April 2009-16 UNMC physicians named America's Top Doctors

Consumers searching for a quality physician in the eighth edition of Castle Connolly’s “America’s Top Doctors” book will find the names of 16 UNMC faculty members.
Several of those awarded the high honor have been chosen “top doctors” in the past. Most of the UNMC physicians see patients at UNMC’s hospital partner, The Nebraska Medical Center.


The full-time faculty and their specialties are:


James Armitage, M.D. — oncology
Phillip Bierman, M.D. — oncology
William Burke, M.D. — geriatric psychiatry
Kenneth Cowan, M.D. — oncology
Jim Edney, M.D. — surgery
Kevin Garvin, M.D. — orthopedic surgery
James Gigantelli, M.D. — ophthalmology
Carl Greiner, M.D. — psychiatry
Thomas Howard, M.D. — vascular surgery
Donald Leopold, M.D. — otolaryngology
William Lydiatt, M.D. — otolaryngology
Steven Remmenga, M.D. — gynecologic oncology
Michael Sorrell, M.D. — gastroenterology
Paul Tomich, M.D. – maternal fetal medicine
Julie Vose, M.D. — hematology
Dennis Weisenburger, M.D. — pathology


Criteria for making the list include education, board certification, reputation, experience and disciplinary history, as well as interpersonal skills such as empathy, being a good communicator, educator and someone who can instill trust and confidence.


“We’re delighted to have our physicians continue to rank among the best in quality health care,” said John Gollan, M.D., Ph.D., dean of the UNMC College of Medicine. “They help make UNMC a place where people entrust us with their health and the health of their families.”


Physicians are nominated by their peers in a Castle Connolly survey process each year. Physicians then are screened by a Castle Connolly physician-led research team who rank among the best in their specialties and in their communities.


In addition to nominations from practicing physicians, Castle Connolly solicits nominations from hospital presidents, vice presidents of medical affairs and nursing, chiefs of service in anesthesiology, OB/GYN, medicine, emergency medicine, pediatrics, psychiatry, radiology and surgery. 

Date Published: Monday, March 9, 2009

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