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Issue Date: March 2007


Top Docs The List

Our region’s hospitals see more than 9 million patients every year. People travel from throughout the world to visit our doctors. And many of our hospitals — including Cleveland Clinic (No. 3 overall; No. 1 in heart and heart surgery), University Hospitals (ranked in 13 specialties; No. 4 in pediatrics for Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital), Summa Health System (ranked in seven specialties; No. 21 for respiratory disorders) and MetroHealth Medical Center (ranked No. 30 for respiratory disorders) — made this year’s U.S. News & World Report list of the top health-care institutions.
This list is excerpted from The Best Doctors in America 2006 database, which includes approximately 35,000 doctors in more than 40 medical specialties.  
 
The Best Doctors survey asks physicians: “If you or a loved one needed a doctor in your specialty, to whom would you refer them?” The responses form the basis of the Best Doctors’ global database. This process takes place biennially, by physicians included in the Best Doctors database. Specialists complete ballots on other doctors in their own and in related specialties. During this nine- to 12-month period, doctors may also nominate and provide information on other physicians who they think should be considered in the peer review process.
 
Doctors who are included as a result of the peer review are sent surveys, which ask very specific questions about their practices. The database is constantly updated by the data from these surveys and by contacts to and from the Best Doctors physicians.
 
Best Doctors does not pay physicians to be in the database. Conversely, a doctor cannot pay to be part of the database. The only way a physician can be listed in the database is to receive a high enough overall score through the peer review polling process.
 
Best Doctors Inc., has used its best efforts in assembling material for this list but does not warrant that the information contained herein is complete or accurate, and does not assume, and hereby disclaims, any liability to any person for any loss or damage caused by errors or omissions herein whether such errors or omissions result from negligence, accident, or any other cause.

“Best Doctors,” “The Best Doctors in America” and the Best Doctors logo are registered trademarks of Best Doctors Inc., and are used under license.
 
List copyright 2005 by Best Doctors, Inc. All rights reserved. This list, or parts thereof, must not be reproduced in any form without permission. No commercial use of the information in this list may be made without permission of Best Doctors, Inc. No fees may be charged, directly or indirectly, for the use of the information in this list without permission.
 
The Best Doctors in America database is compiled and maintained by Best Doctors Inc. For more information, visit www.bestdoctors.com, or contact Best Doctors by telephone 1-800-675-1199 or e-mail at research@bestdoctors.com. Please note that lists of doctors are not available on the Best Doctors Web site.

Men who spend hours on their cell phones could end up paying for their calls at the sperm bank. A preliminary study conducted by Dr. Ashok Agarwal, director of the Cleveland Clinic’s Reproductive Research Center and director of the andrology lab, asked 361 men who visited the Clinic for infertility studies how long they used their cell phones per day.
 
Those who spent four or more hours per day on the line showed 25 percent to 40 percent lower semen quality, judged by sperm measurements such as count, viability, shape and mobility. This study, which was not a controlled experiment, shows a relationship between cell phone use and sperm health that will be further researched, he says. “The findings are in line with the harmful effects of electromagnetic waves on the human body.” 

If you need help — whether you have migraines, require an ankle replacement or just desire advice on better parenting — you’re in the right place.

Our region’s hospitals see more than 9 million patients every year. People travel from throughout the world to visit our doctors. And many of our hospitals — including Cleveland Clinic (No. 3 overall; No. 1 in heart and heart surgery), University Hospitals (ranked in 13 specialties; No. 4 in pediatrics for Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital), Summa Health System (ranked in seven specialties; No. 21 for respiratory disorders) and MetroHealth Medical Center (ranked No. 30 for respiratory disorders) — made this year’s U.S. News & World Report list of the top health-care institutions.

Keep reading and you’ll find the region’s 580 top physicians in more than 38 specialities, all of them chosen by their peers and selected by Best Doctors Inc. You’ll also find stories about 21 top doctors who have made breakthroughs or advances in their fields.

With the more than $500 million annually dedicated to local research and development of new medicines, products and ways of caring for patients, our doctors are making us, and the rest of the world, feel healthier, safer and, well ... better.
 
The Hospitals

Please refer to the following addresses when none is listed for these institutions.

Cleveland Clinic is located at 9500 Euclid Ave., Cleveland.

University Hospitals Case Medical Center is located at 11100 Euclid Ave., Cleveland.

MetroHealth Medical Center is located at 2500 MetroHealth Drive, Cleveland. 

Text denotes doctor specialties or conditions under which the doctor is accepting new patients.
†  Affiliated with Summa Health System
‡ Affiliated with MetroHealth  Medical Center
§ Affiliated with University Hospitals 

Addiction Medicine

Gregory B. Collins
Cleveland Clinic
Department of Psychiatry and Psychology
(216) 444-2970

Theodore V. Parran
St. Vincent Charity Hospital
Department of Addiction Medicine
Rosary Hall
2351 E. 22nd St., Cleveland
(216) 363-2580

Alergy and Immnology
Melvin Berger
Pediatric allergy and immunology
University Hospitals of Cleveland, Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital
Division of Allergy and Immunology
(216) 844-7700

David M. Lang
Cleveland Clinic
Department of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine
(216) 444-6933

Alton Lee Melton Jr.
Cleveland Clinic
Section of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology
216) 444-6817

Anestheslology

Walter G. Maurer
Cleveland Clinic
Department of General Anesthesiology
(216) 444-1192

Howard S. Nearman
University Hospitals Case Medical Center
Department of Anesthesiology
(216) 844-7330

Julie J. Niezgoda
Cleveland Clinic
Department of Pediatric Anesthesia
(216) 444-0278

Michael F. Roizen
Cleveland Clinic
Department of General Anesthesiology
(216) 444-2595

James R. Rowbottom
University Hospitals Case Medical Center
Department of Anesthesiology
(216) 844-7334

Paul A. Tripi
University Hospitals of Cleveland, Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital
Division of Pediatric Anesthesiology
(216) 844-7340

Cardiovascular Medicine
John R. Bartholomew
Cleveland Clinic
Department of Cardiovascular Medicine
(216) 444-0825

Deepak L. Bhatt
Cleveland Clinic
Department of Cardiovascular Medicine
(216) 445-4042

Manuel D. Cerqueira
Cleveland Clinic
Department of Nuclear Medicine
(216) 444-2665

Mina K. Chung
Cleveland Clinic
Department of Cardiovascular Medicine
(216) 444-2290

Michael J. Cunningham
University Hospitals Euclid Health Center
Heart & Vascular Institute
18599 Lake Shore Blvd., Suite 108, Euclid
(216) 383-6060

Stephen G. Ellis
Cleveland Clinic
Department of Cardiovascular Medicine
(216) 444-6712

Michel George Farah
University Hospitals Case Medical Center
Heart & Vascular Institute
(216) 844-3800

Gary S. Francis
Cleveland Clinic
Department of Cardiovascular Medicine
(216) 444-3410

Brian P. Griffin
Cleveland Clinic
Department of Cardiovascular Medicine
(216) 444-6812

Richard A. Grimm
Cleveland Clinic
Department of Cardiovascular Medicine
(216) 445-4636

Donald F. Hammer
Cleveland Clinic
Department of Cardiovascular Medicine
(216) 444-5683

Fredrick A. Heupler Jr.
Cleveland Clinic
Department of Cardiovascular Medicine
(216) 444-6731

Robert E. Hobbs
Cleveland Clinic
Department of Cardiovascular Medicine
(216) 444-6936

Richard A. Josephson†
Akron Cardiology Consultants Inc., a division of Northeast Ohio Cardiovascular Specialties (NEOCS)
95 Arch St., Suite 300, Akron
(330) 253-8195

Samir R. Kapadia
Cleveland Clinic
Department of Cardiovascular Medicine
(216) 444-6735

Philip Harwood Keyser†
The Heart Group
3963 Loomis Pkwy., Ravenna
(330) 297-6110

Harry M. Lever
Cleveland Clinic
Department of Cardiovascular Medicine
(216) 444-6970

A. Michael Lincoff
Cleveland Clinic
Department of Cardiovascular Medicine
(216) 445-2367

Andrea Natale
Cleveland Clinic
Department of Cardiovasular Medicine
(216) 444-4293

Steven E. Nissen
Cleveland Clinic
Department of Cardiovascular Medicine
(216) 445-6852

Charles D. O’Shaughnessy
North Ohio Heart Center
125 E. Broad St., Room 305, Elyria
(440) 326-4120

Ileana Pina
University Hospitals Case Medical Center
Heart & Vascular Institute
(216) 844-2500

Russell E. Raymond
Cleveland Clinic
Department of Cardiovascular Medicine
(216) 444-0207

William F. Ruschhaupt III
Cleveland Clinic
Department of Cardiovascular Medicine
(216) 444-5706

Kenneth E. Shafer
Cleveland Clinic Wooster
Department of Cardiology
721 E. Milltown Road, Wooster
(330) 287-4550

Bruce S. Stambler
University Hospitals Case Medical Center
Heart & Vascular Institute
(216) 844-3800

Randall C. Starling
Cleveland Clinic
Department of Cardiovascular Medicine
(216) 444-2268

William J. Stewart
Cleveland Clinic
Department of Cardiovascular Medicine
(216) 444-5923

David O. Taylor
Cleveland Clinic
Department of Cardiovascular Medicine
(216) 444-2492

Patrick J. Tchou
Cleveland Clinic
Department of Cardiovascular Medicine
(216) 444-6792

James D. Thomas
Cleveland Clinic
Department of Cardiovascular Medicine
(216) 445-6312

E. Murat Tuzcu
Cleveland Clinic
Department of Cardiovascular Medicine
(216) 444-8130

Donald A. Underwood
Cleveland Clinic
Department of Cardiovascular Medicine
(216) 444-6475

Albert L. Waldo
University Hospitals Case Medical Center
Heart & Vascular Institute
(216) 844-7690

Patrick L. Whitlow
Cleveland Clinic
Department of Cardiovascular Medicine
(216) 444-1746

Bruce L. Wilkoff
Cleveland Clinic
Department of Cardiovascular Medicine
(216) 444-4975

James B. Young
Cleveland Clinic
Department of Cardiovascular Medicine
(216) 444-2270


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