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2008: 'Best Doctors in America' announced: 23 on staff at CDH
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'Best Doctors in America' announced: 23 on staff at CDH

17th annual survey based on peer rankings by specialty

WINFIELD, Ill., March 3, 2008 – Ask a doctor, “If you or a loved one needed a doctor in your specialty, to whom would you refer them?” You would receive the best possible recommendation and the 2007-2008 listing of the “Best Doctors in America,” which is the result of more than 35,000 doctors being asked just that. And, the answers are the best possible M.D. recommendations. Nearly two dozen doctors on the medical staff of Central DuPage Hospital (CDH) are included in this year’s listing. The extensive, year-long process of continuous peer-to-peer surveys has been conducted for 17 years by Best Doctors, Inc., an independent organization dedicated to empowering consumers with information on best care. 

“This is a singular honor for these dedicated and gifted physicians who exemplify our dedication to providing the community with the best care possible,” said Dr. John R. Born, president of the medical staff at Central DuPage Hospital. “It is particularly significant because they are chosen by fellow physicians who have an insider’s perspective about who’s at the top of their profession and who’s up on the latest advances in their field. We are immensely proud these doctors have chosen to practice at Central DuPage Hospital.”

Only five percent of the doctors in the country are selected to become “Best Doctors.” The organization Best Doctors, Inc. was founded in 1989 by doctors affiliated with Harvard Medical School to provide doctor-to-doctor consultations for complicated cases, and has grown into an international company providing services to 10 million people in 30 countries. Up to 1.5 million evaluations are conducted annually with doctors in more than 400 subspecialties of medicine. All currently elected physicians, including many department heads at major teaching hospitals, are asked to rate specialists outside their own facilities.   

Specialists on CDH’s medical staff ranging from orthopedic surgeons and rehabilitation experts to radiologist and pediatricians are included on the list. Recognized as “Best Doctors” for 2007 to 2008 at Central DuPage Hospital are:

Norman A. Aliga, MD - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (Marianjoy)
David K. Chang, MD - Orthopaedic Surgery (OAD)
James M. Chow, MD - Otolaryngology (Midwest Ear, Nose and Throat Consultants)
Steven Boyce Coker, MD - Pediatric Specialist (Children’s Memorial Outpatient Clinic)
Dean J. Conterato, MD - Radiation Oncology (Nuclear Oncology, SC)
Mark J. Daily, MD - Ophthalmology (Wheaton Eye Clinic)
James S. Donaldson, MD - Radiology (Children’s Memorial Outpatient Clinic)
David K. Gieser, MD - Ophthalmology (Wheaton Eye Clinic)
Nina Louise Gotteiner, MD - Pediatric Specialist (Children’s Memorial Outpatient Clinic)
Mehmet S. Gulecyuz, MD - Pediatric Specialist (Children’s Memorial Outpatient Clinic)
Robert William Hart, MD, ABSM - Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine (Suburban Lung Assoc.)
Michael J. Hussey, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology (DuPage Gyn)
Mary Keen, MD - Pediatric Specialist (Marianjoy)
Anantha K. Murthy, MD - Radiation Oncology (DuPage Oncology Center)
Jeffery E. Oken, MD - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (Marianjoy)
Wayne G. Paprosky, MD - Orthopaedic Surgery (Midwest Ortho at Rush)
Noel Rao, MD - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (Marianjoy)
Harish N. Shownkeen, MD - CDH Neurosciences Institute
Vasilios Stambolis, MD - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (Marianjoy)
Meike L. Uhler, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology (Fertility Centers of Illinois)
Dolores Ann Vitullo, MD - Pediatric Specialist (Children’s Memorial Outpatient Clinic)
Diane E. Wallis, MD - Cardiovascular Disease (Midwest Heart)
Ruth D. Williams, MD - Ophthalmology (Wheaton Eye Clinic)

About Central DuPage Hospital

Central DuPage Hospital (CDH) is a nationally recognized 361-bed facility located in Winfield, Illinois, a suburb west of Chicago. It is the third most active hospital in Illinois performing total joint replacements. CDH is a leading center for surgical innovations and was one of the first institutions in the nation to offer robotic-assisted surgery, minimally invasive spine surgery with bio-engineered bone protein and was the first Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in DuPage County.

Recently, CDH was recognized by U.S. News & World Report on the list of Best Hospitals in the orthopaedics category.

In 2007, CDH announced its intent to enter a joint venture with ProCure Treatment Centers, Inc. and Radiation Oncology Consultants, Ltd. to build the first proton therapy treatment center in Illinois. Pending regulatory approval, patient treatment will begin mid-year 2010.

The hospital is part of an interdependent network of health-care organizations and services, including convenient care centers, occupational health services and a full range of options for senior living, home health and hospice care. To learn more information about CDH visit www.cdh.org or call (630) 933-4CDH.

Media Contact:
Amy Jo Steinbruecker
Central DuPage Hospital