More Than 80 Physicians from Long Beach Memorial & Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach Recognized by Leading Report

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Long Beach Memorial and Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach announced today that 81 of its physicians have been recognized among the best in their fields by the 2015 Southern California Super Doctors report.

The 2015 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.

“Each year, we see more of our physicians recognized for their excellent quality of work and the compassionate care they show to our patients,” says Divya Joshi, M.D., MMM, chief medical officer, Miller Children’s. “It is wonderful to know that every child entering our doors will be so excellently taken care of, and to witness the growth of new programs aimed at managing complex conditions.”

Since 2012, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center has seen year-to-year growth every year in the amount of physicians recognized by Super Doctors. The list has grown by more than 50% during this timeframe.

When 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 29 physicians achieve this status. Four physicians are making their first appearance on the list in 2015.

“The physicians we recruit are not motivated by public recognition, but driven by their dedication to our patients, their families and the community they serve,” says Susan Melvin, D.O., chief medical officer, Long Beach Memorial. “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. On behalf of my colleagues, I can say we are all proud to work alongside so many awarded physicians.”

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, reproductive endocrinology, pediatric and adult critical care medicine and more.

Below is a list of the physicians that were recognized:

Long Beach Memorial

Hugh R. Adams
Physical Med/Rehabilitation (Physiatry)

Richy Agajanian
Oncology; Hematology; Internal Medicine

Fernando H. Austin
Gatroenterology

Michael L. Berman
Gynecologic Oncology

Narender N. Bhatia
Obstetrics/Gynecology; Urogynecology

James J. Black
Plastic Surgery, Cosmetic/Reconstructive

Jonathan B. Blitzer
Hematology/Oncology; Internal Medicine

Fox Morgan Boswell, II
Ophthalmology

Robert E. Bristow
Gynecologic Oncology

Joseph C. Carmichael
Colon & Rectal Surgery; Surgery, General

Barry B. Ceverha
Surgery, Neurological

Eli L. Chang
Ophthalmology

William Chen
Ophthalmology

Mario Curti
Hematology; Oncology; Internal Medicine

Philip J. DiSaia
Gynecological Oncology

David A. Drake
Gastroenterology; Internal Medicine

Gary R. Duckwiler
Neurointerventional Radiology

Farbod Esmailian
Plastic Surgery, Cosmetic/Reconstructive

Cary E. Feibleman
Dermatology

Jerry Floro
Cardiology; Internal Medicine

Ronald N. Gaster
Ophthalmology

Edward Glassberg 
Dermatology

Diemha T. Hoang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Keith A. Hurvitz
Plastic Surgery; Otolaryngology

Bryna Kane
Dermatology

Stanley K. Kawanishi
Cardiovascular Disease; Interventional Cardiology; Internal Medicine

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
Ophthalmology

Fernando Mendoza
Cardiology; Internal Medicine

William T. Naftel
Urology

Robert A. Nagourney
Oncology, Hematology, Internal Medicine

Marc R. Nuwer
Neurology

Alessio Pigazzi
Colon & Rectal Surgery; Oncology

Jerry Sebag
Ophthalmology

Stephen R. Severance
Gastroenterology; Internal Medicine

Donald N. Schwartz
Ophthalmology

Alexander G. Stein
Surgery, Thoracic; Surgery, Cardiac

Anantjit Singh
Cardiology; Internal Medicine

N. Simon Tchekmedyian
Hematology/Oncology; Internal Medicine

Krishnansu S. Tewari
Gynecological  Oncology

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

Rodney A. White
Surgery, Vascular; Surgery, General

Rex J. Winters
Cardiology

Diana K. Yao
Gastroenterology; Internal Medicine

Barry J. Zamost
Gastroenterology; Internal Medicine

Daniel M. Zinar
Orthopedic Surgery

Karen A. Zoller
Nephrology, Internal Medicine

Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach

Dean M. Anselmo
Surgery, Pediatric

Kimberly K. BeDell
Pediatric Rehabilitation

Farhouch Berdjis
Cardiology; Pediatrics

Mario I. Brakin
Endocrinology; Pediatrics

Audra A. Deveikis
Infectious Disease; Pediatrics

Gary S. Feldman
Sleep Medicine; Pediatrics

Paula K. Groncy
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Andy Huang
Reproductive Endocrinology; Obstetrics/Gynecology

Veronique H. Jotterand
Ophthalmology, Pediatrics

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

Jean L. Lake
Pediatric Neurology

Monica P. Leff
Obstetrics/Gynecology

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

Deborah Ann Wing
Maternal/Fetal Medicine; Obstetrics/Gynecology

Bill Yee
Reproductive Endocrinology; Obstetrics/Gynecology

Nina S. Yoshpe
Otolaryngology, Pediatric