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Scripps AMG Physicians Named ‘Top Docs’ in 2018 Survey

Congratulations to physicians named “2018 – Top Doctors” in the annual San Diego Magazine “Physicians of Exceptional Excellence” survey!

Over 100 of our doctors have been recognized, many of whom have made the list several times before.



Lars Newsome, MD

Cardiothoracic Surgery

James Hemp, MD

Cardiovascular Disease

Roy Takai Avalos, MD
John Randolph Backman, MD, FACC, FACP, FACSM
Maurice Buchbinder, MD
Raghava Rao Gollapudi, MD
Eric Anson Hong, MD
Bruce John Kimura, MD
Patrick Martin McGinty, MD
Damian R Rasch, DO

Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology

Ali Reza Hamzei, MD

Critical Care Medicine

Julian Lichter, MD


Vishakha Vora Gigler, MD
Judith Koperski, MD
Alice Liu, MD
Sherry Rotunda, MD
Robert Scheinberg, MD
Susan Shimomaye, MD

Diagnostic Radiology

John Oliver Johnson, MD
Eric Keith Lizerbram, MD

Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

Daniel Einhorn, MD
Paul Speckart, MD


Robert Goldklang, MD
Edward Cruz Paredez, MD

General Surgery

Adam Fierer, MD
Paul Hyde, MD
Pamela Lynne Kurtzhals, MD
Cheryl Olson, MD
Mark Sherman, MD

Geriatric Medicine

Majid Shahbaz, MD

Gynecologic Oncology

Afshin Bahador, MD
Bridgette D Duggan, MD

Internal Medicine

Karen Jamison, MD
Venugopal Prabaker, MD
Howard Williams, MD

Interventional Cardiology

Martin L. Charlat, MD, FRCP, FACC
Jan Kulhanek, MD
Vimal I. Nanavati, MD, FACC, FSCAI

Medical Oncology

Jennifer M Fisher, MD
Steven Edward Kossman, MD
Marilyn Sandra Norton, MD
Charles Redfern, MD


Joel Justin Baranski, MD

Neurological Surgery

Donald John Blaskiewicz, MD
Scott Patrick Leary, MD
Vikram Udani, MD


Monali Sarjan Patel, MD
Ian Purcell, MD


Ritvik Prakash Mehta, MD

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Wendy Buchi, MD
Kim Bui, MD
Valerie Gafori, MD
Laurie Greenberg, MD
Heather Gunnarson, MD
Keerti Gurushanthaiah, MD
Amita Jain, MD
Lauren Robertson, MD


Michelle Balow Crosby, MD, PhD
Atul Kumar Jain, MD
Arash Mozayan, MD

Orthopaedic Surgery

Christopher Behr, MD
David Fabi, MD
Franz Kopp, MD
Jeremy B McCandless, MD
Ralph Rynning, MD
Scott Davis Shoemaker, MD
Scott Kiyoshi Tanaka, MD

Orthopaedic Surgery of the Spine

Larry Dodge, MD
Maneesh Bawa, MD


Hernan Goldsztein, MD
Perry Mansfield, MD
Michael J O’Leary, MD
Brian Weeks, MD

Pain Medicine

Kevin Todd Toliver, MD

Pediatric Dermatology

Bari B. Cunningham, MD


Stephen Carson, MD
Angelo Michael Del Re, MD
Shakha Gillin, MD
Tami Nakahara, MD
Lori Beth Taylor, MD
Robert Warner, MD
Christine Wood, MD

Plastic Surgery

Srinivas S Iyengar, MD
Jason Daniel Toranto, MD

Pulmonary Disease

Scott Eisman, MD
Samir S Makani, MD

Radiation Oncology

Reza Shirazi, MD

Reproductive Endocrinology/Infertility

Sandy Shuai-Ju Chuan, MD
Brooke Erin Friedman, MD

Sports Medicine

Lee Ralph, MD

Surgery of the Hand

Richard Brown, MD


Carol Salem, MD

Vascular Surgery

John Michael Doemeny, MD



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