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Top Doctors 2007 - The List



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“Physicians of Exceptional Excellence”

THE SAN DIEGO COUNTY MEDICAL SOCIETY (SDCMS), working collaboratively with San Diego Magazine for four years now, has continued and will continue to evolve our process for identifying those board-certified physicians within the county who are held in highest regard by their peers.

Measures of quality in healthcare are complex, varying by user and by intent. San Diego County’s physicians and patients alike understand that no process for identifying our communities’ many “top doctors”——however carefully constructed——will be without its limitations. Our voting process, which has always been and will remain transparent, consists of SDCMS member physicians voting for board-certified doctors who practice within San Diego County and to whom they would refer their patients and family members. Recognizing that physicians often know more about those in other specialties to whom we refer our own patients, SDCMS has evolved our process from allowing physicians to vote only within their specialties to allowing them to vote across specialties. Only one in 20 physicians was peer-selected. Each was then reviewed to confirm his or her board certification, Medical Board of California standing and current practice status.

This year’s process resulted in 408 physicians being honored by their peers. This list, which is by no means complete——some highly competent doctors may be missing from it——should be used carefully as a guide to identifying physicians (recognized through one process and as one factor only) to consider when choosing one for your own needs. The best choice of a physician for a given patient may include patient-specific factors and intangibles that are best discussed with your personal doctor when a referral is needed. Nurses and other healthcare professionals can add insight into selecting a well-respected physician who best suits your individual needs.

None of this should detract, though, from the recognition of those on this list. These individuals have been identified by their peers as physicians to whom they would entrust the care of their own family members and their own patients. Among these honorees, there are 21 who have been recognized by their peers for five years in a row, and 48 for four of the past five years. There is no greater compliment one can receive from one’s colleagues!

All San Diego County physicians, whether SDCMS members or nonmembers, are encouraged to become involved in the “Top Doctors” process and in the larger functions of SDCMS. Our vision at SDCMS is “Physicians United for a Healthy San Diego.”

Congratulations to all of the doctors honored!

ALBERT RAY, M.D.
President
San Diego County Medical Society


Note: Asterisks following a doctor’s name reflect the number of years he or she has been chosen for this list by the SDCMS.



ALLERGY AND IMMUNOLOGY

Seema Sharma Aceves, M.D.
Children’s Specialists of San Diego
3020 Children’s Way, MC 5114
San Diego, CA 92123
858-966-5961

Michael Schatz, M.D.****
Southern California Permanente Medical Group
7060 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92111
619-528-5000

Ronald Simon, M.D.**
Scripps Clinic Medical Group
3811 Valley Centre Drive
San Diego, CA 92130
858-455-9100

Michael J. Welch, M.D.****
Allergy & Asthma Medical Group and Research Center, A.P.C.
9610 Granite Ridge Drive, Suite B
San Diego, CA 92123
858-292-1144

ANESTHESIOLOGY

John E. Arnold, M.D.***
Anesthesia Service Medical Group, Inc.
3626 Ruffin Road
San Diego, CA 92123
858-565-9666

Kris M. Bjornson, M.D.***
Anesthesia Service Medical Group, Inc.
3626 Ruffin Road
San Diego, CA 92123
858-565-9666

Kent Diveley, M.D.****
Anesthesia Service Medical Group, Inc.
3626 Ruffin Road
San Diego, CA 92123
858-565-9666

David W. Dockweiler, M.D.***
Anesthesia Service Medical Group, Inc.
3626 Ruffin Road
San Diego, CA 92123
858-565-9666

John Drummond, M.D.*****
University of California San Diego
3350 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, CA 92161
858-642-3062

Thomas R. Farrell, M.D.****
Anesthesia Service Medical Group, Inc.
3626 Ruffin Road
San Diego, CA 92123
858-565-9666

Michael A. Flynn, M.D.
Specializing in Pediatric Anesthesia
Rady Children’s Hospital
3626 Ruffin Road
San Diego, CA 92123
858-565-9666

Bradley D. Foltz, M.D.***
Anesthesia Service Medical Group, Inc.
3626 Ruffin Road
San Diego, CA 92123
858-565-9666

David D. Frankville, M.D.**
Anesthesia Service Medical Group, Inc.
3626 Ruffin Road
San Diego, CA 92123
858-565-9666

Brandon C. Giap, M.D.
Anesthesia Service Medical Group, Inc.
3626 Ruffin Road
San Diego, CA 92123
858-565-9666

Kathleen M. Kaya, M.D.
Anesthesia Service Medical Group, Inc.
3626 Ruffin Road
San Diego, CA 92123
858-565-9666

Jason Philip Lujan, M.D.
Anesthesia Service Medical Group, Inc.
3626 Ruffin Road
San Diego, CA 92123
858-565-9666

Michael C. Martin, M.D.**
Anesthesia Service Medical Group, Inc.
3626 Ruffin Road
San Diego, CA 92123
858-565-9666

Lars R. Newsome, M.D.***
Anesthesia Service Medical Group, Inc.
3626 Ruffin Road
San Diego, CA 92123
858-565-9666

Paul J. Ponganis, M.D.**
Anesthesia Service Medical Group, Inc.
3626 Ruffin Road
San Diego, CA 92123
858-565-9666

Peter O. Raudaskoski, M.D.***
Anesthesia Service Medical Group, Inc.
3626 Ruffin Road
San Diego, CA 92123
858-565-9666

Alexander Rodarte, M.D.****
Anesthesia Service Medical Group, Inc.
3626 Ruffin Road
San Diego, CA 92123
858-565-9666

Caron A. Selati, M.D.
Anesthesia Service Medical Group, Inc.
3626 Ruffin Road
San Diego, CA 92123
858-565-9666

Richard J. Unger, M.D.
Anesthesia Service Medical Group, Inc.
3626 Ruffin Road
San Diego, CA 92123
858-565-9666

Lei Wang, M.D.
Anesthesia Service Medical Group, Inc.
3626 Ruffin Road
San Diego, CA 92123
858-565-9666

Roger C. Zeman, M.D.***
Anesthesia Service Medical Group, Inc.
3626 Ruffin Road
San Diego, CA 92123
858-565-9666

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