Top Doctors: Reflections on 2020

For the medical profession around the world, this has been an unprecedented year. New Hampshire Magazine reached out to three of our state’s Top Docs for their reflections on 2020. Their answers beautifully reflect the conviction, passion, and the hope with which they and their colleagues faced that challenge. They demonstrate the transformative power of medicine to not just patch things up, but to make them whole.

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New Hampshire’s Top Doctors

For the 2020 Top Doctors poll, New Hampshire Magazine selected national research firm Castle Connolly to conduct the survey process. Included are 399 doctors in 57 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 2020 Top Doctors


Henry Pallatroni III, M.D.
Neurological Surgery
Portsmouth Regional Hospital, Exeter Hospital
Coastal New Hampshire Neurosurgeons
Dr. Pallatroni appears on the 2020 Top Doctors April/May cover. Photo by Kendal J. Bush

“A mentor of mine once said, ‘Remember, we are regular people lucky to have the privilege of being neurosurgeons!’ Someone gives you their body when it is diseased or broken and says to you, ‘Fix me.’ You open them, you fix them and they get better. You are rewarded with their gratitude and the accomplishment of bringing someone back to health. It is this exchange that motivates me to give every patient my full effort and provide the highest level of care. I can’t think of a better profession. I am fortunate to be doing this every day.”


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

“We, as OB/GYN physicians, have the unique privilege of bridging primary care and subspecialty surgical and medical care for women of all ages. Women seek our care at some of their most vulnerable times. I feel immensely grateful to be able to support my patients through some of their most joyous, as well as most trying life events. Providing full spectrum care for women and empowering them to make collaborative decisions about their mental and physical health is of the utmost importance to me. It is a humbling honor to serve our community.”


Phillip B. Collins, M.D.
Occupational Medicine
Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health

“I love working with employers and employees from business and municipalities of all sizes. Practicing occupational and environmental medicine at our community hospital, which is a member of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health system, allows me to be flexible and effective in keeping workers, companies and our community healthy and well. I am deeply honored and humbled to receive this recognition.”


Patrick Casey, M.D.
Sports Medicine
Concord Hospital
Concord Orthopaedics, PA

“I enjoy the challenges of taking care of all my patients, from professional athletes to baby boomers to young little leaguers. They all pose different challenges and require different thought processes. That diversity in the population I work with keeps things interesting and engaging. I love trying to keep people as active as they can be no matter their situation.”


Michele G. Rush, M.D.
Sleep Medicine
Lakes Region General Hospital, Speare Memorial Hospital
LRGHealthcare Sleep Evaluation Center

“I have been practicing sleep medicine for over 20 years, having merged it with my Neurology practice at first and then concentrating on it solely ever since 2001. My most enjoyable moments at the office occur when a patient gleefully tells me how much better they are sleeping after treatment for their sleep disorder. They are happier, healthier, safer and their personal relationships improve. There is nothing like a good night’s sleep and I am happy to guide my patients toward that goal.”


Patricia C. Furey, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Vascular Surgery
Catholic Medical Center, St. Joseph Hospital
Vein & Vascular Specialists

“I had the hope at a young age that an individual could make a difference in the world. Now as an adult and a surgeon that is a certainty and this is why we have passion for our work. Medicine gives back every moment our patients give us their hope and trust. I am sustained by my faith in my work, my incredibly loving and patient family, skillful, talented partners and team members at my hospital who support the work we undertake at the highest level. I am surrounded by heroes.”


Julianne A. Mann, M.D.
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

“One of my greatest joys as a pediatric dermatologist is helping my patients and their families understand medical information in an engaging and empowering way. I strive to listen well, explain thoroughly, and help families make the best shared decisions for them as individuals. Because skin conditions and birthmarks in children often have psychological, emotional and social impacts, I make sure to give families strategies that help empower their children to feel positive and self-confident. I feel privileged to work with children who inspire and motivate me each and every day to be the best that I can be.”


Castle Connolly Top Doctors is a healthcare research company and the official source for Top Doctors for the past 25 years. 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.

The online nominations process — located at — 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. Once nominated, Castle Connolly’s physician-led team of researchers follow a rigorous screening process to select top doctors on both the national and regional levels.

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 also appear online at, or in conjunction with other Castle Connolly Top Doctors databases online on other sites and/or in print.

Castle Connolly was acquired by Everyday Health Group (EHG), one of the world’s most prominent digital healthcare companies, in late 2018. EHG, a recognized leader in patient and provider education, attracts an engaged audience of over 53 million health consumers and over 780,000 US 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® 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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