Sarasota’s Top Doctors 2011

By: Hannah Wallace, Kay Kipling, Forest Balderson

A competitive market benefits consumers, and that’s abundantly evident in Sarasota’s healthcare industry, which has attracted more than its share of gifted physicians. After all, doctors love beautiful weather and topnotch culture as much as the rest of us. But that’s not all that draws them here: Award-winning hospitals, groundbreaking medical research and, of course, […]


A competitive market benefits consumers, and that’s abundantly evident in Sarasota’s healthcare industry, which has attracted more than its share of gifted physicians. After all, doctors love beautiful weather and topnotch culture as much as the rest of us. But that’s not all that draws them here: Award-winning hospitals, groundbreaking medical research and, of course, a significant number of talented peers increase the area’s appeal. Doctors who could practice anywhere come here to challenge themselves—and each other—to be the very best. That means that not only do we have some of the best doctors in the country, but also they’re happy to work and live in Southwest Florida—even if it means a little healthy competition.

The achievements of local physicians, and their passion for the area, are evident in this annual listing of Castle-Connolly’s Top Doctors. This year’s listing includes 97 Sarasota and Manatee physicians who were nominated by their peers and then thoroughly vetted by Castle-Connolly Medical, a national medical research firm that specializes in marrying career accomplishments with peer review. These doctors are not chosen simply for their resumes; they’re also nominated based on their dedication and their care as observed by their fellow doctors. They’re an accomplished and inspiring group, and we laud them for their dedication to their calling and our community.

In addition to presenting the listing of top doctors, we asked four physicians how recent medical breakthroughs have affected their practice and the lives of their patients. Their stories are uplifting examples of the care and compassion these doctors dedicate to their work. You can also read about how research going on right here in Sarasota is creating even more medical breakthroughs that will benefit people all over the world.

Plus, we peeked into some of our top doctors’ lives to see what invigorates them when they’re not practicing medicine.

We hope this feature serves as an introduction to our talented medical community, but it’s by no means the full extent of the area’s excellent physicians. As always, you are the final authority about your own healthcare, and we encourage you to find the physician who best suits your needs, your preferences and your personality. You need look no further than these pages to see just how great the right doctor’s influence can be.

 

Breakthrough


Open Heart
 
New heart-surgery technology saves a young boy who 15 years ago would have died. 

In 2004, Nissi Luvavali was born in Sarasota with hypoplastic left heart syndrome—an undersized lower ventricle choking off his body’s supply of oxygenated blood. His parents, recent Kenyan immigrants, came to pediatrician Dr. Patricia Blanco.

As a resident at All Children’s Hospital in the early 1990s, Blanco had taken care of a child with the same congenital defect. “There was very little we could offer back then,” she says. “He went on palliative care and died.”

But surgical practices have improved drastically. “It’s amazing how medicine evolves,” Blanco says. Thanks to a more effective heart/lung machine and stronger, more intricate surgical grafts, Nissi’s condition was now treatable through a series of open-heart surgeries. He underwent his first surgery just four days after birth.

Hypoplastic children are sometimes called “blue babies.” While most people have blood oxygen levels of 98 or 99 percent, theirs can be in the 70s and 80s. Even with today’s improved practices, the hypoxia remains until an afflicted child’s final surgery, three or four years after birth, and can affect IQ and other brain functions. That’s a huge worry for parents and surgeons. 

For four years, while Nissi’s mother worked as a professor, his father stayed at home and looked after him. Despite his vulnerability, the little boy thrived. “This kid was talking to me at age three, reciting continents and states the way some kids tell you their ABCs,” says Blanco. When nurses gave him his shots, Nissi would respond with a polite, “Thank you.”

 In 2008, he underwent his sixth and final operation.

“My entire office was praying for him,” says Blanco. “He’s been an inspiration to us.”

Now, at age six, Nissi’s blood oxygen is normal. He attends New Gate School and is a talented pianist. “He loves math,” Blanco boasts. “Most kids get ‘white coat phobia’ because they’ve been hurt so much. He’s had his sternum opened multiple times, and he just walks right in here.”

Her voice softens. “Sometimes he refers to me as nyanya, a Kenyan term of endearment, like ‘grandmother,’” she says. “He’s an incredible young man.”—Hannah Wallace

 

The Big Chill
A new strategy of inducing hypothermia prevents brain damage to a nurse in cardiac arrest.

The middle-aged nurse began having chest pains at home, but she didn’t want to call an ambulance. Instead, she called her husband to drive her to Sarasota Memorial Hospital. On the way, she lost consciousness, and when paramedics made it to the scene, she was in cardiac arrest.

Cardiologists began working on her immediately after her arrival at the hospital, but they knew that after 10 or 15 minutes of CPR, a patient can suffer serious brain injury. Enter pulmonologist/critical care specialist Dr. Kenneth Hurwitz, who, with other local physicians, has helped to write a protocol for inducing hypothermia that’s proven effective in preventing lasting brain damage in these cases.

“We put a catheter in the large vein of her leg,” Hurwitz explains, “and cool saline went into her veins to act like a refrigerant. The saline circulates back out through these balloons alongside the catheter—it’s like in a car’s radiator—but the cooling of her body temperature to 91 degrees, for about 24 hours, helped to suppress the inflammatory response that would have swollen her brain cells. Basically, it’s like if you sprain your knee and put ice on it [to keep the swelling down].”

It worked like a charm on the nurse-turned-patient. She woke up a little groggy but within a couple of days was back to almost normal and within a week was back at home. “I still see her a couple of times a year in the office,” says Hurwitz (who was voted 2009 Physician of the Year at Sarasota Memorial by his peers). “Every time she comes in, I say, ‘I’m really glad to see you!’ She’s working, driving, everything back to normal.”

In all, Hurwitz adds, physicians at SMH have “cooled” more than 150 patients with the hypothermia protocol since they began using it eight or nine years ago. He recalls another patient, a seemingly healthy high school teacher with whom it was touch-and-go after a collapse. “The first day [after the cooling], he was very out of it,” he recalls. “The next time I went in to see him, he was sitting up reading a novel.”—Kay Kipling

 

Less is More 
A new emphasis on helping cardiac patients lose weight revitalizes a 68-year-old woman. 

After his 68-year-old patient endured her third surgery for heart disease, Sarasota cardiologist Dr. Edward Bermudez knew a different approach was needed. “She spent weeks on the ventilator,” he remembers. “We didn’t think she was going to make it.” And when she was finally taken off the ventilator, she still couldn’t walk more than 10 feet without being out of breath. “To get her through this traumatic, invasive surgery and her still not feeling well was a huge disappointment,” he says.

The problem, Bermudez knew, stemmed from her obesity, but for years physicians simply didn’t involve themselves in their patients’ weight struggles. “At one point in my training, obesity was not thought to be a risk factor in coronary disease,” he says. Even as studies revealed the negative effects of excess fat, most doctors felt weight loss wasn’t their concern. “I’ve been guilty of it,” he admits. “‘Blood pressure’s still running high? Write another prescription.’ These people end up taking 10, 15 pills a day.”

This time, rather than rely on technology-guided “end-stage miracles,” Bermudez decided to work with the patient to develop a healthy exercise and diet program that included Take Shape For Life, a meal-replacement program also used at Johns Hopkins Hospital. In the last four years, physician-guided weight loss has revolutionized cardiology as a fundamental, and often preventive, treatment for heart disease. Heart patients are getting new medical diet plans and even accessing doctor-monitored weight-loss websites. Bermudez says weight loss has become as important in his practice as stopping smoking and lowering cholesterol. 

His three-time heart surgery patient lost 30 pounds and was taken off much of her medication, including her pills for diabetes. “She was a new person,” he says. “She wasn’t using her cane anymore. She was bright, cheery, and loving life. She wanted to get back to her motorcycle rides with her husband.”

Weight loss “is one of the most impactful aspects of medicine we’ve become aware of,” Bermudez adds. “We’re getting to the fundamentals of treatment.”—Hannah Wallace

 

A Leg Up
New tools simplify knee-replacement surgery—and restore an 82-year-old’s youthful cheer. 

One of the best things about orthopedics, says surgeon Dr. William Mehserle, is the doctor can physically intervene and “remove the problem” from a troubled patient. And new technology is making that easier all the time.

An 82-year-old woman complained to him often of chronic knee pain, so debilitating that it had soured her personality and affected her relationship with her family. Still, she stubbornly resisted knee-replacement surgery—an intense procedure that traditionally requires an incision up to 14 inches long. “She had a really negative outlook,” Mehserle says. “But it got to the point where it was either surgery or a wheelchair.”

Fortunately, Mehserle is at the forefront of a surgical joint-replacement revolution. “It’s not the implant itself but the instrumentation we use to align the joint that requires the large incision,” he explains. “So I developed a line of tools that allows me to do the operation through a much smaller incision. There’s less blood loss, so the heart and lungs aren’t as affected. You cause less trauma to the whole body.” For this patient’s full knee replacement, the incision was less than four inches long.

Three weeks later, the woman returned to Mehserle’s office—and she brought candy for everyone. “I told the assistant, ‘Don’t eat the candy yet. Let me go see her,’” he recalls with a laugh. As it turned out, her gratitude was sincere. “I didn’t recognize her. She’s got a big smile on her face, she’s relaxed, she’s cheerful,” he says. “She brought her cane with her, but she said she didn’t need it.”

A few months later, Mehserle got a call from the woman’s son. “He wanted to thank me for giving them back their mother,” the doctor recalls. “He said he remembered, as a kid, how fun she was. But she hadn’t been there for years.”—Hannah Wallace

 

Medical Detectives

Physicians and scientists are conducting new research right here in Sarasota. Here’s a sampling.

Roskamp Institute
Identifying B-amyloid, a common bodily protein, as a possible trigger of Alzheimer’s disease and studying medicines that target it. Roskamp is also partnering with the Department of Defense and Veterans Administration to improve rehab for veterans with memory loss and decreased brain function. 

Sarasota Memorial Hospital
Conducting studies as part of an international effort to develop a drug that breaks down arterial blockage to reduce the risk of strokes, heart attacks and heart disease—the most deadly medical issue in the Western world.

Sarasota Vascular Specialists
Developing new devices for incision-less treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysms. The minimally invasive devices could dramatically reduce post-operation recovery time and eliminate the need for further operations. They’re also studying an experimental medication to treat people with peripheral arterial disease and eliminate the need for invasive procedures.

Jouvence Medical
Extracting stem cells from patients’ own blood to treat diseases such as Tay-Sachs, Lou Gehrig’s disease and Parkinson’s, as well as conditions like arthritis and skin aging. They’re also utilizing brain stem cells and nerve growth to develop new treatments for memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer’s.

The Ear Research Foundation
Developing technology for state-of-the-art, implantable hearing devices and testing new drugs and therapies for hearing loss and balance disorders. 

Dattoli Cancer Center
Developing non-surgical methods of treating prostate cancer, including external radiation and seed implantation, and gathering statistics to compile the largest and longest-standing data collection of non-surgical treatment for prostate cancer. — Beau Denton

 

Private Lives

Our top doctors aren’t just good at medicine. Here’s a sampling of their other accomplishments and talents. 

At October’s “ Dancing with our Stars” benefit for Community AIDS Network, vascular surgeon Russell Samson wowed the audience with his steamy rendition of Al Pacino’s tango from Scent of a Woman.  

Dr. Harris Silverman of The Eye Associates co-founded Southeastern Guide Dogs, Inc. in 1982. Since its inception, the organization has teamed more than 2,500 dogs with visually impaired owners.

When Dr. Johnny Alvarez started working as a pediatrician in 1988, he bought his first new car: a Volvo 240. Since then, he’s owned as many as five Volvos at once and has become an expert Volvo repairman, too. In his spare time, he works on his three Volvos—which include that first Volvo 240.

For more than 40 years, Dr. Richard Peterson of Riverview Cardiac Surgery has loved to sail. This summer, he, his wife and a friend will sail Peterson’s HYLAS 49 to Europe. The Petersons’ son will fly from China to meet them in Bermuda for the Atlantic passage.

Cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Alessandro Golina was born in Italy and received his M.D. from the University of Naples. When he came to the United States, he says, “Everybody assumed I could cook pasta. So I learned!” His specialty is pasta with vodka sauce. 

Cosmetic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Marguerite Barnett, a former Army Major, is a trained Indonesian and Balinese dancer. She often performs a fire and sword dance at Siesta Beach’s Sunday drum circles.

In 2005, gastroenterologist Dr. Elliot Livstone began taking what’s grown to be 25,000 photographs of wild birds. He and his wife, Carol, travel the state seeking out these “fascinating and beautiful” creatures, says Livstone. “It’s the perfect combination of exercise, artistry, science and psychotherapy.”

Dr. Jack Wazen, an otolaryngologist, is an accomplished drummer. He and his wife, Laura, a vocalist, and his partner, Dr. Herbert Silverstein, a jazz musician, have a band called Doc & the Ear-iginals. Wazen also performs in the Dr. Idol fund raisers featuring local physician musicians.

Allergist and immunologist Dr. John Cella doesn’t just preach about the importance of exercise; he practices it. Cella was on a winning triathlon-relay team at Siesta Key two years ago. And this July, he’ll continue his tradition of swimming across the harbor from Port Charlotte to Punta Gorda at the Fourth of July Freedom Swim. —Forest Balderson

 

The List 


ALLERGY & IMMUNOLOGY

John P. Cella

Manatee Memorial Hospital

5701 21st Ave. W.

Bradenton, FL 34209

(941) 792-4151

Internal Medicine, Allergy and Asthma, Insect Allergies, Sinus Disorders

 

Donna M. Jamieson

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

2650 Bahia Vista St., Suite 304

Sarasota, FL 34239

(941) 366-9711

 

Rajivi P. Rucker

Manatee Memorial Hospital

Suncoast Allergy and Asthma Center

6124 53rd Ave. E.

Bradenton, FL 34203

(941) 758-0588

Allergy and Immunology, Insect Allergies

 

CARDIAC ELECTROPHYSIOLOGY

Walter R. Hepp

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

1950 Arlington St., Suite 400

Sarasota, FL 34239

(941) 917-4250

Arrhythmias

 

CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE

George Abernathy

Venice Regional Medical Center

1370 E. Venice Ave., Suite 102

Venice, FL 34285

(941) 412-0026

Echocardiography, Nuclear Stress Testing

 

Edward A. Bermudez

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

1921 Waldemere St., Suite 301

Sarasota, FL 34239

(941) 917-8744

Interventional Cardiology, Heart Failure, Coronary Artery Disease

 

James J. Fox

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

1540 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 401

Sarasota, FL 34239

(941) 917-0060

Interventional Cardiology, Cardiac Catheterization

 

Alberto E. Montalvo

Manatee Memorial Hospital

Bradenton Cardiology Center

316 Manatee Ave. W.

Bradenton, FL 34205

(941) 748-2277

Interventional Cardiology, Cardiac Catheterization, Coronary Angioplasty/Stents

 

Daniel S. Pacifico

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

1540 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 401

Sarasota, FL 34239

(941) 917-0060

Interventional Cardiology

 

COLON & RECTAL SURGERY

Richard W. Golub

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

Surgical Specialists

3333 Cattlemen Road, Suite 206

Sarasota, FL 34232

(941) 341-0042

Colon and Rectal Cancer, Laparoscopic Surgery, Hemorrhoids

 

DERMATOLOGY

Elizabeth F. Callahan

Lakewood Ranch Medical Center

5911 N. Honore Ave., Suite 214

Sarasota, FL 34243

(941) 308-7546

Mohs’ Surgery, Skin Laser Surgery,
Botox Therapy

 

Alfred D. Hernandez

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

1849 S. Osprey Ave.

Sarasota, FL 34239

(941) 957-4767

Dermatologic Surgery, Mohs’ Surgery, Skin Cancer

 

Cathy P. Milam

Milam & Bogart Dermatology

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

7400 S. Tamiami Trail

Sarasota, FL 34231

(941) 364-8220

Skin Cancer, Acne, Eczema

 

Susan H. Weinkle

Blake Medical Center

5601 21st Ave. W., Suite B

Bradenton, FL 34209

(941) 794-5432

Skin Cancer, Mohs’ Surgery, Cosmetic Dermatology

 

Joseph J. Yohn

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

IMG Dermatology

3333 Cattlemen Road, Suite 106

Sarasota, FL 34232

(941) 379-1799

Skin Cancer, Acne, Psoriasis, Hair and Nail Disorders

 

ENDOCRINOLOGY, DIABETES & METABOLISM

Jose R. Antunes

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

2400 Fruitville Road

Sarasota, FL 34237

(941) 365-0333

Diabetes, Cholesterol/Lipid Disorders, Thyroid Disorders

 

Jesus B. Perez

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

IMG Endocrinology

3333 Cattlemen Road, Suite 104

Sarasota, FL 34232

(941) 379-1777

Thyroid Disorders, Osteoporosis, Diabetes, Obesity

 

FAMILY MEDICINE

Joseph J. Larkin Jr.

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

IMG—Palmer Ranch

8592 Potter Park Drive, Suite 100

Sarasota, FL 34238

(941) 921-6618

Preventive Medicine

 

Barry I. Stein

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

6128 S. Tamiami Trail

Sarasota, FL 34231

(941) 923-5882

 

GASTROENTEROLOGY

F. Scott Corbett

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

Gastroenterology Associates of Sarasota

2089 Hawthorne St., Suite 200

Sarasota, FL 34239

(941) 365-6556

Endoscopy, Pancreatic/Biliary Endoscopy (ERCP), Barrett’s Esophagus

 

Douglas A. Kuperman

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

Gastroenterology Associates of Sarasota

2089 Hawthorne St., Suite 200

Sarasota, FL 34239

(941) 365-6556

Barrett’s Esophagus, Liver Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Endoscopy

 

Elliot M. Livstone

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

1515 S. Osprey Ave., Suite C-11

Sarasota, FL 34239

(941) 955-0000

Esophageal Disorders, Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Barrett’s Esophagus

 

Bruce W. Trotman

Manatee Memorial Hospital

Digestive Disease Specialists of Manatee

5715 21st Ave. W.

Bradenton, FL 34209

(941) 761-1800

Biliary Disease, Hepatitis B and C, Colon and Rectal Cancer

 

GERIATRIC MEDICINE

Deven M. Dave

Venice Regional Medical Center

1720 E. Venice Ave.

Venice, FL 34292

(941) 483-9700
 

GYNECOLOGIC ONCOLOGY

James V. Fiorica

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

1888 Hillview St.

Sarasota, FL 34239

(941) 917-8383

Endometriosis, Breast Cancer, Uterine Cancer

 

HAND SURGERY

John D. Hand

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

1950 Arlington St., Suite 111

Sarasota, FL 34239

(941) 921-2600

 

INFECTIOUS DISEASE

Eliot W. Godofsky

Manatee Memorial Hospital

6010 Pointe West Blvd.

Bradenton, FL 34209

(941) 746-2711

Hepatitis C, Clinical Trials, Viral Hepatitis, HIV

 

James E. Knapp

Venice Regional Medical Center

406 N. Indiana Ave., Suite 9

Englewood, FL 34223

(941) 475-3980

 

INTERNAL MEDICINE

David B. Bittleman

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

3333 Cattlemen Road, Suite 210

Sarasota, FL 34232

(941) 371-3337

 

Carlos F. Caballero

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

1801 Arlington St., Suite 2

Sarasota, FL 34239

(941) 917-8365

Concierge Medicine

 

David C. Daiello

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

2881 Hyde Park St.

Sarasota, FL 34239

(941) 366-2460

Geriatric Medicine

 

Scott B. Elsbree

Doctors Hospital of Sarasota

5831 Bee Ridge Road, Suite 210

Sarasota, FL 34233

(941) 379-8481

 

Charles R. Hollen

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

3333 Cattleman Road, Suite 208

Sarasota, FL 34232

(941) 379-5121

 

Robert S. Schulman

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

5831 Bee Ridge Road, Suite 210

Sarasota, FL 34233

(941) 379-8481

 

INTERVENTIONAL CARDIOLOGY

Stephen C. Culp

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

Culp Cardiology

3830 Bee Ridge Road, Suite 201

Sarasota, FL 34233

(941) 929-7272

 

MATERNAL & FETAL MEDICINE

Washington C. Hill

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

First Physicians Group-Maternal Fetal Medicine

1888 Hillview St.

Sarasota, FL 34239

(941) 917-6260

Pregnancy-High Risk, Prenatal Diagnosis, Multiple Gestation

 

MEDICAL ONCOLOGY

Richard H. Brown

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

Florida Cancer Specialists

1970 Golf St.

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 957-1000

 

Steven W. Mamus

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

Cancer Center of Sarasota and Manatee

3830 Bee Ridge Road, Suite 301

Sarasota, FL 34233

(941) 923-1872

 

James R. Rubinsak

Venice Regional Medical Center

836 Sunset Lake Blvd., Suite 101

Venice, FL 34292

(941) 408-0500

 

Caryn L. Silver

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

Florida Cancer Specialists

1970 Golf St.

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 957-1000

Breast Cancer

 

Robert C. Whorf

Blake Medical Center

Florida Cancer Specialists

2401 60th St. Court W.

Bradenton, FL 34209

(941) 792-1881

 

NEUROLOGICAL SURGERY

John R. Cassidy

Venice Regional Medical Center

842 Sunset Lake Blvd., Suite 302

Venice, FL 34292

(941) 484-3404

Brain Surgery, Spinal Surgery

 

Christopher Guerin

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

842 Sunset Lake Blvd., Suite 302

Venice, FL 34292

(941) 484-3404

Brain Tumors

NEUROLOGY

Julio C. Cantero

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

Intercoastal Medical Group

943 S. Beneva Road, Suite 102

Sarasota, FL 34232

(941) 906-7155

Epilepsy, Sleep Medicine

 

Mauricio Concha

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

Intercoastal Medical Group-Neurology

943 S. Beneva Road, Suite 102

Sarasota, FL 34232

(941) 906-7155

Stroke/Cerebrovascular Disease

 

William A. McElveen

Manatee Memorial Hospital

Bradenton Neurology

3930 Eighth Ave. W.

Bradenton, FL 34205

(941) 746-3115

Vascular Neurology, Epilepsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke

 

Donald Negroski

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

1921 Waldemere St., Suite 701

Sarasota, FL 34239

(941) 487-2160

Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, Migraine

 

OBSTETRICS & GYNECOLOGY

Gary W. Easterling

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

5741 Bee Ridge Road, Suite 390

Sarasota, FL 34233

(941) 379-6331

Robotic Surgery

 

Michael S. Finazzo

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

1921 Waldemere St., Suite 307

Sarasota, FL 34239

(941) 917-8565

 

Karen F. Liebert

Blake Medical Center

Manatee Gynecology—Blake Park

1850 59th St. W., Suite B

Bradenton, FL 34209

(941) 792-4993

Gynecology Only

 

G. Michael Swor

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

1617 S. Tuttle Ave., Suite 1A

Sarasota, FL 34239

(941) 330-8885

Gynecology Only, Robotic Surgery, Laparoscopic Surgery, Urogynecology

 

OPHTHALMOLOGY

Liaquat Allarakhia

Manatee Memorial Hospital

Bradenton Eye Clinic

4812 26th St. W.

Bradenton, FL 34207

(941) 727-3937

Cataract Surgery-Lens Implant, Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, Dry Eye Syndrome

 

Melvin C. Chen

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

3400 Bee Ridge Road, Suite 200

Sarasota, FL 34239

(941) 921-5335

Retinal Disorders, Retinal/Vitreous Surgery, Macular Disease/Degeneration, Strabismus

 

John P. Fezza

Doctors Hospital

Center for Sight

2601 S. Tamiami Trail

Sarasota, FL 34239

(941) 925-2020

Oculoplastic Surgery, Orbital Reconstruction

 

Harry Grabow

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

Sarasota Cataract and Laser Institute

3920 Bee Ridge Road, F Building, Suite A

Sarasota, FL 34233

(941) 921-7744

Cataract Surgery, Refractive Surgery, Clinical Trials

 

Thomas L. Schwartz

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

1219 East Ave. S., Suite 105

Sarasota, FL 34239

(941) 957-4216

Cataract Surgery, Cornea and External Eye Disease

 

David Shoemaker

Venice Regional Medical Center

Center for Sight

2601 S. Tamiami Trail

Sarasota, FL 34239

(941) 925-2020

Cataract Surgery-Lens Implant

 

Harris Silverman

Blake Medical Center

Eye Associates

6002 Pointe West Blvd.

Bradenton, FL 34209

(941) 792-2020

Cataract Surgery/Lens Implant

 

ORTHOPAEDIC SURGERY

William L. Mehserle

Venice Regional Medical Center

1525 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 602

Venice, FL 34285

(941) 497-2663

Hip Replacement, Knee Replacement, Sports Medicine

Joseph Noah

Englewood Community Hospital

Suncoast Orthopaedic Surgery

836 Sunset Lake Blvd., Suite 205

Venice, FL 34292

(941) 485-1505

Sports Medicine, Joint Replacement, Knee Replacement, Knee Injuries/ACL

 

Arthur L. Valadie

Blake Medical Center

Coastal Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine

6015 Pointe West Blvd.

Bradenton, FL 34209

(941) 792-1404

Sports Medicine, Arthroscopic Surgery, Knee Reconstruction

 

OTOLARYNGOLOGY

Matthew D. Byers

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

Intercoastal Medical Group—Otolaryngology

3333 Cattleman Road, Suite 204

Sarasota, FL 34232

(941) 379-1800

Trauma-Face, Nasal and Sinus Disorders, Nasal Surgery, Sleep Disorders/Apnea

 

Michael J. Gurucharri

Manatee Memorial Hospital

701 Manatee Ave. W., Suite 202

Bradenton, FL 34205

(941) 748-2455

Head and Neck Cancer, Pediatric Otolaryngology, Laser Surgery, Allergy

 

Robert P. Hillstrom

Lakewood Ranch Medical Center

5911 N. Honore Ave., Suite 120

Sarasota, FL 34243

(941) 355-3223

Cosmetic Surgery-Face, Reconstructive Plastic Surgery, Nasal Surgery

 

Jack J. Wazen

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

Silverstein Institute

1901 Floyd St.Sarasota, FL 34239

(941) 366-9222

Skull Base Surgery, Meniere’s Disease, Acoustic Neuroma, Hearing and Balance Disorders

 

PEDIATRICS

Johnny D. Alvarez

Manatee Memorial Hospital

3908 Ninth Ave. W

Bradenton, FL 34205

(941) 747-3116

Immunizations

 

Patricia J. Blanco

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

8460 Cooper Creek Blvd., Suite 101

University Park, FL 34201

(941) 360-1266

Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN), Neonatal Addiction

 

Helene R. Hubbard

Manatee Memorial Hospital

408 Manatee Ave. E, Suite 1

Bradenton, FL 34208

(941) 922-5366

Developmental and Behavioral Disorders, Developmental Delay, Learning Disorders, Autism

 

Robert A. Weiss

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

Pediatric Associates

1215 East Ave. S., Suite 303

Sarasota, FL 34239

(941) 366-3000

Adolescent Medicine

 

PLASTIC SURGERY

Christopher D. Adamson

Doctors Hospital of Sarasota

5741 Bee Ridge Road, Suite 510

Sarasota, FL 34233

(941) 343-9900

Breast Augmentation, Liposuction and Body Contouring, Cosmetic Surgery-Face

 

Marguerite P. Barnett

Venice Regional Medical Center

1715 Stickney Point Road

Sarasota, FL 34231

(941) 927-2447

Cosmetic Surgery-Face, Liposuction and Body Contouring, Cosmetic Surgery-Breast, Breast Reconstruction

 

David L. Mobley

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

2255 S. Tamiami Trail

Sarasota, FL 34239

(941) 366-8897

Cosmetic Surgery-Face, Cosmetic Surgery-Breast, Liposuction and Body Contouring, Laser Surgery

 

Charles L. Rodriguez

Venice Regional Medical Center

Renaissance Plastic Surgery

329 Nokomis Ave. S.

Venice, FL 34285

(941) 488-7727

Breast Augmentation, Cosmetic Surgery-Breast, Liposuction and Body Contouring, Cosmetic Surgery-Face

 

James A. Schmidt

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

2255 S. Tamiami Trail

Sarasota, FL 34239

(941) 366-8897

Facial Rejuvenation, Cosmetic Surgery-Breast, Liposuction and Body Contouring

John L. Strausser

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

1900 S. Tamiami Trail

Sarasota, FL 34239

(941) 955-9096

Cosmetic Surgery, Reconstructive Surgery, Cancer Surgery

 

PSYCHIATRY

Robert J. Mignone

Gulf Coast Health Services

153 Center Road

Venice, FL 34285

(941) 408-8988

Bipolar/Mood Disorders, Complementary Medicine

 

 

PULMONARY DISEASE

Glenn D. Adams

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

4411 Bee Ridge Road, Box 440

Sarasota, FL 34233

(941) 917-8772

Sleep Disorders/Apnea, Restless Legs Syndrome, Narcolepsy

 

Kenneth M. Hurwitz

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

Lung Associates of Sarasota

1921 Waldemere St., Suite 705

Sarasota, FL 34239

(941) 366-5864

Critical Care

 

Janine M. Mylett

Blake Medical Center

The Lung Center

2210 61st St. W.

Bradenton, FL 34209

(941) 792-0611

Sleep Disorders/Apnea

 

RADIATION ONCOLOGY

Stephen J. Patrice

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

3210 Fruitville Road

Sarasota, FL 34237

(941) 364-8887

Lung Cancer, Brain Tumors, Stereotactic Radiosurgery

 

Gray B. Swor

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

21st Century Oncology

3210 Fruitville Road

Sarasota, FL 34237

(941) 364-8887

Breast Cancer

 

RHEUMATOLOGY

Jeffrey L. Kaine

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

Sarasota Arthritis Center

3500 S. Tamiami Trail

Sarasota, FL 34239

(941) 365-0770

Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus Nephritis, Lupus/SLE, Clinical Trials

Daniel A. Small

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

Sarasota Arthritis Center

3500 S. Tamiami Trail

Sarasota, FL 34239

(941) 365-0770

Arthritis

 

SURGERY

Brian J. Kimbrell

Blake Medical Center

2020 59th St. W.

Bradenton, FL 34209

(941) 792-6611

Trauma

 

David A. Napoliello

Venice Regional Medical Center

8340 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Suite 101

Bradenton, FL 34202

(941) 388-9525

Minimally Invasive Surgery, Laparoscopic Surgery

 

Scott B. Stevens

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

3333 Cattlemen Road, Suite 206

Sarasota, FL 34232

(941) 341-0042

Laparoscopic Surgery, Obesity/Bariatric Surgery

 

Nanette K. Wendel

Blake Medical Center

Bradenton Surgical Associates

5601 21st Ave. W., Suite D

Bradenton, FL 34209

(941) 748-1471

Laparoscopic Surgery

 

THORACIC SURGERY

Alessandro Golino

Manatee Memorial Hospital

Manatee Cardiac Surgery

623 39th St. W., Suite 2

Bradenton, FL 34205

(941) 744-2640

Mitral Valve Surgery, Carotid Artery Surgery

 

W. Peter Graper

1569 Oak Way

Sarasota FL 34232

(941) 371-9710

Cardiac Electrophysiology

 

Richard J. Peterson

Blake Medical Center

Manatee Cardiac Surgery

623 39th St. W., Suite 2

Bradenton, FL 34205

(941) 744-2640

Heart Valve Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Atrial Fibrillation, Carotid Artery Surgery

 

Atiq Rehman

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

1540 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 303

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Sarasota, FL 34239

(941) 917-8791

Robotic Surgery, Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery, Heart Valve Surgery, Coronary Artery Surgery

 

UROLOGY

A. Joseph Bilik

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

Florida Urology Specialists

1 S. School Ave., Suite 200

Sarasota, FL 34237

(941) 309-7000

Robotic Surgery

 

Robert I. Carey

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

Urology Treatment Center

1921 Waldemere St., Suite 310

Sarasota, FL 34239

(941) 917-8488

Robotic Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Prostate Cancer, Kidney Cancer

 

Edward Herrman

Manatee Memorial Hospital

200 Third Ave. W., Suite 210

Bradenton, FL 34205

(941) 792-0340

Kidney Stones, Incontinence, Erectile Dysfunction, Minimally Invasive Surgery

 

Alan R. Treiman

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

1921 Waldemere St., Suite 310

Sarasota, FL 34239-2941

(941) 917-8488

Prostate Cancer, Erectile Dysfunction, Bladder Cancer, Kidney Stones

 

VASCULAR SURGERY

Michael R. Lepore

Doctors Hospital of Sarasota

600 N. Cattlemen Road, Suite 220

Sarasota, FL 34232

(941) 371-6565

Endovascular Surgery, Aneurysm-Aortic, Minimally Invasive Vascular Surgery, Angioplasty and Stent Placement

 

Russell H. Samson

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

600 N. Cattlemen Road, Suite 220

Sarasota, FL 34232

(941) 371-6565

Peripheral Vascular Disease, Vein Disorders

 

The doctors chosen for this—and for every magazine feature Castle Connolly does—are a representative sample of the top doctors selected in this region. For a fuller list of Castle Connolly top doctors who may be available in the Sarasota Magazine area, readers are encouraged to search online at Castle Connolly’s website, castleconnolly.com.

 


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