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We’re Home to 50+ of Washingtonian Magazine’s Top Doctors

September 01, 2015

Washington, DC – Washingtonian Magazine has named 54 physicians at Children’s National Health System to their list of 2015 “Top Doctors.” These recognized providers represent a number of specialties within Children’s National including nationally ranked programs such as Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery, Endocrinology, Hematology/Oncology, Neurology, Orthopedics, Urology, and Surgery. Seven physicians also practice at several Northern Virginia locations through Pediatric Specialists of Virginia (PSV).

“I’m pleased to see so many of our Children’s National and PSV doctors recognized for excellence in their fields,” said Kurt Newman, MD, President and CEO of Children’s National. “Importantly, this recognition helps families know that they are entrusting the care of their children to the region’s most respected and committed pediatric physicians.”

Washingtonian’s “Top Doctors” is a listing of the Washington, DC, region’s best doctors nominated by nearly 12,000 other physicians in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia. The following Children’s National and PSV physicians join this year’s list of 1,900 area doctors representing 39 specialties:

Children's National Health System Specialists Named "Top Doctors"

Cardiology Nephrology
Jeffrey Becker, MDKanwal Kher, MD, MBA
Charles Berul, MD
Mary Donofrio, MDNeurology 
Thomas Hougen, MDMarc DiFazio, MD 
Joshua Kanter, MDBennett Lavenstein, MD* 
Gerard Martin, MDWilliam McClintock, MD* 
Kanishka Ratnayaka, MDRoger Packer, MD 
Craig Sable, MD
Cardiac SurgeryNeurosurgery 
Richard Jonas, MDRobert Keating, MD 
 John Myseros, MD 
Scott Norton, MD, MPH, MSc Ophthalmology 
 Mohamad Jaafar, MD 
Fran Cogen, MD, CDE Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine 
 Jeffrey Hanway, MD* 
Gastroenterology/Hepatology Emily Hattwick, MD* (noted as hand surgery) 
Ali Bader, MDBenjamin Martin, MD* 
Laurie Conklin, MD Matthew Oetgen, MD 
Benny Kerzner, MD Laura Tosi, MD 
Parvathi Mohan, MD  
John Snyder, MD Otolaryngology 
Lynn Duffy, MD 
 Diego Preciado, MD, PhD 
General and Community Pediatrics Rahul Shah, MD
Dinea DeSouza, MD George Zalzal, MD 
Ellen Hamburger, MD  
Ellen O'Brien, MD Physical Rehabilitation Medicine 
Edward Sepe, MD Justin Burton, MD
 Sarah Evans, MD 
Jeffrey Dome, MD, PhD Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery  
Michael Guerrera, MD Michael Boyajian, MD 
Jay Greenberg, MD  
Christopher Lawlor, MD* Radiology 
Carly Varela, MD* Karun Sharma, MD 
Infectious Disease Surgery 
Roberta DeBiasi, MD, MS A. Alfred Chahine, MD 
Barbara Jantausch, MD Louis Marmon, MD, PhD 
Bernhard Wiedermann, MD Anthony Sandler, MD 
 M. David Gibbons, MD 
 Hans Pohl, MD 
 H. Gil Rushton, MD 
  *Denotes physician is also with Pediatric Specialists of Virginia

Children’s National is the only health system in the Washington, DC metropolitan area dedicated exclusively to pediatric care. Through the Children's National Sheikh Zayed Campus for Advanced Children's Medicine, primary care clinics, and seven outpatient centers located across the region, Children’s offers more than 50 pediatric specialty care programs and departments.

Contact: Emily Hartman or Caitlyn Camacho at 202-476-4500.


About Children's National Health System

Children’s National Health System, based in Washington, D.C., has served the nation’s children since 1870. Children’s National is one of the nation’s Top 5 pediatric hospitals and, for a second straight year, is ranked No. 1 in newborn care, as well as ranked in all specialties evaluated by U.S. News & World Report. It has been designated two times as a Magnet® hospital, a designation given to hospitals that demonstrate the highest standards of nursing and patient care delivery. This pediatric academic health system offers expert care through a convenient, community-based primary care network and specialty outpatient centers in the D.C. Metropolitan area, including the Maryland suburbs and Northern Virginia. Home to the Children’s Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children’s National is the seventh-highest NIH-funded pediatric institution in the nation. 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. 

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