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42 University Hospital of Brooklyn Physicians Selected As “Top Doctors” By Leading Health Care Research And Ratings Company

BROOKLYN, NY – Forty-two University Hospital of Brooklyn physicians have been selected as “Top Doctors” by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., a top health care resource and ratings company for health care consumers. To earn the title of Top Doctor, physicians must receive nominations by their peers and be vetted by the physician-led research team. Castle Connolly Top Doctors® are among the most highly sought-after medical professionals in their communities.

“I am proud 42 of our physicians were included in this coveted list as Castle Connolly Top Doctors,” said SUNY Downstate President Wayne J. Riley, M.D. “This designation reflects our commitment to delivering high quality patient care and safety with world class expertise in various health specialties right here in Brooklyn.” 

The 42 doctors from University Hospital of Brooklyn are:



  1. Ovadia Abulafia, MD Gynecologic Oncology

  2. Sanjeev Agarawal, MD MS Pain Medicine

  3. Michael Augenbraun, MD Infectious Disease

  4. David Biro, MD, PhD, FAAD Dermatology

  5. Jeffrey Birnbaum, MD Adolescent Medicine

  6. Jeffrey Borer, MD Cardiovascular Disease

  7. Erdal Cavusoglu, MD Interventional Cardiology

  8. Carl Cohen, MD Geriatric Psychiatry

  9. Jeremy Coplan, MD Psychiatry

  10. Howard Crystal, MD Neurology

  11. James Deutsch, MD Ophthalmology

  12. Stella Douros, MD Ophthalmology

  13. Lisa Dresner, MD, FACS Surgery

  14. Alan Feit, MD Cardiovascular Disease

  15. Sharon Glick, MD Dermatology

  16. Arthur Grant, MD, PhD Neurology

  17. Christina Guillen, MD Pediatrics

  18. Matthew Hanson, MD Otolaryngology

  19. Rosemary Jackson, MD Pediatrics

  20. Devon John, MD Surgery

  21. Rauno Joks, MD Allergy & Immunology

  22. Ewa Koziorynska, MD Neurology

  23. Jessica Krant, MD, MPH Dermatology

  24. Steven Levine, MD Neurology

  25. Mariana Markell, MD Nephrology

  26. Jonathan Marmur, MD, FACC, FACP Interventional Cardiology

  27. Simon Rabinowitz, MD, PhD, FAAP Pediatric Gastroenterology

  28. Richard Rosenfeld, MD Otolaryngology

  29. Moro Salifu, MD, MBA, MPH, MACP Nephrology

  30. David Schwartz, MD Radiation Oncology

  31. Steven Schwarz, MD Pediatric Gastroenterology

  32. Alexander Schwartzman, MD, MBA, FACS Surgery

  33. Iuliana Shapira, MD Medical Oncology

  34. Gurinder Sidhu, MD Medical Oncology

  35. Daniel Siegel, MD Dermatology

  36. Steven Simon, MD Dermatology

  37. Edward Smith, MD Ophthalmology

  38. Arnold Strashun, MD Nuclear Medicine

  39. William Urban, FAAOS MD Orthopedic Surgery

  40. Maria-Anna Vastardi, MD Allergy & Immunology

  41. Shivakumar Vignesh, MD Gastroenterology

  42. Ramaswamy Viswanathan, MD Psychiatry


For more information on Castle Connolly’s “Top Doctors,” click here.

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About SUNY Downstate Medical Center

SUNY Downstate Medical Center, founded in 1860, was the first medical school in the United States to bring teaching out of the lecture hall and to the patient’s bedside. A center of innovation and excellence in research and clinical service delivery, SUNY Downstate Medical Center comprises a College of Medicine, College of Nursing, College of Health Related Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, School of Public Health, University Hospital of Brooklyn, and a multifaceted biotechnology initiative including the Downstate Biotechnology Incubator and BioBAT for early-stage and more mature companies, respectively.

SUNY Downstate ranks twelfth nationally in the number of alumni who are on the faculty of American medical schools. More physicians practicing in New York City have graduated from SUNY Downstate than from any other medical school.