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Sixty physicians at the University of North Carolina Hospitals are listed in the latest version of “America’s Top Doctors,” a compilation that is published annually by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. Of those, 32 are members of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center or involved in UNC Cancer Care’s multidisciplinary programs.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The doctors were chosen by their peers, based primarily for their excellence in patient care through Castle Connolly’s surveying and research methods. Survey respondents were asked to nominate peer physicians to whom they would send members of their family.

The UNC Lineberger and UNC Cancer Care doctors honored in the compilation are:

Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism – H. Shelton Earp
Gastroenterology – Scott Plevy, R. Balfour Sartor
Geriatric Medicine – Laura Hanson
Gynecologic Oncology – Daniel Clarke-Pearson, Wesley Fowler, John Soper
Medical Oncology – Stephen Bernard, Lisa Carey, Paul Godley, Richard Goldberg, Hyman Muss, Jonathan Serody, Thomas Shea, Mark Socinski
Neurological Surgery – Matthew Ewend
Otolaryngology – William Shockley, Mark Weissler
Pediatric Hematology-Oncology – Julie Blatt, Stuart Gold
Plastic Surgery – C. Scott Hultman
Radiation Oncology – Jan Halle, Lawrence Marks, Julian Rosenman, Joel Tepper
Surgery – Benjamin Calvo, Mark Koruda, Anthony Meyer
Thoracic Surgery – Richard Feins
Urology –Raj Pruthi, Eric Wallen
Vascular & Interventional Radiology – Matthew Mauro

A physician-led team of researchers followed a rigorous screening process to select top doctors on both the national and regional levels. Using mail surveys, telephone surveys and electronic ballots, the research team asked board certified physicians and the medical leadership of leading hospitals to nominate highly skilled, exceptional doctors. Criteria developed by the Castle Connolly research team led to the final selection of those physicians most highly regarded by their peers in each specialty. The criteria used to determine physician eligibility for inclusion in the magazine: professional qualifications; education, residency, board certification, fellowships; professional reputation, hospital appointment, medical school faculty appointment, and experience. The physicians are grouped alphabetically by specialty and alphabetically within each specialty.