VCU Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU Physicians Listed among Best Doctors in America®

Best Doctors Inc. has named 82 physicians from the Virginia Commonwealth University  Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of Richmond at Virginia Commonwealth University to the 2013 list of Best Doctors in America®.

Sixty-five physicians from the VCU Medical Center and 17 physicians from Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU are among 5 percent of the doctors in America selected by their peers of more than 45,000 physicians.

“These individuals are representative of the many physicians who provide the highest quality of care at the VCU Medical Center,” said Sheldon Retchin, M.D., senior vice president for health sciences at VCU and CEO of the VCU Health System.  “This type of peer recognition highlights professional achievement, compassion and expertise displayed by our physicians every day.”

Doctors are evaluated based on their credentials, clinical activity and accessibility to existing or new patients. 

According to the Boston-based Best Doctors Inc., physicians are asked to evaluate their peers because they have a unique, “inside” perspective about who is at the top of their profession, who is updated on the latest advances in their field and who they would seek for state-of-the-art care when faced with a serious medical problem of their own.

Best Doctors Inc. was founded in 1989 by two Harvard Medical School physicians. Their vision was to provide greater access to dependable, high quality medical information and care for individuals with serious illnesses and injuries.

For further information, visit Best Doctors at

The following full-time faculty members are listed as the best doctors in their specialty:


VCU Medical Center

Robert S. Adelaar                               Orthopaedic Surgery, Hand Surgery

Mitchell S. Anscher                             Radiation Oncology

Douglas Arthur                                    Radiation Oncology

Harry D. Bear                                     Surgical Oncology

James P. Bennett, Jr.                         Neurology

Diane M. Biskobing                             Endocrinology and Metabolism

Peter A. Boling                                    Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

Joseph F. Borzelleca, Jr.                    Obstetrics and Gynecology

Ellen L. Brock                                     Obstetrics and Gynecology

John F. Butterworth IV                        Anesthesiology

David Peter Chelmow                        Obstetrics and Gynecology

David X. Cifu                                      Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

John Newton Clore                             Endocrinology and Metabolism

Stephen A. Cohen                              Obstetrics and Gynecology

Michael J. Cowley                              Cardiovascular Disease

Steven Crossman                               Family Medicine

Laurence DiNardo                              Otolaryngology

Robert W. Downs                               Endocrinology and Metabolism

Kenneth A. Ellenbogen                       Cardiovascular Disease

Alpha A. Fowler III                              Pulmonary Medicine, Critical Care Medicine

Melvin J. Fratkin                                 Nuclear Medicine

Ann S. Fulcher                                    Radiology

Edward John Gill                                Obstetrics and Gynecology

Evelyne Goudreau                              Cardiovascular Disease

Michael Philip Hagan                          Radiation Oncology

Robert Halvorsen                                Radiology

Curtis W. Hayes                                  Radiology

Daniel Anthony Henry                        Radiology

Michael L. Hess                                  Cardiovascular Disease

Christine R. Isaacs                              Obstetrics and Gynecology

Robert L. Jesse                                   Cardiovascular Disease

Paul R. Jolles                                      Nuclear Medicine

Brian J. Kaplan                                   Surgical Oncology

Susan Kornstein                                  Psychiatry

Anton J. Kuzel                                     Family Medicine

James L. Levenson                            Psychiatry

Thomas P. Loughran                          Orthopaedic Surgery

William McKinley                                Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Linda Meloy                                        Pediatrics

Susan A. Miller                                    Family Medicine

Sara G. Monroe                                  Infectious Disease

George Moxley                                   Rheumatology

John Edwin Nestler                             Endocrinology and Metabolism

Nan G. O’Connell                               Obstetrics and Gynecology

Anand K. Pandurangi                          Psychiatry

Mark Steven Parker                           Radiology

Carolyn Peel                                       Family Medicine

Thomas C. C. Peng                            Obstetrics and Gynecology

John G. Pierce, Jr.                             Obstetrics and Gynecology

Celeste N. Powers                              Pathology

Fidelma Burke Rigby                          Obstetrics and Gynecology

Stephen F. Rothemich                        Family Medicine

Lawrence B. Schwartz                       Allergy and Immunology

John Seeds                                         Obstetrics and Gynecology

Domenic A. Sica                                 Nephrology

Joel J. Silverman                                Psychiatry

Bruce D. Spiess                                  Anesthesiology

Mary Ann Turner                                Radiology

John Urbach                                       Psychiatry

George W. Vetrovec                           Cardiovascular Disease

Norbert F. Voelkel                               Pulmonary Medicine

Elizabeth J. Waterhouse                     Neurology

Richard P. Wenzel                              Infectious Disease

Michelle Y. Whitehurst-Cook              Family Medicine

Christopher M. Wise                           Rheumatology


Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU

Stuart P. Adler                                    Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Charles Bagwell                                  Pediatric Surgery

Richard R. Brookman                         Adolescent Medicine

Timothy E. Bunchman                        Pediatric Nephrology

Kamar Godder                                    Pediatric Hematology & Oncology

Martin Graham                                   Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition

Jeffrey (Jeff) H. Haynes                    Pediatric Surgery

Karen Hendricks-Munoz                     Neonatal Medicine

Anne-Marie Irani                                 Pediatric Allergy and Immunology

Patricia Lange                                     Pediatric Surgery

David A. Lanning                                Pediatric Surgery

Gita Vasers Massey                           Pediatric Hematology & Oncology

Linda Meloy                                        General Pediatrics

Lawrence D. Morton                           Pediatric Neurology

Claudio Oiticica                                   Pediatric Surgery

John M. Pellock                                  Pediatric Neurology

H. Joel Schmidt                                  Pediatric Pulmonology

Aradhana A. (Bela) Sood                    Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

About VCU and VCU Medical Center

Virginia Commonwealth University is a major, urban public research university with national and international rankings in sponsored research. Located in downtown Richmond, VCU enrolls more than 31,000 students in 226 degree and certificate programs in the arts, sciences and humanities. Sixty-seven of the programs are unique in Virginia, many of them crossing the disciplines of VCU’s 13 schools and one college. MCV Hospitals and the health sciences schools of Virginia Commonwealth University comprise VCU Medical Center, one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers. For more, see