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Children's National Medical Center Specialists Named "Top Doctors" by Northern Virginia Magazine

February 01, 2011

Washington, DC— Fifty doctors from Children’s National Medical Center were honored as the region’s "Top Doctors" in the February 2011 issue of Northern Virginia Magazine. Children’s National is the only medical center in the greater metropolitan area dedicated exclusively to pediatric care. Through the Children's National Medical Center - Sheikh Zayed Campus for Advanced Children's Medicine, primary care clinics, and seven outpatient centers located across the region, Children’s National offers more than 50 pediatric specialty care programs and departments.

This year, Children’s National expanded the offering of services in Northern Virginia by affiliating with Children's National Specialists of Virginia, LLC. Children's National Specialists of Virginia, LLC, is a private, physician office-based practice in Fairfax, Virginia. Providing a variety of medical services for children, Children’s National Specialists of Virginia are board certified to provide the highest level of specialty care for children.

According to Northern Virginia Magazine, to determine the “Top Docs 2011” the editors conducted peer nominations and augmented the selection process by working with a panel of head doctors from nine local hospitals including Children’s National. The panel nominated physicians based on internal evaluation, patient reviews, and overall quality of care to determine the final list.

"We are very proud of the continued success of our physicians in Northern Virginia and throughout the metropolitan area. Children’s National is the largest pediatric specialty presence in the region and their ranking in this survey is evidence that our specialists are highly regarded by their peers," said Edwin K. Zechman, President and CEO, Children’s National Medical Center. "Iam pleased to congratulate our Northern Virginia ‘Top Docs.’”

Children's National Medical Center Specialists Named "Top Doctors"

Cardiac Surgery

Richard A. Jonas


Mary T. Donofrio 
Gerard R. Martin
Craig A. Sable


Roselyn E. Epps

Ear, Nose, and Throat (Otolaryngology)

Sukgi S. Choi 
Diego A. Preciado 
Rahul K. Shah 
George H. Zalzal

Endocrinology and Diabetes

Fran R. Cogen 
Paul Kaplowitz 
Priya Vaidyanathan

Epilepsy and Neurophysiology

Taeun Chang


Ali A. Bader 
Benny Kerzner 
John Snyder 
Jamie Wolfe

Hematology and Oncology 

Jay Greenberg 
Marianna Horn 
Christopher Lawlor 
Eva Perdahl-Wallace

Hospitalist Medicine

Francisco Alvarez

Infectious Disease

Nalini Singh
Bernhard L. Wiedermann


Billie Lou Short


Kanwal K. Kher 


Roger J. Packer

General Neurology

Bennett Lavenstein
William McClintock


Mohamad S. Jaafar
William P. Madigan, Jr.
Jonathan Taylormoore

Orthopaedic Surgery

Laurel Blakemore
Jeffery L. Hanway
Emily A. Hattwick

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Sally Evans
Olga Morozova

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Michael J. Boyajian
Albert Oh

Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine

Anastassious Koumbourlis


Adelaide Robb
Jay A. Salpekar


Lawrence K. Jung

Surgery (General and Thoracic)

Philip C. Guzzetta, Jr.
Kurt D. Newman
Faisal Qureshi
Anthony D. Sandler


M. David Gibbons
Hans G. Pohl
H. Gil Rushton

*The editors of Northern Virginia Magazine chose the specific specialties to include in the magazine listing. Some specialties, for example neurosurgery, were omitted for consideration due to publication size constraints.

Contact Paula Darte/Emily Dammeyer at 202-476-4500.

About Children's National Health System

Children’s National Health System, based in Washington, D.C., has served the nation’s children since 1870. Children’s National is one of the nation’s Top 5 pediatric hospitals and, for a second straight year, is ranked No. 1 in newborn care, as well as ranked in all specialties evaluated by U.S. News & World Report. It has been designated two times as a Magnet® hospital, a designation given to hospitals that demonstrate the highest standards of nursing and patient care delivery. This pediatric academic health system offers expert care through a convenient, community-based primary care network and specialty outpatient centers in the D.C. Metropolitan area, including the Maryland suburbs and Northern Virginia. Home to the Children’s Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children’s National is the seventh-highest NIH-funded pediatric institution in the nation. Children’s National is recognized for its expertise and innovation in pediatric care and as a strong voice for children through advocacy at the local, regional and national levels. 

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