News Release - August 28, 2015

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Beth-Ann Kerber                                                                                                  
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Robert Wood Johnson Medical Group Physicians Recognized in Latest Best Doctors in America® List

Rutgers Physicians Among Top 5 Percent in the Nation

Best Doctors "Voted Best" logoNEW BRUNSWICK – Sixty-one physicians affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson Medical Group, the faculty practice of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, were selected for the Best Doctors in America® List for 2015-2016. Only 5 percent of physicians in the United States earn this prestigious honor, determined by impartial peer review. 

Robert Wood Johnson Medical Group physicians named represent a comprehensive range of primary and specialty care, including cardiovascular disease, women’s health, surgery, pediatrics, and neurology, among others.


Doctors in more than 40 specialties and 400 subspecialties of medicine appear on this year’s list; more than half of those specialties feature Robert Wood Johnson Medical Group physicians.


In 12 subspecialty areas, including care for scleroderma and issues related to the pituitary, thyroid, and irritable bowel disease, Robert Wood Johnson Medical Group doctors were the only individuals in the state recognized for their particular specialty, while in an additional eight subspecialties, they represented one of only two New Jersey doctors selected for the list in their areas of expertise. Moreover, two out of the three 2015-2016 Best Doctors in America® physicians in New Jersey who specialize in movement disorders are members of the medical group.


“These physicians exemplify the high-value health care we strive for in all aspects of our patient care, and we congratulate them on this recognition,” says Sherine E. Gabriel, MD, MSc, dean, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. “It is representative not only of the exceptional skills of the individuals named, but also is indicative of the dedication each member of our team has to providing the utmost level of care and service to our patients every day.”


The highly regarded Best Doctors in America List, assembled by Best Doctors Inc., results from polling of more than 40,000 physicians in the United States. In a confidential review, current physician listees answer the question, “If you or a loved one needed a doctor in your specialty, to whom would you refer?” Best Doctors Inc. evaluates the review results and verifies all additional information to meet detailed inclusion criteria. Physicians cannot pay to be included in the database, nor are they paid to provide their input.


Boston-based Best Doctors Inc., founded in 1989 by Harvard Medical School physicians, is currently a global company serving more than 30 million members in every major region of the world. Best Doctors works with the top 5 percent of physicians to help members find the right diagnoses and treatments and seamlessly integrates its services with employers’ other health-related benefits. In addition to its clinical advocacy in the United States, Best Doctors designs and implements international insurance programs.


More information about the Best Doctors in America® List can be found online at


About Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical Group

Robert Wood Johnson Medical Group is the faculty practice of Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, part of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. One of the largest multispecialty physician practices in the state, Robert Wood Johnson Medical Group consists of more than 500 physicians with expertise in more than 200 subspecialty clinical programs, providing a full range of highly specialized services for children and adults. In addition to its main practice location in New Brunswick, Robert Wood Johnson Medical Group offers services in Hamilton, Monroe, Piscataway, and Somerset.


The group supports the education, research, patient care, and community outreach missions of Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, one of the nation’s leading comprehensive medical schools. Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and its principal affiliate, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, comprise one of the nation’s premier academic medical centers. In addition, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School has 34 other hospital affiliates and ambulatory care sites throughout the region.


More information about Robert Wood Johnson Medical Group can be found online at or by calling 1-877-4RWJDOC.




Faculty physicians named to the Best Doctors in America List for 2015-2016 are:

Joseph Aisner, MD -- Medical Oncology and Hematology

Louis F. Amorosa, MD -- Endocrinology and Metabolism

David August, MD -- Surgical Oncology

Nicola J. Barnard, MD -- Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Joseph G. Barone, MD -- Pediatric Urology

Tanaya Bhowmick, MD -- Infectious Disease

Susan E. Boruchoff, MD -- Infectious Disease

Andrew H. Boyarsky, MD -- Surgery

Jeffrey L. Carson, MD -- Internal Medicine

Kiron M. Das, MD, PhD-- Gastroenterology

Malik Deen, MD -- Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Suhayl Dhib-Jalbut, MD -- Neurology

Robert DiPaola, MD -- Medical Oncology and Hematology

Richard Drachtman, MD -- Pediatric Hematology-Oncology

Theodore E. Eisenstat, MD -- Colon and Rectal Surgery

Anna C. Ferrari, MD -- Medical Oncology and Hematology

Gabriela Ferreira, MD -- Internal Medicine

Jacqueline Fleming, MD -- Pediatrics

Gary Forester, MD -- Gastroenterology

Molly Gabel, MD -- Radiation Oncology

Sunanda Gaur, MD -- Pediatric Infectious Disease

Lawrence I. Golbe, MD -- Neurology

James S. Goydos, MD -- Surgical Oncology

Stuart N. Green, MD -- Ophthalmology

Bruce J. Grossman, MD -- Pediatric Critical Care

Bruce G. Haffty, MD -- Radiation Oncology

Vivien Hsu, MD -- Rheumatology

Eric G. Jahn, MD -- Internal Medicine

Sarang Kim, MD -- Internal Medicine

Laurie J. Kirstein, MD -- Surgical Oncology

Soula G. Koniaris, MD, MS-- Pediatric Gastroenterology

Gertrude Lefavour, MD -- Nephrology

Frederick E. Lepore, MD -- Neurology

Sara E. Lubitz, MD -- Endocrinology and Metabolism

Michael Lucas, MD -- Pediatrics

Amisha Malhotra, MD -- Pediatric Infectious Disease

Robert Manduley, MD -- Pediatric Cardiology

Maria Martins, MD -- Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Matthew A. Menza, MD -- Psychiatry

Susan M. Murphy, MD -- Pediatric Hematology-Oncology

Michael G. Nosko, MD, PhD-- Neurological Surgery

Barbara A. Palmeri, MD -- Psychiatry

Amy Pappert, MD -- Dermatology

Usha Ramachandran, MD -- Pediatrics

Craig Rezac, MD -- Colon and Rectal Surgery

Jacob I. Sage, MD -- Neurology

Thomas F. Scanlin Jr, MD -- Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine

Anthony T. Scardella, MD-- Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

Dale G. Schaar, MD, PhD-- Medical Oncology and Hematology

Stephen H. Schneider, MD -- Endocrinology and Metabolism

Joyce Schneiderman, MD -- Internal Medicine

Richard A. Sherman, MD -- Nephrology

Frank Sonnenberg, MD -- Internal Medicine

Michael B. Steinberg, MD, MPH -- Internal Medicine

Roger Strair, MD, PhD-- Medical Oncology and Hematology

Deborah L. Toppeyer, MD -- Medical Oncology and Hematology

Zoltan G. Turi, MD, MSCAI-- Cardiovascular Disease/Interventional Cardiology

Melvin P. Weinstein, MD -- Infectious Disease

Lynne S. Weiss, MD -- Pediatric Nephrology

Laura R. Willett, MD -- Internal Medicine

Jan B. Wollack, MD, PhD-- Neurology