2019 Top Doctors

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For the 2019 Top Doctors poll, New Hampshire Magazine selected national research firm Castle Connolly to conduct the survey process. Included are 334 doctors in 56 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 2019 Top Doctors

Jennifer Lee Peppers, M.D.
Monadnock Community Hospital
Dr. Peppers appears on the 2019 Top Doctors April cover. Photo by Jared Charney

“The calling to practice medicine came to me at the early age of 10 and, thankfully, I have been able to make it come true. I would not characterize the path to becoming a surgeon as easy but it has always been fulfilling. The constant change and growth of the science of medicine keeps me focused, while the ability to help my patients heal keeps me motivated. I can think of no other profession that has more impact on a person’s life than being in healthcare. Hippocrates said it best: ‘Wherever the art of Medicine is loved, there is also a love of Humanity.'”

Kevin Pho, M.D.
Internal Medicine
St. Joseph Hospital

“Partnering with patients on their health journey inspired me to go into medicine. They already face a staggering array of test and treatment options, paperwork and medical bills. Now with the internet and social media, patients have more health information than ever, but they’re left to decide between what’s real or fake online. Patients need a trusted partner to help interpret what they read on the web and navigate through a barrage of health choices. The privilege to be their guide motivates me to practice medicine at the highest level in our evolving, and increasingly digital, health world.”

Mayo Noerdlinger, M.D., F.A.A.O.S.
Orthopaedic Surgery
Portsmouth Regional Hospital, York Hospital
Atlantic Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine

“It is an honor to work with the outstanding physicians of Atlantic Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine. Our collegial spirit demands the best of us, and I am proud that our group continues to be recognized for its excellence in care. The shoulder has become a passion of mine. The balance of flexibility with stability and strength make it, arguably, the most challenging joint in our musculoskeletal system. It is a joint that, when injured, can affect young and old, and the complexities and challenges of fine-tuning a teenage shoulder or replacing an octogenarian’s are fascinating and motivating.”

Michael A. Pangan, M.D.
Family Medicine
Exeter Hospital Core Physicians

“With each passing year of being in family medicine, I have an increased appreciation of the privilege we have as doctors. It affords us unique opportunities to share both the high and low points of patients’ lives with them, and that is why I try and make real connections when I see them in the office. Our patients inspire us (which includes our team, our practice and our organization) to do the best we can for them, and in return, we get tremendous fulfillment when they are able to live healthy lives. Having our approach be more team-based care has been one of the best things that has happened to me professionally, and it highlights how so many other people play equally critical roles in helping patients.”

Wendi Cardeiro, M.D., F.A.C.C.
Cardiovascular Disease
Southern New Hampshire Medical Center

“In the many years that I have worked for Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, I have formed long-lasting relationships with my patients and their families. I enjoy the collaboration amongst my colleagues and the sense of community at my practice. Overall, I enjoy just how rewarding it is to work with my patients as a team to make positive changes in their health.”

Tahsin Ergin, M.D.
Sports Medicine
Holy Family Hospital
Essex Orthopaedics & Optima Sports

“I’ve been a surgeon at Essex Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine for 25 years. When people ask me what I do for a living, I tell them I solve problems. I like solving problems. The key to success with any patient is to take the time to listen to the patient and do a careful assessment, and then spend more time explaining the problem and the options and recommendations for managing it. I utilize today’s advanced surgical techniques, and our practice has on-site physical therapy and MRI to help us help you. When I can get patients back to what they most enjoy doing, that’s my greatest reward.”

Lara C. Hanlon, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Elliot Hospital, Catholic Medical Center
Bedford Commons OB-GYN, PA

“The greatest joy of my job comes from the connections and relationships I make with my patients. I treat my patients as if they are friends or members of my family. Over time, my patients do feel like family to me. I feel privileged that people come to me, confide in me and ask for my assistance. I love being able to help people achieve whatever they are striving toward or get through whatever they are struggling with. Especially when women have had a recent difficult experience, I consider it my role and challenge to help them through it and find happiness on the other side.”

Harold J. Pikus, M.D.
Neurological Surgery
Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital, New London Hospital
Upper Valley Neurology Neurosurgery

“I enjoy the technological and intellectual aspects of neurosurgery, as well as meeting and getting to know my patients. I see my job as not simply diagnosing and treating problems, but working collaboratively with patients to determine which treatments and/or therapies suit not only the disease, but also their personal goals, values and preferences. It is a pleasure and a privilege to work in a practice that for decades has prioritized patient involvement in the delivery of high-quality health care.”

Julie Kim, M.D., Ph.D.
Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

“Treating a child’s cancer or blood disorder requires collaboration. I have been fortunate to work with an energetic and compassionate team who also considers parents and patients to be equal members of our team. Seeing the child thrive is our reward. I am reminded daily to focus on the big picture and not to sweat the small stuff. It is liberating. I am lucky to participate in worthwhile and meaningful work.”


Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. is a healthcare research and information company founded in 1992 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 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 castleconnolly.com, or in conjunction with other Castle Connolly Top Doctors databases online and/or in print.

Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. was acquired by Everyday Health Group (EHG), one of the world’s most prominent digital healthcare companies, in late 2018. Everyday Health Group (EHG), a recognized leader in patient and provider education, attracts an engaged audience of over 53 million health consumers and over 780,000 U.S. practicing physicians and clinicians to its premier health and wellness websites. EHG combines social listening data and analytics expertise to deliver highly personalized healthcare consumer content and effective patient engagement solutions. EHG’s vision is to drive better clinical and health outcomes through decision-making informed by highly relevant data and analytics. Healthcare professionals and consumers are empowered with trusted content and services through the Everyday Health Group’s flagship brands including Everyday Health®, What to Expect®, MedPage Today®, Health eCareers®, PRIME® Education and our exclusive partnership with MayoClinic.org® and The Mayo Clinic Diet.® Everyday Health Group is a division of J2 Global Inc. (NASDAQ: JCOM), and is headquartered in New York City.

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