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Posted on December 5

Michael S. Myette, Pediatric Critical Care
Michael S. Myette, Pediatric Critical Care Photography by Roy Wilcox

With 192 docs in 54 specialties, our list of best doctors in the Sacramento area providesplenty of professionals for you to consider the next time you need to see one.

We’re lucky to have four respected medical groups in the Sacramento region—Kaiser Permanente, Catholic Healthcare West (Mercy and Methodist), Sutter Health and UC Davis—employing hundreds of excellent physicians who are on the cutting edge of health care’s advances. When we need a top doc, we’ve got plenty to choose from.

To help us identify some of the best in the region, we contracted with Best Doctors, Inc., an organization based in Boston that conducts an exhaustive, biennial survey of more than 45,000 physicians who have been identified in previous research as the highest ranked in their specialties. The research methodology draws from the peer-to-peer referral process doctors themselves use to identify appropriate specialists for their patients. The question is posed: “If you or a loved one needed a doctor, to whom would you refer?” When the referrals come in, Best Doctors performs exhaustive evaluations of each medical professional. Every doctor surveyed has the opportunity to comment confidentially on other physicians and to make additional nominations. The result is a voting pool that is constantly sifted, refined and improved—the company’s surveys bring together the insights and experience of tens of thousands of leading specialists all around the country, eliminating the biases that sometimes distort smaller-scale surveys. All survey information is kept confidential, and Best Doctors does not request or accept payments for doctors to be listed.

Sacramento magazine has secured the rights to publish the names of the 192 Sacramento-area physicians who made the 2011–2012 Best Doctors list. To run alongside the list, we’ve interviewed 11 of the leading physicians, asking them about their most compelling cases and other aspects of medicine that have changed their lives as health care providers.

These lists are excerpted from The Best Doctors in America 2011–2012 database, which includes more than 45,000 doctors in more than 40 medical specialties. The Best Doctors in America database is compiled and maintained by Best Doctors, Inc. For more information, visit bestdoctors.com, or contact Best Doctors by telephone at (800) 675-1199 or by e-mail at research@bestdoctors.com. Please note that lists of doctors are not available on the Best Doctors website.


ALLERGY AND IMMUNOLOGY

Bradley E. Chipps
Capital Allergy and Respiratory Disease Center
5609 J St., Suite C
(916) 453-8696


ANESTHESIOLOGY

Diana L. Coleman
Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento
Department of Anesthesiology
2801 L St.
(916) 481-2525

Cathleen R. Lammers
UC Davis Medical Center
Department of Pediatric Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
2315 Stockton Blvd.
(916) 734-5311

Patricia Gail Pirie
Mercy General Hospital
Department of Anesthesia
3939 J St., Suite 310
(916) 733-6990

Jeffrey Uppington
UC Davis Medical Center
Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
2315 Stockton Blvd.
(916) 734-2480


CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE

William J. Bommer
UC Davis Medical Group
Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, Lower Level, Suite 0200
4860 Y St.
(916) 734-3761

John Laird
UC Davis Vascular Center
Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center
4860 Y St.
(916) 734-3800

Edmond Lee
Sacramento Heart and Vascular Associates
500 University Ave.
(916) 830-2000

Reginald I. Low
UC Davis Medical Group
Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, Lower Level, Suite 0200
4860 Y St.
(916) 734-3761

Harvey Matlof
Sutter Cardiology
5301 F St., Suite 117
(916) 733-1788

Steven D. Rose
Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento
Department of Cardiology
Medical Building Three, First Floor
6600 Bruceville Road
(916) 688-4000

Saul Schaefer
UC Davis Medical Group
Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, Lower Level, Suite 0200
4860 Y St.
(916) 734-3761

Charles Whitcomb
UC Davis Medical Group
Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, Lower Level, Suite 0200
4860 Y St.
(916) 734-3761


CRITICAL CARE MEDICINE

Tim E. Albertson
UC Davis Medical Group
Department of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
2825 J St.
(916) 734-2737

Diana L. Coleman
Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento
Department of Anesthesiology
2801 L St.
(916) 481-2525

Susan Murin
UC Davis Medical Center
Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
4150 V St., Suite 3400
(916) 734-3564

David H. Wisner
UC Davis Medical Center
Department of Surgery
2221 Stockton Blvd., Room 3112
(916) 734-2680


DERMATOLOGY

Michael J. Fazio
2805 J St., Suite 100
(916) 492-1828

Ann F. Haas
Sutter Medical Group
Department of Dermatology
1020 29th St., Suite 570A
(916) 733-3792

Suzanne L. Kilmer
Laser and Skin Surgery Center ofNorthern California
3835 J St.
(916) 456-0400

Jan A. Okimoto
Kaiser Permanente Medical Center Rancho Cordova
Department of Dermatology
10725 International Drive, First Floor, Rancho Cordova
(916) 631-3010

Margaret Parsons
Dermatology Consultants of Sacramento
5340 Elvas Ave., Suite 600
(916) 739-1505

Emil A. Tanghetti
Center for Dermatology and Laser Surgery
5601 J St.
(916) 454-5922

Summer R. Youker
2805 J St., Suite 100
(916) 492-1828


EMERGENCY MEDICINE

Tim E. Albertson
UC Davis Medical Group
Department of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
2825 J St.
(916) 734-2737


FAMILY MEDICINE

Carol Havens
Chemical Dependency Recovery Program
Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center
Department of Chemical Dependency Services
2829 Watt Ave., Suite 150
(916) 482-1132


GASTROENTEROLOGY

Joseph W. Leung
UC Davis Medical Center
Department of Gastroenterology
Patient Support Services Building, Suite 3500
4150 V St.
(916) 734-3759


HAND SURGERY

John Agee
77 Scripps Drive, Suite 101
(916) 920-8051

Robert M. Szabo
UC Davis Medical Group
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, Suite 1700
4860 Y St.
(916) 734-2700


INFECTIOUS DISEASE

Stuart H. Cohen
UC Davis Medical Group
Division of Infectious Diseases
Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, Suite 0101
4860 Y St.
(916) 734-2737

Neil M. Flynn
CARES Clinic
1500 21st St.
(916) 443-3299

Richard B. Pollard
UC Davis Medical Group
Division of Infectious Diseases
PSSB, Suite G500
4150 V St.
(916) 734-3742

Richard L. Sweet
UC Davis Medical Group
UC Davis Women’s Center for Health
Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, Suite 2500
4860 Y St.
(916) 734-6900

Paolo V. Troia-Cancio
CARES Clinic
1500 21st St.
(916) 443-3299


INTERNAL MEDICINE

Howard Homler
6660 Coyle Ave., Suite 250, Carmichael
(916) 962-2035

Sanyukta S. Pawar
UC Davis Medical Group—Rocklin
Placer Center for Health
550 W. Ranch View Drive, Suite 2005, Rocklin
(916) 295-5700

Scott Wigginton
500 University Ave., Suite 112
(916) 570-2850
Medical Genetics

Mark H. Lipson
Kaiser Permanente Medical Center Point West
Department of Medical Genetics
1650 Response Road
(916) 614-4785

Dena Towner
UC Davis Medical Group
UC Davis Women’s Center for Health
Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, Suite 2500
4860 Y St.
(916) 734-6900


MEDICAL ONCOLOGY AND HEMATOLOLGY

David R. Gandara
UC Davis Cancer Center
Division of Hematology and Oncology
4501 X St., Suite 3016
(916) 703-5210

Karen Kelly
UC Davis Cancer Center
4501 X St., Second Floor
(916) 703-5210

Primo N. Lara Jr.
UC Davis Cancer Center
Division of Hematology and Medical Oncology
4501 X St., Suite 3016
(916) 703-5210

Delphine Ong
Sacramento Clinic for Hematology and Medical Oncology
2929 K St., Suite 200
(916) 374-5500


Nephrology

Jamie Lynn Ross
UC Davis Medical Group
Department of Nephrology
Patient Support Services Building, Suite 3500
4150 V St.
(916) 734-3774


NEUROLOGICAL SURGERY

James E. Boggan
UC Davis Medical Center
Department of Neurosurgery
Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, Suite 0100
4860 Y St.
(916) 734-7463

B. Barry Chehrazi
Spine and Neurosurgery Associates
1301 Secret Ravine Parkway, Suite 200, Roseville
(916) 771-3300

Ian Johnson
Sacramento Community Clinic Del Paso
2200 Del Paso Blvd.
(916) 924-7988

Kee D. Kim
UC Davis Health System
Department of Neurosurgery
Spine Center
3301 C St., Suite 1500
(916) 734-7463

J. Paul Muizelaar
UC Davis Health System
Department of Neurosurgery
Spine Center
3301 C St., Suite 1500
(916) 734-7463


NEUROLOGY

Mark A. Agius
UC Davis Medical Group
Department of Neurology
Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, Suite 0100
4860 Y St.
(916) 734-3588

Paul T. Akins
Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center
Department of Neurosurgery
2025 Morse Ave., Station 3D
(916) 973-5490

Edwin Cruz
Mercy Medical Group
3000 Q St., Fourth Floor
(916) 733-5779

Charles De Carli
UC Davis Medical Group
Department of Neurology
Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, Suite 0100
4860 Y St.
(916) 734-5496

Ricardo A. Maselli
UC Davis Medical Group
Department of Neurology
Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, Suite 0100
4860 Y St.
(916) 734-3588

David E. Pleasure
Shriners Hospitals for Children Northern California
Department of Neurology
2425 Stockton Blvd.
(916) 453-2331

David P. Richman
UC Davis Medical Group
Department of Neurology
Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, Suite 0100
4860 Y St.
(916) 734-3588

Piero Verro
UC Davis Medical Group
Department of Neurology
Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, Suite 0100
4860 Y St.
(916) 734-3588

Vicki L. Wheelock
UC Davis Medical Group
Department of Neurology
Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, Suite 0100
4860 Y St.
(916) 734-3588


NUCLEAR MEDICINE

Benjamin L. Franc
Radiological Associates of Sacramento
Capitol Imaging
3161 L St.
(916) 646-8300

David K. Shelton
UC Davis Medical Center
Department of Radiology
Davis Tower I, Room 1893
2315 Stockton Blvd.
(916) 734-0655


OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY

Nathan Allen
Professional Medical Clinic for Women
7237 E. Southgate Drive, Suite C
(916) 392-2290

Stuart Gary Bostrom
Associates in Women’s Healthcare
Five Medical Plaza Drive, Suite 250, Roseville
(916) 782-2229

Victor K. Chan
5301 F St., Suite 318
(916) 733-1720

Jacquelyn K. Chyu
Perinatal Associates of Sacramento
5301 F St., Suite 207
(916) 733-7111

Jeffrey R. Cragun
Folsom Obstetrics and Gynecology
1735 Creekside Drive, Folsom
(916) 983-3500

Jose J. Cueto
Sutter Medical Group
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Three Medical Plaza Drive, Suite 260, Roseville
(916) 773-7977

Antoni J. Duleba
California IVF Fertility Center
1550 Drew Ave., Suite 100, Davis
(530) 771-0177

Nancy T. Field
UC Davis Medical Group
UC Davis Women’s Center for Health
Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, Suite 2500
4860 Y St.
(916) 734-6900

Susan Fritz-Zavacki
5030 J St., Suite 200
(916) 451-8001

William M. Gilbert
Perinatal Associates of Sacramento
5301 F St., Suite 207
(916) 733-7111

Laurie Cullen Gregg
2277 Fair Oaks Blvd., Suite 355
(916) 927-3178

Ruth Haskins
1611 Creekside Drive, Suite 103, Folsom
(916) 817-2649

Barbara J. Hays
5030 J St., Suite 200
(916) 451-8001

Herman Hedriana
Sacramento Maternal Fetal Medicine
1792 Tribute Road, Suite 200
(916) 678-5400

Stephen G. Hiuga
2277 Fair Oaks Blvd., Suite 355
(916) 927-3178

Walter Kinney
Kaiser Permanente Medical Center Point West
Division of Gynecologic Oncology
1650 Response Road, Suite 3C
(916) 614-4120

Orel Knight
5301 F St., Suite 318
(916) 733-1740

Gary Leiserowitz
UC Davis Medical Group
UC Davis Women’s Center for Health
Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, Suite 2500
4860 Y St.
(916) 734-6941

James Maher
Sutter Medical Group
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Three Medical Plaza Drive, Suite 260, Roseville
(916) 773-7977

Elizabeth M. McClure
Sutter Medical Foundation
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
2725 Capitol Ave., Suite 304
(916) 262-9414

Sherrie S. McElvy
Perinatal Associates of Sacramento
5301 F St., Suite 207
(916) 733-7111

Anne T. Rodriguez
UC Davis Medical Group
UC Davis Women’s Center for Health
Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, Suite 2500
4860 Y St.
(916) 734-6900

Jeffrey S. Skilling
Kaiser Permanente Medical Center Point West
Division of Gynecologic Oncology
1650 Response Road, Suite 3C
(916) 614-4120

Lloyd H. Smith
UC Davis Medical Group
UC Davis Women’s Center for Health
Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, Suite 2500
4860 Y St.
(916) 734-6941

Carlos E. Soto-Albors
Northern California Fertility Medical Center
1130 Conroy Lane, Suite 100, Roseville
(916) 773-2229

Richard L. Sweet
UC Davis Medical Group
UC Davis Women’s Center for Health
Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, Suite 2500
4860 Y St.
(916) 734-6900

Dena Towner
UC Davis Medical Group
UC Davis Women’s Center for Health
Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, Suite 2500
4860 Y St.
(916) 734-6900

Jean-Claude L. Veille
Perinatal Associates of Sacramento
5301 F St., Suite 207
(916) 733-7111


OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE

Stephen McCurdy
UC Davis Medical Center
Department of Occupational Medicine
Cypress Building, Suite A
2221 Stockton Blvd.
(530) 754-7635

Marc Schenker
UC Davis School of Medicine
Department of Public Health Sciences
One Shields Ave., Davis
(530) 752-1514


OPTHALMOLOGY

James D. Brandt
UC Davis Medical Group
Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Science
Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, Suite 2400
4860 Y St.
(916) 734-6602

Jeffrey Caspar
UC Davis Medical Group
Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Science
Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, Suite 2400
4860 Y St.
(916) 734-6602

Robert Anthony Equi
Retinal Consultants Medical Group
Mercy Medical Plaza
3939 J St., Suite 106
(916) 454-4861

Richard D. Grutzmacher
Surgical Eye Specialists
1515 River Park Drive, Suite 100
(916) 649-1515

John L. Keltner
UC Davis Medical Group
Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Science
Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, Suite 2400
4860 Y St.
(916) 734-6602

Richard A. Lewis
Surgical Eye Specialists
1515 River Park Drive, Suite 100
(916) 649-1515

Michele Lim
UC Davis Medical Group
Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Science
Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, Suite 2400
4860 Y St.
(916) 734-6602

Mark J. Mannis
UC Davis Medical Group
Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Science
Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, Suite 2400
4860 Y St.
(916) 734-6602

Lawrence S. Morse
UC Davis Medical Group
Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Science
Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, Suite 2400
4860 Y St.
(916) 734-6602

Susannah Soon-Chun Park
UC Davis Medical Group
Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Science
Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, Suite 2400
4860 Y St.
(916) 734-6602

Arun C. Patel
Retinal Consultants Medical Group
Mercy Medical Plaza
3939 J St., Suite 106
(916) 454-4861

Joel Abrahm Pearlman
Retinal Consultants Medical Group
Mercy Medical Plaza
3939 J St., Suite 106
(916) 454-4861

Ivan R. Schwab
UC Davis Medical Group
Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Science
Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, Suite 2400
4860 Y St.
(916) 734-6602

Robert T. Wendel
Retinal Consultants Medical Group
Mercy Medical Plaza
3939 J St., Suite 106
(916) 454-4861


ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY

William L. Bargar
Joint Surgeons of Sacramento
1020 29th St., Suite 450
(916) 733-5066

Scott Thomas Gherini
87 Scripps Drive, Suite 108
(916) 922-7070

Munish C. Gupta
UC Davis Spine Center
Cannery Business Park
3301 C St., Suite 1500
(916) 734-7463

Stephen M. Howell
8100 Timberlake Way, Suite F
(916) 689-7370

Amir Ali Jamali
Joint Preservation Institute
2825 J St., Suite 440
(916) 492-2110

Mark A. Lee
UC Davis Children’s Hospital
Department of Orthopaedics
Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, Suite 1700
4860 Y St.
(800) 482-3284

Richard A. Marder
UC Davis Medical CenterDivision of Sports Medicine
2805 J St., Suite 300
(916) 734-6805


OTOLARYNGOLOGY

Nancy Appelblatt
Sacramento ENT
1111 Exposition Blvd., Building 700
(916) 736-3399

Peter Belafsky
UC Davis Medical Center
Department of Otolaryngology
2521 Stockton Blvd., Suite 6102
(916) 734-5400

Philip Bernstein
Sacramento ENT
1111 Exposition Blvd., Building 700
(916) 736-3399

Judith Marie Blazun
Sutter Ear, Nose and Throat
2725 Capitol Ave., Suite 404
(916) 262-9456

Hilary Brodie
UC Davis Medical Center
Department of Otolaryngology
Glassrock Building, Suite 5200
2521 Stockton Blvd.
(916) 734-5400

Rodney C. Diaz
UC Davis Medical Center
Department of Otolaryngology
Glassrock Building, Suite 5200
2521 Stockton Blvd.
(916) 734-5400

Paul J. Donald
UC Davis Medical Center
Department of Otolaryngology
Glassrock Building, Suite 5200
2521 Stockton Blvd.
(916) 734-5400

Karen Jo Doyle
UC Davis Medical Center
Department of Otolaryngology
Glassrock Building, Suite 5200
2521 Stockton Blvd.
(916) 734-5400D.

Gregory Farwell
UC Davis Medical Center
Department of Otolaryngology
Glassrock Building, Suite 5200
2521 Stockton Blvd.
(916) 734-5400

Kevin McKennan
Sacramento ENT
1111 Exposition Blvd., Building 700
(916) 736-3399

Craig W. Senders
UC Davis Medical Center
Department of Otolaryngology
Glassrock Building, Suite 5200
2521 Stockton Blvd.
(916) 734-5400

E. Brad Strong
UC Davis Medical Center
Department of Otolaryngology
Glassrock Building, Suite 5200
2521 Stockton Blvd.
(916) 734-5400

Jonathan M. Sykes
UC Davis Medical Group
Department of Facial, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
2521 Stockton Blvd., Suite 6206
(916) 734-2347

Travis T. Tollefson
UC Davis Medical Center
Department of Otolaryngology
2521 Stockton Blvd., Suite 5200
(916) 734-5400


PATHOLOGY

Ishwarlal Jialal
UC Davis Medical Center
Department of Pathology
4635 Second Ave., Room 3000
(916) 734-6590


PEDIATRIC ANESTHESIOLOGY

Cathleen R. Lammers
UC Davis Medical Center
Department of Pediatric Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
2315 Stockton Blvd.
(916) 734-5311


PEDIATRIC CARDIOLOGY

Michael Choy
UC Davis Medical Group
Pediatric Heart Center
2315 Stockton Blvd., Suite 7133
(916) 734-2160

Jeanny Kim Park
UC Davis Medical Group
Department of Pediatric Cardiology
2516 Stockton Blvd.
(916) 734-3456

Mark D. Parrish
UC Davis Medical Group
Pediatric Heart Center
2315 Stockton Blvd., Suite 7133
(916) 734-2160


PEDIATRIC CARDIOVASCULAR ANESTHESIA

Cathleen R. Lammers
UC Davis Medical Center
Department of Pediatric Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
2315 Stockton Blvd.
(916) 734-5311


PEDIATRIC CRITICAL CARE

Joseph V. DiCarlo
Sutter Memorial Hospital
Division of Neonatology and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
5151 F St., Two South
(916) 733-8441

James P. Marcin
UC Davis Children’s Hospital
Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
2516 Stockton Blvd., Second Floor
(916) 734-2131

Stephanie N. Mateev
UC Davis Children’s Hospital
Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
2516 Stockton Blvd., Second Floor
(916) 734-2131

Michael S. Myette
Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center
Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Building C
1600 Eureka Road, Roseville    
(916) 474-2250

Joanne Natale
UC Davis Medical Center
Department of Pediatrics
2516 Stockton Blvd.
(916) 734-2994

Robert K. Pretzlaff
UC Davis Children’s Hospital
Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
2516 Stockton Blvd., Second Floor
(916) 734-2131


PEDIATRIC DEVELOPMENTAL AND BEHAVIORAL PROBLEMS

Robin Lee Hansen
UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute
2825 50th St.
(916) 703-0300


PEDIATRIC EMERGENCY MEDICINE

Nathan Kuppermann
UC Davis Children’s Hospital
Department of Emergency Medicine
2315 Stockton Blvd.
(916) 734-5010


PEDIATRIC ENDOCRINOLOGY

Floyd Culler
Children’s Specialists Medical Group
5301 F St., Suite 307
(916) 733-0888

Nicole Glaser
UC Davis Medical Group
Division of Pediatric Endocrinology
2521 Stockton Blvd.
(916) 734-3112

Sobha Kollipara
Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center
Pediatric Specialty Clinic
Medical Office Building, Second Floor
1600 Eureka Road, Roseville
(916) 474-2285

Dennis M. Styne
UC Davis Medical Group
Division of Pediatric Endocrinology
2521 Stockton Blvd.
(916) 734-3112


PEDIATRIC HEMATOLOGY-ONCOLOGY

Jonathan M. Ducore
UC Davis Medical Center
Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Glassrock Building, Third Floor
2521 Stockton Blvd.
(916) 734-3112

Douglas Taylor
UC Davis Medical Center
Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Glassrock Building, Third Floor
2521 Stockton Blvd.
(916) 734-8336

Theodore Zwerdling
UC Davis Medical Center
Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Glassrock Building, Third Floor
2521 Stockton Blvd.
(916) 734-3112


PEDIATRIC INFECTIOUS DISEASE

Jean Wiedeman
UC Davis Medical Group
Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases
2521 Stockton Blvd.
(916) 734-3112


PEDIATRIC NEPHROLOGY

Lavjay Butani
UC Davis Medical Center
Division of Pediatric Nephrology
Ticon II, Third Floor
2516 Stockton Blvd.
(916) 734-2105


PEDIATRIC ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY

George T. Rab
UC Davis Medical Group
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, Suite 1700
4860 Y St.
(916) 734-2700


PEDIATRIC OTOLARYNGOLOGY

Craig W. Senders
UC Davis Medical Center
Department of Otolaryngology
Glassrock Building, Suite 5200
2521 Stockton Blvd.
(916) 734-5400


PEDIATRIC PULMONOLOGY

Bradley E. Chipps
Capital Allergy and Respiratory Disease Center
5609 J St., Suite C
(916) 453-8696

Albin B. Leong
Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center
Pediatric Specialty Clinic
Medical Office Building Two
1600 Eureka Road, Roseville
(916) 474-2295


PEDIATRIC SPECIALIST/ABUSED CHILDREN

Kevin P. Coulter
UC Davis Medical Center
CAARE Diagnostic and Treatment Center
Department of Pediatrics
3300 Stockton Blvd.
(916) 734-8396


PEDIATRIC SPECIALSTS/NEONATAL-PERINATAL MEDICINE

Jay M. Milstein
UC Davis Children’s Hospital
Division of Neonatology
2315 Stockton Blvd.
(916) 734-8672

Anthony F. Philipps
UC Davis Children’s Hospital
Department of Pediatrics
2315 Stockton Blvd., Third Floor
(916) 734-5178

Gustavo Sosa
Sutter Memorial Hospital
Division of Neonatology and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
5151 F St., Two South
(916) 733-8441

Nirupama R. Subramanian
UC Davis Medical Center
Division of Neonatology
NICN Annex, Fifth Floor
2315 Stockton Blvd.
(916) 703-3050


PEDIATRIC SPECIALIST/NEUROLOGY, GENERAL

David E. Pleasure
Shriners Hospitals for Children Northern California
Department of Neurology
2425 Stockton Blvd.
(916) 453-2331


PEDIATRIC SPECIALIST/PEDIATRIC METABOLIC DISEASES

Mark H. Lipson
Kaiser Permanente Medical Center Point West
Department of Medical Genetics
1650 Response Road
(916) 614-4785


PEDIATRIC SURGERY

Stephen K. Greenholz
Children’s Specialists Medical Group Building D
5275 F St.
(916) 733-6050


PEDIATRICS/GENERAL

Jackie Agee
Pediatric Medical Associates
425 University Ave., Suite 200
(916) 924-9337

Scott C. Budd
Pediatric Medical Associates
425 University Ave., Suite 200
(916) 924-9337

Thomas A. Bullen
UC Davis Medical Group
University Pediatric Associates
2521 Stockton Blvd., Suite 4100
(916) 734-5846

Robert S. Byrd
UC Davis Medical Group
Department of Pediatrics
2521 Stockton Blvd., Suite 2200
(916) 734-2107

Caroline J. Chantry
UC Davis Medical Group
Department of Pediatrics
2521 Stockton Blvd.
(916) 734-3112

Kevin P. Coulter
UC Davis Medical Center
CAARE Diagnostic and Treatment Center
Department of Pediatrics
3300 Stockton Blvd.
(916) 734-8396

Robert E. Farrell
Sutter Medical Group
Department of Pediatrics
1625 Stockton Blvd., Suite 106
(916) 262-9002

Erik Fernandez y Garcia
UC Davis Medical Group
Department of Pediatrics
2521 Stockton Blvd., Suite 2200
(916) 734-5387

Richard Gould
Pediatric Medical Associates
425 University Ave., Suite 200
(916) 924-9337

Richard S. Lloren
Pediatric Medical Associates
1580 Creekside Ave., Folsom
(916) 924-9337

Michael Lucien
UC Davis Medical Group
University Pediatric Associates
2521 Stockton Blvd., Suite 4100
(916) 734-5846

Amy L. McNelis
UC Davis Medical Center
Department of Pediatrics
Glassrock Building, Suite 2200
2521 Stockton Blvd.
(916) 734-2105

Paul Phinney
Kaiser Permanente Medical Center Point West
Department of Pediatrics
1650 Response Road, Second Floor
(916) 614-4055

Kevin A. Tracy
UC Davis Medical Center
Department of Pediatrics
Glassrock Building, Suite 4100
2521 Stockton Blvd.
(916) 734-5846


PEDIATRICS/HOSPITAL MEDICINE

Michele Long
UC Davis Children’s Hospital
Division of General Pediatrics
2315 Stockton Blvd.
(916) 734-5177

Laura E. Poggel
UC Davis Children’s Hospital
Department of Pediatrics
2315 Stockton Blvd.
(916) 734-5387


PHYSICAL MEDICINE AND REHABILITATION

Jay Jiwon Han
UC Davis Medical Group
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, Suite 1700
4860 Y St.
(916) 734-7041

Craig McDonald
UC Davis Medical Group
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, Suite 1700
4860 Y St.
(916) 734-7041


PLASTIC SURGERY

Thomas R. Stevenson
UC Davis Medical Center
Division of Plastic Surgery
3301 C St., Suite 1100
(916) 734-7844

E. Brad Strong
UC Davis Medical Center
Department of Otolaryngology
2521 Stockton Blvd., Suite 5200
(916) 734-5400

Jonathan M. Sykes
UC Davis Medical Group
Department of Facial, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
2521 Stockton Blvd., Suite 6206
(916) 734-2347

Travis T. Tollefson
UC Davis Medical Center
Department of Otolaryngology
2521 Stockton Blvd., Suite 5200
(916) 734-5400

Thomas P. Whetzel
Sacramento VA Medical Center
General Surgery Clinic
10535 Hospital Way, Mather
(916) 382-8387

PSYCHIATRY

Cameron S. Carter
UC Davis Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic
Wong Building
2230 Stockton Blvd.
(916) 734-3574

Robert E. Hales
UC Davis Medical Center
Department of Psychiatry
2230 Stockton Blvd.
(916) 734-7814

Donald M. Hilty
UC Davis Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic
Wong Building
2230 Stockton Blvd.
(916) 734-3574

Mark E. Servis
UC Davis Medical Group
Department of Psychiatry
2230 Stockton Blvd., Second Floor
(916) 734-2614


PULMONARY MEDICINE

Tim E. Albertson
UC Davis Medical Group
Department of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
2825 J St.
(916) 734-2737

Roblee P. Allen
UC Davis Medical Center
Division of Pulmonary Medicine
2825 J St., Suite 400
(916) 734-5360

Susan Murin
UC Davis Medical Center
Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
4150 V St., Suite 3400
(916) 734-3564


RADIATION ONCOLOGY

Allen M. Chen
UC Davis Cancer Center
Department of Radiation Oncology
4501 X St., Suite G-100
(916) 734-5810

Richard K. Valicenti
UC Davis Cancer Center
Department of Radiation Oncology
4501 X St., Suite G-100
(916) 734-5810


RADIOLOGY

Arthur B. Dublin
UC Davis Medical Center
Department of Radiology
2315 Stockton Blvd.
(916) 734-6541

Craig B. Glaiberman
Sutter Health Medical Center
Department of Medical Imaging
2800 L St., Suite 600
(916) 733-4400

Lotfi Hacein-Bey
Radiological Associates of Sacramento
1500 Expo Parkway
(916) 646-8300

Jonathan Hartman
Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center
Department of Neurosurgery
2025 Morse Ave.
(916) 973-5490

Richard E. Latchaw
UC Davis Medical Center
Department of Radiology
Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, Suite 3100
4860 Y St.
(916) 734-5720

Karen Lindfors
UC Davis Medical Center
Department of Radiology
Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, Suite 3100
4860 Y St.
(916) 734-3606


RHEUMATOLOGY

Nancy E. Lane
UC Davis Medical Center
Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center
Department of Medicine and Rheumatology
4800 Second St., Suite 2600
(916) 734-0237

Robert Fogel Shapiro
Sacramento Rheumatology Consultants
107 Scripps Drive, Suite 100
(916) 922-7021

Kenneth B. Wiesner
Sacramento Rheumatology Consultants
107 Scripps Drive, Suite 100
(916) 922-7021


SUGERY

Christine Cocanour
UC Davis Medical Center
Department of Surgery, Trauma and Critical Care
2221 Stockton Blvd., Suite E
(916) 734-5234

Thomas L. Dugoni
Kaiser Permanente Roseville
Department of Surgery
Medical Office Building, First Floor
1600 Eureka Road, Roseville
(916) 784-4144

David Greenhalgh
UC Davis Medical Group
Department of Surgery
2221 Stockton Blvd., Suite E
(916) 734-2680

James W. Holcroft
UC Davis Medical Center
Division of Trauma Surgery
2315 Stockton Blvd.
(916) 734-7291

David H. Wisner
UC Davis Medical Center
Department of Surgery
2221 Stockton Blvd., Room 3112
(916) 734-2680


SURGICAL ONCOLOGY

Scott Hundahl
Sacramento VA Medical Center
Department of Surgery
10535 Hospital Way, Mather
(916) 843-7174


UROLOLGY

Ralph W. de Vere White
UC Davis Cancer Center
4501 X St., Suite 3003A
(916) 703-5213


VASCULAR SURGERY

James W. Holcroft
UC Davis Medical Center
Division of Trauma Surgery
2315 Stockton Blvd.
(916) 734-7291

William Pevec
UC Davis Vascular Center
Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, Suite 2100
4860 Y St.
(916) 734-3800


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*Michael Myette, M.D.  Pediatric Critical Care, Kaiser Permanente

Critical care is not for the faint of heart. Here’s Dr. Michael Myette’s story, in his own words.

“A number of years ago, in our ICU, we had a young lady—a late tweener or early teenager—come in with a fever and respiratory failure. She was sick enough that she ended up being very tricky to ventilate, and was also in septic shock and had a hard time maintaining her blood pressure. We basically had a physician at her bedside for the first 36 hours of admission without ever leaving the room.

It turned out she had a disease called toxic shock syndrome.

The young lady ended up in ICU on a high-frequency oscillating ventilator for about three weeks. Her parents several times took me aside and said, ‘Is she going to die today?’
It was dicey enough that I didn’t know the answer and told them so. As I guess you can imagine, when the outcome is very much in doubt, we don’t really have anyone beyond us that we can go to. You sort of feel like the onus of whether the child survives is on your shoulders. It’s a pretty nerve-wracking time.

There were two moments when I was taking care of her when I felt a pretty strong sense of dread that we were going to lose her. But, fortunately, we had a few more things to try. We gave her medicines to support her blood pressure, like dopamine and epinephrine. It also ultimately required surgical intervention to remove a bacterial infection. Suffice it to say, she ended up getting better. I still keep in touch with this family, and I know the young lady just started college.

Certainly she was an inspiration to me and to all of us. This was at a time when our pediatric ICU was sort of at its ‘infant stage.’ I was the first intensivist on the team, and the nurses and other staff had never taken care of someone this sick.”


*Harvey Matlof, M.D., Cardiology, Sutter Health

Harvey Matlof, M.D., was 16 years old when his grandfather died of a heart attack in the ER—a tragedy that likely would not have happened today.

“At that time, cardiac resuscitation did not exist,” explains Matlof. Some nine years later, as a medical intern, Matlof watched scores of heart attack victims saved by the simple act of resuscitation, sparking his interest in cardiology. “This is where I got turned on to it—where you could pretty much see the results of your work instantaneously.”

Through the years, Matlof has marveled at modern medicine’s giant leaps. “I’ve been in cardiology long enough that I’ve seen incredible changes from the beginning of my training 40 years ago to now,” he says. But it doesn’t take him long to pinpoint perhaps the single biggest breakthrough: coronary angiography.

It’s a fairly simple test, involving a catheter, dye injected into the bloodstream and an X-ray view of the inside of the arteries. But its impact is profound.
It finds blockages. And it saves lives.

Without angiography, says Matlof, all of the life-saving tools cardiologists use on a daily basis would not exist. “There would be no bypass surgery, no stents, no angioplasty,” Matlof says. “Angiography became the springboard for all of the things we do today for people who have heart attacks, or symptoms leading up to heart attacks.”

Luckily for Matlof, he was able to witness the unfolding of angiography as a newly emerging tool while he was a cardiology fellow at Stanford. “I was fortunate to be on the ground floor,” he says. “It was an exciting time.”


* Margaret Parsons, M.D., Dermatology, Dermatology Consultants of Sacramento

Dermatologists have a “memory bank of thousands of images of diseases,” says Margaret Parsons, M.D. Sometimes, that’s enough for them to take just one look and make an instant diagnosis.

Other times, that memory bank prompts them to probe a little further. “Sometimes,” Parsons says, “you look at the skin and it doesn’t go click-click-click.”

She particularly remembers a woman who came in with a rash she’d had on her stomach and thighs, off and on, for a few years. Doctors considered it a probable eczema and prescribed topical creams—“not a wrong or incorrect treatment,” as Parsons says.
But creams didn’t solve the problem.

It was one of those “nonspecific” red rashes, as Parsons describes it, and that’s what made diagnosis so tricky. “I didn’t know what it was, but it had gone on too long to be a simple eczema case. It was one of those cases where you know ‘this is not something I see every day,’ or even every year, but maybe every few years.” A biopsy was in order.
The finding: cutaneous B-cell lymphoma. It was, in Parsons’ words, a “fairly concerning cancer.”

But she was one of the lucky ones. With chemotherapy, a life was saved. “She did beautifully,” says Parsons. “She’s got all her hair back, is playing tennis again and is back to enjoying friends and family.”

Parsons also credits the patient for taking action. “The patient was wise enough to get the rash that did not go away rechecked,” she says.

There’s a lesson in that for all of us.


* Kee Kim, M.D., Neurosurgery, UC Davis Medical Center

Kee Kim, M.D., was only a year and a half out of a spinal surgery fellowship when he encountered one of the most challenging cases of his life. Arriving in a wheelchair, a 67-year-old woman sought Kim’s help. She had undergone surgery for a spinal problem caused by rheumatoid arthritis. But the surgery was unsuccessful. By the time Kim saw her, she had no use of her legs and was beginning to lose arm function as well. “The problem was that after the surgery she gradually developed compression of the spinal cord,” explains Kim. “The first thing to go was her legs, and then her arms.”

The patient consulted her previous surgeon, plus a few other doctors. Nothing more could be done, they told her. Kim, it seemed, was her last hope.

When Kim looked at her images, he saw “a lot of pressure on her spinal column. So I’m thinking if I can relieve the pressure and stabilize it so it doesn’t happen again . . .”

He told the patient another surgery might be worthwhile. She agreed. Surgery went smoothly, but the immediate aftermath was terrifying: She completely lost function in her arms. “I thought, ‘Oh, my gosh, what did I do wrong?’” says Kim. “It was very early in my career, so you can imagine, I worried that I would do more harm than good.”
Within about 24 hours, though, the patient began to regain her arm function. Gradually, very slowly, she continued to improve. Six months to a year later, Kim says, she was walking again.

“Over a long time, she made a very dramatic recovery,” he says. “Obviously it was very gratifying for me, and a life-changing event.”

As satisfying as it is to help patients in need, Kim, who now serves as chief of spinal neurosurgery at UC Davis, believes it’s important to maintain humility.

“When something unexpected happens, you have to think about what you did and ask yourself if there’s something different you can do in the future,” he says.


* Judith Blazun, M.D., Otolaryngology, Sutter Health

Physicians have to be involved in their patients’ care “every step of the way,” says Judith Blazun, M.D. Otherwise, the ball can be too easily dropped, leading to potential disaster.

Blazun learned this the hard way when her own mother went in for eyelid surgery and had a heart attack the following day—a complication that never would have happened had it not been for a crack in the system.
Prior to eyelid surgery, Blazun’s mom received a letter from her surgeon’s office, instructing her to stop taking blood-thinning medications a week before surgery.

The standardized letter might have been appropriate for most patients, but not for Blazun’s mother: She had a stent in her coronary artery, making it vital for her to remain on blood thinners.

But her mother apparently didn’t realize the possible consequences of stopping her meds. “She dutifully followed the instructions given and didn’t discuss it with me,” says Blazun.

The resulting heart attack required two subsequent emergency stents. Since then, says Blazun, her mother’s quality of life has never been the same.

“It was very tragic for my mom,” she says. “She’s never fully recovered her heart function. She doesn’t have the exercise tolerance or strength she once had.”

For a while, Blazun blamed herself. “I kind of berated myself for not talking to her about that letter she received,” she says.

She also was none too happy with the eyelid surgeon. “He was part of a large health care organization, and I think things were kind of on autopilot,” says Blazun. “He said he didn’t know that the staff was sending that letter to every single patient.”

For Blazun, it was a searing reminder of her responsibility as a physician, especially one working in a large health care organization.

Her mother’s experience has “driven me as a physician in a large organization to respect the fact that we have to drive the bus,” she says. “When systems are too big and we’re working on such a tight time schedule, we can miss complications.”


*Sanyukta Pawar, M.D., Internal Medicine, UC Davis Medical Group

Stomach problems can be tricky to diagnose. While practicing in Oklahoma a few years ago, Sanyukta Pawar, M.D., came across a real doozy.

The patient: a man in his late 50s. The complaint: stomach discomfort, specifically after eating. “I thought, hmm . . .” says Pawar.

The blood work checked out fine. Gall bladder function? Normal. Endoscopy? Normal. Bowel movements? Normal.
When Pawar asked the patient, “Did anything happen to bring this on?” he answered that he didn’t know.
“The gastroenterologist and I were hitting our heads together,” she says.

His one “bad”: He smoked. “So I thought maybe he had narrowing of the arteries, restricting blood flow—thought maybe that was causing it,” guessed Pawar. Nope.

An MR angiogram contained the answer to the mystery. The patient had three fractured vertebrae in his back—something Pawar never suspected, as he never complained of pain. “He was so stoic.”

Vertebrae, explains Pawar, are like an accordion, expanding after you eat. But because the patient’s vertebrae were fractured, they weren’t expanding, creating abdominal discomfort. “When he had a big meal, there was no room to accommodate the food, and he would have a lot of bloating and discomfort,” says Pawar.

There’s no way to fix vertebral fractures. But there was a simple solution to relieve the man’s discomfort: eating smaller meals.

For Pawar, the diagnosis came as a huge relief. “I was really relieved to find out it was something simple and not something ominous, as we might have feared,” she says.
The patient was relieved and grateful, too—so much so that he actually quit smoking, which may just be the best part of this story.


*Patricia Gail Pirie, M.D., Anesthesiology, Sacramento Anesthesiology Medical Group

Sometimes, doctors have to taste a little medicine of their own in order to become better doctors.

For Patricia Gail Pirie, M.D., being laid up with a fractured pelvis was an eye-opening experience that taught her volumes about what it’s like to be a hospital patient.

“It changed my practice,” Pirie, an anesthesiologist, now says, looking back.

The accident happened about 25 years ago. Pirie was on foot, crossing an intersection on her way to work, when a truck driver hit her. “It was early morning, and he didn’t see me,” says Pirie. Ironically, she was admitted to the hospital where she was working at the time.

Physical therapy was the recommended treatment. But it came with a caveat: At that time, the usual MO was to withhold pain medication pre-therapy, as doctors did not want patients to become sleepy. “That’s how medicine was practiced,” says Pirie. “That’s how I practiced medicine.”

But as she soon discovered firsthand, life without medication was not only torture, but served to impede progress. “When they want you to get up in the morning and everything hurts, everything’s inflamed—and you just can’t move, it hurts, and you don’t want to take a deep breath and you don’t want to walk and you don’t want to go into the hot bath—it’s very difficult to function,” remembers Pirie. With a dose of narcotic, she says, a patient is more comfortable and is able to do a better job with exercise and therapy.

The experience taught her a hard but important lesson.

“It changed how I dealt with my post-surgical patients,” says Pirie. “When I look back, I realize conventional medicine wasn’t what it should have been. But we have come a long way since then.”


* Mark Lipson, M.D.,Medical Genetics, Kaiser Permanente

Maybe you’ve never heard of glutaric aciduria. But it’s an example of one of some 30 or 40 inborn errors of metabolism that newborns today are being screened for—an advancement that Mark Lipson, M.D., is really excited about.

These disorders are relatively rare. But in the past few years alone, Lipson has seen two families whose newborns tested positive for glutaric aciduria, a condition characterized by the inability to break down certain proteins. “It can’t be cured, but it can be treated with a special diet that avoids the protein components these patients can’t metabolize,” says Lipson. The supplement carnitine also is needed, as deficiencies occur in those with the condition.
Without early detection and the necessary dietary changes, consequences can be dire. Some babies with the disorder may experience difficulty moving, with spasms or rigidity. Brain damage and serious intellectual disabilities also may result.

Being able to treat babies prior to their becoming ill “allows me to be very optimistic with the parents about a good outcome,” says Lipson. “These children need to follow their special diets lifelong, with careful follow-up on a regular basis. There is great pleasure and satisfaction in being able to see normal growth and development in these children.”