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2008 Top Docs


Twenty-one physicians at National Jewish Health were named “Top Docs” in the annual ranking of Denver-area physicians by  5280 magazine. This list is compiled through a survey of more than 7,500 Denver metro-area doctors, who are asked, specialty by specialty, which physicians they would trust to treat them or their families. The twenty-one National Jewish physicians selected as “Top Docs” are:


Dan Atkins, MD, allergy and immunology

J. Kern Buckner, MD, cardiology

James Fenton, MD, pulmonology

Laura Fenton*, MD, pediatric radiology

Aryeh Fischer, MD, rheumatology

Stephen Frankel, MD, critical care

James Good, MD, pulmonology  

Steve Groshong, MD, PhD, pathology

Tom Hay*, MD, pediatric radiology

Todd Kingdom, MD, otolaryngology

Teofilo Lee-Chiong, MD, sleep medicine

David Lynch, MD, radiology    

John Mitchell*, MD, thoracic surgery

William Pluss, MD, pulmonology

Cecile Rose, MD, occupational medicine

Scott Sagel*, MD, pediatric pulmonology

Michael Schwartz, MD, critical care

John Strain*, pediatric radiology

Fred Wamboldt, MD, psychiatry

Howard Weinberger, MD, cardiology

Sterling West*, MD,  rheumatology

*These doctors' primary practices are at The Children's Hospital and University Hospital.


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