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  Children's National Medical Center Specialists Named "Best Doctors" by Northern Virginia Magazine
January 28, 2009


Washington, DC—Sixty-six doctors from Children’s National Medical Center were honored as the region’s "Best Doctors" in the February 2009 issue of Northern Virginia magazine. Children’s National is the only medical center in the greater metropolitan area dedicated exclusively to pediatric care. Through the Children's National Medical Center - Sheikh Zayed Campus for Advanced Children's Medicine, primary care clinics, and seven outpatient centers located across the region, Children’s National offers more than 50 pediatric specialty care programs and departments.

Northern Virginia Magazine - Best Docs 2009According to Northern Virginia magazine, to determine the "Best Doctors in America®," surveyors conduct continuous peer-to-peer inquiries, asking physicians to nominate specialists they consider most qualified for reviewing and treating complex medical conditions. The survey ensures impartial results through anonymous and confidential polling and balloting. Furthermore, no doctors are paid to be included in the database, and the Best Doctors Inc.® surveyors do not pay doctors to participate in the polling survey.

"The ranking of our physicians through this survey indicates that Children’s National specialists are highly regarded by their peers in the community," said Edwin K. Zechman, President and CEO, Children’s National Medical Center. "The vast majority of pediatric specialists included in the Northern Virginia magazine ranking work with Children’s National, making Children’s the largest pediatric specialty presence in the region. Hundreds of Children’s National specialists are available in Virginia and across the greater region through our outpatient centers to ensure that families have access to our pediatric specialists close to home."

Children’s National Medical Center Specialists Named “Best Doctors”
Adolescent Medicine
Kathy A. Woodward

R. Michael Sly

Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
Julia C. Finkel
Raafat S. Hannallah
Willis A. McGill
Ramesh I. Patel
Susan T. Verghese
Leila G. Welborn

Cardiac Surgery
Richard A. Jonas

John T. Berger III
Mary T. Donofrio
Rae-Ellen Kavey
Gerard R. Martin
Jeffrey P. Moak
Roger N. Ruckman
Craig A. Sable
Michael C. Slack
David Wessel

Critical Care Medicine
John T. Berger III
Heidi J. Dalton
David C. Stockwell
David Wessel

Diagnostic Imaging and Radiology
Massoud Majd
Bruce Markle
Raymond Sze

Ear, Nose, and Throat (Otolaryngology)
Sukgi S. Choi
George H. Zalzal

Endocrinology and Diabetes
Fran R. Cogen

Epilepsy and Neurophysiology
Joan A. Conry
William D. Gaillard
Robert Leshner

Benny Kerzner
John Snyder

Genetics and Metabolism
Mendel Tuchman

Gynecology (Pediatric and Adolescent)
Veronica Gomez-Lobo

Hematology and Oncology
Anne Angiolillo
Max J. Coppes
Jay Greenberg
Marianna Horn
Naomi L.C. Luban
Eva Perdahl-Wallace
Gregory H. Reaman
Nita L. Seibel

Infectious Disease
Nalini Singh
Bernhard L. Wiedermann

Stephen Baumgart
Khodayar Rais-Bahrami
Billie Lou Short

Roger J. Packer

General Neurology
Mark L. Batshaw
Bennett Lavenstein
Phillip L. Pearl
Samuel A. Shelburne

Orthopaedic Surgery
Laurel Blakemore
Kenneth M. Fine
Robert M. Henshaw
Laura L. Tosi

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Michael J. Boyajian

Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine
Glenna B. Winnie

Surgery (General and Thoracic)
Philip C. Guzzetta, Jr.
David M. Powell
Anthony D. Sandler

A. Barry Belman
M. David Gibbons
Hans G. Pohl
H. Gil Rushton

Contact Paula Darte/Emily Dammeyer at 202-476-4500.

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Children's National Medical Center, located in Washington, DC, is a proven leader in the development of innovative new treatments for childhood illness and injury. Children’s National has been serving the nation's children for more than 135 years. Children’s National is proudly ranked among the best pediatric hospitals in America by US News & World Report and the Leapfrog Group. For more information, visit