US News Weighs in: Otolarynology No. 21, while 20 UCNI Specialists Named to “Top Doctors” Directory

CINCINNATI–Twenty University of Cincinnati Gardner Neuroscience Institute (UCNI) specialists, including seven otolaryngologists, have been named to the first U.S. News Top Doctors directory, a free, searchable database that lists nearly 30,000 peer-nominated physicians across the country.

The U.S. News Top Doctors directory augments the Best Hospitals rankings, which U.S. News updated in its 22nd annual rankings last week . The magazine ranked UC Health University Hospital, home of UCNI, among the nation’s best. The magazine awarded a No. 21 ranking to University Hospital’s otolaryngology specialists, who are part of UCNI’s Brain Tumor Center and Neurosensory Disorders Center, and it listed neurosurgery and neurology as “high-performing.”

Named to the prestigious Top Doctors directory are:

Interventional Neuroradiology:  Todd Abruzzo, MD, who is affiliated with the Mayfield Clinic.

Neurology: Joseph Broderick, MD, the Albert Barnes Voorheis Professor and Chair of the UC Department of Neurology and Research Director of UCNI; Daniel Kanter, MD; Michael Privitera, MD, Director of the UC Epilepsy Center. The three neurologists are affiliated with UC Health.

Neurosurgery: Charles Kuntz, IV, MD; Ronald Warnick, MD, Chairman of the Mayfield Clinic and Medical Director of the UC Brain Tumor Center; Mario Zuccarello, MD, the Frank H. Mayfield Professor and Chairman of the University of Cincinnati Department of Neurosurgery. The three neurosurgeons are affiliated with the Mayfield Clinic.

Ophthalmology: Karl Golnik, MD, a neuro-ophthalmologist who is affiliated with UC Health.

Otolaryngology: Ellis Arjmand; MD, Robin Cotton, MD; David Hom, MD; Charles Myer, MD; Myles Pensak, MD, the H.B. Broidy Professor and Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology; Ravi Samy, MD; Allen Seiden, MD;  David Steward, MD; and Keith Wilson, MD. Drs. Hom, Pensak, Samy, Seiden, Steward and Wilson are affiliated with UC Health. Drs. Arjmand, Cotton and Myer are affiliated with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation: Mark Goddard, MD, Professor and Chair of the Department of PM&R, who is affiliated with UC Health and Drake Center.

Psychiatry: Stephen Strakowski, MD, the Dr. Stanley and Mickey Kaplan Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry, Vice President of Research for UC Health, and Senior Associate Dean for Research at UC. Dr. Strakowski is affiliated with UC Health, the Lindner Center of Hope and Cincinnati Children’s.

Radiation Oncology: William Barrett, MD, who is affiliated with UC Health.

In addition, six UCNI specialists are identified as a top doctor who, in Castle Connolly’s estimation, are “among the top 1 percent in the nation in their specialty. Those doctors are:

  • Joseph Broderick, MD
  • Charles Myer, MD
  • Myles Pensak, MD
  • Ronald Warnick, MD
  • Keith Wilson, MD
  • Stephen Strakowski, MD

The complete national list can be viewed at

U.S. News Top Doctors was created in collaboration with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., publisher of America’s Top Doctors and other consumer health guides. It draws from Castle Connolly’s database of Top Doctors, all recommended for their clinical skills by other doctors and individually vetted by a physician-led research team.

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