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Leader in Medicine

Selection for the American Health Council’s “Leader in Medicine” award is reserved for those individuals who have exhibited exemplary conduct in their field. These doctors and medical educators serve as the guiding light for advancement from the classroom to the consultation room to the operating room. Leading by example, the difference begins with them.

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Connecticut's Best in Medicine
The American Health Council has welcomed Dr. Angelique Levi, as " Best in Medicine" in recognition of her outstanding dedication in the field of Prostate Pathology and Cytopathology.
The American Health Council has welcomed Dr. Rex Mahnensmith, as " Best in Medicine" in recognition of her outstanding dedication in the field of Internal Medicine.
Prior to his retirement in 2017, Dr. Jeffrey Wasser, MD was the Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine and Director of the Clinical Trials Office for the University of Connecticut Health Center.
Dr. Maria C. Pavlis, MD, FACC is a Physician at Yale New Haven Greenwich Hospital. With over 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry, Dr. Pavlis specializes in Cardiology and Cardiovascular Disease.
With over four decades of experience within the healthcare industry, Dr. Robert Cerciello is now enjoying his retirement after a highly successful career as a Physician. Dr. Cerciello first became involved in the profession due to his belief that the field of neurology can help...
Amassing an impressive 25 years working within the healthcare industry, Dr. Veronica Chiang, MD has been recognized in her role as Professor of Neurosurgery. Dr. Chiang found an interest in her profession from always having an appreciation for the challenge of Neurosurgery. Focusing her studies in this area...
Dr. Carol Papov attended Boston University School of Medicine and graduated with her medical degree in 1995. While at medical school, Dr. Papov was an elected member of Alpha Omega Alpha, the Honor Medical Society...
With over 36 years of experience within the healthcare industry, Dr. Shaukat Khan, MD from West Haven, Connecticut, is a highly regarded expert in the field of Psychiatry, and currently upholds the prestigious position of Staff Psychiatrist at the VA CT Health Care System.
Dr. Cassandra Tribble is a well-renowned attending physician in Connecticut, and has worked at Greenwich Anesthesia Associates at Greenwich Hospital for an impressive 21 years.
Debbie Palmer, BBA, DO, FAOCD, FAAD
Medical Director and Co-founder of Dermatology Associates of New York, Debbie Palmer BBA, DO, FAOCD, FAAD, has almost two decades of experience in the healthcare industry. Dr. Palmer will be bringing her expertise in Dermatology and subspecialty Laser Procedures to American Health Council’s Board of Physicians.
Dr. Villanueva contributes exquisite expertise in infectious diseases, HIV, hepatitis, patient care and medicine. Since she entered the healthcare industry eight years ago, Dr. Villanueva has garnered a set of impeccable skills, making her an esteemed member of the medical field.
With a desire and passion to treat and educate critically-ill people, Dr. Honiden decided to pursue a career in the medical and academic field. After earning a bachelor’s degree in human biology with a focus on health policy and ethics from Stanford University in 1996, she remained at the same academic institution and earned a master’s degree in the Department of Health Research and Policy from the School of Medicine 1997.
Michael Feltes, MD
Dr. Feltes is the founder of Mystic Geriatrics, LLC, a home visit based, concierge model primary care practice for the senior population of Southeastern CT and adjacent Rhode Island. Dr. Feltes’s interest in medicine originated in childhood. 
Dr. Glenn G. Taylor of NOSS – Neurosurgery, Orthopedics & Spine Specialists, PC, Waterbury, Connecticut, shares his knowledge and expertise on orthopedic surgery, spine care, complex & revision spine surgery, trauma, general orthopedics and sports medicine.
Richard S. Casden, MD, FAAO
Dr. Richard S. Casden, Senior Surgeon/Founder at Acuity Eye Care and Medical Director will be sharing his knowledge and expertise in Ophthalmology and Intraocular Surgery.

Steven Angus, MD, FACP

Designated Instit. Official
Univ. of Connecticut

Veronica Chiang, MD

Associate Professor
Yale Som

Leon Goldstein, MD

Plastic Surgeon
Coastal Plastic Surg. Center

Ramon Gonzalez, MD

Medical Director
Quinnipiac Univ.

Si-Hoi Lam, MD

Asst. Clinical Prof.
Si-Hoi Lam, MD., LLC.

Angelique W. Levi, M.D.

Dir., Assoc. Prof., Attending Physician
Yale Univ./Yale New Haven Hospital

Duarte Machado, MD

Co-Director, Movement Disorders Clinic
Hartford Healthcare

Daniel O’Neill, MD, MA(Th)

Day Kimball Medical Group


Interim Section Chief
Yale University

Debbie Palmer, DO, FAAD, FAOCD

Medical Director& Physician

Melissa Perkal, MD

Director Surgical ICU, Assoc. Dir of Surgery
CT Healthcare System

Marguerite Pinto, MBBS

Assist Prof.
Yale School of Med.

Robin Roman, MD

Senior Staff

Marvin Sears, MD


Cynthia Silva, MD, FAAP

Division Head
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center

Merceditas Villanueva, MD

Director HIV/Aids Program
Yale Univ. School of Medicine