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Best Doctors 2018: SLUCare Physicians Named To St. Louis Magazine List

by Maggie Rotermund
Media Inquiries

Maggie Rotermund
Senior Media Relations Specialist

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St. Louis Magazine has released its 2018 Best Doctors issue, revealing the area's top physicians as selected by other doctors. The list includes physicians representing SLUCare Physician Group across more than 40 different specialties.


Michael Lim, a SLUCare cardiologist, graces the cover of the 2018 Best Doctors issue of St. Louis Magazine. Photo by St. Louis Magazine.

In addition to the SLUCare doctors who made the Best Doctors List, the magazine also featured a number of stories about the research coming out of Saint Louis University School of Medicine.

George Grossberg, M.D., director of geriatric psychiatry at SLU, was interviewed for a story on new therapies for Alzheimer's patients. The article highlighted SLU's participation in a multi-center Phase II/III clinical trial which will test the safety and efficacy of an investigational drug’s ability to slow the decline of brain function and possibly delay or prevent Alzheimer’s disease in those at risk for Alzheimer’s disease who do not yet have symptoms of the illness. 

A story on how St. Louis is a leading location for cancer research featured Daniela Salvemini, Ph.D., a professor of pharmacology and physiology at SLU, and her team's success in an animal model in turning off the excruciating pain that often accompanies a colorectal cancer drug. St. Louis Magazine also highlighted Salvemini's work in finding relief for pain associated with bone cancer.

Terry Moore, M.D., director of the adult and pediatric Rheumatology divisions at SLU, was interviewed about his 30-year career researching arthritis

Other SLU research highlighted in the Best Doctors issue of St. Louis Magazine included:

The list is based on the annual "Best Doctors in America" database, which considers more than one million peer evaluations to create a directory of approximately 40,000 doctors, from 40 medical specialties and 400 subspecialities.

Founded by Harvard Medical School physicians in 1989, Best Doctors, Inc., helps identify outstanding physicians across a range of medical specialties.

The selected SLUCare physicians — listed by specialty — are: 

Adult Medicine

Allergy and Immunology
  • Mark S. Dykewicz, M.D.
  • Wolf H. Stapelfeldt, M.D.
  • Lisa J. Alderson, M.D.
  • Bernard R. Chaitman, M.D.
  • Michael Forsberg, M.D.
  • Paul J. Hauptman, M.D.
  • Tarek A. Helmy, M.D.
  • Michael J. Lim, M.D.
  • Ali A. Mehdirad, M.D.
  • Ramona Behshad, M.D.
  • Nicole M. Burkemper, M.D.
  • Dee Anna Glaser, M.D.
  • M. Yadira Hurley, M.D.
  • Claudia Vidal, M.D.
  • Stewart G. Albert, M.D.
  • Raymond E. Bourey, M.D.
  • Alan B. Silverberg, M.D.
Family Medicine
  • Denise Hooks-Anderson, M.D.
  • Christine K. Jacobs, M.D.
Gastroenterology and Hepatology
  • Samer Alkaade, M.D.
  • Bruce R. Bacon, M.D.
  • Alex S. Befeler, M.D.
  • Mary S. Burton, M.D.
  • Adrian M. Di Bisceglie, M.D.
  • Christine Y. Hachem, M.D.
  • Jennifer L. LaBundy, M.D.
  • Charlene Prather, M.D.
  • Jason Taylor, M.D.
  • Brent A. Tetri, M.D.
Geriatric Medicine
  • Julie K. Gammack, M.D.
  • Milta O. Little, D.O.
  • Gerald Mahon, M.D.
  • John E. Morley, M.D.
Hematology and Oncology
  • Mark J. Fesler, M.D.
  • Carl E. Freter, M.D.
  • John M. Richart, M.D.
Infectious Diseases
  • Donald J. Kennedy, M.D.
  • Marcia Sokol-Anderson, M.D.
Internal Medicine (General)
  • Fred R. Buckhold, III, M.D.
  • Robert M. Heaney, M.D.
  • Thomas J. Olsen, M.D.
  • Douglas Walden, M.D.
  • Bahar Bastani, M.D.
  • Krista Lentine, M.D.
  • Kevin J. Martin, M.D.
  • Rosemary Ouseph, M.D.
  • Marie Philipneri, M.D.
  • Paul G. Schmitz, M.D.
  • Aninda B. Acharya, M.D.
  • Pratap Chand, M.D.
  • Ghazala S. Hayat, M.D.
  • L. James Willmore, Jr., M.D.
Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health
  • Erol Amon, M.D.
  • E. Cristian Campian, M.D.
  • Gil Gross, M.D.
  • Brigid Holloran-Schwartz, M.D.
  • Ming-Shian Kao, M.D.
  • Cherie A. LeFevre, M.D.
  • Fah Che Leong, M.D.
  • Leslie McCloskey, M.D.
  • Mary McLennan, M.D.
  • Dorothea J. Mostello, M.D.
  • Diane M. Petersen, M.D.
  • Amy J. Ravin, M.D.
  • Mitul B. Shah, M.D.
  • Jaye M. Shyken, M.D.
  • Andrew C. Steele, M.D.
  • Michael Thomure, M.D.
  • Tracy M. Tomlinson, M.D.
  • D. Gregory Ward, M.D.
  • Francisco P. Xynos, M.D.
  • Pericles Xynos, M.D.
  • Patrick Yeung, Jr., M.D.
  • Sophia Chung, M.D.
  • Oscar A. Cruz, M.D.
  • Bradley Davitt, M.D.
  • Sean Edelstein, M.D.
  • Gabriela M. Espinoza, M.D.
Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
  • John F. Eisenbeis, M.D.
  • Anthony Mikulec, M.D.
  • Ronald Walker, M.D.
  • David Brink, M.D.
  • Nancy J. Phillips, M.D.
  • Carole Vogler, M.D.
  • Anjan Bhattacharyya, M.D.
  • Alan R. Felthous, M.D.
  • Miggie L. Greenberg, M.D.
  • George T. Grossberg, M.D.
  • Philip J. LeFevre, M.D.
  • Mirela D. Marcu, M.D.
  • Henry A. Nasrallah, M.D.
  • Brianne M. Newman, M.D.
  • W. Maurice Redden, M.D.
  • Joseph Espiritu, M.D.
  • Ravi P. Nayak, M.D.
  • David Stoeckel, M.D.
  • Jeffrey J. Brown, M.D.
  • Christina M. Doherty, M.D.
  • Medhat M. Osman, M.D.
  • Rama Atluri, M.D.
  • Terry L. Moore, M.D.
  • Peri Hickman Pepmueller, M.D.
  • Reema Syed, M.D.


SLUCare Pediatrics, based at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital, is dedicated to partnering with patients, their families and the community to meet children's physical, emotional and developmental needs.

Pediatrics (General)
  • Matt A. Broom, M.D.
  • Ken Haller, M.D.
  • Donna R. Halloran, M.D.
  • M. Susan Heaney, M.D.
  • Gene LaBarge, M.D.
  • Jay E. Noffsinger, M.D.
  • Martin Schmidt, M.D.
  • Aline Tanios, M.D.
Pediatric Allergy and Immunology
  • Alan P. Knutsen, M.D.
Pediatric Cardiology
  • Kenneth Schowengerdt, M.D.
Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Andrew C. Fiore, M.D.
Pediatric Critical Care
  • Teresa L. Andreone, M.D.
  • Jeremy Garrett, M.D.
  • Lia Lowrie, M.D.
  • Robert S. Ream, M.D.
Pediatric Dermatology
  • Elaine Siegfried, M.D.
Pediatric Emergency Medicine
  • James M. Gerard, M.D.
  • Steven P. Laffey, M.D.
  • John R. Peter, M.D.
Pediatric Endocrinology
  • David P. Dempsher, M.D.
  • Susan Myers, M.D.
Pediatric Gastroenterology and Hepatology
  • Nisha Mangalat, M.D.
  • Jeffrey Teckman, M.D.
Pediatric Medical Genetics
  • Stephen R. Braddock, M.D.
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
  • William S. Ferguson, M.D.
  • Christopher Hugge, M.D.
Pediatric Infectious Diseases
  • Stephen J. Barenkamp, M.D.
Pediatric/Internal Medicine
  • Marilyn Maxwell, M.D.
  • Nora L. Porter, M.D.
Pediatric Neonatology
  • Robert E. Fleming, M.D.
  • William J. Keenan, M.D.
  • H. Farouk Sadiq, M.D.
Pediatric Nephrology
  • Craig W. Belsha, M.D.
  • Ellen G. Wood, M.D.
Pediatric Neurology
  • Glen Fenton, M.D.
  • Sean E. Goretzke, M.D.
Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery
  • Jasmin L. McGinty, M.D.
  • Aki S. Puryear, M.D.
Pediatric Otolaryngology
  • Dary J. Costa, M.D.
Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine
  • Gary M. Albers, M.D.
  • Blakeslee E. Noyes, M.D.
  • Robert W. Wilmott, M.D.
Pediatric Toxicology
  • Anthony J. Scalzo, M.D.


Orthopedic Surgery
  • John A. Boudreau, M.D.
  • David Greenberg, M.D.
  • Scott Kaar, M.D.
  • David Karges, D.O.
  • Djoldas Kuldjanov, M.D.
  • Thomas J. Otto, M.D.
  • Howard Place, M.D.
  • Jeffrey B. Whiting, M.D.
Surgery (General)
  • Kevin Behrns, M.D.
  • Eddy Hsueh, M.D.
  • Theresa L. Schwartz, M.D.
Thoracic Surgery
  • Keith S. Naunheim, M.D.


SLUCare physicians from a variety of specialties have been recognized by St. Louis Magazine as best doctors of 2018.

SLUCare Physician Group is the academic medical practice of Saint Louis University, with more than 500 health care providers and 1,200 staff members in hospitals and medical offices throughout the St. Louis region. SLUCare physicians are among the most highly trained in their fields - more than 50 specialties in all - and are national and international experts, renowned for research and innovations in medicine.