Friday, November 4, 2011

GBMC Once Again Has Dozens Of “Top Docs”

We’ve always known that one of GBMC’s phenomenal strengths was the quality of its medical staff, which was again confirmed when more than 100 of our physicians were named in the just-released Baltimore magazine “Top Docs 2011” survey in the November issue.

In preparing its annual list of “Top Doctors,” Baltimore magazine surveyed more than 6,500 area physicians in Baltimore City and seven surrounding counties and asked where they would send a member of their family for care in a wide variety of specialties.  This important question is at the very center of GBMC’s vision of providing each of our patients with care in the same manner that we would want for our own loved ones.  

I’m proud to report that 104 physicians with GBMC privileges in 69 different specialties earned recognition in this prestigious listing, including four physicians who were each listed in two different categories.

It’s quite an accomplishment for these physicians. Patients generally rate their doctors on bedside manners because they really don’t have the ability to rate them on other factors such as diagnostic skills or therapeutic knowledge, but to be recognized by your peers as a quality doctor is really quite a statement and is something I would personally aspire to. 

I’d like to especially highlight our department chairmen, chiefs, and medical directors who were recognized by Baltimore magazine:

George Apostolides, M.D. (Colo-Rectal Surgery)
Fred Chan, M.D. (Medical Director, Inpatient Services)
Gary Cohen, M.D. (Medical Director, Sandra & Malcolm Berman Cancer Institute)
Neri Cohen, M.D. Ph.D. (Chief, Division of Thoracic Surgery)
Reginald Davis, M.D. (Division Head of Neurosurgery)
John Flowers, M.D. (Surgery)
Allan Genut, M.D. (Chief , Division of Neurology)
Harold Goll, M.D. (Anesthesiology)
Francis (Bing) Grumbine, M.D. (Gynecology)
Brian Kaplan, M.D. (Otolaryngology)
Victor Khouzami, M.D. (Obstetrics)
Peter Liao, MD. (Medical Director, Comprehensive Obesity Management Program)
Alexander Munitz, M.D. (Diagnostic Radiology)
John Saunders, Jr. M.D. (Chief Medical Officer)
Lauren Schnaper, M.D. (Medical Director, Sandra and Malcolm Berman Comprehensive Breast Care Center
Melissa Sparrow, M.D. (Clinical Director, Pediatric Inpatient and Emergency Services)
Jeff Sternlicht, M.D. (Emergency Medicine)
Harold Tucker, M.D. (Chief of Staff)

In addition, the Baltimore magazine “Top Docs” issue highlights several other GBMC physicians – including Sudeep Pramanik, M.D., an ophthalmologist whose expertise helped restore vision for a woman who had undergone 13 unsuccessful surgeries and hadn’t seen properly in four decades.

A full list of GBMC “Top Docs” is available at Top Docs.  To find a physician that is right for you and your loved ones, simply click the “Find a Doctor” link on our homepage or call 443-849-GBMC (4262).

Please share your thoughts below about your experiences with GBMC physicians, especially any of our “Top Docs.”


  1. I have been a nurse for over 32 years and worked at GBMC for 15 of those years. Dr Charles Haile is absolutely the best doctor I have ever encountered. My husband had a MRSA infection that went to his thoracic spine. I took him to GBMC and Dr Haile was called in and was in his room within a half hour. He sat on my husband's bed and told him that he had a serious infection and he was going to get him better.My husband and I were devastated to learn that he would have to have major surgery which lasted 11 hours. I remember just sobbing in his office and I will never forget his comforting words. He said to us that we will get through this together. My husband was in the SICU for several days and early every morning Dr Haile would be there to dose his antibiotics. My husband would not be alive today without the outstanding care provided by this fantastic doctor. He was our doctor and also our friend. When my husband recovered I told Dr Haile that we have gotten very attached to him. He surprised me and said that he gets attached to his patients too. There are not enough words to truly say how thankful we are for having Dr Haile as our doctor in truly a time of need.

  2. Thanks for sharing your story about Dr. Haile. He is truly a super doc! I have received so many letters about him. Dr. Haile is truly an expert and he is also a great human being.


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