2023 Top Doctors in San Diego

More than 100 UC San Diego Health physicians in 50 specialties were named “Top Docs” in the annual San Diego Magazine “Physicians of Exceptional Excellence” survey.

These outstanding physicians were recognized among San Diego County's best doctors by their peers. Congratulations to our 2023 Top Docs!

Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology

Dalia A. Banks, MD, FASE

Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology

Marcus Anthony Urey, MD

Allergy and Immunology

Marc A. Riedl, MD

Anatomic Pathology

Mojgan Hosseini-Varnamkhasti, MD


Hetal Hosalkar, MD

Cardiothoracic Radiology

Elizabeth K. Weihe, MD

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Eugene Golts, MD
Victor Pretorius, MBChB

Cardiovascular Disease

Anna McDivit Mizzell, MD
Pam R. Taub, MD, FACC

Colon and Rectal Surgery

Nicole Lopez, MD
Sonia Ramamoorthy, MD

Complex General Surgical Oncology

Jula Veerapong, MD

Critical Care Medicine

Jess Mandel, MD
Gabriel Wardi, MD, MPH, FACEP

Diagnostic Radiology

Brady K. Huang, MD
Haydee Ojeda-Fournier, MD
Mini Pathria, MD

Emergency Medicine

Theodore Chan, MD, FACEP, FAAEM
Ian Grover, MD
Allyson Kreshak, MD, FACEP, FACMT
Michael Self, MD
Vaishal Tolia, MD, MPH, FACEP

Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

Heather L. Hofflich, DO
Kristen Kulasa, MD

Family Medicine

Caitlin MacMillen, DO
Cassandra Morn, MD
Ariel Portera, DO


Syed M. Fehmi, MD
Wilson Kwong, MD
Thomas John Savides, MD

General Surgery

Sarah L. Blair, MD, FACS
Garth Ross Jacobsen, MD

Geriatric Medicine

Parag Agnihotri, MD
Tessa Antalan, MD
Roopali Gupta, MD
Aireen Gutierrez, MD
Alison Moore, MD, MPH, FACP
Ramin Motarjemi, MD
Ian C. Neel, MD
Khai H. Nguyen, MD, MHS
Anjoulie Pujji, DO
James R. Templeman, MD, MPH

Hematology Oncology

Rana R. McKay, MD
Sandip P. Patel, MD
Rebecca A. Shatsky, MD

Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Toluwalase (Lase) Ajayi, MD


Maryann Ally, MD, MPH, FACP, FHM
Deepak Asudani, MBBS
Talya Bordin-Wosk, MD
Ali Farkhondehpour, MD
Harshal Mehdi, MD, MS, MBA
Pedro Ramos, MD
Meghan Sebasky, MD
Lobna Shahatto, MD
Kenton O. Smitherman, MD

Infectious Disease

Edward R. Cachay, MD
Francesca Torriani, MD

Internal Medicine

Simerjot K. Jassal, MD
Steven Li, MD
Marlene Millen, MD
Ryan J. Moran, MD, MPH

Interventional Cardiology

Mitul Patel, MD

Interventional Radiology and Diagnostic Radiology

Zachary T. Berman, MD

Maternal and Fetal Medicine

Maryam Tarsa, MD

Medical Oncology

Lyudmila A. Bazhenova, MD
Assuntina G. Sacco, MD


Joseph A. Abdelmalek, MD
Tomasz Beben, MD
Tamara Rubenzik, MD
Amber Paratore Sanchez, MD

Neurological Surgery

Thomas L. Beaumont, MD, PhD
Alexander A. Khalessi, MD, MBA
Marc S. Schwartz, MD


Brett C. Meyer, MD
David Piccioni, MD, PhD


Lawrence A. Hansen, MD


Rick A. Friedman, MD, PhD

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Pratibha S. Binder, MD
Ramez N. Eskander, MD
D. Yvette LaCoursiere, MD, MPH
Christine B. Miller, MD
Mariana Ramos-Rivera, MD


Chris W. Heichel, MD
Don Kikkawa, MD
Bobby S. Korn, MD, PhD, FACS

Orthopaedic Sports Medicine

Bryan T. Leek, MD
Catherine M. Robertson, MD

Orthopaedic Surgery

Scott Taber Ball, MD
Alexandra K. Schwartz, MD

Orthopaedic Surgery, Hand Surgery

Reid Allen Abrams, MD


Kevin Thomas Brumund, MD
Joseph A. Califano, III, MD
Charles Coffey, MD
Adam DeConde, MD
Theresa Guo, MD
David B. Hom, MD, FACS
Deborah Watson, MD
Philip Weissbrod, MD
Carol H. Yan, MD

Pain Management

Nathaniel M. Schuster, MD

Pediatric Ophthalmology

Shira L. Robbins, MD

Plastic Surgery

Anne M. Wallace, MD


Emily Troyer, MD

Public Health and General Preventive Medicine

Christine Thorne, MD, MPH

Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine

Bernie Y. Sunwoo, MBBS
Daniel Sweeney, MD

Radiation Oncology

Jona Hattangadi-Gluth, MD
Gina J. Mansy, MD
Jyoti S. Mayadev, MD
Dominique Rash, MD
Ajay Sandhu, MD
Parag Sanghvi, MD, MSPH
Catheryn M. Yashar, MD

Sports Medicine

Suraj A. Achar, MD, FAAFP
David E.J. Bazzo, MD
Amy Leu, DO
Alan Shahtaji, DO
Kenneth S. Taylor, MD

Surgical Oncology

Bryan Clary, MD, FACS
Andrew M. Lowy, MD, FACS

Transplantation Surgery

Gabriel T. Schnickel, MD, MPH

Undersea Medicine

Charlotte Sadler, MD
Peter Witucki, MD


Seth K. Bechis, MD

Vascular and Interventional Radiology

Jeet Minocha, MD
Sean Tutton, MD, FSIR, FCIRSE


UC San Diego Health does not partake in the classification of Top Doc specialties. The list above includes specialty designations as provided by the San Diego County Medical Society.