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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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NEW JERSEY

New Jersey's Best in Medicine
Dr. Neil Kaye will be sharing his knowledge and expertise in the areas of General Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry, Neuropsychiatry and Psychopharmacology. Dr. Kaye has been active in the healthcare industry for the past 32 years.
Vladimir Klebanov, MD
Dr. Stephen I. Kramer, Professor Emeritus at Wake Forest Baptist Health Sciences and Field Representative/Physician Surveyor at The Joint Commission. With over 30 years in the healthcare industry, including 28 years at Wake Forest, Dr. Kramer shares his expertise in Forensic Psychiatry and Neuropsychiatry.
Dr. Bittner performs cardiothoracic surgery and vascular surgery. Additionally, he is also involved in a dedicated leadership role where he conducts cardiothoracic research. During his 28-year career, Dr. Bittner gained skills and knowledge in minimally-invasive cardiac surgery, minimally-invasive aortic and mitral valve repairs and replacement, advanced heart failure surgery, heart and lung transplantation and coronary revascularization and off-pump coronary artery bypass surgery.
Dr. Indrani Sen Hightower attended Robert Wood Johnson Medical and earned her MD in 1999. From there, she went on to the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital to complete her fellowship and residency where she primarily focused on learning about Neurology, and Neurophysiology.
Currently the senior clinical pharmacist specialist at Lifespan Pharmacy Ambulatory Care Services in Providence, R.I., Dr. Dapaah-Afriyie was instrumental in the development of 14 pharmacist-managed ambulatory services both in primary care and specialty medicine.
Best in Medicine
Dr. Laura Rainer, Physician at Gulf Coast Medical Group will be sharing her knowledge and expertise in General Endocrinology. Board Certified in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism by the American Board of Internal Medicine, Dr. Rainer utilizes her eleven years of expertise in her role as a Physician at Gulf Coast Medical Group.
Dr. Laura Rainer, Physician at Gulf Coast Medical Group will be sharing her knowledge and expertise in General Endocrinology. Board Certified in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism by the American Board of Internal Medicine, Dr. Rainer utilizes her eleven years of expertise in her role as a Physician at Gulf Coast Medical Group.
Dr. Laura Rainer, Physician at Gulf Coast Medical Group will be sharing her knowledge and expertise in General Endocrinology. Board Certified in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism by the American Board of Internal Medicine, Dr. Rainer utilizes her eleven years of expertise in her role as a Physician at Gulf Coast Medical Group.
Grace Totoe, MBChB, with 13 years in the healthcare industry and 3 in her current role as a Nocturnist/Hospitalist/Acute Care Medicine Physician at North Clinic and North Memorial Medical Center, Grace Totoe is being recognized for her expertise in Internal Medicine and Hospital Medicine.
Best in Medicine
Dr. Laura Rainer, Physician at Gulf Coast Medical Group will be sharing her knowledge and expertise in General Endocrinology. Board Certified in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism by the American Board of Internal Medicine, Dr. Rainer utilizes her eleven years of expertise in her role as a Physician at Gulf Coast Medical Group.
Kori Anderson, MMS, PA-C, a Physician Assistant at North Jersey Health and Wellness in New Jersey, Ms. Anderson diagnoses and manages patients’ treatment plans. While she has held her current role for about four months, she has spent the last five years in the healthcare industry expanding her skills and knowledge in neuropsychiatric and neuropsychological disorders, substance abuse, and chronic pain.
With eight years in Endocrine and Diabetes Care and five years in his current role as Clinical Endocrinologist at Palm Beach Diabetes and Endocrine Specialists in Palm Beach, Florida, Dr. Aoun attributes his success to dedication, perseverance, a love for medicine, and the values of his upbringing.
Dr. Mark S. Granick, Professor and Chief of Plastic Surgery at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School shares his knowledge and expertise on Plastic Surgery and Reconstructive Surgery. A Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Granick utilizes his four decades of experience in the field of Plastic Surgery in his role as the Professor and Chief of Plastic Surgery.
Dr. Acra has spent the last decade of his nearly 30-year career as President and founder of Acra Medical Aesthetics in Florida, a state-of-the-art medical spa that offers advanced and effective anti-aging procedures for men and women of all skin types.
Dr. Neil Kaye will be sharing his knowledge and expertise in the areas of General Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry, Neuropsychiatry and Psychopharmacology. Dr. Kaye has been active in the healthcare industry for the past 32 years.
Amassing over four decades in the field, Dr. Steinsapir excels in his current role as an Endocrinologist at Palm Beach Diabetes and Endocrine Specialists, PA. Serving multiple locations in Florida, Palm Beach Diabetes and Endocrine Specialists, PA is a pioneer in the fight against diabetes and other endocrine disorders, through patient education, goal setting, and individual involvement in a personalized treatment program.
Dr. Bittner performs cardiothoracic surgery and vascular surgery. Additionally, he is also involved in a dedicated leadership role where he conducts cardiothoracic research. During his 28-year career, Dr. Bittner gained skills and knowledge in minimally-invasive cardiac surgery, minimally-invasive aortic and mitral valve repairs and replacement, advanced heart failure surgery, heart and lung transplantation and coronary revascularization and off-pump coronary artery bypass surgery.
Dr. Bittner performs cardiothoracic surgery and vascular surgery. Additionally, he is also involved in a dedicated leadership role where he conducts cardiothoracic research. During his 28-year career, Dr. Bittner gained skills and knowledge in minimally-invasive cardiac surgery, minimally-invasive aortic and mitral valve repairs and replacement, advanced heart failure surgery, heart and lung transplantation and coronary revascularization and off-pump coronary artery bypass surgery.
Dr. Laura Rainer, Physician at Gulf Coast Medical Group will be sharing her knowledge and expertise in General Endocrinology. Board Certified in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism by the American Board of Internal Medicine, Dr. Rainer utilizes her eleven years of expertise in her role as a Physician at Gulf Coast Medical Group.
Dr. Robert Goldsmith, the current Executive Director of Corporate Employee Health at Novartis Services Incorporated. His expertise in internal medicine, occupational medicine, and public health are being acknowledged as major contributions to American healthcare.
Dr. Robert Goldsmith, the current Executive Director of Corporate Employee Health at Novartis Services Incorporated. His expertise in internal medicine, occupational medicine, and public health are being acknowledged as major contributions to American healthcare.
Brittany Bento, PA-C
Brittany Bento, PA-C, a surgical physician assistant at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New Jersey. Ms. Bento provides high-quality and immediate care to patients in a surgical out-patient ambulatory setting. Ms. Bento has expanded and enhanced her skills and knowledge in patient care, surgical oncology and advocacy.
David Yorio, DO
David Yorio, DO is a board-certified family medicine physician who practices primarily in Wayne, NJ. Since entering the healthcare industry 15 years ago, Dr. Yorio has gained and provided comprehensive knowledge and experience in family medicine, obesity, and patient care.
Valerie McRae, MD
As the chief of the division of pediatric anesthesia and associate professor at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, N.J., Dr. McRae contributes over 25 years of knowledge in pediatric deformities and managing  challenging pediatric cases.
Kori Anderson, MMS, PA-C
Kori Anderson, MMS, PA-C, a Physician Assistant at North Jersey Health and Wellness in New Jersey, Ms. Anderson diagnoses and manages patients’ treatment plans. While she has held her current role for about four months, she has spent the last five years in the healthcare industry expanding her skills and knowledge in neuropsychiatric and neuropsychological disorders, substance abuse, and chronic pain.
Justin Capote, MD
Justin Capote, MD has provided outstanding contributions to improving mental health. Dr. Capote specializes in adult psychiatry and is experienced in treating issues related to medication overuse, substance abuse, withdrawal syndromes, age-related comorbidities, and common psychiatric issues such as anxiety, anger, and depression.
Sona Jasani, MD
As the director of One Health Initiative at Rutgers University’s Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey for nearly two years, Dr. Jasani guides a transdisciplinary, collaborative group of physicians, veterinarians, ecological sciences, and public health experts through exceptional leadership.
Best in Medicine
Bernard Ogon, MD is an experienced Medicine Practitioner. Founder of the Tri-State Visiting Home Physicians and Suboxone Clinic in Bristol, Pa., and has served as its Medical Director for the past four years. Eager to share his extensive knowledge of Geriatrics and Addiction Medicine.
Hightower Indrani
Dr. Indrani Sen Hightower attended Robert Wood Johnson Medical and earned her MD in 1999. From there, she went on to the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital to complete her fellowship and residency where she primarily focused on learning about Neurology, and Neurophysiology.
Best in Medicine
Dr. Dorina Leibu, Attending Anesthesiologist at North American Partners in Anesthesia (NAPA). With expertise in Anesthesia an Cardiac Anesthesiology, Dr. Leibu brings 36 years of experience within the healthcare industry.
Ramzan Zakir, M.D.,FACC,FSCAI
Dr. Ramzan Zakir, current Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Heart and Vascular Institute of Central New Jersey. With 8 years in his present role and 21 years within the healthcare industry.
Raul Almanzar, MD, FAACP
Board-Certified Pediatrician Raul Almanzar MD, FAAP has developed unique expertise in several medical specializations, including Pediatrics, Infectious Disease, and Dermatology.
Stephanie Sargent, DO, FACOI
Dr. Stephanie Sargent, Associate Medical Director at VITAS Healthcare in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. With 12 years in the industry, Dr. Sargent brings Board-certified expertise in Medicine and Internal Medicine.
Best in Medicine
Dr. Oliver Choo utilizes over four years of expertise in his role as an anesthesiologist at Princeton Anesthesia Services, P.C. Located in New Jersey, Princeton Anesthesia Services, P.C. provides anesthesia services to the Princeton area and the surrounding communities.
Best in Medicine
An Attending Nephrologist at RWJBarnabas Health, Dr. Deepika Jain is internationally recognized Polio Eradication Evangelist, and Renal Disease Educator, has 12+ years within the healthcare industry. With expertise in Nephrology, Acute Renal Failure, Chronic Kidney Disease, Dialysis, and Renal Transplantation Care.
Arthur Childs, Medical Director of Dr. Arthur Childs Medical Home in Cape May County, New Jersey. With 26 years in his current role, along with 31 years in the healthcare field, Dr. Childs brings to the healthcare industry expertise in internal medicine and critical care.
Robert Goldsmith, MD, MPH, FACOEM
Dr. Robert Goldsmith, the current Executive Director of Corporate Employee Health at Novartis Services Incorporated. His expertise in internal medicine, occupational medicine, and public health are being acknowledged as major contributions to American healthcare.
With a diverse educational background in biology, chemistry, teaching, business, as well as marketing, Dr. Jordan Barnett went on to become one of the most esteemed physicians in New Jersey. With twenty-four years within the healthcare industry has earned Dr. Barnett multiple recognitions and career highlights.
Bac X. Nguyen, MD
With nineteen years of experience in the field of Family Medicine, Dr. Nguyen offers valuable insight in his role as Medical Director for physician practice, Inspira Medical Group, located in Mullica Hill, New Jersey.
Dr. Mark S. Granick, Professor and Chief of Plastic Surgery at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School shares his knowledge and expertise on Plastic Surgery and Reconstructive Surgery. A Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Granick utilizes his four decades of experience in the field of Plastic Surgery in his role as the Professor and Chief of Plastic Surgery.
Best in Medicine
Dr. Olga V. Byalik, utilizes her sixteen years of expertise in her role as a Physician at Olga V. Byalik M.D. PC. Located in Springfield, New Jersey, Olga V. Byalik MD PC is a private practice offering gynecological services.
Dr. Anuradha Patel shares her knowledge and expertise on Pediatric Anesthesia, Neuromuscular Disorder, and Preoperative Anxiety. Dr. Patel serves as an Associate Professor, Clinical Director and the Section Chief of Pediatric Anesthesia at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.

Nader Abdallah, DO

Physician
The Doctors Office Urgent Care

Samuel Adegboyega, DPM

Clinical Instructor/Department of Surgery/Chief of Podiatry
NYCPM/Bergen Family Foot Care

Rotanna Adefowokan, MD/MPH, FACOG

Physician
NCHC

Amer Akmal, MD

Chairman
St. Joseph’s Regional Med Ctr

Raul Almanzar, MD FAAP

MD
Passaic Pediatrics II

Achilles Alon, BS, PharmD

Owner/PIC
Ace-Rx Specialty Pharmacy

Jesus Alvarez-Perez, MD, FACOG

Director of Obstetrics
Hackensack Univ. Medical Center

Kori Anderson, M.M.S., PA-C, CCDP-NJ

Physician Assistant-Certified
North Jersey Health & Wellness

Lisa Armstrong, MD, FACEP

Director
EMA of NY & NJ

Razvan Arsenescu, MD, PhD

Chief Atlantic Digestive Health Institute/Director Atlantic Inflammatory Bowel Diseases Center of Excellence
Atlantic Health System

Jordan Barnett, MD, FACEP, FAAEM

Emergency Physician
Lourdes

George Batsides, MD

Chief of Cardiac Surgery
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Patrick Beaty MD

CMO
MFHN

Bruce Beck, BS

Retired
Retired

Joanna Beizem, MD

Physician
Center for Health Education Medicine & Dentistry

Brittany Bento, PA-C

Surgical Physician Assistant
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Michael Bernstein, MD

Medical Director
EMCARE

Alessandra Bertolucci, OD

Principal
Self

Peter Blumenthal MD, MPH, D-ABPM

Medical Director
IMX Medical Management Services, Inc.

Philip Bonaparte, M.D.

Chief Medical Officer/President
New Hope Health Center

Brenda Y. Camacho, MD

MD
NewPoint Behavioral Health Care

Damali Campbell, MD

Assistant Professor
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Alexandra Carrer, MD

Attending Physician
Premier Orthopaedics

Julie Caruth, MD, MPH

Physician
Virtua Health System

Anthony Cavazos, MD, AAFP

MD
DrC360, LLC

Vinette Coelho-D’Costa, MD

Owner & President
Advanced Pulmonary, Sleep & Critical Care Assoc.

Arthur Childs, MD

Director
Dr Arthur Child’s Medical Home

Sung Hee Cho, DDS, MD

Surgeon
Riverside Oral Surgery

Michael DelGiodice, OD

Physician
Associated Eye Physicians

Matthew DeLuca, MD

Physician
Self

Julio Diaz MD, FAAP

Physician
Summit Medical Group

Jennifer Dismukes, D.O.

Attending Psychiatric Physician
Private Practice

Raysa Echeverria, DC

Head Chiropractor/Clinic Director
Personal Care Professionals

Fadi El-Atat, MD

CEO/FACV Consultants PC
Self Employed

Osama Elsawy, D.O.

Physician
Saint Joseph’s Regional Med. Center

Gina Fioriti, DO

Staff Physician
Team Health

Robert Geller, DO

Emergency Room Attending
PPE

Sharon Gertzman, DO

Medical Director
Self

Jagdip Gill, MD

Fellow
RWJ Barnabas Health

Andrew Grano, DC

Owner/Chiropractor
Self

Anthony Guariglia, MD

Attending
EMCARE

Adam Hait, BS

President/Registered Pharmacist
Schraft’s 2.0

Syed Hasni, MD

Hospitalist
Atlanticare

Raymond Hawash, BCPS, CCP

Pharmacist in Charge
Valley Health System

Indrani Hightower, MD

Neurologist
Dr. Steven Bromley

Thomas Hirth, ABA/ MD

Anesthesiologist
Sheridan Healthcare

Leonardo Holguin, MD, MS

Medical Director
PPE

Juana Hutchinson-Colas, MD

Chief/Division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Joseph Ibrahim, MD

CEO & Director
New Jersey Spine& Pain

Deepika Jain, MD

Assoc. Nephrologist
Hudson Kidney Group

Ting-Yu Jih, MD

Hospitalist
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Christine Kalafut, MS, BS

Physician Assistant/CPT
Emcare Newton Med Center /US Army National Guard

Gordana Katava, DO, MS

Molecular Pathology Fellow
Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine

Kevin Kear, PA-C

Physician Assistant
Orthopedic Institute of New Jersey

David Koota, MD

Surgeon
Urologic Care Alliance

Daniel Korya, MD

Director of Stroke
CarePoint & NeuroCall

Alison Kole, MD, MPH, FACCP

Co-Director, Comprehensive Sleep Disorders Program
Summit Medical Group

Kelly Kramer, RPh, MBA

Key Account Manager
Melinta Therapeutics

Sean Lalin, MD

Medical Director
Retina Specialists of New Jersey

Carmencita Lanez, MD

Private Practitioner
Self

Christopher Lee, MD

Managing Partner
South Jersey Urology Consultants, LLC

Sunjoo Lee, D.O.

Partner
Bergen Anesthesia Associates of TeamHealth

Dorina Leibu, MD

Attending Anesthesiologist
NAPA

Paul Lewandowski, DC

Chiropractic Physician
Self

Elizabeth Liu, M.D., Ph.D.

Doctor
Wellness Medical Center

Michael Lurakis, DO

Physician
Reliance Medical Group

Lorraine Maita, MD

President/Medical Director
Self

C. Marlo Baird MD, MPH, DABAM, DABPM, FASAM

Medical Director
Growth & Recovery Services

Valerie McRae, MD

Assoc. Prof.
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Med. School

Allan Mendez, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy/ Co-owner
Silver Lake Physical Therapy

Marc Menkowitz, MD

Owner
Center for the Functional Restoration of the Spine

Alfredo Mennonna, BA, MS, PA-C

Physician Assistant
Mid Atlantic Neonatal Associates

Robert Milby, PharmD

Pharmacy Manager
Walgreens

Elena Miller, BS

Pharmacist
Valurx

Irina Milgram, PA-C, MS

Physician Assistant
Integrated Dermatology

Nader Moaven, MD

CEO
Empire Medical Associates, PC

Donald Monteau, BS, PA-C

Physician Assistant
Coney Island Hospital

Anish Nihalani, MD, FACS, FASMBS

Owner
Nihalani M.D. LLC

Bac Nguyen, MD

Medical Director
Inspira Medical Group/Inspira Health Network

Bernard Ogon, MBBch, CAQ

Medical Director
Tri-State Visiting Home Physicians

Esra Onat, MD

Family Practitioner
Dr Esra S. Onat, MD

Kwabena Owusu-Dapaah, MD

Attending Physician
St. Clares Hospital Denville, NJ

Jeffrey Pammer, DC

Director of Brain Health & Energy Medicine
Third Space Medical: Pure Anti-Aging & Innovative Spine Care

Benjamin Paschkes, MS, DO

Attending Physician ER
PPE

Parag Patel, MD

Medical Doctor Provider
Elmwood Family Physicians

Vishal Patel, MD

Medical Director
Firstmed Family Healthcare

Laura Paxton, MD

Physician
Atlantic Rheumatology & Osteoporosis Associates

Mitchell Pernal, BS, DC

Owner
North East Spine & Sports Medicine

Beth Pletcher, MD

Director/Division of Clinical Genetics
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Amit Poonia, MD

Medical Director
Advanced Interventional Pain Management Center

Dina Prus, M.D.,F.A.C.E

Physician
Empire Medical Associates

Allison Rathmann, DO

Surgeon
Advanced Neurosurgery Associates

Maya Ramagopal, MD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics
RWJ Medical School

Andrew Razin, MD, PhD

President
Andrew Razin, MD, PC

Elizabeth Rebbecchi, BPharmD

Staff Pharmacist
CVS Pharmacy

Hinakumari D Rey, PA-C

Physician Assistant
Palisades Emergency Consultants/HUMC; Share Medical Center

Susan Pitman, FACOG, MD

Physician
Summit Medical Group

Cindy Roman, BA, BS, PA-C

Staff Physician Assistant
New York Presbyterian Hospital

Mark Russo, MD, MS

Director of Structural Heart Disease
RWJBarnabas Health

Babita Saaraswat, MD

Private Practice
Self

Michael Sabia, MD

Division Head & Pain Medicine Fellowship Director
Cooper Univer. Hospital

Charbel Salamon, MD, MS

Division & Fellowship Director, Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery
Atlantic Health System

Stephanie Sargent, D.O., FACOI

Associate MD
VITAS Hospice

Evan Sarti, DO

Attending Physician
Summit Medical Group

Lawrence A. Seitzman BA, MD, FACOG, OBGYN

Private Practice
Self

Josef Schenker MD, EMT-P, FACEP, FAEMS

Physician
New York Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital

Shayla Schneider, BSP, RPh

Pharmacy Manager
CVS Pharmacy

Bhakti Shah, BS, PA-C

Chief Physician Assistant
Wyckoff Heights Medical Center

Barry Shapiro, DO, FACC, FACOI

Cardiologist
Heat House/South Jersey Cardiology

Maria Josefina Sharma, MD

Pediatrician
Kind Care Pediatrics & St Joseph Hospital Med. Center

Rakesh Sharma, MD

President and CEO
Self-Employed

Michael Sheahan, Pharmacist Immunizer

Pharmacist
Scotch Hills Pharmacy

Nagalakshmi Shetty, MD

Physician
Coastal Healthcare

Shana Shoulson, MD

Physician
Robert Wood Johnson Physician Enterprise

John Siegal, MD

Attending
Summit Medical Group

Anubha Sinha, MD, FCCP

Medical Director
Self

Jacqueline Smith, MD

Attending Physician
Clifton OB GYN

Deborah Smyth, BS

Director of Pharmacy
St. Lawrence Rehabilitation Center

Vishal Sood, BPharm

Owner
Home Drug Store

Seun Sowemimo, MD, FACS, FASMBS

MD
Prime Surgicare

Ron Suzuki, MD

Physician
SMA

Randy Talamayan, MD

MD
Self

Ravi Thamburaj, DO

Attending Physician
EMCare

Deep Trivedi, MD

Physician
Urology Care Alliance

Rudolph Willis, MD

Medical Director
Irvington Emergent Care

Kyung Yoon, MD

Emerg. Depart. Attending Physician
Apollo MD

David Yorio, DO

Founding Physician
Wyckoff Family Medicine

Ramzan Zakir, MD, FACC, FSCAI

Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine
Heart and Vascular Institute of Central Jersey