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San Diego's Top Doctors 2008 - The List

Physicians of Exceptional Excellence



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THE SAN DIEGO COUNTY MEDICAL SOCIETY (SDCMS), working collaboratively with San Diego Magazine, 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 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, is the following: SDCMS member physicians vote for those board-certified doctors who practice within San Diego County 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 patients, SDCMS has evolved our process from allowing physicians to vote only within their specialties, to allowing them to vote across specialties, and finally this year to doubling the number of cross-specialty votes allowed. Only one in 20 physicians was peer-selected. Each selectee was then reviewed by SDCMS to confirm his or her board certification, Medical Board of California standing and current practice status.

This year’s process resulted in 449 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 (recognized through one process and as one factor only) 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, however, from the recognition those on this list fully deserve. These individuals have been identified by their peers as physicians to whom they would entrust the care of their own family members and patients. Among these honorees, 15 have been recognized by their peers in each of the past six years, 42 for five of the past six years and 81 for four of the past six years. There is no greater compliment one can receive from one’s colleagues!

All San Diego County physicians are encouraged to participate 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 the doctors honored!

STUART A. COHEN, M.D., M.P.H.
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

Eli O. Meltzer, M.D.**
Allergy and Asthma Medical Group and Research Center
9610 Granite Ridge Drive, Suite B
San Diego, CA 92123
858-292-1144

Nancy K. Ostrom, M.D.**
Allergy and Asthma Medical Group and Research Center
9610 Granite Ridge Drive, Suite B
San Diego, CA 92123
858-292-1144

John D. Pauls, M.D.**
Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group
2001 Fourth Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
619-446-1549

Jennifer Joy Pendleton, M.D.
6386 Alvarado Court, Suite 210
San Diego, CA 92120
619-286-6687

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

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

Katharine Margaret Woessner, M.D.
Scripps Clinic Medical Group
3811 Valley Center Drive, MC S99
San Diego, CA 92130
858-764-9010

ANESTHESIOLOGY

John E. Arnold, M.D.****
Anesthesia Service Medical Group
3626 Ruffin Road, P.O. Box 82807
San Diego, CA 92138
858-565-9666

Frank M. Barrack, M.D.
Anesthesia Service Medical Group
3626 Ruffin Road, P.O. Box 82807
San Diego, CA 92138
858-565-9666

Jonathan L. Benumof, M.D.*****
University of California
San Diego
200 West Arbor Drive, MC 8812
San Diego, CA 92103
619-543-5560

Kris M. Bjornson, M.D.****
Anesthesia Service Medical Group
3626 Ruffin Road, P.O. Box 82807
San Diego, CA 92138
858-565-9666

Paul W. Corey, M.D.***
Anesthesia Service Medical Group
3626 Ruffin Road, P.O. Box 82807
San Diego, CA 92138
858-565-9666

David W. Dockweiler, M.D.****
Anesthesia Service Medical Group
3626 Ruffin Road, P.O. Box 82807
San Diego, CA 92138
858-565-9666

Thomas R. Farrell, M.D.*****
Anesthesia Service Medical Group
3626 Ruffin Road, P.O. Box 82807
San Diego, CA 92138
858-565-9666

Bradley D. Foltz, M.D.****
Anesthesia Service Medical Group
3626 Ruffin Road, P.O. Box 82807
San Diego, CA 92138
858-565-9666

Brandon C. Giap, M.D.**
Anesthesia Service Medical Group
3626 Ruffin Road, P.O. Box 82807
San Diego, CA 92138
858-565-9666

Scott A. Gillin, M.D.
Anesthesia Service Medical Group
3626 Ruffin Road, P.O. Box 82807
San Diego, CA 92138
858-565-9666

Thomas G. Karagianes, M.D.
Anesthesia Service Medical Group
3626 Ruffin Road, P.O. Box 82807
San Diego, CA 92123
858-565-9666

Jason Philip Lujan, M.D.**
Anesthesia Service Medical Group
3626 Ruffin Road, P.O. Box 82807
San Diego, CA 92138
858-565-9666

Michael C. Martin, M.D.***
Anesthesia Service Medical Group
3626 Ruffin Road, P.O. Box 82807
San Diego, CA 92138
858-565-9666

Lars R. Newsome, M.D.****
Anesthesia Service Medical Group
3626 Ruffin Road, P.O. Box 82807
San Diego, CA 92138
858-565-9666

James N. Parker, M.D.
Anesthesia Service Medical Group
3626 Ruffin Road, P.O. Box 82807
San Diego, CA 92138
858-565-9666

Peter O. Raudaskoski, M.D.****
Anesthesia Service Medical Group
3626 Ruffin Road, P.O. Box 82807
San Diego, CA 92138
858-565-9666

Alexander Rodarte, M.D.*****
Anesthesia Service Medical Group
3626 Ruffin Road, P.O. Box 82807
San Diego, CA 92138
858-565-9666

Caron A. Selati, M.D.**
Anesthesia Service Medical Group
3626 Ruffin Road, P.O. Box 82807
San Diego, CA 92138
858-565-9666

Richard J. Unger, M.D.**
Anesthesia Service Medical Group
3626 Ruffin Road, P.O. Box 82807
San Diego, CA 92138
858-565-9666

Jordon Waldman, M.D.**
Anesthesia Service Medical Group
3626 Ruffin Road, P.O. Box 82807
San Diego, CA 92138
858-565-9666

Lei Wang, M.D.**
Anesthesia Service Medical Group
3626 Ruffin Road, P.O. Box 82807
San Diego, CA 92138
858-565-9666

Curtis B. Winters, M.D.
Anesthesia Service Medical Group
3626 Ruffin Road, P.O. Box 82807
San Diego, CA 92138
858-565-9666

Roger C. Zeman, M.D.****
Anesthesia Service Medical Group
3626 Ruffin Road, P.O. Box 82807
San Diego, CA 92138
858-565-9666

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