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Castle Connolly Top Doctors

Castle Connolly Medical Ltd logo42 of our physicians at SUNY Downstate Medical Center have been honored as Top Doctors

For nearly three decades Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. has been the trusted brand that enable consumers to search online across more than 70 medical specialties and subspecialties and in every part of the U.S., in order to identify those physicians deemed to be most outstanding. Based on a peer nomination process, and rigorous criteria, all reviewed by the its physician-led research team, there are currently more than 56,000 physicians are identified online as Castle Connolly Top Doctors®.

For the physician who is selected as a Castle Connolly Top Doctor, he/she certainly can feel proud of the high regard in which they are held by their peers.  But more importantly, this designation, which also appears in regional and national magazines that collaborate with Castle Connolly, as well as in other major online and offline distribution platform, means that patients seeking the best care will find THEM and select them as their physicians.  Surveys of visitors to Castle Connolly’s website indicate that 99% used the site to find at least 1 Top Doctor and nearly 50% made appointments with 3 or more Top Doctors. In 2018, focused healthcare consumers visiting the website generated more than 115 Million Top Doctors’ profile views. The designation also means that other physicians throughout the country, seeking to make referrals of their patients to specialists and subspecialists, have source of information to complement their own efforts, a finding supported in our surveys of physicians.

Below is a list of our physicians that have been honored with the Castle Connolly Top Doctor designation.


Adolescent Medicine

Jeffrey Birnbaum, MD

Allergy & Immunology

Rauno Joks, MD

Maria-Anna Vastardi, MD

Cardiovascular Disease

Jeffrey Borer, MD

Alan Feit, MD


David Biro, MD, PhD, FAAD

Sharon Glick, MD

Jessica Krant, MD, MPH

Daniel Siegel, MD

Steven Simon, MD


Shivakumar Vignesh, MD

Geriatric Psychiatry

Carl Cohen, MD

Gynecologic Oncology

Ovadia Abulafia, MD

Infectious Disease

Michael Augenbraun, MD

Interventional Cardiology

Erdal Cavusoglu, MD

Jonathan Marmur, MD, FACC, FACP

Medical Oncology

Iuliana Shapira, MD

Gurinder Sidhu, MD


Mariana Markell, MD

Moro Salifu, MD, MBA, MPH, MACP


Howard Crystal, MD

Arthur Grant, MD, PhD

Ewa Koziorynska, MD

Steven Levine, MD

Nuclear Medicine

Arnold Strashun, MD


James Deutsch, MD

Stella Douros, MD

Edward Smith, MD

Orthopaedic Surgery

William Urban, MD, FAAOS


Matthew Hanson, MD

Richard Rosenfeld, MD

Pain Medicine

Sanjeev Agarwal, MD, MS

Pediatric Gastroenterology

Simon Rabinowitz, MD, PhD, FAAP

Steven Schwarz, MD


Christina Guillen, MD

Rosemary Jackson, MD


Jeremy Coplan, MD

Ramaswamy Viswanathan, MD

Radiation Oncology

David Schwartz, MD


Lisa Dresner, MD, FACS

Devon John, MD

Alexander Schwartzman, MD, MBA, FACS


To find out more about any of our physicians or to make an appointment, please go to our physician directory HERE.