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Original Release 7/19/2012
Media Contact: Karen Peck, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center

U.S. News Top Doctors list includes 76 Northwest Hospital & Medical Center physicians

Seattle, WA – In partnership with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., U.S. News included 76 Northwest Hospital & Medical Center physicians in the 2012 list of U.S. News Top Doctors. The list was published in the July 18 online version of U.S. News & World Report. Doctors listed in U.S. News Top Doctors have been determined to represent the top 10 percent of physicians in their region. Additionally, four Northwest Hospital & Medical Center doctors were ranked in the top 1 percent of the nation.

The Top Doctors list was compiled by U.S. News in collaboration with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., publisher of America’s Top Doctors. Doctors are nominated by their peers and reviewed by a physician-led research team. Doctors cannot nominate themselves. The rankings are intended to guide patients in selecting a doctor, and to assist physicians when making specialty referrals.

The full listings are online at
Northwest Hospital & Medical Center doctors who were selected for the U.S. News Top Doctors list include:

Daniel Wilkinson, Jr., M.D., Cardiac Electrophysiologist
Sanjeev Garhwal, M.D., Cardiac Electrophysiologist
Humera Ali, Cardiology
Peter A. Demopulos, Cardiology
Margaret L. Hall, Cardiology
Julie Heyn, M.D., Cardiology
Gary Weeks, M.D., Cardiology
Daniel Wilkinson, Jr., M.D., Cardiology
Marko Yakovlevitch, M.D., Cardiology
Ralph G. Althouse, Cardiology
Budge H. Smith, Cardiology
Amir L. Bastawrous, Colon & Rectal Surgery
Richard P Billingham, Colon & Rectal Surgery
Vernon M. Neppe, Psychiatry
Katherine Dee, M.D., Diagnostic Radiologist
Joseph Delaney, M.D., Diagnostic Radiologist
Ray Jensen, M.D., Diagnostic Radiologist
Camelia G. Whitten, M.D., Diagnostic Radiologist
Wendy Cohen, M.D., Diagnostic Radiologist
Sarah D Beshlian, Hand Surgery
Peter Hashisaki, M.D., Infectious Disease Specialist
J. Samuel Tolman, Medical Oncology & Hematology
Douglas Lee, M.D., Medical Oncologist
David Dong, M.D., Medical Oncology & Hematology
Richard J Badura, Neonatology
Nancy Niles, M.D., Endocrinologist
Felix W.K. Chu, Otolaryngology
Crystal L. Bernstein, Gastroenterology
Charles W Drescher, Gynecologic Oncology
William A Peters, Gynecologic Oncology
Dan Steven Veljovich, M.D., Gynecologic Oncology
Kathryn F. McGonigle, Gynecologic Oncology
* Howard Muntz, M.D., Gynecologic Oncology
Wayne M Weil, Orthopaedic Surgery
Barry Lawson, M.D., Neonatology
Jeffrey Stolz, M.D., Neonatology
Jeffrey G. Jarvik, Diagnostic Radiology
Sarah E Stolz, Sleep Medicine
Yoshimi Anzai, Diagnostic Radiology
James Gordon, M.D., Neurologist
Jayashree Srinivasan, Neurological Surgery
Timothy D. Steege, Neurological Surgery
Stephen C. Houston, Neurological Surgery
James A. Joki, Obstetrics & Gynecology
Denise E. Cho, Obstetrics & Gynecology
Nancy A. Klein, Reproductive Endocrinology
Paul C. Lin, Reproductive Endocrinology
Michael R. Soules, Reproductive Endocrinology
Angela C. Thyer, Reproductive Endocrinology
A. Samuel Barloon, Ophthalmology
Werner Cadera, Ophthalmology
Bruce D. Cameron, Ophthalmology
Caroline M. Chebli, Orthopaedic Surgery
M. Kevin Auld, Orthopaedic Surgery
James P. Crutcher, Orthopaedic Surgery
Nicholas B. Vedder, Plastic Surgery
Wui-Jin Koh, Radiation Oncology
Kenneth J. Russell, Radiation Oncology
Daniel M. Landis, Radiation Oncology
Jason K. Rockhill, Radiation Oncology
George E. Laramore, Radiation Oncology
Julie L. Carkin, Rheumatology
Michael S. Mulligan, Thoracic Surgery
* Gabriel S. Aldea, Cardiothoracic Surgery
* Edward D. Verrier, Cardiothoracic Surgery
* Douglas E. Wood, Thoracic Surgery
Thomas Walsh, Urology
Michael Sobel, Vascular Surgery
Terence M. Quigley, Vascular Surgery
E. Patchen Dellinger, General Surgery
Brant K. Oelschlager, General Surgery
Mark T. Brakstad, General Surgery
Joseph E. Chebli, General Surgery
Alison L. Perrin, General Surgery
Nicole B. White, General Surgery
Ourania B. Malliris, Pediatrics

*Denotes that a doctor, in Castle Connolly's estimation, is among the top 1% in the nation in his or her specialty.

About Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.
Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. is a healthcare research, information, and publishing company whose mission since its inception more than two decades ago is to help consumers find independent, trusted information about quality healthcare and Top Doctors on both the regional and national levels. Castle Connolly currently publishes the acclaimed consumer guides America's Top Doctors, America's Top Doctors for Cancer, Top Doctors: New York Metro Area and other books to assist consumers in finding the best healthcare. Castle Connolly's Top Doctors database is available on our website at where focused healthcare consumers view more than 100,000 physician profiles daily.

About Northwest Hospital & Medical Center
Founded in 1960, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center is a full-service, nonprofit hospital located minutes north of downtown Seattle. With 281 licensed beds, more than 1,900 employees and all private rooms, it offers some of the most innovative, technologically advanced medical care available. Major clinical programs and services include: emergency services, critical care, cardiac care, neurosciences, stroke center, cancer care, childbirth services, orthopedics, medical rehabilitation, geropsychiatric center, diagnostic imaging, laboratory services, sleep medicine, and education and wellness programs, among others. In 2010, Northwest Hospital joined the UW Medicine health system. For more information about Northwest Hospital and its programs and services call 206.364.0500 or visit To find a physician, call the hospital’s free physician referral line at 206.633.4636.


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