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29 Physicians at Cleveland Clinic Florida Ranked Among Nation's Best

May 28, 2009

Cleveland Clinic Florida is home to 29 of the nation’s best physicians according to Castle Connolly Medical, Ltd, and Best Doctors, Inc., two of the medical industry’s leading organizations ranking physician excellence. The 2009 “Best Doctor’s in America” database recognized 14 physicians with Cleveland Clinic Florida, while Castle Connolly named 22 from the academic medical center to be among South Florida’s top doctors. Combined, 29 Cleveland Clinic doctors, representing 18 different medical specialties, earned recognition.

“We are honored to have so many of our physicians recognized for their medical excellence,” says Bernie Fernandez, MD, chief executive officer of Cleveland Clinic Florida. “I congratulate our team of specialists for this achievement and for continually demonstrating that adherence with evidence-based care practices results in better outcomes for patients.”

Best Doctors’ continuous peer-to-peer surveys identify specialists who are considered to be the most skilled in their fields and most qualified for reviewing and treating complex medical conditions. Castle Connolly’s list is designed to be a guide for patients seeking a second opinion.

The following Cleveland Clinic Florida physicians were recognized this year on the prestigious Castle Connolly and Best Doctors lists. Seven physicians, designated with asterisks, were named to both lists.

  • Gilberto Alemar, MD - Otolaryngology
  • Stephen Avallone, MD, Internal Medicine
  • Howard Bush, MD, Cardiovascular Disease
  • Jose Cabral, MD, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism *
  • Jerry Ciocon, MD, Geriatric Medicine *
  • Viviane Connor, MD, Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • G. Willy Davila, MD, Obstetrics and Gynecology *
  • Frank Eidelman, MD, Allergy and Immunology
  • Bernardo Fernandez, Jr., MD, Cardiovascular Disease
  • David Friedman, MD, Hand Surgery
  • Chieh-Lin Fu, MD, Hematology
  • Diana Galindo, MD, Geriatric Medicine
  • Nestor Galvez-Jimenez, MD, Neurology
  • Gamal Ghoniem, MD, Urology
  • Gregory Gilot, MD, Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Mark Grove, MD, Vascular Surgery
  • Lawrence Hakim, MD, Urology
  • Maurice Hanson, MD, Neurology
  • Isador Lieberman, MD, Spine Surgery
  • Paige Morris, MD, Internal Medicine
  • Jose M. Muniz, MD, Family Medicine
  • Juan Nogueras, MD, Colon and Rectal Surgery *
  • Eduardo Oliveira, MD, Pulmonary Disease
  • Raul Rosenthal, MD, Bariatric Surgery
  • Virgilio Salanga, MD, Neurology
  • Mark Sesto, MD, Vascular Surgery *
  • Eric Weiss, MD, Colon and Rectal Surgery *
  • Steven Wexner, MD, Colon and Rectal Surgery *
  • Stephen Zimberg, MD, Obstetrics and Gynecology

Cleveland Clinic, located in Weston and West Palm Beach, Florida, is a not-for-profit, multi-specialty, academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Cleveland Clinic has nearly 170 physicians with expertise in 35 specialties. The medical campus is fully integrated and includes diagnostic centers, outpatient surgery, and a 24-hour emergency department located in the state-of-the-art hospital, which was named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® in cardiovascular care by Thomson Healthcare in 2007 and 2008. Cleveland Clinic was 1 out of only 5 hospitals in the nation recognized at the Gold level by the American Heart Association for performance in all three categories of the Get with the Guidelines program: Coronary Artery Disease, Heart Failure & Stroke. Cleveland Clinic Florida is an integral part of Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, where providing outstanding patient care is based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Physicians at Cleveland Clinic are experts in the treatment of complex conditions that are difficult to diagnose. For more information about Cleveland Clinic Florida, visit