Children’s National Physicians Named “Top Doctors” By Northern Virginia Magazine February 01, 2017

Washington, DC – Northern Virginia Magazine has named 64 Children’s National Health System physicians to its 2017 list of “Top Doctors.” These elite physicians represent a wide array of specialties within Children’s National, including nationally ranked programs such as Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery, Endocrinology, Hematology/Oncology, Neurology and Neurosurgery, Neonatology, Orthopaedics and Urology. Twelve of these physicians also practice at several Northern Virginia locations through Pediatric Specialists of Virginia (PSV).

“I’m proud to see so many of our physicians recognized for their commitment to excellence and provision of exceptional care,” says Kurt Newman, MD, President and CEO of Children’s National. “This acknowledgement affirms our physicians’ high level of expertise and their dedication to helping children grow up stronger – in Northern Virginia, across the region, and beyond.”

Nominations for Northern Virginia Magazine’s list of “Top Doctors” are generated by a peer survey and panels from eight local hospitals. Each panel nominated the doctors based on internal evaluations, patient reviews, patient access, training and quality of records.

Offering more than 50 pediatric specialty care programs and departments, our specialists provide care at Children’s National Sheikh Zayed Campus for Advanced Children’s Medicine and as part of PSV across Northern Virginia, as well as a number of other locations throughout the region. Children’s National is the only health system in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area dedicated exclusively to pediatric care and is one of only four pediatric hospitals in the country to have been ranked in the top 20 in every specialty evaluated by U.S. News & World Report. It also is designated a Leapfrog Group 2016 Top Hospital, the only children’s hospital in the Northeastern United States to be named to this prestigious list, and is a two-time recipient of Magnet® status. 

Children’s National Specialists Recognized as “Top Doctors”

Charles Berul, MDMarc DiFazio, MD
Mary Donofrio, MDBennett Lavenstein, MD*
Ashraf Harahsheh, MDWilliam McClintock, MD*
Thomas Hougen, MDRoger Packer, MD
David Schidlow, MD
David Wessel, MDNeurosurgery
John Myseros, MD
Cardiovascular Surgery
Richard Jonas, MDOphthalmology
William Madigan Jr., MD
DermatologyJonathan Taylormoore, MD
Scott Norton, MD, MPH, MSc
Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine
EndocrinologyJeffrey Hanway, MD*
Fran Cogen, MD, CDEEmily Hattwick, MD*
Rinku Mehra, MD*Matthew Oetgen, MD
Priya Vaidyanathan, MD
Fetal MedicineDiego Preciado, MD, PhD
Dorothy Bulas, MDRahul Shah, MD, MBA
Adré du Plessis, MBChB, MPHGeorge Zalzal, MD
Catherine Chao, MD*Denice Cora-Bramble, MD, MBA
Lynn Duffy, MD*Lawrence D’Angelo, MD, MPH
Muhammad Khan, MD*Eduardo R. Fox, MD
Jaime Wolfe, MD*Allison Markowsky, MD (Hospitalist)
Mark Weissman, MD
Jeffrey Dome, MD, PhDPediatric Surgery
Jay Greenberg, MDRandall Burd, MD, PhD
Christopher Lawlor, MD*Timothy Kane, MD
Carly Varela, MD*Anthony Sandler, MD
Hospice and Palliative MedicinePhysical Medicine and Rehabilitation
David Steinhorn, MDSarah (Sally) Evans, MD
Infectious DiseasePulmonology
Roberta DeBiasi, MD, MSAnastassios Koumbourlis, MD, MPH
Barbara Jantausch, MDGustavo Nino Barrera, MD
Bernhard Wiedermann, MD, MA
NeonatologyBita Arabshahi, MD*
Ashraf Afifi, MDLawrence Jung, MD
Joshua Attridge, MD
John Galiote, MDUrology
An Massaro, MDM. David Gibbons, MD
Billie Lou Short, MDHans Pohl, MD
Brian Stone, MD, MBAH. Gil Rushton, MD
NephrologyVascular and Interventional Radiology
Lisa Guay-Woodford, MDKarun Sharma, MD
Asha Moudgil, MD
Shamir Tuchman, MD

*Designates physicians who also practice at Pediatric Specialists of Virginia (PSV).

Contact: Rebecca Porterfield at 301-244-6737.

About Children’s National Health System

Children’s National Health System, based in Washington, DC, has been serving the nation’s children since 1870. Children’s National is ranked in the top 20 in every specialty evaluated by U.S. News & World Report; one of only four children’s hospitals in the nation to earn this distinction. Designated a Leapfrog Group Top Hospital and a two-time recipient of Magnet® status, this pediatric academic health system offers expert care through a convenient, community-based primary care network and specialty outpatient centers. Home to the Children’s Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children’s National is one of the nation’s top NIH-funded pediatric institutions. Children’s National is recognized for its expertise and innovation in pediatric care and as a strong voice for children through advocacy at the local, regional and national levels. For more information, visit, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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