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22 Livingston Doctors Selected for 2013 Top Doctors List


LIVINGSTON, NJ — Nineteen doctors from St. Barnabas Medical Center and three Livingston resident doctors from University Hospital in Newark have been selected for the 2013 Top Doctors of the New York Metro area list by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd, America's trusted source for identifying Top Doctors.

The nineteen doctors from St. Barnabas Medical Center include, Leonard Bielory, MD, Allergy and Immunology, Joel Mendelson, MD, Allergy and Immunology, Roy Sauberman, MD, Cardiac Electrophysiology, Mark Zucker, MD, Cardiovascular Disease, Brian Machler, MD, Dermatology, Robert Taylor, MD, Gynecologic Oncology, Alice Cohen, MD, Hematology, Richard Michaelson, MD, Medical Oncology, Arno Fried, MD, Neurological Surgery, Orrin Devinsky, MD, Neurology, Stephen Crane, MD, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Jeffrey Stock, MD, Pediatric Urology, Steven Kirshblum, MD, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, John Shumko, MD, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Serena Chen, MD, Reproductive Endocrinology, M. Michele Blackwood, MD, Surgery, Todd Linsenmeyer, MD, Urology, Clifford Sales, MD, Vascular Surgery

The three Livingston resident doctors from University Hospital in Newark include, Dr. Larry Frohman, Ophthalmology, Dr. Mark Granick, Plastic Surgery, and Dr. Roger E. Turbin, Ophthalmology. Frohman, Granick, and Turbin are three of 45 doctors from University Hospital in Newark to be honored.

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Castle Connolly Medical, Ltd., publishes the list annually, and selects Top Doctors based on a peer-review survey in which doctors nominate their peers as best doctors. Once a physician is nominated, Castle Connelly’s physician-led research team evaluates several factors, including each nominee’s medical education, training, hospital appointments, and disciplinary history.

The publication profiles more than 5,650 top primary care and specialty care physicians in a 20-county area spanning three states - New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. The physicians represent the top 10 percent of doctors in the area for 65 medical specialties and subspecialties that include the care and treatment of more than 1,800 diseases and medical conditions.

Serena Chen, MD, Reproductive Endocrinology, said communication between the doctors from St. Barnabas was a large reason so many individuals were honored from the hospital. “I really am a strong believer in communication and education,” said Chen. “We can always learn from each other. We don’t just educate patients, but other doctors as well. Every field is moving so fast—it’s difficult to keep up with what’s going on—so it’s important for the doctors to communicate. I like to think that this honor is a reflection of that.”

Chen also spoke about the pride she had in being a part of such a reputable hospital. “It’s a great hospital, with lots of wonderful doctors. It’s nice to have our hospital be recognized in such a way.” Chen added that, “Sometimes there appears to be a separation of perception between New York and New Jersey doctors. Some people think you’re a reputable doctor only if you work in New York. So it’s nice that there’s some recognition of New Jersey doctors with so many St. Barnabas doctors being honored.” 

Dr. Mark Granick, a plastic surgeon at both Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Saint Barnabas Medical Center, commented on being nominated for the honor by his peers. “The thing that’s nice about being named to the Castle Connolly list is that it’s voted on by our peers. It’s a reflection of how our peers view us.”

Dr. Frohman expressed his belief that the honor was a reflection of his work ethic. “It just means that I’m doing my job.” Frohman added that he spends a lot of time with each patient making sure they get the proper care.

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