Feature

Top Doctors 2008

Health care is becoming more and more specialized. We take a look at the trend and what it means for you.

October 2008

Over the past 10 to 15 years, medicine in the United States has become more specialized, which means more medical residents are choosing areas of medicine such as radiology, anesthesiology, and cardiology instead of traditional fields like internal medicine, family practice, and pediatrics. It's a trend that many experts believe may have dire results for our medical system and patient care (see "The Primary-Care Conundrum," page 95). But medical students, who leave med school with an average of $140,000 of debt, say the incentives to specialize are too great to ignore. Dr. Kelly Fitzgerald, a fourth-year resident at the University of Colorado, always assumed she would specialize, even after a three-year pediatric residency. "There is more and more pressure in primary care to increase the volume of patients seen within a clinic day while still providing the same caliber of care," says Fitzgerald, who ultimately elected to go into anesthesia. "Plus, the hours for general pediatricians are demanding. The doctors need to be available around the clock, yet they are not financially compensated for this the majority of the time."

Beyond the salaries, which can be triple that of a primary-care doctor, specialists often work fewer hours, endure fewer nights on call, and spend less time building a private practice. In short, specializing offers better quality of life. "Since the mid-1990s, the number of University of Colorado School of Medicine graduates specializing in primary care has gone from more than half to around 40 percent today," says Richard Krugman, longtime dean of the school.

The Listings
Each listing includes the physician's name, the number of times he or she has been on the Top Docs list in that category in the past (if applicable), the hospitals at which the physician has privileges, the doctor's office address, and the best phone number for a patient to call for an appointment. We also note if a doctor is not currently accepting new patients.

Denver Metro-Area Hospitals
Because of space restrictions we abbreviate the names of some of the area hospitals in the listings. Click here to view the official names as well as their health-care systems.

For Your Information: Hospital Hopping
In the last year, both University of Colorado Hospital and the Children's Hospital have moved to the new Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. As these moves are recent, and ongoing in some cases, addresses and phone numbers for many physicians, departments, and clinics have been changing. For our Top Doctors issue, we do our very best to print the most up-to-date contact information; however, it is possible that information has changed or will change as we go to press. If you are having trouble reaching a physician at University of Colorado Hospital or the Children's Hospital, please try the following main numbers.

 

The Children's Hospital 720-777-1234
University of Colorado Hospital 303-372-0000

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Addiction Psychiatry, Adolescent Medicine, Allergy & Immunology, Anesthesiology, Cardiovascular Disease, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology, Colon & Rectal Surgery, Critical Care, Dermatology, Diagnostic Radiology, Emergency Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism

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Family Medicine, Gastroenterology, Geriatric Psychiatry, Gynecologic Oncology, Hematology, Hospice & Palliative Care, Infectious Disease, Internal Medicine, Interventional Cardiology

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Maternal & Fetal Medicine, Medical Genetics, Medical Oncology, Medical Toxicology, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Nephrology, Neurological Surgery, Neurology, Neurology (special qualifications in child neurology), Neuromuscular Medicine, Neuroradiology, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Occupational Medicine, Ophthalmology, Orthopedic Sports Medicine, Orthopedic Surgery, Otolaryngology, Pain Medicine, Pathology

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Pediatric Cardiology, Pediatric Critical Care, Pediatric Dermatology, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Pediatric Endocrinology, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Pediatric Hematology & Oncology, Pediatric Infectious Disease, Pediatric Nephrology, Pediatric Otolaryngology, Pediatric Pathology, Pediatric Pulmonology, Pediatric Radiology, Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine, Pediatric Surgery, Pediatric Transplant Hepatology, Pediatric Urology, Pediatrics, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Plastic Surgery (head and neck), Psychiatry, Pulmonary Disease

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Radiation Oncology, Reproductive Endocrinology/Infertility, Rheumatology, Sleep Medicine, Spinal Cord Injury Medicine, Sports Medicine, Surgery, Surgery of the Hand, Surgical Critical Care, Thoracic Surgery, Transplant Hepatology, Urology, Vascular & Interventional Radiology, Vascular Surgery

Addiction Psychiatry

Allan Graham (3)
St. Joseph
10350 E. Dakota Ave.
Denver 80231
303-367-2800

Jonathan I. Ritvo (2)
University
501 S. Cherry St.,
Suite 650
Denver 80246
303-333-3163
Not taking new patients

Adolescent Medicine

Christine Gilroy (3)
Presbyterian/St. Luke's
1801 High St.
Denver 80218
303-869-2160

David W. Kaplan (3)
Children's
13123 E. 16th Ave.
Aurora 80045
720-777-6131

Amy E. Sass (1)
Children's
13123 E. 16th Ave.
Aurora 80045
720-777-6131

Eric Sigel (3)
Children's
13123 E. 16th Ave.
Aurora 80045
720-777-6131

Allergy & Immunology

Dan Atkins (3)
Children's, National Jewish, University
1400 Jackson St.
Denver 80206
303-398-1355

Mark Ebadi (2)
Aurora South, Rose
125 Rampart Way, Suite 100
Denver 80230
720-858-7600

William S. Silvers (10)
Littleton, Parker, Porter,
Rose, Sky Ridge,
Swedish, University
7180 E. Orchard Road,
Suite 208
Centennial 80111
303-740-0998

John M. Williams (4)
Good Samaritan, St. Joseph
280 Exempla Circle
Lafayette 80026
720-536-7625

Anesthesiology

Bruce R. Brookens (13)
Littleton, Porter, Swedish
333 W. Hampden Ave., Suite 600
Englewood 80110
303-761-5646

Joy L. Hawkins (3)
University
12631 E. 17th Ave.
Aurora 80045
303-724-1758

John Lockrem (1)
Denver Health, University
777 Bannock St.
Denver 80204
303-436-6550

Victoria J. Simpson
Good Samaritan, St. Joseph
280 Exempla Circle
Lafayette 80026
303-764-4402

David Theil (7)
Aurora, Midtown Surgical Center, Parker, Presbyterian/St. Luke's, Rose, Sky
Ridge, St. Joseph
455 Sherman St., Suite 510
Denver 80203
303-377-6825

Cardiovascular Disease

J. Kern Buckner (4)
Littleton, National
Jewish, Porter
1400 Jackson St.
Denver 80206
303-398-1355

Christopher Lang (5)
Good Samaritan, St. Joseph
2045 Franklin St.
Denver 80205
303-861-3402

JoAnn Lindenfeld (11)
University
1635 N. Ursula St.
Aurora 80045
720-848-5300
Not taking new patients

John J. Reusch (1)
Good Samaritan, St. Joseph
2045 Franklin St.
Denver 80205
303-861-3402
Not taking new patients

Vijay D. Subbarao (1)
Lutheran, North Suburban, Rose, St. Anthony Central,
St. Anthony North
4545 E. Ninth Ave., Suite 610
Denver 80220
303-331-9121

Howard Weinberger
National Jewish, University
1400 Jackson St.
Denver 80206
303-398-1355

Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Bert Dech (1)
7900 E. Union Ave.,
Suite 1100
Denver 80237
303-217-4573

John E. Peterson (2)
Denver Health
777 Bannock St.
Denver 80204
303-436-6680

Marianne Z. Wamboldt (4)

Children's, University
13123 E. 16th Ave.
Aurora 80045
720-777-6200

Asa G. Yancey Jr. (8)
Presbyterian/St. Luke's, Rose
7310 E. Arapahoe Road., Suite 200
Centennial 80112
303-740-0400

Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology

Laurent Lewkowiez
Denver Health, University
12605 E. 16th Ave., Third Floor
Aurora 80045
720-848-6578

Frederic Miller
Presbyterian/St. Luke's, St. Joseph
1601 E. 19th Ave., Suite 5000
Denver 80218
303-839-7100

Colon & Rectal Surgery

Nelson I. Mozia (11)
Good Samaritan, Lutheran, Rose, St. Anthony Central, St. Anthony North
8550 W. 38th Ave., Suite 205
Wheat Ridge 80033
303-467-8987

Santosh Nandi (1)
Littleton, Porter, Rose,
Sky Ridge, Swedish
401 W. Hampden Place, Suite 210
Englewood 80110
303-722-6960

Graham Sellers (6)

Aurora South, Presbyterian/St. Luke's, St. Joseph
2005 Franklin St., Suite 520
Denver 80205
303-839-5669

Susan A. Sgambati (7)
Parker, Rose
4600 E. Hale Parkway, Suite 430
Denver 80220
303-377-6401

Critical Care

Elizabeth L. Aronsen (2)
Presbyterian/St. Luke's
1719 E. 19th Ave.
Denver 80218
303-322-0104

Ivor S. Douglas
Denver Health, University
660 Bannock St., MC 4000
Denver 80204
303-436-4949

Stephen K. Frankel (1)
National Jewish, Rose
1400 Jackson St.
Denver 80202
1-800-222-5864

Michael D. Schwartz
National Jewish, Rose
1400 Jackson St.
Denver 80206
303-398-1355

Julie Sutarik (2)
Presbyterian/St. Luke's,
Spalding, St. Joseph
1601 E. 19th Ave., Suite 6250
Denver 80218
303-860-7530
Not taking new patients

Dermatology

Joel L. Cohen (2)
Littleton, Sky Ridge, Swedish
499 E. Hampden Ave., Suite 450
Englewood 80113
303-756-7546

Simone Ince
2045 Franklin St.
Denver 80205
303-861-3130

Meg A. Lemon (6)
Presbyterian/St. Luke's, Rose, St. Joseph
2005 Franklin St.,
Midtown 2, Suite 175
Denver 80205
303-831-0400

Margaret "Migs" Muldrow (4)
Presbyterian/St. Luke's
1601 E. 19th Ave., Suite 4450
Denver 80218
303-830-2900

Barbara R. Reed (13)
Presbyterian/St. Luke's, Rose
2200 E. 18th Ave.
Denver 80206
303-322-7789

Diagnostic Radiology

Andrew Fisher (5)
Aurora, Littleton, Sky Ridge, Spalding, Swedish
10700 E. Geddes Ave., Suite 200
Englewood 80112
720-493-3700

Matthew Fleishman (4)
Aurora, Littleton, Porter, Sky Ridge, Spalding, Swedish
10700 E. Geddes Ave., Suite 200
Englewood 80112
720-493-3700

Craig M. Kornbluth (2)
North Suburban, Presbyterian/St. Luke's, Rose
938 Bannock St., Suite 300
Denver 80204
303-914-8800

David A. Lynch (9)
National Jewish, University
1400 Jackson St.
Denver 80206
303-270-2510

Emergency Medicine

Joanne Edney (1)
Lutheran
8300 W. 38th Ave.
Wheat Ridge 80033
303-425-2089

Benjamin Honigman
University
12401 E. 17th Ave.
Aurora 80045
720-848-6777

Donald J. Lefkowits (3)
Rose
4567 E. Ninth Ave.
Denver 80220
303-320-2461

Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism

Daniel Bessesen (5)
Denver Health, University
777 Bannock St.
Denver 80204
303-436-6065

Jennifer Hone
Rose
4600 Hale Parkway, Suite 490
Denver 80220
303-329-7876

Mervyn Lifschitz (11)
Rose
4545 E. Ninth Ave., Suite 310
Denver 80220
303-388-4673

Michael McDermott (4)
University
1635 N. Ursula St.
Aurora 80045
720-848-2650

Steven R. Osa (6)
Craig, Porter
850 E. Harvard Ave., Suite 405
Denver 80210
303-722-4683

Robert W. Rees-Jones (10)
Aurora South, Parker
1550 S. Potomac St., Suite 320
Aurora 80012
303-369-9445

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