congratulations to all of this year's winners! Photos by Wendy Wood

2017 Top Doctors reception

2017 Top Doctors reception

The 2017 Top Docs reception was held on Thursday, April 6 at the Bedford Village Inn. Congratulations to all of this year's winners! Photos by Wendy Wood

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about castle connolly and the selection process

Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. is a healthcare research and information company founded in 1991 by a former medical college board chairman and president to help guide consumers to America's top doctors and top hospitals. Castle Connolly's established nomination survey, research, screening and selection process, under the direction of an MD, involves many hundreds of thousands of physicians as well as academic medical centers, specialty hospitals and regional and community hospitals all across the nation. Castle Connolly's physician-led team of researchers follows a rigorous screening process to select top doctors on both the national and regional levels. Its online nominations process – located at www.castleconnolly.com/nominations - is open to all licensed physicians in America who are able to nominate physicians in any medical specialty and in any part of the country, as well as indicate whether the nominated physicians is, in their opinion, among the best in their region in their medical specialty or among the best in the nation in their medical specialty. Careful screening of doctors' educational and professional experience is essential before final selection is made among those physicians most highly regarded by their peers.  The result - we identify the top doctors in America and provide you, the consumer, with detailed information about their education, training and special expertise in our paperback guides, national and regional  magazine “Top Doctors” features and online directories.

Doctors do not and cannot pay to be selected and profiled as Castle Connolly Top Doctors.

Physicians selected for inclusion in this magazine's "Top Doctors" feature may also appear as online at www.castleconnolly.com, or in conjunction with other Castle Connolly Top Doctors databases online and/or in print.

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