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2017 Top Doctors in San Diego

One Place, Many Extraordinary Doctors

UC San Diego Health had over 100 physicians in 45 specialties named “Top Docs” in the annual San Diego Magazine “Physicians of Exceptional Excellence” survey.

These extraordinary doctors were rated among the best in San Diego County by their peers — members of the San Diego County Medical Society.

Congratulations to these UC San Diego Health physicians for being named 2017 Top Docs:


Dalia A. Banks, MD
Ruth S. Waterman, MD

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Victor (Gert) Pretorius, MBChB

Cardiovascular Disease

Eric Adler, MD
Daniel G. Blanchard
Pam R. Taub, MD

Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology

Gregory K. Feld, MD

Colon and Rectal Surgery

Sonia Ramamoorthy, MD

Critical Care Medicine

Kim Kerr, MD

Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics

Martin T. Stein, MD

Diagnostic Radiology

Tudor H. Hughes, MD
Mini Pathria, MD
Dolores H. Pretorius, MD
Cynthia S. Santillan, MD
Claude B. Sirlin, MD

Emergency Medicine

Theodore Chan, MD
Christian M. Sloane, MD
Vaishal Tolia, MD

Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

Heather L. Hofflich, DO
Kristen Kulasa, MD


Syed M. Abbas Fehmi, MD
William J. Sandborn, MD
Thomas John Savides, MD

General Surgery

Joel M. Baumgartner, MD
Jennifer Berumen, MD
Sarah L. Blair, MD
Michael Bouvet, MD
Bryan Clary, MD
Eugene Golts, MD
Alan Hemming, MD
Andrew M. Lowy, MD
Jason Sicklick, MD

Gynecologic Oncology

Michael McHale, MD

Hematology / Medical Oncology

Lyudmila A. Bazhenova, MD
Sandip P. Patel, MD

Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Ami P. Doshi, MD

Infectious Disease

Saima Aslam, MBBS
Robert T. Schooley, MD
Randy Taplitz, MD

Internal Medicine

Lori A. Brown, MD
Eduardo Grunvald, MD
Marlene Millen, MD
Armelia Sani, MD
Irine Vodkin, MD

Interventional Cardiology

Ehtisham Mahmud, MD
Mitul Patel, MD

Medical Oncology

Ezra Cohen, MD
Paul T. Fanta, MD
Barbara A. Parker, MD

Medical Toxicology

Christian A. Tomaszewski, MD


Amber P. Sanchez, MD
Danuta Trzebinska, MD
Benjamin Johnson, MD
Bret Pickering, MD
Julia Beauchamp-Walters, MD
Heather C. Pierce, MD
Laurie B. Stover, MD
Brian S. Williams, MD

Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery

John J. Lamberti, Jr., MD

Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Paul T. Ishimine, MD

Pediatric Infectious Diseases

John S. Bradley, MD

Pediatric Otolaryngology

Matthew T. Brigger, MD

Pediatric Pulmonology

Daniel J. Lesser, MD

Plastic Surgery

Anne Wallace, MD


Vanessa L. Lauzon, MD

Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine

Rebecca E. Sell, MD

Pulmonary Disease

Ni-Cheng Liang, MD

Radiation Oncology

John P. Einck, MD
Jona Hattangadi-Gluth, MD
Gina J. Mansy, MD
Arno J. Mundt, MD
Douglas Rahn, MD
Ajay Sandhu, MD
Parag R. Sanghvi, MD
Daniel R. Simpson, MD
Catheryn Yashar, MD

Sports Medicine

David Emil Joseph Bazzo, MD
Alan Shahtaji, DO
Kenneth Samuel Taylor, MD

Surgery of the Hand

Reid A. Abrams, MD

Thoracic Surgery

Michael M. Madani, MD


Karim Kader, MD, PhD
Christopher J. Kane, MD
Roger Sur, MD

Vascular and Interventional Radiology

Hamed Aryafar, MD
Isabel G. Newton, MD, PhD