More Than 200 CHLA's Physicians Named 'Top Doc'

Published on 
August 12, 2016


More than 200 Children's Hospital Los Angeles physicians are recognized in Pasadena Magazine's Top Doctors issue for 2016! Many of the honorees are members of the Children's Hospital Los Angeles Medical Group and are academically affiliated with the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California.

“It is an honor for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to have more than 200 physicians on its hospital staff named to this year’s list. And it is a significant achievement to have more honorees than any other pediatric institution in the region,” says Paul S. Viviano, president and chief executive officer of CHLA. “It also is further confirmation to our community that we are home to an impressive array of experts in pediatric care who collectively oversee the more than 350 pediatric services and programs we offer.”

The esteemed list includes doctors from 28 CHLA clinical departments and divisions, including specialties like cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery; hematology; oncology and bone marrow transplantation; neurology; neurosurgery; orthopaedics and many others. Many of CHLA’s areas of expertise also rank among the best in the country in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals Survey for 2016-17, which lists CHLA in the top ten pediatric medical institutions overall nationally. 

This year’s honorees include physician staff from CHLA’s outpatient center in the San Gabriel Valley, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles – Arcadia, which offer speciality services in allergy and immunology, dermatology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, hematology-oncology, neurology, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, otolaryngology, pediatric surgery, pulmonology and urology. Children’s Hospital Los Angeles – Arcadia also offers laboratory and radiology services on site. 

Families and children across the greater Los Angeles area also have access to CHLA’s award-winning care through four other neighborhood pediatric outpatient centers located in Encino, Santa Monica, South Bay and Valencia.

The 2016 Top Doctors edition of Pasadena Magazine will be available soon on newsstands across Los Angeles. Following is the list of physicians with privileges at Children's Hospital Los Angeles who were voted to the “Top Docs” list:

Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine
Marvin Belzer, MD
Johanna Olson-Kennedy, MD
Michele Roland, MD
Diane Tanaka, MD

Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine
Timothy Deakers, MD
Sylvia Del Castillo, MD
Karen Flotildes, DO
Joanna Green, MD
George Istaphanous, MD
Barry Markovitz, MD
Marla Matar, MD
Sabine Mellinger, MD
Lara Nelson, MD
Christopher Newth, MD
Sameh Nour, MD
Kristin Richards, MD
Niurka Rivero, MD
Patrick Ross, MD
Sarah Rubin, MD
Michelle Schlunt, MD
Gary Scott, MD
Randall C. Wetzel, MB, BS

Cardiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery
Sarah Badran, MD
Craig Baker, MD
Yaniv Bar-Cohen, MD
Jon Detterich, MD
Cynthia Herrington, MD
Frank Ing, MD
Jondavid Menteer, MD
Jay Pruetz, MD
Arash Sabati, MD
Michael Silka, MD
Vaughn Starnes, MD
Ram Kumar Subramanyan, MD
Jacqueline Szmuszkovicz, MD
Frances Travelli, MD
Winfield Wells, MD
Pierre Wong, MD
John Wood, MD

Clinical Immunology and Allergy
Joseph Church, MD
Ronald Ferdman, MD
Peck Ong, MD

Emergency Medicine
Lukas Austin-Page, MD
Ara Festekjian, MD
Dana Marseille, MD
Ameer Mody, MD
Jeranil Nunez, MD
Jessica Rankin, MD
Joshua Sherman, MD

Endocrinology and Metabolism
Juliana Austin, MD
Lily C. Chao, MD
Clement C. Cheung, MD
Lynda K. Fisher, MD
Mitchell Geffner, MD
David Geller, MD
Steven Mittelman, MD
Brian Miyazaki, MD
Roshanak Monzavi, MD
Kathleen Page, MD
Pisit Pitukcheewanont, MD
Anna Ryabets-Lienhard, DO

Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Harry Cynamon, MD
Tanaz Danialifar, MD
Rula Harb, MD
Russell Merritt, MD
Sonia Michail, MD
Hillel Naon, MD
D. Brent Polk, MD
Jaya Punati, MD
Nisreen Soufi, MD
Dan Thomas, MD
Jacques Van Dam, MD
Ardath Yamaga, MD
George Yanni, MD
Yuhua Zheng, MD

General Pediatrics
Robert Adler, MD
Eyal Ben-Isaac, MD
Faisal Chawla, MD
Pamela Clark, MD
Danielle Fernandes, MD
Yvonne Gutierrez, MD
Cynthia Munoz, PhD
Mona Patel, MD
David Peng, MD
Laura Piper, MD
Gabriel Poliboy, MD
Jennifer Rafeedie, PsyD
Sheela Rao, MD
Suzanne Roberts, MD
Karen Sherwood, MD
Michelle Thompson, MD
Douglas Vanderbilt, MD
Kevin Waloff, MD
Elizabeth Weiner, MD
Cynthia Wong, MD
Irina Zamora, PsyD

Hematology, Oncology and Blood and Marrow Transplantation
Shahab Asgharzadeh, MD
Leslie Ballas, MD
Thomas Coates, MD
Yves DeClerck, MD
Girish Dhall, MD
Andrew Dietz, MD
Anat Erdreich-Epstein, MD
David Freyer, DO
Cecilia Fu, MD
Paul S. Gaynon, MD
Josephine Haduong, MD
Thomas Hofstra, MD
Araz Marachelian, MD
Ashley Margol, MD
Leo Mascarenhas, MD
Alicia McFarren, MD
Etan Orgel, MD
Michael Pulsipher, MD
Nathan Robison, MD
Robert Seeger, MD
Amanda Termuhlen, MD
David Tishler, MD
Judith Villablanca, MD
Alan Wayne, MD
Kenneth Wong, MD
Guy Young, MD

Hospital Medicine
Denizhan Akan, MD
LaToya Barber, MD
Grant Christman, MD
Jennifer Maniscalco Dhanireddy, MD
Heidi Morris, MD
Kendra Mitchell, MD
Kathleen Ostrom, MD
Christopher Russell, MD
Margaret Trost, MD
Susan Wu, MD

Infectious Diseases
Jeff Bender, MD
Jill Hoffman, MD
Kanokporn Mongkolrattanothai, MD
Michael Neely, MD
Pia Pannaraj, MD

Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Brendan Grubbs, MD

Medical Genetics
Susanna Sorrentino, MD

Timur Azhibekov, MD
Rachel Chapman, MD
Steven Chin, MD
Philippe Friedlich, MD
Anna Ganster, MD
Arlene Garingo, MD
Narayan Iyer, MD
Claire McLean, MD
Srikumar Nair, MD
Shahab Noori, MD
Lisa Paquette, MD
Theodora Stavroudis, MD
Linda Tesoriero, MD

Carl Grushkin, MD

Nusrat Ahsan, MD
Jay Desai, MD
Rebecca Hanson, MD
Eugenia Ho, MD
Deborah Holder, MD
Wendy Mitchell, MD
Nancy Niparko, MD
Sharon O’Neil, PhD
Arthur Partikian, MD
Leigh Ramos-Platt, MD
Tena Rosser, MD
Kiarash Sadrieh, MD
Terence Sanger, MD
Michele Van Hirtum-Das, MD

William Mack, MD
R. Aaron Robison, MD

Bibiana Reiser, MD
Arlanna Moshfeghi, MD
Sudha Nallasamy, MD

Orthopaedic Surgery
Lindsay Andras, MD
Paul Choi, MD
Bianca Edison, MD
Rachel Goldstein, MD
J. Lee Pace, MD
Deirdre Ryan, MD
David L. Skaggs, MD
Milan Stevanovic, MD
Vernon Tolo, MD
Curtis Vandenberg, MD

Debra M. Don, MD
Rick Friedman, MD
Christian Hochstim, MD
Dennis Maceri, MD
Eric Wilkinson, MD

Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Floyd Gilles, MD
David Parham, MD
Timothy Triche, MD
Shengmei Zhou, MD

Pediatric Surgery
Dean Anselmo, MD
Kiran Dhanireddy, MD
Henri Ford, MD
Christopher Gayer, MD
Cathy E. Shin, MD
James E. Stein, MD
Claire Templeman, MD
Manuel Torres, MD
Kasper Wang, MD

Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery
Lori Howell, MD
Ketan Patel, MD
Mark Urata, MD

Monique Margetis, MD
Iris Perez, MD
Sally Ward, MD

Robert Holloway, MD
Bradley Peterson, MD
Susan Turkel, MD

Vicente Gilsanz, MD
Fariba Goodarzian, MD
Susan R. Harlan, MD
Natalie Mahieu, MD
Marvin Nelson, MD
Skorn Ponrartana, MD
Amit Sura, MD
Benita Tamrazi, MD
Chadi Zeinati, MD

Phoebe Scott-Wyard, DO

Andreas Reiff, MD

Siamak Daneshmand, MD
Roger E. De Filippo, MD
Mary Samplaski, MD