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Original Release 7/12/2011
Media Contact: Karen Peck

Northwest Hospital Physicians Named Among Seattle’s Top Doctors By Seattle Magazine

Northwest Hospital & Medical Center announced today that 49 doctors affiliated with the hospital have been recognized among Seattle’s top doctors in the July 2011 issue of Seattle Magazine.

The magazine's annual Top Doctors list is based on a survey of more than 10,000 physicians throughout the Puget Sound area, as well as a variety of complementary healthcare providers. The survey asked respondents to name the provider they would seek out or recommend to their loved ones in 65 specialty areas, regardless of hospital, clinic or health plan affiliation.

"I would like to congratulate all the physicians recognized with this award," Northwest Hospital CEO Bill Schneider said. "This annual recognition speaks to their professionalism and their dedication to excellence in health care and above all, their commitment to patient care. We are fortunate to work alongside each of them to help serve our community."

Members of Northwest Hospital's medical staff named to this year’s list of top doctors include

Joseph Chebli, MD Bariatric Surgery
Daniel Wilkinson, MDCardiac Electrophysiology
Sanjeev Garhwal, MDCardiac Electrophysiology
Budge Smith, MDCardiovascular Disease
Gary Weeks, MDCardiovascular Disease
Marko Yakovlevitch, MDCardiovascular Disease
Richard Billingham, MDColon & Rectal Surgery
Emily Bradley, MDUrology
Charles W. Drescher, MDGynecologic Oncology
Kathryn McGonigle, MDGynecologic Oncology
Howard Muntz, MDGynecologic Oncology
William A. Peters III, MDGynecologic Oncology
Katherine Dee, MDDiagnostic Radiology
Joseph Delaney, MDDiagnostic Radiology
Ray Jensen, MDDiagnostic Radiology
Sarah Beshlian, MDHand Surgery
David Dong, MDMedical Oncology
Douglas Lee, MDMedical Oncology
Werner Cadera, MDOphthalmology
Bruce Cameron, MDOphthalmology
Audrey Talley Rostov, MDOphthalmology
Peter Hashisaki, MDInfectious Disease
Peter A. Demopulos, MDInterventional Cardiology
Rick Badura, MDNeonatal & Perinatal Medicine
Stephen J. Chentow, MDNeonatal & Perinatal Medicine
Barry M. Lawson, MDNeonatal & Perinatal Medicine
Jeffrey Stolz, MDNeonatal & Perinatal Medicine
Preetam Bandla, MDPediatric Pulmonology
Vernon M. Neppe, MDPsychiatry
Marc R. Mayberg, MDNeurological Surgery
David W. Newell, MDNeurological Surgery
James Gordon, MDNeurology
Gandis G. Mazeika, MDNeurology
Sarah Stolz, MDNeurology
James P. Crutcher Jr., MDOrthopedic Surgery
Caroline Chebli, MDOrthopedic Surgery
Wui-Jin Koh, MDRadiation Oncology
George E. Laramore, MD, PhDRadiation Oncology
Kenneth J. Russell, MDRadiation Oncology
Nancy Klein, MDReproductive Endocrinology
Paul Lin, MDReproductive Endocrinology
Angela Thyer, MDReproductive Endocrinology
Michael Soules, MDReproductive Endocrinology
Julie Carkin, MDRheumatology
Mark Brakstad, MDSurgery
Gabriel S. Aldea, MDThoracic Surgery
Edward D. Verrier, MDThoracic Surgery
Douglas Wood, MDThoracic Surgery
Terence Quigley, MDVascular Surgery

About Northwest Hospital & Medical Center
Founded in 1960, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center is a full-service, non-profit 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; bariatric surgery; sports medicine; medical rehabilitation; geropsychiatric center; Gamma Knife 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, phone (206) 633-4636 for the free Physician Referral Line.

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