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Best Doctors 2020: SLUCare Physicians Named to St. Louis Magazine List

by Maggie Rotermund
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Maggie Rotermund
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St. Louis Magazine has released its 2020 Best Doctors issue, revealing the area's top physicians as selected by other doctors. The list includes 164 physicians representing SLUCare Physician Group across more than 40 different specialties.

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

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

Sarah George, M.D.

Sarah George, M.D., an associate professor of infectious diseases at SLU, was the principal investigator on the Remdesivir trial conducted at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital. Photo by Ellen Hutti.

Facing a Pandemic 

As the world deals with the COVID-19 pandemic, SLU is a vital part of the nationwide effort to find safe and effective therapies and vaccines for the novel coronavirus.

Sarah George, M.D., an associate professor of infectious diseases at SLU, was the principal investigator on a trial conducted at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital, treating COVID patients with Remdesivir. The trial showed a shorter recovery time for patients treated with Remdesivir, versus those who received a placebo. 

“We’re not going to beat this until we get a vaccine,” George told St. Louis Magazine. That’s why additional trials and studies of treatments are necessary.

The magazine profiled the work of one of the SLU leaders working on testing potential vaccines. Daniel Hoft, M.D., Ph.D., the director of the Division of Infectious Diseases, Allergy, and Immunology and the Center for Vaccine Development, was also recently appointed to the National Vaccine Advisory Committee.

The pandemic’s impact on how doctors and patients interact cannot be underestimated. SLUCare moved 50 percent of patient appointments to telehealth in one week, Matthew Zimmie, M.D., assistant vice president and chief medical information officer for SLUCare, told St. Louis Magazine. SLUCare also set up telehealth hubs to connect underserved populations with physicians. 

Staying connected during a time of social distancing can be difficult, but Terri Weaver, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at SLU, told St. Louis Magazine it is important for mental well-being. 

“At its core, the pandemic stresses our personal and professional lives in nearly every way,” Weaver said in April. “There is no break from the fear.”

The selected SLUCare physicians named as Best Doctors in 2020 — listed by specialty — are: 

Adult Medicine

Allergy and Immunology
  • Mark S. Dykewicz, M.D. 
  •  Lisa J. Alderson, M.D.
  • Bernard R. Chaitman, M.D. 
  • Michael Forsberg, M.D.
  • Steven C. Smart, M.D.
  •  Ramona Behshad, M.D.
  • Nicole M. Burkemper, M.D.
  • Dee Anna Glaser, M.D.
  • A. Mary Guo, M.D.
  • M. Yadira Hurley, M.D.
  • Daniel A. West, 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
  • Mary Burton, M.D.
  • Christine Y. Hachem, M.D.
  • Jennifer L. LaBundy, M.D.
  • Charlene Prather, M.D.
  • Katie S. Schroeder, M.D.
  • Jason Taylor, M.D.
  • Brent A. Tetri, M.D.
Geriatric Medicine
  •  Julie K. Gammack, M.D.
  • Gerald Mahon, M.D.
  • Angela M. Sanford, M.D. 
Hematology and Oncology
  • Mark J. Fesler, 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.
  • John C. Edwards, M.D.
  • Krista Lentine, M.D.
  • Kevin J. Martin, M.D.
  • Rosemary Ouseph, M.D.
  • Marie Philipneri, M.D.
  • Rupinder K Sodhi, M.D.
  • Thanh-Mai Vo, M.D.
  •  Aninda B. Acharya, M.D.
  • Pratap Chand, M.D.
  • Randall C. Edgell, M.D.
  • Ghazala S. Hayat, M.D.
  • Jafar Kafaie, M.D.
  • L. James Willmore, Jr., M.D
Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health
  •  Erol Amon, M.D.
  • E. Cristian Campian, M.D.
  • Katherine M. Childress, M.D.
  • Jennifer M. Goldkamp, M.D. 
  • Gil Gross, M.D.
  • John T. Hoff, 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.
  •  Oscar A. Cruz, M.D. 
  • Bradley Davitt, M.D.
  • Sean Edelstein, M.D.
  • Gabriela M. Espinoza, M.D.
  • Douglas P. Blackall, M.D.
  • David Brink, M.D.
  • Nancy J. Phillips, M.D.
  • Carole Vogler, M.D.
  •  Catalina Belean, M.D.
  • Anjan Bhattacharyya, M.D. 
  • Alan R. Felthous, M.D.
  • George T. Grossberg, M.D.
  • Philip J. Lefevre, M.D.
  • Mirela D. Marcu, M.D.
  • William 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.

Pediatric Medicine

Pediatrics (General)
  • Joshua D. Arthur, M.D.
  • Matt A. Broom, M.D.
  •  Ken Haller, M.D.
  • M. Susan Heaney, M.D.
  • Gene LaBarge, M.D.
  • Jennifer S. Ladage, 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.
  • Jamie S. Sutherell, M.D.
Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Andrew C. Fiore, M.D.
  • Charles B. Huddleston, M.D. 
Pediatric Child Protection
  • Linda Shaw, M.D.
Pediatric Critical Care
  • Teresa L. Andreone, M.D.
  • Jeremy Garrett, M.D.
  • Lia Lowrie, M.D.
  • Robert S. Ream, M.D.
  • B. Craig Weldon, M.D.
  • Jason A. Werner, M.D.
Pediatric Dermatology
  • Elaine Siegfried, M.D. 
Pediatric Emergency Medicine
  • Katherine R. Forrester, M.D.
  • 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
  • Ajay Jain, M.D.
  • 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
  • Aaron Miller, M.D.
Pediatric/Internal Medicine
  • Marilyn Maxwell, M.D. 
  • Nora L. Porter, M.D.
Pediatric Neonatology
  • Robert E. Fleming, M.D.
  • Noah H. Hillman, M.D.
  • Amit M. Mathur, M.D.
  • H. Farouk Sadiq, M.D. 
Pediatric Nephrology
  • Anne Marie Beck, M.D.
  • Craig W. Belsha, M.D.
Pediatric Neurology
  • Glen Fenton, M.D.
  • Sean E. Goretzke, M.D,

Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Elizabeth Engel, M.D.
  • Aki S. Puryear, M.D.
Pediatric Otolaryngology
  • Jennifer V. Brinkmeier, M.D.
  • Dary J. Costa, M.D.
  • John A. Stith, M.D.
Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine
  • Gary M. Albers, M.D.
  • Blakeslee E. Noyes, M.D.
  • Kurtis T. Sobush, M.D.
Pediatric Toxicology
  • Anthony J. Scalzo, M.D.


Surgery (General)
  • Kevin Behrns, M.D.
  • Eddy Hsueh, M.D.
  • Theresa L. Schwartz, M.D.
Orthopaedic Surgery
  • John A. Boudreau, M.D.
  • Thomas J. Fox, M.D.
  • David Greenberg, M.D.
  • Scott Kaar, M.D. 
  • David Karges, DO
  • Djoldas Kuldjanov, M.D.
  • Thomas J. Otto, M.D.
  • Howard Place, M.D
  • Jeffrey B. Whiting, M.D.
Otolaryngology (Head and Neck Surgery)
  • John F. Eisenbeis, M.D.
  • Frank Simo, M.D.
  • Ronald Walker, M.D.
Thoracic Surgery
  • Keith S. Naunheim, M.D. 

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 450 subspecialties.

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.