More Than 75 Physicians from Long Beach Memorial and Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach Recognized by Leading Report


Long Beach Memorial and Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach announced that 77 of its physicians have been recognized among the best in their fields by the 2014 Southern California Super Doctors report.

The 2014 Southern California Super Doctors report recognizes the top five percent of active doctors in Los Angeles and Orange counties. The selection process relies on 10 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement, surveying physicians in Southern California and ensuring the physicians named are the most respected and talented in their fields.

“We consistently strive to provide the highest quality and compassionate care for our patients and look to recruit physicians that represent this vision at Miller Children’s,” says Divya Joshi, M.D., MMM, chief medical officer, Miller Children’s. “Each year, more of our physicians are recognized on this list as they continue to have their work honored by their colleagues and maintain the superb standards of excellence we set forth.”

Since the Super Doctors report expanded to include all of Southern California in 2008, several doctors have appeared on the list every year. Long Beach Memorial, Miller Children’s and Community Hospital Long Beach have had 30 physicians achieve this status. Five physicians are making their first appearance on the list in 2014.

“Our physicians are not motivated by public recognition but acknowledge the honor in being recognized by their peers,” says Susan Melvin, D.O., chief medical officer, Long Beach Memorial. “The physicians listed as ‘Super Doctors’ are driven by their dedication to our patients, their families and the community they serve. Their passion to find advancements in clinical care has proven to greatly improve the lives of the many adults and children who have walked through our doors. I commend the doctors recognized and am proud to call them my colleagues.”

The Super Doctors peer review selection process asks doctors to nominate fellow physicians by answering the question, “If you needed medical care, which doctor would you choose?” In addition, candidates were evaluated based on professional achievement, as well as the Super Doctors’ ‘blue ribbon panel review’ process, where physicians in more than 30 specialties evaluate the list of nominees.

Long Beach Memorial and Miller Children’s physicians were recognized in areas including pediatrics, obstetrics and maternal fetal medicine, gynecology and gynecologic oncology, cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery, urology, family and internal medicine, surgery, medical oncology and hematology, dermatology, ophthalmology, pediatric and adult gastroenterology, pediatric hematology/oncology, physical medicine/rehabilitation and pediatric rehab (physiatry), reconstructive plastic surgery, neurointerventional radiology, orthopedic surgery, otolaryngology, sleep medicine, pediatric and adult critical care medicine and more.

Below is the list of all 77 physicians who were recognized...

Long Beach Memorial

Hugh R. Adams
Physical Med/Rehabilitation (Physiatry)

James J. Black  
Plastic Surgery, Cosmetic/Reconstructive

Jonathan B. Blitzer
Hematology/Oncology; Internal Medicine

Fox Morgan Boswell, II

Anthony A. Ciarolla
Hematology/Oncology; Internal Medicine

Barry B. Ceverha
Surgery, Neurological

Eli L. Chang

William Chen

Mario Curti
Hematology; Oncology; Internal Medicine

Philip J. DiSaia
Gynecological Oncology

David A. Drake
Gastroenterology; Internal Medicine

Gary R. Duckwiler          
Neurointerventional Radiology

Fardad Esmailian           
Plastic Surgery, Cosmetic/Reconstructive

Cary E. Feibleman

Jerry Floro
Cardiology; Internal Medicine

Ronald N. Gaster

Edward Glassberg

Diemha T. Hoang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Bryna Kane

Stanley K. Kawanishi
Cardiovascular Disease; Interventional Cardiology

Morton J. Kern
Cardiology; Internal Medicine

Gregory M. Kimura       
Geriatrics; Family Medicine

Peter Richard Kurzweil
Orthopedic Surgery

James D. Leo
Critical Care Medicine; Internal Medicine

Jeffrey Scott Luther
Family Medicine

William J. Lyons
Hematology/Oncology; Geriatric Medicine; Internal Medicine

Carlos E. Martinez

Fernando Mendoza
Cardiology; Internal Medicine

John C. Messenger
Cardiovascular Disease; Internal Medicine

William T. Naftel

Robert A. Nagourney
Oncology, Hematology, Internal Medicine

Marc R. Nuwer

Alessio Pigazzi
Colon & Rectal Surgery; Oncology

J. Sebag

Stephen R. Severance
Gastroenterology; Internal Medicine

Donald N. Schwartz

Alexander G. Stein
Surgery, Thoracic; Surgery, Cardiac

Anantjit Singh
Cardiology; Internal Medicine

Gregory S. Thomas
Cardiology; Internal Medicine

Serge M. Tobias
Cardiovascular Disease; Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology

Grant Wesley Uba
Family Medicine

Omid Vahdat
Cardiology; Internal Medicine

Ann T. Vasile
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Emmanuel C. Vasilomanolakis
Cardiovascular Disease; Internal Medicine

James H. Wells
Plastic Surgery, Cosmetic/Reconstructive

Rodney A. White            
Surgery, Vascular; Surgery, General

Barry J. Zamost
Gastroenterology; Internal Medicine

Daniel M. Zinar
Orthopedic Surgery

Karen A. Zoller
Nephrology, Internal Medicine

Miller Children's Hospital

Dean M. Anselmo         
Surgery, Pediatric

Kimberly K. BeDell
Pediatric Rehabilitation

Farhouch Berdjis           
Cardiology; Pediatrics               

Michael L. Berman
Gynecologic Oncology

Narender N. Bhatia
Obstetrics/Gynecology; Urogynecology

Mario I. Brakin
Endocrinology; Pediatrics

Robert E. Bristow
Gynecologic Oncology

Gary S. Feldman
Sleep Medicine; Pediatrics

Jerry Z. Finklestein
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Paula K. Groncy
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Afshan B. Hameed
Maternal/Fetal Medicine; Obstetrics/Gynecology; Cardiology

Andy Huang
Reproductive Endocrinology; Obstetrics/Gynecology

Veronique H. Jotterand
Ophthalmology, Pediatrics

David C. Lagrew             
Maternal/Fetal Medicine; Obstetrics/Gynecology

Jean L. Lake
Pediatric Neurology

Thomas C. Lee
Ophthalmology, Pediatric

Carol A. Major 
Maternal/Fetal Medicine; Obstetrics/Gynecology

Michael P. Nageotte
Maternal/Fetal Medicine, Obstetrics/Gynecology

Zacharia Reda
Pediatric Critical Care Medicine

Andreas O. Reiff
Rheumatology; Pediatrics

Stephen G. Romansky
Pathology, Pediatric

Gregory F. Rosen
Reproductive Endocrinology; Obstetrics/Gynecology

Bracha Shaham
Rheumatology; Pediatrics

Barry A. Steinmetz
Pediatric Gastroenterology

Krishnansu S. Tewari
Gynecological  Oncology

Deborah Ann Wing
Maternal/Fetal Medicine; Obstetrics/Gynecology

Nina S. Yoshpe
Otolaryngology, Pediatric