Top Doctors 2010
We present the best doctors across all specialties whom the experts, doctors themselves, recommend—and hear from a few who are advancing their fields right here in Westchester.
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“My twenty-eight years of experience has convinced me that chronic sinusitis is mainly a disease of inflammation and obstruction, rather than one of bacterial infection. My treatment paradigm centers on holistic prevention of disease and state-of-the-art technology such as balloon sinuplasty. Balloon sinuplasty is the newest sinus procedure and can be performed easily in the operating room with rapid return to full function after surgery. This technique has proven over a four-year period to be simple, safe, and effective.”
—Dr. Barry Shapiro, Briarcliff Manor
“Balloon sinuplasty is the latest advance in the field of ear, nose and throat treatments. Opening the sinuses with balloons attached to the ends of catheters is a very exciting development. The balloons open the sinuses in a much less invasive manner than our other current surgical techniques. They can be used instead of, or as a complement to, the more traditional sinus surgery. Recovery is faster, there is less discomfort, and the procedure is very safe."
—Dr. Matthew J. Kates, New Rochelle
“Newer evidence-based psychotherapies, including psychodynamic and cognitive therapies, will give us further ways to maximize the effects of the ‘Talking Cure.’ Advances in molecular genetics, brain imaging, and neurophysiology will enhance our diagnostic abilities and our understanding of how the brain functions in sickness and in health. All of this, together with the development of more effective pharmacological strategies, will translate into better treatments for our young patients and their families. But the most important tool in the care of patients will remain a caring, empathic, warm, and astute clinician delivering compassionate care. Physicians have always known that we can sometimes diagnose, and can occasionally cure, but we can always provide comfort, reassurance, and support."
—Dr. Boris Rubinstein, Hastings-on-Hudson
“This is an exciting time for maternal-fetal medicine. New advances allow evaluation earlier and more accurately. The most significant development is first-trimester screening for chromosomal abnormalities, including Down Syndrome. This advancement allows a pregnant patient as early as ten to thirteen weeks’ gestation to know if her fetus is at risk. This ‘window into the womb’ helps map the path for a safe pregnancy and a healthy baby—the ultimate goal.”
—Dr. Patricia Devine, New Rochelle
“Family medicine is an old-fashioned specialty for the modern age. Through critical appraisal of data, we evaluate diagnostic testing and therapeutic advances to determine what will actually benefit our patients. We are trained to use emotional intelligence to better understand our patients for diagnosis and in guiding treatment. Patients do not live in a vacuum, illness does not develop by itself, and health cannot be optimized by decree.”
—Dr. Peter Gottesfeld, Mount Kisco
“I was an early adopter of e-prescribing. I no longer get calls from pharmacists to clarify instructions. Medication errors are rare. Even requests for refills are sent electronically by the pharmacy. It is a boon to patients, who are able to pick up their prescriptions in one trip without waiting or returning to the pharmacy. This is especially valuable in cases of sick or uncomfortable patients, who are able to start treatment without delay. Full-featured electronic health records are still a technology in development, when all records can intercommunicate to provide each doctor with a seamless view of a patient’s entire medical history.”
—Dr. Ira Sutton, New Rochelle
“There is a new competitor to Botox called Dysport, which has a quicker time of action and may last longer than Botox; these are used in the central forehead and crow’s feet areas. There are also new formulations of dermal fillers mixed with an anesthetic. I have been using local anesthesia with filler injections for more than five years and my patients are very happy with this ‘painless’ technique for the lines around the lips and cheeks. New devices incorporating lasers with liposuction are now available to achieve more skin tightening than traditional liposuction. I will have this new technology in late-2010.”
—Dr. Douglas Roth, Mount Kisco
How Our Doctors Are Selected
The list of our "Top Doctors" was provided by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., a healthcare research and information company founded in 1991 by a former medical college board chairman and president to help guide consumers to America’s top doctors and top hospitals. Under the direction of an MD, Castle Connolly surveys and researches tens of thousands of top doctors and the medical leadership of leading hospitals to come up with the list.
Castle Connolly’s physician-led team of researchers follows a rigorous screening process to select top doctors on both the national and regional levels. Using mail and telephone surveys, and electronic ballots, they ask physicians and the medical leadership of leading hospitals to identify highly skilled, exceptional doctors. Careful screening of doctors’ educational and professional experience is essential before final selection is made among those physicians most highly regarded by their peers.
The result—Castle Connolly identifies the top doctors in America and provides us consumers with detailed information about their education, training, and special expertise in the paperback guides, national and regional magazine “Top Doctors” features, and online directories.
Note: Doctors do not and cannot pay to be selected and profiled as Castle Connolly Top Doctors.
Physicians selected for inclusion in this magazine’s “Top Doctors” feature may also appear as Regional Top Doctors online at castleconnolly.com, or in one of Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors guides, such as America’s Top Doctors® or America’s Top Doctors® for Cancer.