Best Doctors in America Includes 52 UCNI Specialists

Fifty-two physicians affiliated with the University of Cincinnati Gardner Neuroscience Institute (UCNI) at University Hospital are included in the 2009-2010 listing of Best Doctors in America®, a national database that includes more than 40,000 physicians in 43 specialties.

John M. Tew, M.D., Professor of Neurosurgery and Clinical Director of UCNI, congratulated those who were recognized by Best Doctors, Inc., while acknowledging the superior abilities of all specialists associated with the Institute. “We recommend all of our physicians and associates to the general public,” said Dr. Tew, himself an Emeritus Best Doctor.

The 2009 database, provided by Best Doctors, Inc., of Boston, includes the following UC faculty members and specialists affiliated with UCNI:

Neurological surgery: Charles Kuntz, IV, M.D., George Mandybur, M.D., Ronald Warnick, M.D., and Mario Zuccarello, M.D., who are affiliated with the Mayfield Clinic, and Kerry Crone, M.D., of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Neurology: Joseph Broderick, M.D., Jennifer Cavitt, M.D., Alberto Espay, M.D., David Ficker, M.D., Matthew Flaherty, M.D., Daniel Kanter, M.D., Brett Kissela, M.D., Dawn Kleindorfer, M.D., Robert Neel, M.D., Michael Privitera, M.D., Fredy J. Revilla, M.D., John Quinlan, M.D., Laura Sams, M.D., Jerzy Szaflarski, M.D., and Daniel Woo, M.D., who are affiliated with UC Health.

Ophthalmology: Karl Golnik, M.D., and Dwight Kulwin, M.D., affiliated with UC Health.

Otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat/head and neck surgery): David Hom, M.D., Myles Pensak, M.D., Ravi Samy, M.D., Allen Seiden, M.D., David Steward, M.D., and Keith Wilson, M.D., who are affiliated with UC Health; and Ellis Arjmand, M.D., Ph.D., Daniel Choo, M.D., Robin Cotton, M.D., Ravi Elluru, M.D., Ph.D., John Greinwald, M.D., Charles Myer III, M.D., Michael Rutter, M.D., Sally Shott, M.D., and Jay Paul Willging, M.D., who are affiliated with Cincinnati Children’s.

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation: Mark Goddard, M.D., who is affiliated with UC Health and Drake Center.

Psychiatry: Caleb Adler, M.D., Melissa Delbello, M.D., R. Jeffrey Goldsmith, M.D., Paul Keck, M.D., Robert Kowatch, M.D., Susan McElroy, M.D., Henry Nasrallah, M.D., Erik Nelson, M.D., Frank Putnam, M.D., Stephen Strakowski, M.D., who are part of the UC Department of Psychiatry, which has practice sites at UC Health, the Lindner Center of HOPE, Cincinnati Children’s, and the Cincinnati VA Medical Center.

Radiation Oncology: John Breneman, M.D., affiliated with UC Health. Radiology: Rebecca Sue Cornelius, M.D., Robert Lukin, M.D., and Thomas Tomsick, M.D., affiliated with UC Health.

The Best Doctors list included seven newcomers: Drs. Cavitt, Espay, Flaherty, and Revilla (neurology), Drs. Hom and Samy (otolaryngology), and Dr. Cornelius (radiology).

“All of our physicians and health care personnel associated with UCNI strive to deliver the very best care for our patients,” said Dr. Joseph Broderick, the Institute’s Research Director. “While the ‘Best Doctor’ designation is one marker of our excellent physicians, the appreciation and recognition from our patients in the office and at the bedside is what we value most.”

The Best Doctors® database of physicians is based on an exhaustive, biennial peer-review drawn from surveys of tens of thousands of leading specialists worldwide. The specialists were asked whom they would send a loved one to for treatment in their specialty. For more information, visit

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