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Top Doctors 2016

Dane County doctors chose their peers in our biennial guide to the best physicians in the Madison area

Every two years, Madison Magazine puts out a call for Dane County medical doctors and doctors of ostepathic medicine to vote for the area's top doctors in a wide range of medical specialties. The results represent which physicians they'd see or send their loved ones to if they needed care. Physicians designated as Top Doctors in each category are the top three winners that garnered 10 percent or more of votes. In categories that list more than three winners, more than three doctors received the top ten percent of the vote.

Addiction Treatment
Randall Brown
UW Health
Richard Webb
UW Health
Aleksandra Zgierska
UW Health
Michael Miller
Rogers Memorial Hospital

Allergy and Immunology
Reid Olson
Dean
Mark Moss
UW Health
Thomas Puchner
UW Health

Anesthesiology
Tracy Cotter
St. Mary's
Tom Bellehumeur
St. Mary's
Muhammad Itani
St. Mary's

Arthritis and Rheumatology
Julie Hildebrand
Dean
Christie Bartels
UW Health
Kevin McKown
UW Health

Cardiovascular Medicine
John Phelan
Dean
Michael Field
UW Health
James Stein
UW Health

Complementary and Integrative Medicine
David Rakel
UW Health
Adam Rindfleisch
UW Health
Luke Fortney
UnityPoint Health – Meriter (Also practices Family Medicine)

Critical Care Medicine
James I. Couser Jr.
Dean & St. Mary's
John McCartney
UW Health
Charles Weber
UW Health
John Wilson
Dean
Marcus Santana
Dean & St. Mary's
Pierre Kory
UW Health

Dermatology
Robert McDonald
Dean
Jining Wang
Dean
Theresa Behrs
Dean

Emergency Medicine
Kyle Martin
St. Mary's
Joshua Ross
UW Health
Azita Hamedani
UW Health

Endocrinology, Diabetes, Metabolism
Bharat Raman
Dean
Diane Elson
UW Health
Paul Reber
Former Dean Physician

Family Medicine
Danielle Gindlesberger
Dean
David Ringdahl
UW Health
Meetul Shah
Dean
Jacqueline Gerhart
UW Health
Amanda Preimesberger
Dean
James Nettum
Dean

Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Michael Allan
Dean & St. Mary's
William Ehrhardt
Dean & St. Mary's
John Hamilton
Dean & St. Mary's

Geriatric Medicine
Irene Hamrick
UW Health (Also practices Family Medicine)
Steven Barczi
UW Health
Alexis Eastman
UW Health
Gregory Motl
Dean
Amy Kind
UW Health
Kathleen Walsh
UW Health

Hematology
Roy Kim
Dean
Eliot Williams
UW Health
Amit Sanyal
Dean

Hospitalist
Santiago Hernandez
Dean & St. Mary's
Kevin Eichhorn
Dean & St. Mary's
James Lehman
Dean & St. Mary's

Immediate/Urgent Care
Steven Tyska
UW Health
Miguel Gamez
Dean
William Schupp
GHC
Douglas Schall
Dean
Kris Knoepke
GHC
Pamela Heilman
GHC

Infectious Disease
James M. Levin
Dean
Garry Jean-Louis
Dean
Dennis Maki
UW Health

Internal Medicine
Albert Musa
Dean
Orest Kostelyna
Dean
Gina Utrie
Dean

Medical Genetics
Gregory Rice
UW Health
David Wargowski
UW Health
Jessica Scott Schwoerer
UW Health

Neonatology
Paola Fliman
St. Mary's
Samip Kothari
St. Mary's
Marie Weinstein
St. Mary's

Nephrology
Edward Ahrens
St. Mary's
Christoph Eggert
St. Mary's
Laura Maursetter
UW Health
Micah Chan
UW Health
Arjang Djamali
UW Health

Neurology
Michael Frucht
Dean & St. Mary's
Brad Beinlich
UW Health
H. Steven Block
Dean & St. Mary's
David Hsu
UW Health (Pediatric Neurology)
Frederick Edelman
UW Health (Pediatric Neurology)
Mary Dominski
Dean & St. Mary's

Neurosurgery
Jefferey Masciopinto
Dean & St. Mary's
Bermans Iskandar
UW Health
Alan Lozier
Dean & St. Mary's

Obstetrics and Gynecology
Lori Wendricks-House
Dean & St. Mary's
Thomas Littlefield
Dean & St. Mary's
Gary Waters
Dean & St. Mary's

Oncology, Surgical
Clifford Cho
UW Health
Sharon Weber
UW Health
Emily Winslow
UW Health

Oncology, Gynecologic
Laurel Rice
UW Health
David Kushner
UW Health
Lisa Barroilhet
UW Health
Ahmed Al-Niaimi
UW Health

Oncology, Medical
Michael Frontiera
Dean
Howard Bailey
UW Health
Sam Lubner
UW Health

Oncology, Hematological
Roy Kim
Dean
Amit Sanyal
Dean
Natalie Callander
UW Health (Hematology)
James Heun
Dean

Oncology Radiation
Michelle Mackay
Turville Bay MRI & Radiation Oncology Center
Kristin Bradley
UW Health
Michael Bassetti
UW Health
Mark Ritter
UW Health

Ophthalmology
Stephen Boorstein
Davis Duehr Dean
Julia Agapov
Davis Duehr Dean
John Vukich
Davis Duehr Dean
Gregg Heatley
UW Health
Heather Potter
UW Health

Orthopedics and Rehabilitation
James Prosser
Dean & St. Mary's
Jason Sansone
Dean & St. Mary's
Richard Glad
Dean

Otolaryngology
Timothy Shaw
Dean
Justin McNamar
Dean
Gregory Hartig
UW Health

Pain Medicine and Management
Gregory Love
Dean
Thomas Faull
Dean
Cynthia Bender
Dean

Palliative Medicine
Toby Campbell
UW Health
James Cleary
UW Health
Eric Marty
St. Mary's

Pathology
Chen-Kang Chang
St. Mary's
Erik Ranheim
UW Health
Deb Turski
St. Mary's

Pathology, Surgical
Chen-Keng Chang
St. Mary's

Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine
Katherine Moriarty
Dean
Lindsay Geier
UW Health
Amy Buencamino
Associated Physicians
Paula Cody
UW Health

Pediatric Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
Mark Moss
UW Health
Christine Virnig
Dean
James Gern
UW Health

Pediatric Anesthesiology
Ben Walker
UW Health
Tracy Cotter
Dean & St. Mary's
Lianne Stephenson
UW Health
Cari Meyer
UW Health
Maria Fabbrocini
UW Health

Pediatric Cardiovascular Medicine
J. Carter Ralphe
UW Health
Larry Weinhaus
Dean & St. Mary's
Amy Peterson
UW Health
Kathleen Maginot
UW Health
Luke Lamers
UW Health

Pediatric Diabetes and Endocrinology
David Allen
UW Health
Ellen Connor
UW Health
Tracey Bekx
UW Health

Pediatric Gastroenterology
Daniel O'Connell
UW Health
Dorota Walkiewicz
UW Health
Michael Yaffe
Dean
Luther Sigurdsson
UW Health
Istvan Danko
UW Health

Pediatric Genetics
Gregory Rice
UW Health
David Wargowski
UW Health
Jessica Scott Schwoerer
UW Health

Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Carol Diamond
UW Health
Diane Puccetti
UW Health
Margo Hoover-Regan
UW Health
Paul Sondel
UW Health

Pediatric Hospitalist
Dan Sklansky
UW Health
Sabrina Butteris
UW Health
Shannon Dean
UW Health
Ryan Coller
UW Health

Pediatric Otolaryngology
Tony Kille
UW Health
Diane Heatley
UW Health
J Scott McMurray
UW Health

Pediatric Psychiatry
William Taft
UW Health
Julianne Brown
Dean
Bhawani Ballamudi
Dean

Pediatric Pulmonary Disease
Mary Schroth
UW Health
Sima Ramratnam
UW Health
Don Sanders
UW Health

Pediatric Rheumatology
Grant Syverson
UW Health
Anna Huttenlocher
UW Health
Judith Smith
UW Health

Perinatology
Susan Davidson
Dean & St. Mary's
Brian Stafeil
Dean & St. Mary's

Podiatry
David Worth
Dean
Nicholas Streit
Dean
John Finnell
University Podiatry Associates
Colin T. Connell
Dean

Psychiatry
Matt Sager
St. Mary's
David Dowell
Dean
Fred Langheim
Dean
Michael Ishii
Dean
Amy Connell
Dean
Art Walaszek
UW Health
Richard Schramm
Dean

Pulmonary Disease
James I. Couser Jr.
Dean & St. Mary's
Nizar Jarjour
UW Health
James Runo
UW Health
John Wilson
Dean
Richard Cornwell
UW Health

Radiology
Tim Crummy
St. Mary's
Richard Baker
St. Mary's
Daniel Hoefer
St. Mary's
Harold Bennett
St. Mary's

Rehabilitation Medicine
James Leonard
UW Health
Deborah McLeish
UW Health
Cynthia Bender
Dean
Kimberly Arndt
UW Health (Orthopedic Surgery)
Stacey Hall
UW Health (Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine)

Reproductive Endocrinology/Infertility
Daniel Lebovic
UW Health
Christina Broadwell
UW Health
Dan Williams
UW Health
David Olive
Wisconsin Fertility Institute
Elizabeth Pritts
Wisconsin Fertility Institute

Sleep Medicine
Cami Matthews
UW Health (Pediatric Sleep Medicine)
Jacalyn Nelson
Dean & St. Mary's
Mary Klink
UW Health
Ruth Benca
UW Health
Scott Johnson
Dean & St. Mary's

Spine Medicine
Jeffery Masciopinto
Dean & St. Mary's
James Leonard
UW Health
Paul Anderson
UW Health

Sports Medicine
David Gronski
Dean
Brian Reeder
Dean
David Bernhardt
UW Health
Emily Porter
Dean

Stroke Medicine
H. Steven Block
Dean & St. Mary's
Justin Sattin
UW Health
Stephen Block
Dean
E. Luke Bradbury
UW Health
Marcus Chacon
UW Health
Matthew Jensen
UW Health

Surgery, Bariatric
Franklin Bendewald
Dean
Michael Garren
UW Health
Jacob Greenberg
UW Health

Surgery, Cardiothoracic
Vijay Kantemneni
Dean & St. Mary's
Nilto De Oliviera
UW Health
Takushi Kohmoto
UW Health

Surgery, Colon/Rectal
Charles Heise
UW Health
Marie Thomas
Dean & St. Mary's
Tim Crummy
St. Mary's
Richard Baker
St. Mary's
Daniel Hoefer
St. Mary's
Harold Bennett
St. Mary's

Surgery, General
Greg Matzke
Dean
Ronald Wenger
Dean & St. Mary's
Susan Charboneau
Dean & St. Mary's

Surgery, Hand/Microsurgery
Matthew Bliss
Dean & St. Mary's
Matt Boardman
Dean & St. Mary's
Jonathan Tueting
UW Health
Stefan Zachary
UW Health

Surgery, Orthopedic
Jason Sansone
Dean & St. Mary's
Richard Glad
Dean & St. Mary's
James Prosser
Dean & St. Mary's

Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive
Ramzi Shehadi
Dean Aesthetic Surgery Center
Michael Bentz
UW Health
Clifford King
Madison Cosmetic Surgery

Surgery,Thoracic
James Maloney
UW Health
Justin Blasberg
UW Health
Ryan Macke
UW Health

Surgery, Transplantation
Joshua Mezrich
UW Health
Anthony D'Alessandro
UW Health
David Foley
UW Health
Luis Fernandez
UW Health

Surgery, Vascular
David DeAngeles
Dean & St. Mary's
Charles (CW) Acher
UW Health
Margaret (Gretchen) Schwarze
UW Health
Jon Matsumura
UW Health

Trauma
Ann O'Rourke
UW Health
Lee Faucher
UW Health
Suresh (Mitu) Agarwal
UW Health

Travel Medicine
James M. Levin
Dean
Richard Reich
UW Health

Urology
Jennifer Maskel
Dean & St. Mary's
Stephen Nakada
UW Health
Adam Tierney
Dean & St. Mary's 

Service to Community
Patricia Tellez-Giron
UW Health
Madison Magazine's Top Doctors survey asks physicians to nominate a fellow doctor who uses his or her knowledge and expertise to make a significant difference in the health and welfare of Madisonians. This year's Service to Community Award honors Patricia Tellez-Giron.

Service to Profession
Jeffrey Grossman
UW Health
As part of the Top Doctors survey, we ask physicians to nominate a peer for his or her extraordinary work in advancing the practice of medicine. This year's Service to Profession Award honors Jeffrey Grossman. 

Top Doctors Methodology: How We Did It
Frequently asked questions about the Top Doctors selection process

How do you choose the winning doctors?
Madison Magazine does not pick the Top Doctors; Madison-area physicians do. We reached out to medical doctors and doctors of osteopathic medicine (M.D.s and D.O.s) at our local clinics, hospitals and practices and asked them to participate in our online survey. These doctors—and any local doctors who contacted us about the survey—were given access to a secure website where they voted for their peers in 73 medical specialties. The survey was open for a month, and then the results were tallied. Physicians designated as Top Doctors in each specialty category garnered 10 percent or more of votes. In categories where votes were below 10 percent, the top three vote getters were given the designation (or more than three in the case of ties).

Why don't you ask patients to rank the best doctors in Madison?
While the magazine turns to Madisonians to choose winners for its popular Best of Madison survey of restaurants, shops, entertainment, personalities and more each year, we believe the best recommendations for doctors come from within that specific group. Practicing physicians have the most medical knowledge, expertise and perspective from which to judge the qualifications of other doctors.

Are these types of surveys popularity contests?
In a way they are. While we can't control how anyone votes, we trust that the doctors who participate give thoughtful recommendations—as if they were giving a referral to a patient, family member or friend. We hope our readers regard the results as one of many useful tools in choosing a medical professional who is right for them or their families.

Why do you include only M.D.s and D.O.s? Why not nurses, nurse practitioners or other health care providers?
Asking area physicians whom they would choose for medical care for their loved ones has been a reader favorite for nearly two decades. If it ain't broke … That said, we do feature a variety of health care areas throughout the year and are always looking for ways to highlight other professionals. For instance, we partner with WISC–TV on a feature honoring local nurses. Please watch for that project this December.

Do doctors have to advertise in the magazine to be winners?
Absolutely not. Top Doctors is an editorial project independent of the magazine's advertising department. Doctors who choose to advertise in the magazine have no bearing on who ranks on the Top Doctors list; the winners are chosen solely by their peers.

Why isn't my doctor on the list?
There are many talented professionals in Madison who don't make our list. While our Top Doctors vary from year to year, some enjoy strong name recognition or have been working in Madison longer than others and may rank more often. Additionally, some specialty areas employ a larger pool of doctors, and it can be more difficult for such doctors to receive the needed percentage of the votes in a category that meets our threshold for determining the winners.

How do you know the winning doctors are good?
Ultimately the patient-consumer will be the judge. For our part, we ask survey participants to vote for doctors they would also recommend to their friends, family and loved ones. Magazine staff fact-check all doctors to make sure their names, specialties and affiliated health care organization is correct. Furthermore, we run each winning doctor's name through the Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing to ensure every doctor holds a valid license.

For additional questions about the Top Doctors survey, please contact special projects editor Shayna Mace at smace@madisonmagazine.com.


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