Westchester's Top Doctors 2017

The region's best physicians, as chosen by their peers.

Orthopedic surgeon David E. Lent, MD, FAAOS, is the leading expert in MAKOplasty advanced robotic knee replacement.

Photography by Ken Gabrielsen

When it comes to your healthcare, word-of-mouth recommendations can be helpful — but they’re just not enough. After all, what makes one physician “better” than another? Is it bedside manner? Years of experience? Education? Credentials? Here, in Westchester Magazine’s annual list of the county’s Top Doctors, the physicians included have been selected based on a strict set of criteria, including input from some of the toughest  critics of all: other doctors.

This year, we present 672 physicians in 63 specialties ranging from addiction psychiatry to vascular surgery. As in years past, we’ve relied on Castle Connolly, which utilizes a rigorous screening and selection process, to provide us with a comprehensive list of the best physicians in Westchester.

To give you a glimpse into the lives and specialties of some of these Top Doctors, we’ve profiled eight of them, and have included tips, info, and advice from several others, who, like all on this list, are, frankly, the best of the best in Westchester. For the full list of doctors, check here and here.      

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Top Doctors Tips 

The Biggest Mistake Patients Make:

“‘Shopping around’ for the person who charges the least for fillers and botulinum toxins and not going to a board-certified dermatologic surgeon.” —Dr. Rhoda S. Narins, Dermatology


One Piece of Advice:

“In addition to taking prescribed medication, exercise and a low-carbohydrate diet are essential.” —Dr. Lewis A. Opler, Psychiatry


Did You Know?

“that diabetes is controllable with effort, education, understanding diet, regular activity, and use of the multiple new available medications?” —Dr. David Bloomgarden, Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism


One Piece of Advice:

“It is so important for your mental health to take care of yourself. This is not just about taking medicine or going to therapy, but about managing your stress level, getting enough sleep, asking for help when you need it, living a healthy lifestyle, spending time with people you care about, and doing things that you enjoy.” —Dr. Amy Silverman, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry


The Biggest Mistake Patients Make:

“Failing to obtain a second opinion from a high-volume (minimally invasive) surgeon if they were told they were not a candidate for such surgery.” —Dr. Herbert F. Gretz III, Gynecologic Oncology


Exciting Development in My Specialty:

“Computer/video analysis of baseball pitching motion, tennis serve, and running mechanics has revolutionized sports performance and injury prevention.” —Dr. Steven R. Small, Orthopaedic Surgery


The Best and Worst Part of My Job:

“Best: Seeing such a range of lives, families, relationships, struggles. Worst: Watching parents react to the news that their child has a serious illness. —Dr. Audrey H. Birnbaum, Pediatric Gastroenterology


A Myth Debunked:

“A popular health myth is that various over-the-counter vitamins and supplements will improve health. In fact, virtually none of the commonly taken supplements or vitamins are of any proven benefit to most Americans.”  Dr. Richard H. Kay, Cardiovascular Disease 


Did You know?

“Cataract surgery nowadays is a 10-minute painless procedure, and the next day you can basically go back to your normal routine.” — Dr. Steven Zabin, Opthalmology


One Piece of Advice:

Celebrate your children. They are probably doing the best they can with the abilities, brain chemistry, and environment they have been dealt. If they could do better on their own, then they would be.” — Dr. Martin Kutscher, Child Neurology


Exciting Developments in My Specialty:

“We now have many effective options for the treatment of psoriasis, so virtually no one has to ‘suffer the heartbreak’ anymore.” Dr. Jennifer H. Goldwasser, Dermatology


The Biggest Mistake Patients Make:

“The biggest mistake patients make is not calling their doctor about a concern, such as decreased fetal movement, and just waiting for their next office visit.” — Dr. Patricia Ann Devine, Maternal & Fetal Medicine


The Best and Worst Parts of My Job

“The best part is helping people — whether it’s helping improve skin conditions or detecting skin cancers early so that they are easily treatable. The worst part: Telling someone they have a melanoma.” — Dr. Athena G. Kaporis, Dermatology


One Piece of Advice

“When you see your doctor, ask questions. It makes patients informed and allows doctors to tailor the treatment to the patient’s specific needs.” — Dr. Stuart J. Elkowitz, Hand Surgery


One Piece of Advice

“Move. Just getting up from a chair and moving at a low level decreases your risk of heart disease by 50 percent.” — Dr. Peter Michael Gottesfeld, Family Medicine


Did You Know?

“There is no evidence that antidepressants cause suicide. Suicide risk is related to depression and other mood disorders, especially if complicated by alcohol and drugs. Therefore, psychiatric treatments save lives!” — Dr. Boris Rubinstein, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry


How Our Top Docs Are Selected:

Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. is 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. Castle Connolly’s established nomination survey, research, screening, and selection process, under the direction of an MD, involves many hundreds of thousands of physicians as well as academic medical centers, specialty hospitals, and regional and community hospitals all across the nation. Castle Connolly’s physician-led team of researchers follows a rigorous screening process to select top doctors on both the national and regional levels. Its online nominations process — located at www.castleconnolly.com/nominations — is open to all licensed physicians in America who are able to nominate physicians in any medical specialty and in any part of the country, as well as indicate whether the nominated physician is, in their opinion, among the best in their region in their medical specialty or among the best in the nation in their medical specialty. 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: We identify the top doctors in America and provide you, the consumer, with detailed information about their education, training, and special expertise in our paperback guides, national and regional  magazine “Top Doctors” features, and online directories.

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 online at
www.castleconnolly.com, or in conjunction with other Castle Connolly Top Doctors databases online and/or in print. —Text provided by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.

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