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Best Doctors


Posted on November 14

Need a doctor? Then you need to see this list of 194 physicians who have been chosen best in their fields.

David Tai, M.D., Sutter Medical Center, Department of Orthopedic Surgery
David Tai, M.D., Sutter Medical Center, Department of Orthopedic Surgery Photography by Rudy Meyers

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When choosing a doctor for ourselves or a loved one, most of us wouldn’t think of picking one randomly out of cyberspace or letting our pet chicken pick for us. We’d want a more reliable method for choosing only the best.

While finding “the best” of anything sometimes can be an exercise in trial and error, it isn’t in this case. We have a way of knowing exactly which docs lead their field thanks to the work of Best Doctors, Inc., a Boston-based organization that conducts the largest continuous independent survey of the medical profession. From Best Doctors, Inc., Sacramento magazine has secured the rights to publish the names of 194 local physicians representing 51 specialties and subspecialties and four respected health networks, including Sutter Health, Kaiser Permanente, UC Davis and Dignity Health (formerly Catholic Healthcare West). The list is excerpted from the 2013 “The Best Doctors in America” database.

The doctors are chosen through a process similar to the informal peer-to-peer process doctors themselves use to connect their patients to the right specialists. Doctors surveyed have the option of commenting confidentially on their colleagues and are free to make other nominations. A team of researchers employed by the organization confirms credentials and specific areas of expertise.

Doctors do not pay to be included on the list. They are not paid to be listed and cannot nominate or vote for themselves. All survey information is kept confidential.

In connection with our published list of the best local docs, we decided to find out what factors some of these doctors attribute to their high level of competence. So we asked them: “What experience do you believe made you a better doctor?”

While the responses were as varied as the physicians themselves, a common theme did emerge: Sometimes the best way to become a better doctor is to walk a mile in the patient’s nonslip hospital socks.

Here, nine of the area’s Best Doctors describe in their own words the experiences they feel had a profound influence on the way they practice medicine.

 

2013 BEST DOCTORS

DAVID TAI, M.D. (above)
Sutter Medical Center, Department of Orthopedic Surgery
“As an orthopedic surgeon, I describe the practice of operating on someone as technical and cognitive. You develop the actual physical technique of performing surgery by training—that’s why surgeons have a longer residency [than most other physicians]—and experience. I’ve been doing orthopedic surgery since 1983, and somewhere along the line I came to realize that the mental or emotional aspect of performing surgery is just as important as the physical technique. I really do think there’s a reverential bond that develops between doctor and patient during the process of operating. The patient is completely vulnerable to the surgeon, even if the surgeon is only operating on a hand that’s been numbed. That classic oath that we take to first do no harm has to be reassessed because the physical act of cutting into somebody means you are assaulting the body in certain ways. Therefore, I think it’s a real privilege to operate on another human being. I’m honored that patients come to me. They’re entrusting me to do surgery when they’re at their most vulnerable. It’s this mindset that I believe has helped me to become a better doctor.”

 

ALLERGY AND IMMUNOLOGY

Bradley E. Chipps
Capital Allergy and Respiratory Disease Center
5609 J St, Ste C Sacramento, CA 95819
Phone: 916-453-8696

Merrill Eric Gershwin
UC Davis Medical Center Rheumatology and Allergy Clinic
4860 Y St, Ste 0400 Sacramento, CA 95817
Phone: 916-734-2737

 

ANESTHESIOLOGY

Diana L. Coleman
Central Anesthesia Service Exchange Medical Group
3315 Watt Ave Sacramento, CA 95821
Phone: 916-481-0777

Cathleen R. Lammers
UC Davis Medical Center Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
2315 Stockton Blvd Sacramento, CA 95817
Phone: 916-734-5311

Patricia Gail Pirie
Mercy General Hospital Department of Anesthesia
3939 J St, Ste 310 Sacramento, CA 95819
Phone: 916-733-6990

Jeffrey Uppington
UC Davis Medical Center Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
2315 Stockton Blvd Sacramento, CA 95817
Phone: 916-734-2480

 

CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE

William J. Bommer
UC Davis Medical Group Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, Lower Level, Ste 0200 4860 Y St Sacramento, CA 95817
Phone: 916-734-3761

Yung-Wei Chi
UC Davis Health System Vascular Center
Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, Ste 2100 4860 Y St Sacramento, CA 95817
Phone: 916-734-3800

John Laird
UC Davis Vascular Center
Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center 4860 Y St Sacramento, CA 95817
Phone: 916-734-3800

Reginald I. Low
UC Davis Medical Group Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, Lower Level, Ste 0200 4860 Y St Sacramento, CA 95817
Phone: 916-734-3761

Harvey Matlof
Sutter Cardiology
5301 F St, Ste 117 Sacramento, CA 95819
Phone: 916-733-1788

Saul Schaefer
UC Davis Medical Group Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, Lower Level, Ste 0200 4860 Y St Sacramento, CA 95817
Phone: 916-734-3761

 

CRITICAL CARE MEDICINE

Tim E. Albertson
UC Davis Medical Group Department of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine
2825 J Street Sacramento, CA 95816
Phone: 916-734-2737

Diana L. Coleman
Central Anesthesia Service Exchange Medical Group
3315 Watt Ave Sacramento, CA 95821
Phone: 916-481-0777

Susan Murin
UC Davis Medical Center Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
4150 V St, Ste 3400 Sacramento, CA 95817
Phone: 916-734-2812

David H. Wisner
UC Davis Medical Center Department of Surgery
2221 Stockton Blvd, Rm 3112 Sacramento, CA 95817
Phone: 916-734-2680

 

DERMATOLOGY

Robert L. Burns
Kaiser Permanente Medical Center Rancho Cordova Department of Dermatology 10725 International Dr Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
Phone: 916-631-2142

Michael J. Fazio
2805 J St, Ste 100 Sacramento, CA 95816
Phone: 916-492-1828

Thomas Giustina
Kaiser Permanente
South Sacramento Medical Center Department of Dermatology Medical Office Bldg 2, 1st Fl 6600 Bruceville Rd Sacramento, CA 95823
Phone: 916-688-2045

Ann F. Haas
Sutter Medical Group Department of Dermatology
1020 29th St, Ste 570A Sacramento, CA 95816
Phone: 916-733-3792

Suzanne L. Kilmer
Laser and Skin Surgery Center of Northern California
3835 J St Sacramento, CA 95816
Phone: 916-456-0400

Jan A. Okimoto
Kaiser Permanente Medical Center Rancho Cordova Department of Dermatology
10725 International Dr, 1st Fl Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
Phone: 916-631-3010

Margaret Parson
Dermatology Consultants of Sacramento
5340 Elvas Ave, Ste 600 Sacramento, CA 95819
Phone: 916-739-1505

Marc A. Silverstein
1 Scripps Dr, Ste 300 Sacramento, CA 95825
Phone: 916-920-0871

Emil A. Tanghetti
Center for Dermatology and Laser Surgery
5601 J St Sacramento, CA 95819
Phone: 916-454-5922

Summer R. Youker
2805 J St, Ste 100 Sacramento, CA 95815
Phone: 916-492-1828

 

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