SAN FERNANDO VALLEY BUSINESS JOURNAL
December 20, 2010
The Valley’s Best
Doctors & Nurses
4 Shortage of physicians
expected to worsen
6 Profiles of the Valley’s
10 How physicians
17 Profiles of the
Valley’s Best Nurses
PHOTOS BY DAVID SPRAGUE
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Being a good doctor is about more than practicing good medicine.
It’s about preventing illness. Being proactive. Taking the time to really
listen. And giving our members the personalized care they deserve.
So, we’d like to say thanks and congratulations to our doctors,
Robert Allison, MD James Tipton, MD
Marilyn Amis, MD Jennifer Haley, MD
Sarah Carpenter, MD Margaret Stone, MD
Daniel Fuster, MD
Because of you, a healthier life for all our members is as normal as 98.6.
For more information about Kaiser Permanente, call 1-800-464-4000
or visit kaiserpermanente.org.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS:
21600 Oxnard St., Suite 250,
Woodland Hills, CA 91367
Main Phone: 818-676-1750 • FAX: 818-676-1747
PUBLISHER & PRESIDENT
email@example.com / 818.676.1750
SHORTAGE: Health care reform and a growing aging population are expected
firstname.lastname@example.org / 818. 316.3125
to worsen doctor shortages, but some local residency programs are looking to meet demand
for primary care physicians. .......................................................................................................................................4
Andrea Alegria METHODOLOGY: What makes a good doctor? Methodology of how the Best Doctors were picked
email@example.com / 818. 316.3124
banking and finance, biotech and accounting,
is outlined as peer-to-peer polling combined with research and analysis. ...............................................................5
real estate, technology
PROFILES: Profiles of the 79 Best Doctors. ..........................................................................................................6
firstname.lastname@example.org / 818. 316.3126
advertising, aviation and aerospace, law,
manufacturing, marketing and public relations,
PAYMENTS: Instability of Medicare payment system is driving away participating physicians
media and entertainment, transportation, and leaving patients with limited care options. .........................................................................................................9
Cities of Burbank, Antelope Valley and Simi Valley
Jessica Vernabe MODELS: Compensation is a big factor in what type of business arrangement a physician decides
email@example.com / 818. 316.3123 to enter into, but having control over one’s destiny or being freed from paperwork
education, family business, government and politics, may also be huge considerations. ...........................................................................................................................10
health care, hospitality and tourism,
Cities of Glendale and Santa Clarita TECH: All doctors, not just the older ones, are having to adjust to new technology
in the medical profession. .......................................................................................................................................13
firstname.lastname@example.org / 818. 316.3130 LOCAL: What’s the benefit for doctors to practice in our local area? ..................................................................15
Martin M. Cooper Our Changing Valley
Scott Harris Marketing
Brendan Huffman Capitol Offenses
Richard Rosenberg Employment Law PROFILES: Profiles of Chief Nursing Officers at local hospitals. .......................................................................17
On The Cover:
Top photo: Dr. Robert Grant Allison, a pediatrician for Kaiser Permanente, examines a patient in his Mission Hills office.
ADVERTISING SALES MANAGER Left photo: Judith McCurty, right, heads the nursing department for Verdugo Hills Hospital.
email@example.com / 818.676.1750 x 19
economic development, education, health care,
law, municipalities LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER:
ADVERTISING ACCOUNT MANAGER
firstname.lastname@example.org / 818.676.1750 x 26
automotive, aviation, banking and finance,
marketing and public relations
It has been another whirlwind year in the health care industry. With health care reform passing, it seems that
ADVERTISING COORDINATOR things are still as confusing and complicated as ever. Costs are still rising and the number of people relying on our
caregivers continues to increase as the population ages.
email@example.com / 818.676.1750 x 18
PRODUCTION MANAGER With this as a backdrop, the staff at the Business Journal decided to focus our annual health care magazine on
Marcia Lindahl one part of the health care industry that never changes – the professionals, specifically the doctors and nurses,
firstname.lastname@example.org / 818.676.1750 x 27 who work within it. No matter what the financial, political or regulatory climate, these individuals are there every
CIRCULATION DIRECTOR day helping patients at all hours of the day. They are a crucial part of the health care business.
email@example.com / The format of this publication includes a look at the “Best Doctors” in the greater Valley area. The list of these
323.549.5225 x 247 doctors was compiled by an outside company, Best Doctors Inc., which undertook a thorough survey and
CONTROLLER research process (see Page A6) to come up with the list of professionals who are featured here. To highlight the
Nancy Schwartz nursing profession in our area, we decided to profile the chief nursing officers of our local hospitals.
323.549.5225 x 202 Editor Jason Schaff and I would like to recognize health care reporter Jessica Vernabe for her hard work on this
ASSISTANT TO THE PUBLISHER publication with the assistance of reporter Andrea Alegria. Thank you to the doctors and nurses featured here and
Breanne Kamai their hospitals and medical offices for providing access for our reporting.
firstname.lastname@example.org / 818.676.1750 x 13
Thank you also to special report sponsor Kaiser Permanente and our other advertisers who made this magazine
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Programs Try to Ease Shortage of Primary Care Physicians residency programs look at how to help meet decade, there is expected to be a shortage of in 1997 for Medicare-supported residency
CARE: Industry still the demand for more primary care physicians.
The Association of American Medical Col-
45,000 primary care physicians and 46,000
surgeons and medical specialists.
programs, the group said.
The new health care reform law is slated to
must deal with desire of leges has projected that, beginning in 2015,
the United States’ doctor shortage will actual-
And primary care physicians are often
more difficult to recruit, due to the fact that
provide some help. The law is expected to
expand funds for scholarships and loan repay-
medical students to go ly be 50 percent worse than expected prior to
health care reform. The shortage is largely due
the position offers lower pay, health care offi-
ments for primary care practitioners working
in underserved areas, boost Medicare bonus
into specialty care. to an influx of the previously uninsured indi-
viduals entering the system and the influx of
While the number of medical school grad-
uates is increasing, the organization projected
payments for physicians and general surgeons
and establish a Graduate Medical Education
By JESSICA VERNABE Staff Reporter baby boomers entering Medicare. that the higher demand for doctors will only policy allowing unused residency slots to be
An expected shortage of 39,600 doctors in be met if Congress supports at least a 15-per- re-distributed in order to increase primary care
s health care reform and a growing 2015 was adjusted to nearly 63,000 and is cent increase in graduate medical education training at other sites.
aging patient population are expected expected to worsen through 2025, the organi- positions. However, that would require the
to worsen doctor shortages, some local zation announced in September. Over the next government to end a funding cap established Possible expansion
Some local residency programs are con-
sidering how they can expand their programs
to help meet the growing demand for doctors,
Projected Supply and Demand, especially primary care physicians.
Local hospitals that offer physician resi-
Physicians, 2008-2020 dency programs include Olive View-UCLA
1,000,000 Medical Center in Sylmar, Northridge Hospi-
tal Medical Center and Kaiser Permanente’s
Woodland Hills Medical Center.
900,000 Seventy-five residents participate in Olive
851,300 View-UCLA Medical Center’s internal medi-
Demand - All Specialities
cine residency program. Residents can
Shortage 800,000 choose between three program tracks, with
706,500 91,500 one track that leans a little more toward those
700,000 who might want to become outpatient pri-
699,100 mary care physicians or hospitalists, who
699,100 Supply - All Specialities
solely handle inpatient care.
600,000 Over the past 10 years, the program has
been sending about two-thirds of its gradu-
ates into subspecialty training, said Dr. Soma
500,000 Wali, the program’s director. Wali said she is
2008 2010 2015 2020 starting to see interest rise for residents plan-
Source: AAMC Center for Workforce Studies, June 2010 Analysis ning to become primary care physicians.
However, she is hoping to see interest and
opportunities pique even more in the future,
especially with the expected increased
demand for the physicians through health
“If anything, what we are currently pro-
ducing isn’t going to be enough,” she said.
“We need to have more primary care physi-
cians,” she said. ‘That’s why we’re hoping to
change the trend.”
New track planned
Wali said she is hoping to start a track in
her program solely dedicated to primary care
within the next five to 10 years. While her pro-
gram formerly had such a track, it was
scrapped due to a shift in interest by residents.
Many say the graduates have been discour-
aged from entering primary care because the
pay scales are too low in comparison to spe-
cialty care pay.
Rick Tennant, a second-year resident at
Olive View-UCLA Medical Center who plans
to go into primary care, said pay matters for
“It’s a factor in everyone’s minds, especially
when you graduate medical school with large,
large amounts of debt,” he said. “But at the
same time, it’s possible to have a good life in
primary care. It’s just a matter of living within
Dr. Pam Davis, the medical director of the
family medicine residency program at North-
ridge Hospital Medical Center, said she would
also like to expand her program, which usually
has about 21 residents. However, the govern-
ment’s funding cap has limited her options.
Davis recently tried to secure a federal
grant that would have helped the program
expand by a couple of residency slots, but the
hospital was not chosen to receive the funds.
Davis said she plans to seek out other grants.
Meanwhile, Kaiser Permanente Woodland
Hills Medical Center’s family medicine resi-
dency program director, Dr. Ted O’Connell,
said he does not have current plans to expand
his program as he does not yet see enough of
PHOTO BY DAVID SPRAGUE
a demand by medical students planning to go
TRAINING: Second-year resident Dr. Rick Tennant examines Miguel Carrillo at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center in Sylmar. into primary care.
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The Valley’s Best Doctors
List Uses Medical Community to Identify Best Doctors
METHOD: Peer-to- sion making,” Levy said. “I think maybe peo-
ple are using other data sources – the Best
Methodology At A Glance:
voting physician receives an individualized
ballot that asks him or her to evaluate the
peer polling, research Doctors list being one of them – in terms of
navigating the health care system in their Data Collection:
expertise levels of the candidates in their field.
“They should be in the highest tier of clini-
advantage.” cal skill, should have the years of experience
and analysis used to Poll sent to past honorees
Physicians nominate “top” in their fields
required for true expertise and should have the
Rounded-out process highest esteem in the local, national or interna-
grade physicians. Levy said that some other lists can be mis- Nominators evaluate nominees
in follow-up ballot
tional communities,” Sand said.
leading in that they sometimes rely heavily on While the ranking company asks the voting
By JESSICA VERNABE Staff Reporter single and narrow aspects of healthcare meas- physicians to grade each nominee using these
urement, such as how many screening tests are factors, they let the physicians use their indi-
Information analyzed using software
eventy-eight San Fernando Valley- administered. In contrast, Best Doctors uses a vidual judgment when determining the details,
region physicians were named on the more rounded-out evaluation process and is Preliminary list compiled such as how many years of experience are suf-
2011-2012 “Best Doctors in America” based on peer-review, he said. Best Doctors team checks for ficient for top doctors in their fields.
list, an honor that shows they are esteemed in “I think that within a community, people do credentials, current activity
their medical communities as the best in their build local reputations and impressions based Honoree list compiled, nominees notified Geographic considerations
fields. upon the outcomes that have occurred (and) Honorees submit profile information The geographic spans covered on the bal-
The list is compiled every two years by that are shared with other physicians within lots depend on the specialty or subspecialty of
Boston-based privately held company Best the community,” Levy said. What Nominators Should Consider: the voting doctor, Sand said. While some bal-
Doctor, which provides evaluations and diag- Meanwhile, Valley Presbyterian Hospital Level of clinical skill lots might be limited to the voter’s metropoli-
noses for medical cases from all over of the CEO Gus Valdespino said the rankings are Experience base tan area, others could span to the entire state,
world using its network of expert doctors. also beneficial because they provide a sense of Level of esteem by physician community to surrounding states or nationwide.
The company selects the top physicians for recognition for the named doctors. The poll results are then determined by
its Best Doctors list using peer-to-peer physi- “I do think there’s a lot of pride around Best Doctors Checks for: software that analyzes the input from the vot-
cian polling, with only doctors previously that, and people do take that seriously,” Valde- Appropriate medical licensure ing physicians. The final doctors who make
named on the list participating in the process. spino said. “They’re just being sent through a Excess of disciplinary action the list are then researched extensively.
The company claims that the ranking consists certain screen and a certain filter, and I think Current clinical activity “We go through a vetting process,” Sand
of the top 5 percent of physicians in the nation, it’s great.” said. “We check the medical licensure of every
with the list consisting of about 48,000 doctors The Van Nuys-based hospital’s Amputation doctor. We look for disciplinary actions by the
in more than 400 specialties. Prevention Center medical director George and profile information collection, said Susan medical board of the doctor, and we look for
The list, which is published in a magazine, Andros was one of the local doctors included Sand, director of polling and research for Best excessive malpractice judgments against them.
serves as a way for the public to help identify in the list. Doctors. We also make sure the doctor is actively
top experts in their communities, said Dr. First, polls go out to physicians who have involved in patient care.”
Lewis Levy, medical director for Best Doctors. Peer review been named on the list in the past, asking them After the list is compiled, the company also
“Part of the reason that these lists are get- The polling and evaluation process takes who in their field they would send their loved considers a portion of the named physicians to
ting to be more important is that as a general about three months, followed by about four ones to in cases of illness of injury. Once the include as part of its expert medical consulta-
trend, we have noticed that patients are play- months of research on the nominees, as well as nomination list – consisting of previous hon- tion service, which is offered as a health bene-
ing a more active role in their health care deci- additional time for notification of the honorees orees and new nominees – is compiled, each fit to individuals through their employers.
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Best Doctors Found in a Wide Variety of Specialties
quality care, he works REST: During Beart’s years of research,
he following are short profiles of greater Valley-area physicians cooperatively with a he pioneered innovations such as the ileal
who made this year’s list of Best Doctors. Their names are listed group of cardiologists pouch-anal anastromosis, the development of
along with their specialties. The profiles were compiled by that are dedicated to the laparoscopic colon surgery and the
Business Journal reporters Jessica Vernabe and Andrea Alegria. Detailed providing state-of-the- advancement of complex rectal cancer care.
biographical information and photos were not available for everyone. art care, and his prac- He also established the USC Center for Col-
tice allows time to orectal Diseases at USC University Hospital
These lists are excerpted from The Best Doctors in America® 2011-2012 database, which teach, conduct research and the USC/Norris Cancer Center.
includes over 45,000 doctors in more than 40 medical specialities. and have personal AWARDS RECEIVED: Beart has received
time. Tilkian has writ- the Alumni Award from Harvard Medical
The Best Doctors in America® database is compiled and maintained by Best Doctors, Inc.
ten numerous articles and two cardiology School.
For more information, visit www.bestdoctors.com, or contact Best Doctors by telephone at
800-675-1199 or by email at email@example.com. Please note that lists of doctors are not textbooks. He is also an editorial consultant
available on the Best Doctors web site. to four specialty medical journals. PETAR VUKASIN
AWARDS RECEIVED: Tilkian is a fellow
Best Doctors, Inc. has used its best efforts in assembling material for this list, but does not of the American College of Cardiology and YEARS PRACTICING: Dr. Vukasin, a
warrant that the information contained herein is complete or accurate, and does not assume, and the Society of Cardiac Angiography. surgeon for the Colorectal Surgery Institute
hereby disclaims, any liability to any person for any loss or damage caused by errors or omissions at Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health
COLON AND RECTAL SURGERY
herein, whether such errors or omissions result from negligence, accident, or any other cause. Center, has been practicing in his field since
Copywright 2010, Best Doctors, Inc. Used under License, all rights reserved. This list, or any 1996. He also sees
parts thereof, must not be reproduced in any form without written permission from Best Doctors, patients at several
Inc. No commercial use of the information in this list may be made without the permission of Best hospitals, including
Doctors, Inc. No fees may be charged, directly or indirectly, for the use of the information in this list
ROBERT W. BEART JR. Glendale Memorial
wothout permission. YEARS PRACTICING: Dr. Beart, a sur- Hospital and Health
geon for the Colorectal Surgery Institute, has Center and Verdugo
“Best Doctors”, “The Best Doctors in America” and the Best Doctors star-in-cross logo are regis-
been practicing in his Hills Hospital. He is
tered trademarks of Best Doctors, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries, and are used under license.
field since 1978. He is an assistant professor
a former USC profes- of surgery at USC. At
He is the medical director of cardiology at sor and chairman of Glendale Memorial
Providence Holy Cross Medical Center and the university’s Hospital, Vukasin is also the chief of the
an assistant clinical professor of medicine at Department of Col- medical staff and director of the hospital’s
ARA TILKIAN UCLA. orectal Surgery. Colorectal Program.
YEARS PRACTICING: Dr. Tilkian, a WHAT SETS MY PRACTICE ABOVE WHAT SETS MY WHAT SETS MY PRACTICE ABOVE
member of Cardiovascular Consultants med- THE REST: Tilkian said what makes him PRACTICE THE REST: Beside having years of experi-
ical group, has been a physician since 1975. a top doctor is that he focuses on providing ABOVE THE ence in the medical practice, Vukasin has
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experience with research of colorectal surgery. is on staff at Verdugo Hills Hospital, has
His major research interests include colorectal been practicing in his field for 35 years.
cancer and HIV-related colorectal disease.
AWARDS RECEIVED: Vukasin received
WHAT SETS MY PRACTICE
ABOVE THE REST: Mantell calls his Relationship Banking
the Award of Excellence for Outstanding practice old-fashioned, where patients reach
Clinical Teaching from Western University of real people when they call and not automat-
Health Sciences in 2004. He also received the ed systems. “I kind of practice by myself
“Outstanding House Officer for Student
Teaching” award for his surgical clerkship in
and it’s very personalized,” he said. “I’ve
had patients for many, many years, some
has never been so clear!
1992. families with three generations of patients.”
Mantell said he stays informed by attending
national meetings, reading journals and
listening to tapes.
AWARDS RECEIVED: Mantell has been
on the Best Doctors in America list several
DAVID H. FRIEDMAN times. He is a member of the Los Angeles
YEARS PRACTICING: Dr. Friedman has metro Dermatology Society and the
been practicing dermatology since he joined American Academy of Dermatology.
Northridge Dermatology Associates in 1985.
He is affiliated with Northridge Hospital
WHAT SETS MY PRACTICE ABOVE
THE REST: Fried-
man said the things
that distinguish him are RONALD B. STEIN
his high level of train- YEARS PRACTICING: Dr. Stein, who
ing, along with the 25 sees patients at St. Joseph Medical Center,
years he spent in pri- has been an endocrinologist since 1967. He
vate practice in the is also a clinical professor of medicine at
same community. USC.
Friedman also said he WHAT SETS MY PRACTICE ABOVE
stays current in his THE REST: Stein
field. "I strive to pro- said he keeps up-to-
vide state-of-the-art care, including using date in his field, which
electronic medical records and digital photog- he does by attending
raphy," he said. "In addition, continuing edu- conferences, engaging
cation through seminars and Academy (of in educational activi-
Dermatology) meetings affords me the oppor- ties and interacting
tunity for personal and professional growth." with other endocrinol-
Friedman also volunteers as a clinical profes- ogists. He also said
sor for USC's residency program and volun- patient interaction is
teers with Providence Health & Services’ tat- key to being a top
too removal program. physician.“To be a good doctor, you have to
AWARDS RECEIVED: Friedman received be able to work with patients and be able to
an Excellence in Teaching Award several communicate with patients and have enough
times from the Northridge Family Practice time to get the information to do the right
Residency Program and the Outstanding thing,” he said.
Teaching Award several times for teaching AWARDS RECEIVED: Stein is involved
USC residents. Friedman has also received a with several organizations, including the
certificate of recognition from the State Cross Town Endo Club, the Endocrine
Assembly for his volunteer work in the Society and the American Association of
Providence tattoo removal program. Clinical Endocrinology and the American
DEBRA B. LUFTMAN
MICHAEL L. TUCK
ING: Dr. Luftman has YEARS PRACTICING: Dr. Tuck has been
been a board-certified a physician for about 40 years. He sees
dermatologist since patients at the VA Greater Los Angeles
Healthcare System’s Sepulveda Ambulatory
1996. She sees patients
in Calabasas and Bev- Care Center. He has also been a professor of
medicine at UCLA since 1984.
erly Hills, offering cos-
metic skin treatments WHAT SETS MY PRACTICE ABOVE
and procedures for THE REST: Tuck said his academic
medical conditions background has helped set him a part in the
endocrinologist community. “I’ve trained
such as skin cancers and pre-cancers, acne
over 40 doctors in the field of endocrinology
Call, click or visit us at one of our Business
WHAT SETS MY PRACTICE ABOVE and metabolism, and they’re distributed Financial Centers located throughout
THE REST: Luftman was one of the first either as practitioners or doctors in academic
to publish the use of external ultrasound in medicine throughout the world,” he said. Southern and Central California.
conjunction with tumescent liposuction, Tuck has also conducted research on dia-
according to her Web site. She has also betes, and on some rare forms of hyperten-
developed her own skincare product line, sion and obesity. He has published about 400
called Therapeutix. Luftman maintains an medical articles. He has also been the editor
active dermatological research center through of several journals and has been on national
her office, where she studies treatments for committees for medical organizations.
acne, psoriasis, cosmetic devices and AWARDS RECEIVED: Tuck has received
injectables. the Golden Apple Award several times for his
teaching at UCLA. A Financial Services Company Member FDIC | 1210
ALAN M. MANTELL
YEARS PRACTICING: Dr. Mantell, who Please see page A8
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Geriatric Assessment and has published more he is also willing to embrace challenges. “I also received the Award for Excellence in
Continued from page A7
than 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals. perform cutting-edge procedures and I’m not Education.
Osterweil's areas of expertise include cogni- afraid to take on difficult problems, including
tive and functional assessment, dementia previously failed surgeries,” he said.
management, pressure ulcers and continuous AWARDS RECEIVED: Auerbach owns
quality improvement in the nursing home. six United States patents and is a member of
CATHY A. ALESSI several professional medical associations. YEARS PRACTICING: Dr. Rubenstein is
YEARS PRACTICING: Dr. Alessi has a physician for the VA
been practicing geriatric medicine since DEBRA SALIBA Greater Los Angeles
1990. She is acting director of VA Greater YEARS PRACTICING: Dr. Saliba has MALCOLM A. LESAVOY Healthcare System's
Los Angeles Healthcare System's Geriatric been practicing in her field since 1998. YEARS PRACTICING: Dr. Lesavoy has Sepulveda Ambulato-
Research, Education and Clinical Center in She is a physician for been practicing plastic and reconstructive ry Care Center in
North Hills. She is also a UCLA professor, the VA Greater surgery since 1976. He performs surgery at North Hills and its
an associate director of the UCLA Borun Los Angeles Health- the Encino Outpatient Surgery Center in Geriatric Research,
Center for Gerontological Research and the care System's Geriatric Encino and at the UCLA Medical Center in Education and Clini-
director of the VA’s local Special Fellowship Research, Education Westwood. He is a former professor of sur- cal Center. She has
Program in Advanced Geriatrics. and Clinical Center. gery at UCLA and a former chief of plastic been practicing geriatrics locally for about
WHAT SETS MY PRACTICE ABOVE She is also an associate surgery at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. 20 years. Rubenstein is co-director of the
THE REST: Alessi has 20 years of experi- professor and WHAT SETS MY PRACTICE VA Greater Los Angeles Post-Residency
ence as a researcher, assistant professor of ABOVE THE REST: Lesavoy has pub- Program and a UCLA professor.
clinical teacher and medicine at UCLA. lished three books, WHAT SETS MY PRACTICE ABOVE
research mentor for WHAT SETS MY PRACTICE ABOVE more than 25 book THE REST: Rubenstein said she sees each
medical students, resi- THE REST: Saliba also has several other chapters and more veteran as an individual with his or her own
dents, fellows and jun- administrative research appointments. She is than 100 scientific history, preferences and medical needs.
ior faculty in her field. the Anna and Harry Borun chair in geriatrics publications. He has Rubenstein is also involved in research. She
She focuses on at UCLA and director of the UCLA/Jewish also given more than is the director of the Center for the Study of
research to improve Home Borun Center for Gerontological 425 lectures and pre- Healthcare Provider Behavior, which is run
sleep problems among Research. sentations locally, by the VA, UCLA and the RAND Corpora-
frail older people in a AWARDS RECEIVED: Saliba received nationally and interna- tion. She is also a senior natural scientist at
variety of settings, along with research on awards for her health services research and tionally. the RAND Corporation.
geriatric assessment and care of frail older geriatric syndromes research at the American AWARDS RECEIVED: Lesavoy has won AWARDS RECEIVED: In 2001, Ruben-
adults. Geriatrics Society 2008 Meeting. She has several awards, including the Clinician of the stein received the Under Secretary Award for
AWARDS RECEIVED: Alessi has also received an award for the most oustand- Year Award from the American Association Outstanding Achievement in Health Services
received the UCLA Medical Student ing reserach in organizational and provider of Plastic Surgeons in 2002, professorships Research 2000 from the Department of Vet-
Research Mentor Award, the Arthur Cherkin behavior from the VA. and visiting professorships at several univer- eran Affairs’ Office of Research Develop-
Memorial Award from UCLA, multiple sities and several Excellence in Clinical ment. She has also received other awards.
teaching awards from the VA and UCLA,
and the Award for Outstanding Research RICK L. SMITH Teaching awards from UCLA.
YEARS PRACTICING: Dr. Smith is a
from the UCLA Conference on Aging.
physician for Los Angeles Jewish Home, a
nonprofit senior care living facility in Reseda.
LUIS JAIME FITTEN
YEARS PRACTICING: Fitten sees
GLENN E. MATHISEN AVRUM Z. BLUMING
patients at the VA Greater Los Angeles NANCY WEINTRAUB
YEARS PRACTICING: Dr. Bluming has
Healthcare System's Sepulveda Ambulatory YEARS PRACTICING: Dr. Weintraub is YEARS PRACTICING: Dr. Mathisen is
been practicing since 1971 and is a member
Care Center in North Hills. He is also a a physician at VA Los Angeles Healthcare the chief of the infectious diseases division
of Hematology Oncology Medical Group of
professor at UCLA. His research interest is System's Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center for the UCLA San Fernando Valley Program
San Fernando Valley.
in attention dysfunction in Alzheimer's in North Hills. She has been practicing geri- at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center. He is
He is currently director
disease and its implications for motor vehicle atrics since 1986. Weintraub is the director of also a UCLA clinical professor of medicine.
of the Continuing
operation. the VA/UCLA Mutlicampus Fellowship in
Geriatric Medicine, and she is a clinical pro- Program at Providence
fessor of internal medicine at UCLA. Tarzana Medical Cen-
SAMUEL MURRAY WHAT SETS MY PRACTICE ABOVE ter, where he formerly
YEARS PRACTICING: Dr. Murray is a THE REST: Weintraub said what sets her served as chief of
physician for the VA Greater Los Angeles apart is her skill in treating frail, older DENNIS COPE oncology, chief of
Healthcare System's Sepulveda Ambulatory patients. YEARS PRACTICING: Dr. Cope, a medicine and chief of staff. He is also a clini-
Care Center in North Hills and for its AWARDS RECEIVED: Weintraub has general internist, is the chair of the internal cal professor of medicine at USC.
Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical received teaching and fellowship training medicine department for the UCLA San WHAT SETS MY PRACTICE ABOVE
Center. He is also a professor and associate awards. Fernando Valley Program at Olive View- THE REST: Bluming said it is his con-
professor of medicine at UCLA.
UCLA Medical Center. He is a professor of stant curiosity and drive to learn that allows
medicine at UCLA. him to provide superior care. He especially
WHAT SETS MY PRACTICE ABOVE learns a lot from his two practice partners.
DAN OSTERWEIL THE REST: Cope has been a consultant to “Working with the best physicians I know
YEARS PRACTICING: Dr. Osterweil is DAVID AUERBACH the Institute of Medi- hones my skills (and) identifies for me those
the founder of the Specialized Ambulatory YEARS PRACTICING: Dr. Auerbach, a cine's taskforce on areas requiring extra effort on my part, either
Geriatric Evaluation (S+AGE) Clinic in surgeon for the South- defining the scope of in understanding, knowledge acquisition or
Sherman Oaks. He is also a professor of ern California Ortho- primary care and who skill set development,” he said.
medicine at UCLA. pedic Institute, has primary care providers AWARDS RECEIVED: Bluming has been
WHAT SETS MY PRACTICE ABOVE been in practice for 17 are. He also holds lead- named on the Best Doctors in America list
THE REST: Osterweil has edited and co- years. He sees patients ership positions in vari- for several years. He is also member of the
authored various medical publications. He is in Thousand Oaks and ous medical profes- American College of Physicians and of
the emeritus-editor and founder of the Journal Van Nuys. Auerbach is sional organizations. In Alpha Omega Alpha.
of American Medical also a consultant for an the past, he has has
Directors Association orthopedic technology been recruited as the chief of the Primary
and a member of the company and is an inventor of surgical Ambulatory Care and Education (PACE)
Project, a project carried out through the Vet-
JOHNNY K. CHANG
editorial board of Car- instruments. He has traveled nationally and
ing for the Ages. He internationally to give medical presentations. eran Affairs' Sepulveda medical center to YEARS PRACTICING: Dr. Chang, a
has co-authored two WHAT SETS MY PRACTICE ABOVE improve care for veterans. member of the Hematology Oncology
editions of Medical THE REST: Auerbach said he respects his AWARDS RECEIVED: Cope has received Medical Group of San Fernando Valley, has
Care in the Nursing patients and makes sure to fully explain their numerous teaching awards, including the been practicing in his field since 2004. He is
Home, he is co-editor diagnoses, educate them about all treatment Golden Apple, Faculty Role Model, and the an assistant clinical professor at UCLA and
of Comprehensive options and answer their questions. He said Sherman Mellinkoff Faculty awards. He has Please see page A10
SAN FERNANDO VALLEY BUSINESS JOURNAL December 20, 2010 A9
The Valley’s Best Doctors
Doctors, Advocates Leery of Unstable Medicare System
RULES: Cuts would force Medicare’s payment calculation formula. The
government insurance program uses the Sus-
Dr. Ronald Stein, a Burbank-based
endocrinologist who sees Medicare patients,
many physicians to stop working tainable Growth Rate, or SGR, formula. The said reimbursement levels are already too low.
formula calculates physician payment targets “The pay schedule right now is too low,
with Medicare patients. based on the nation’s gross domestic product realistically, for doctors that want to spend
By JESSICA VERNABE Staff Reporter levels, among other factors. When expendi- time with their patients,” Stein said, adding
tures exceed the targets, payment levels must that he also believes future payment cuts
edicare physicians and health care be cut for the next year. The cost-controlling would lead to physicians’ flight. “The result
advocates worry about instability in system was established in 1997. will be the visits will be shorter, and there will
the Medicare payment system, say- be longer wait times.”
ing threats of major reductions to reimburse- Rising costs Some physicians are leaving insurance-
ments are driving away participating physi- Health care advocates say there is a major based medicine altogether, offering “concierge
cians and leaving patients with limited care gap between increasing health care costs and medicine,” Stein added. In that practice model,
options. the SGR targets, even though Medicare offi- a doctor will charge each patient an upfront
Lawmakers have once again had to tackle cials say cost of practice is one of the factors annual fee in order to provide more personal-
threats of major payment cuts for doctors who used to make the calculation. ized care for fewer patients.
see patients in the government insurance pro- “The Sustainable Growth Rate is so outdat-
gram for those 65 and older. On Nov. 29, Con- ed and ineffective, everyone recognizes that Other problems
gress passed a month-long postponement of it’s just not keeping up with the pace of the Threats of Medicare cuts have not been
23-percent cuts. The delay gave lawmakers costs of health care,” said Andrew LaMar, physicians’ only problem facing payment.
time to pass other legislation preventing even spokesman for the California Medical Associ- ‘The pay schedule right Another concern has been making sure they
higher cuts of 25 percent on Jan. 1, extending ation, based in Sacramento. “What we’ve seen now is too low, are properly reimbursed from private insur-
current rates through the end of 2011. Con- since 1997 is health care costs have grown ance companies.
gress approved the $19-billion fix on Dec. 9. much faster than our GDP. … It’s been very realistically, for doctors Last month, seven major California health
For years now, Congress has used legisla- distressful for physicians and hard for them to who want to spend time insurance plan providers were fined a total of
tion to hold off such proposed cuts. Medicare’s plan for the future when they don’t know what $5 million by state regulators and were
formula for calculating physician payments reimbursements they are going to get in 30 with their patients.’ required to pay restitution to doctors and hos-
has called for cuts every year since 2002. days.” Dr. Ronald Stein pitals for making untimely reimbursement
However, every year since 2003, Congress has LaMar said that while past attempts by payments. Woodland Hills-based insurers
enabled legislation to either postpone the lawmakers to repeal Medicare’s SGR formula Anthem Blue Cross and Health Net were
reductions before they take effect or to post- have failed, he hopes Congress will continue cause many physicians to stop working with among those to receive the penalties.
pone them retroactively, said Ellen Griffith, looking for solutions. Medicare patients because they wouldn’t be “Unfortunately, these are the headaches
spokeswoman for the government’s Centers of President Obama said he hopes to work able to afford it. that really take away from taking care of
Medicare and Medicaid Services. This year with Congress to find a long-term solution to “If you can’t get a reimbursement that cov- patients,” LaMar said. “They can’t do it when
alone, the cuts were deferred five times, she replace the temporary fixes in the coming year. ers the cost of care and that is what you need they’re constantly involved in disputes with
added. Meanwhile, if any of the large cuts ever do to keep your practice in the black, it becomes a insurance companies over what should be
Advocates say the problem lies in take effect, advocates say they would likely money-losing proposition,” LaMar said. approved treatments.”
A10 December 20, 2010 SAN FERNANDO VALLEY BUSINESS JOURNAL
The Valley’s Best Doctors
Physicians Choose Between Support and Independence
cians with the private practice Hematology
PROFESSION: PHYSICIAN BUSINESS MODELS Oncology Medical Group of San Fernando
Valley in Encino. He said a benefit of work-
Income, lifestyle, having ing for a private practice is the flexibility to
Large Medical Group: tailor care to each patient.
control all factors in • Management services provided “If I have to spend an hour with my
patients, I will,” he said. “Nobody’s going to
• Higher negotiating clout with insurance companies through group
choosing a practice. • Steady flow of income
tell me I can only spend 15 minutes. … We
are able to tailor to everybody, and at the
same time, I think we have a lot more control
By JESSICA VERNABE Staff Reporter
• More stringent guidelines for care of our environment.”
• More restricted work and vacation schedules Chang said he and his practice partners
hysicians have different models to are also able to control factors such as per-
choose from when setting up their busi- Independent Practice: sonnel, which physicians they can refer
ness practices. patients to, work schedules and vacation
While larger medical groups provide a • Physicians responsible for management or management costs time.
level of stability and clout in the insurance • Physicians individually negotiate with insurance companies However, he also said private practice
industry, private practices tout the appeal of • Income dependent on inflow of patients and insurance reimburse- management can be time consuming with the
flexibility. doctors having to spend time on the phone
Joining medical groups allows physicians ments negotiating with insurance companies. The
to avoid dealing directly with billing and • More control over how to treat patients doctors are also more financially vulnerable
insurance issues and also provides a support • More flexible work and vacation schedules to the success of their practice.
system. Physicians can contract with the “If the three of us have a bad year, then
groups, which then contract with various hos- it’s just the three of us, so we are a lot more
pitals to provide patient care services. affected financially, and we do take a lot
Certain medical groups are more limited patients, they are expected to follow “care which allows physicians to remain independ- more risk than (others),” he said.
in terms of where physicians can practice. paths,” or guidelines developed by the health ent but also have access to support services. Other private practice groups combine
Kaiser Permanente’s medical group utilizes care system to ensure care is evidenced-based “It provides a mechanism for independent some of the benefits of a solo operation and
an exclusivity model, meaning the physicians and cost-effective, Hoffman said. physicians and the hospital to share quality- a larger medical group.
are limited to practicing with Kaiser hospitals While many physicians prefer to go into related data and conduct performance Van Nuys-based Cardiovascular Consult-
or with the system’s insurance group. private practice for its flexibility and less reg- improvement on that data so that we can ants Medical Group, a group that has existed
The upside of contracting with Kaiser’s imented structure, Hoffman said the route is improve the care that we provide,” said Dr. for nearly 50 years, is a partnership of 12
medical group is that the doctors involved do becoming less common today. Bernie Klein, Providence Holy Cross Med- doctors and four nurse practitioners. While
not have to worry about handling payment “What we’re seeing in the community is ical Center’s chief medical officer. “This the physicians are their own employers, they
technicalities, said Dr. Marc Hoffman, assis- that it’s becoming a very shrinking market,” allows us to work together across a continu- have a group to turn to. The group has its
tant area medical director for Southern Cali- he said. “I think the day of seeing an individ- um of care from hospital to outpatient set- own administrative staff and billing office
fornia Permanente Medical Group which ual practitioner hanging up their shingles and ting.” and has multiple local office locations.
oversees physicians in Panorama City and starting up a practice, because of all the (reg- Klein said that based on the health reform “(There’s) less overhead because you’re
Valencia. ulations) and expenses that go along with law, Providence Holy Cross officials hope sharing it with all the doctors,” said Kelli
“Because the physician does not have to that, is pretty much gone.” the hospital can eventually move to a cost Nicholas, the group’s practice administrator.
worry directly about that income stream, and savings sharing system with its physi- “There’s safety in numbers, so when you
things are much more fixed, much more sta- Integrated model cians. have a larger group, there’s more stability.”
bilized and much more predictable,” Hoffman Other health care systems are also start- Nicholas said having more doctors allows
said, adding that their incomes are not direct- ing to move toward a more integrated model. Private practice flexibility them to expand the group’s geographical
ly tied to how many patients they see. While Providence Health & Services has its Meanwhile, other physicians prefer span of care and to provide more diversity
While Kaiser physicians are free to use own medical group, it has also developed a smaller group settings. for patients.
their own clinical judgment when treating medical management services organization, Dr. Johnny Chang is one of three physi-
apart as a doctor. plans,” she said. “I am a strong patient advo- includes neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists,
Continued from page A8
"I truly enjoy practic- cate and try to improve the local medical sys- physicists, radiation oncologists, specialized
ing my specialty and tem to lessen barriers of care and improve nurses, technicians and other clinical person-
teaches hematology and oncology fellows.
relish my daily patient outcomes.” nel. The co-directors have performed more
He also sees patients at Providence Tarzana
interaction with AWARDS RECEIVED: Other recognitions than 1,000 Gamma Knife procedures.
patients and their Feldman has received include the American
WHAT SETS MY PRACTICE ABOVE
families," Dosik said. Cancer Society Harold P. Freeman Service
THE REST: Chang said the doctors in his
Dosik is the author and Award, the Being the Best Award from Olive
practice make their
co-author of more than View-UCLA Medical Center and the Golden
patients the priority.
25 articles for medical Apple Housestaff Teaching Award from
“We always try to be
publications. UCLA’s San Fernando Valley program. SHELDON WOLF
resourceful so that if
AWARDS RECEIVED: Dosik is a fellow YEARS PRACTICING: Dr. Wolf, a
we don’t have what
of the American College of Physicians. neurologist for Olive View-UCLA Medical
our patients need, we
always do our best to MICHAEL D. MASTERSON Center, has been practicing in his field for
about 50 years. He specializes in geriatric
find it for them, even NANCY FELDMAN YEARS PRACTICING: Dr. Masterson
neurology and memory disorders,
it if it is to send them sees patients in Thousand Oaks and
YEARS PRACTICING: Dr. Feldman has Camarillo. He is affiliated with Los Robles particularly Alzheimer’s disease.
been practicing in her field since 1983. She Hospital & Medical Center. WHAT SETS MY PRACTICE ABOVE
Chang said. He said he also tries to remain
currently heads the Olive View-UCLA THE REST: Wolf created a memory
compassionate to his patients’ needs.
Medical Center’s Hematology/Oncology disorders program at
AWARDS RECEIVED: Chang has previ-
ously been named on the Best Doctors in Division and is the division’s fellowship
program director. Medical Center six
WHAT SETS MY PRACTICE ABOVE years ago. He said he
THE REST?: For Feldman, communica- makes sure to reach
out to patients’ emo-
GARY M. DOSIK tion and patient advocacy are key in being a RONALD F. YOUNG tional needs along
top doctor. “I try to be
YEARS PRACTICING: Dr. Dosik, a YEARS PRACTICING: Dr. Young is with their physical
clear as to the goals of
member of Hematology Oncology Medical co-director of the Los Robles Hospital needs. “Treating
therapy and educate
Group of San Fernando Valley, has been NeuroScience Gamma Knife Center in patients with
my patients and their
practicing in the Tarzana-Encino area for Thousand Oaks. Young also has an office in Alzheimer’s involves not only diagnosis and
families so that they
31 years. Oxnard. therapy for the patient, but also treating the
can make good
WHAT SETS MY PRACTICE ABOVE WHAT SETS MY PRACTICE ABOVE many family and emotional problems
choices and participate
THE REST: Dr. Dosik said it is his THE REST: Young and his co-director because Alzheimer’s disease impacts the
in their treatment
connection with his patients that sets him lead the Gamma Knife Center's team that family sometimes,” he said.
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The Valley’s Best Doctors
AWARDS RECEIVED: Wolf is a fellow of AWARDS RECEIVED: Buyalos has and Gynecologists and the Council on dent surgeons at the USC Doheny Eye Insti-
the American Academy of Neurology. He is received awards from the American Society Resident Education in Obstetrics and tute in Los Angeles for more than 25 years.
also a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha for Reproductive Medicine and has given Gynecology. WHAT SETS MY PRACTICE ABOVE
Omega Alpha. prize-winning presentations at the Annual THE REST: Besides private practice,
Meeting of the American Fertility Society. Colvard has long been active in medical
He is a member of several professional research and post-graduate teaching. He has
organizations. also designed and developed instruments for
use in eye surgery, including the "Colvard
ALAN M. BERG Pupillometer" -- a tool used for preoperative
CHRISTINE evaluation of patients with laser vision cor-
YEARS PRACTICING: Dr. Berg has been
RICHARD P. BUYALOS, JR. HOLSCHNEIDER practicing opthalmology since 1980. He is a
rection. Colvard is the founder and medical
director of the Friends of Vision Foundation,
YEARS PRACTICING: Dr. Buyalos has YEARS PRACTICING: Dr. Holschneider medical staff member at St. Joseph Medical
a group that supports medical charities in
been practicing obstetrics and gynecology has been practicing in her field since 2001. Center, where he was formerly chief of oph-
since 1984, and endocrinology since 1989. She is the chair of Olive View’s obstetrics thalmology. He also trains residents at USC.
AWARDS RECEIVED: Colvard had been
He is in practice with the Fertility and and gynecology department and an associate WHAT SETS MY PRACTICE ABOVE
recognized repeatedly as one of "America's
Surgical Associates of California in professor at UCLA. THE REST: Berg said his private practice,
Top Opthalmologists" by the Consumer's
Thousand Oaks. He is also an associate WHAT SETS MY PRACTICE ABOVE Berg Feinfield TLC,
Research Council of America. He has also
clinical professor at UCLA. THE REST?: provides the most
received the Honor Award for teaching from
WHAT SETS MY PRACTICE ABOVE Holschneider said she advanced technology
the American Academy of Opthalmology.
THE REST: Buyalos, who is also certified places great effort into available today and
training future doctors provides patients with
endocrinology, has and treating the under- personalized care.
served as faculty for served community. Berg specializes in
courses on advanced “I have trained very laser vision correction
operative laparascopy extensively and I have and refractive lens RICHARD D. FERKEL
and pelvic reconstruc- really committed my implant surgery. YEARS PRACTICING: Dr. Ferkel has
tive surgery. He is also professional life to AWARDS RECEIVED: Berg was honored been practicing for 28 years. He is the direc-
co-director for the caring for our patients within the county as a VISX Star Surgeon. He has also been tor of the Sports Medicine Fellowship Pro-
Fertility and Surgical hospital public safety net, really believing named on the Best Doctors in America list gram at Southern California Orthopedic
Associates of Califor- that they deserve the same excellent care as several times. Institute, and he sees patients in Bakersfield
nia and an ad-hoc anyone in the private sector,” she said. and Van Nuys. Ferkel is an inventor of surgi-
reviewer of several scientific journals. Buya- AWARDS RECEIVED: Holschneider has cal devices and UCLA clinical instructor.
los has about 27 years of experience in ovu- received about eight years worth of teaching DAVID MICHAEL COLVARD WHAT SETS MY PRACTICE ABOVE
lation induction and assisted reproductive awards from UCLA’s obstetrics and YEARS PRACTICING: Dr. Colvard is the THE REST: Ferkel said some of the things
technology. He has also published more than gynecology residents. She has also received director of the Colvard Eye Center in Encino. that set him apart as a doctor are his dedica-
70 scientific articles, abstracts and book the ACOG/CREOG National Faculty Award His is also a professor of opthalmology at
chapters. from the American College of Obstetricians USC and has taught cataract surgery to resi- Please see page A12
Y U HAS E RNED US HONORS
MAKING YOU OUR TOP PRIORITY HAS EARNED US TOP HONORS
Glendale Memorial Hospital Congratulates
Robert W. Beart Jr., M.D. • Petar Vukasin, M.D.
For Each Being Named One of the Valley’s Best Doctors
222 W. Eulalia Street, Suite 100A
Glendale, CA 91204
A12 December 20, 2010 SAN FERNANDO VALLEY BUSINESS JOURNAL
The Valley’s Best Doctors
STEPHEN J. SNYDER PEDIATRIC ENDOCRINOLOGY
matopathology and dermatology. Haley is
Continued from page A11
also an associate clinical professor at UCLA.
YEARS PRACTICING: Dr. Snyder, a sur-
PEDIATRIC ALLERGY AND
tion to quality care for geon for the Southern California Orthopedic
patients, his skills as a KEVIN KAISERMAN
Institute, has been practicing in his field for
surgeon and his com- 30 years. He sees patients in Van Nuys. YEARS PRACTICING: Dr. Kaiserman,
mitment to give back Snyder founded the International Shoulder who runs his private practice SoCal Diabetes
to the community. He Arthroscopy Study Group. in Encino, has been been practicing in his
also said he has WHAT SETS MY PRACTICE ABOVE
become a leader in his MARSHALL G. GOLDBERG specialty since 1998. He was previously a
THE REST: For Snyder, constantly thriv- clinical associate professor of pediatrics and
field through research ing for more advanced solutions is the key to YEARS PRACTICING: Dr. Goldberg
medical director for the Clinical Diabetes
and education. Ferkel being a top doctor. “I practices with Valley Pediatric Medical
Program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
started the Southern don’t believe the ‘sta- Group. He is affiliated with Providence
and at USC.
California Orthopedic Institute’s Athletic tus quo’ is good Tarzana Medical Center. He is also an
WHAT SETS MY PRACTICE ABOVE
Training Program. He has also been the team enough for my associate clinical professor at UCLA.
THE REST: Kaiserman said one thing that
physician for local high schools and for patients,” he said. “I WHAT SETS MY PRACTICE ABOVE
sets him apart is the narrow focus of his prac-
Los Angeles Valley College, and he has believe strongly in THE REST: Goldberg holds top positions
tice – treating children and young adults with
worked with professional sports teams. always working to find with various professional medical organiza-
Type 1 diabetes. He
AWARDS RECEIVED: Ferkel has previ- a way to improve on tions, including the Los Angeles Pediatric
also stays up-to-date
ously been named on the Best Doctors in the techniques and Society, the Los Angeles County and
in his field, he said. “I
America list. He received the Paul Giberson procedures to maximize my results, helping California Medical Association, the Ameri-
use a lot of the latest
Award from Oaks Christian School in 2008. my patients to make a better and faster can Academy of Pediatrics and the American
technologies and ther-
recovery.” Snyder is credited with helping Academy of Allergy and Immunology.
apies in the manage-
JAMES M. FOX develop new techniques for shoulder ment of children and
arthroscopy. He has also invented numerous young adults with
YEARS PRACTICING: Dr. Fox is an surgical instruments and materials.
orthopedic surgeon with Synergy Health Type 1 diabetes,” he
AWARDS RECEIVED: The Arthroscopy said. Kaiserman is the
Medical Group. He has an office in Association created the Stephen J. Snyder board president for the Los Angeles chapter
West Hills. Excellence in Teaching Award, which is pre- DAVID FERRY of the American Diabetes Association, a
WHAT SETS MY PRACTICE ABOVE sented each year to a teacher in arthroscopy. YEARS PRACTICING: Dr. Ferry board member for the Juvenile Diabetes
THE REST: Fox has an extensive back-
practices with Pediatric Cardiology Medical Research Foundation in Los Angeles and
ground in sports medicine. He served as the
Associates in Encino. He is a voluntary asso- medical director for the Camp Conrad-Chin-
first fellow in sports medicine at the National
ciate professor of pediatrics at UCLA. nock in the San Bernardino.
Athletic Institute in Inglewood from 1973 to
WHAT SETS MY PRACTICE ABOVE AWARDS RECEIVED: Kaiserman has
1974 before becoming a major in the U.S.
THE REST: Ferry has taken his profes- been named several times on the Best
Air Force. He also worked with the MARC M. KERNER sional skills beyond the U.S. borders. He has Doctors in America list.
Olympics soccer program in 1984. Fox has
YEARS PRACTICING: Dr. Kerner has organized numerous volunteer trips to Latin
worked in sports medicine locally as well,
been practicing in his field since 1995. He America, where he led teams that diagnosed
serving as a founding partner of the Southern
serves as chief of surgical services at North- and treated children with congenital heart
California Orthopedic Institute before
ridge Hospital Medical Center. He also disease. His interests include echocardiogra-
entering private practice in 2005. He has
teaches at UCLA and California State phy and interventional cardiology.
participated as a team physician for numer-
University, Northridge. AWARDS RECEIVED: Ferry has received
ous San Fernando Valley-based high schools
WHAT SETS MY PRACTICE ABOVE the Golden Apple Teaching Award several
and junior colleges. JAMES R. TIPTON
THE REST: “I truly enjoy helping patients times, which was given by pediatric residents
AWARDS RECEIVED: Fox has been
– be it trauma patients or a patient with the at Cedars-Sinai. He is also a fellow of both YEARS PRACTICING: Dr. Tipton began
listed on the Marquis Who's Who list. He is
sore throat or cold,” the American College of Cardiology and the practicing pediatric gastroenterology in 1985
also a member of several professional
Kerner said. “I do American Academy of Pediatrics. when he joined the Permanente Medical
everything in my Group. He saw
PEDIATRIC DEVELOPMENT AND
power to help and give patients at both the
MARC J. FRIEDMAN
the best possible care.” Kaiser hospitals in
YEARS PRACTICING: Dr. Friedman, a Kerner’s practice Hollywood and
surgeon for the Southern California Orthope- specializes in facial Panorama City and
dic Institute, has been practicing in his field plastic and reconstruc- later also joined the
for 30 years. He sees tive surgery, sinus and hospital in Woodland
nasal reconstructive surgery, surgical treat-
RICKI ROBINSON Hills. He is also a
patients in Valencia
and Van Nuys. ment of sleep apnea and craniofacial defor- YEARS PRACTICING: Dr. Robinson, the UCLA associate clini-
Friedman is also a mities, and laryngology. Kerner teaches co-director for Descanso Medical Center for cal professor of
UCLA assistant nationally and internationally and has Development and Learning in La Cañada pediatrics.
clinical professor. authored and co-authored numerous articles Flintridge, has been in private pediatric WHAT SETS MY PRACTICE ABOVE
Friedman has previ- in peer-reviewed medical journals. practice for more than 30 years. She has been THE REST: Tipton said he keeps up-to-
ously served as a AWARDS RECEIVED: Kerner is a fellow working in the field of autism since 1990, date in his field by reading and attending
physician specialist for of the American College of Surgeons, the and is also a clinical professor of pediatrics conferences. He is also attentive to patients,
the 1994 Olympic American Academy of Facial Plastic and at USC. he added. "It is incredibly important to really
Games for soccer and has served as chair- Reconstructive Surgery and the American WHAT SETS MY PRACTICE ABOVE listen to parents and kids as they talk about
man of the Education Committee of the Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck THE REST: Robinson has developed a their concerns," Tipton said. "I really enjoy
Arthroscopy Association of North America. Surgery. He is also a winner of UCLA’s Best multidisciplinary edu- my practice, and I think that comes through
He was also previously the sports medicine Clinical Facility award. cation program in her in every encounter. I ask parents about their
fellowship director at the Southern California local community for concerns and then I talk directly with the
Orthopedic Institute. children with Autistic kids, which often gives us a lot of information
WHAT SETS MY PRACTICE ABOVE Spectrum Disorder. about what is really going on.”
THE REST: Friedman said what helps She has also organized AWARDS RECEIVED: Tipton has
him have a competitive edge as a doctor is two new autism task- received Kaiser's Leon Cohen award that rec-
JENNIFER C. HALEY forces in Southern ognized his contributions to patients and col-
the significantly limited scope of his practice,
which focuses on treatments such as knee YEARS PRACTIC- California and has leagues. He has also received UCLA's Gold-
ligament reconstruction, joint replacement ING: Dr. Haley is a stimulated research efforts within the groups. en Apple Teaching Award for Outstanding
and arthroscopic shoulder problems. pathologist with Per- Robinson additionally helped develop an Clinical Faculty.
AWARDS RECEIVED: Friedman is a manente Medical educational program for autistic children
fellow in the Arthroscopy Association of Group and sees through Villa Esperanza School.
North America, the International Knee patients at Kaiser Per- AWARDS RECEIVED: Robinson served
Society and the American Orthopedic manente Panorama as a key speaker at Vice President Al Gore’s
Society of Sports Medicine. City Medical Center. national conference called “Families &
She is certified in der- Healthcare.” Please see page A14
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The Valley’s Best Doctors
PHOTO BY DAVID SPRAGUE
Evaluating: Dr. Mark Beller, back, and Dr. Hrak Derderian look over a patient’s CAT scan at Valley Presbyterian Hospital.
Government Pushes Physicians Into the Future
mentation. Meanwhile, Moss expects the adjustment pare students for their future careers.
TECHNOLOGY: However, those who do not have their sys-
tems operating at an approved level by 2015
process to be difficult for some doctors.
“It’s a challenge because you have physi-
At UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medi-
cine, each student is required to have a “smart”
Doctors young and old will receive cuts to their Medicare reimburse-
ments. The program is also offered for Medi-
cians who are just coming out of medical
school that are expecting to have an electronic
mobile device, which can include a Blackber-
ry, an iPhone or another approved device that
caid providers. record,” Moss said. “They’ve gone through the school creates interactive applications for.
face challenges of Health care administrators say transitioning
to electronic records boosts efficiency but also
medical school living off an iPhone. … And
then you have physicians who are older and at
The requirement is necessary to help the
students learn and stay up-to-date, said Dr.
going fully electronic. creates financial hurdles.
“The doctors’ biggest challenge is getting
the later parts of their career that have been on
paper their whole careers.”
Robert Trelease, associate director for the
school’s instructional design and technology
an electronic medical record for their offices,” Other local hospitals are also in the midst unit and UCLA professor of pathology and
By JESSICA VERNABE Staff Writer said Ray Moss, chief information officer for of moving the systems. laboratory medicine.
Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Encino. Northridge Hospital Medical Center “As part of their medical education, we had
s changes in technology transform the While physicians are eligible for incentive expects to complete its implementation in to have them up to a certain technical level that
health care environment, the switch to payments, they only cover part of the costs. 2014 or 2015. The decision is part of a larger licensed physicians are going to be using in
electronic medical record systems is “The financial incentives are still tough to move by its parent health care system, practice,” Trelease said, adding that the
demanding the attention, time and dollars of get you there,” he added. Catholic Healthcare West, to go electronic. devices also help the students learn remotely.
many physicians. Moss said physicians at Valley Presbyterian Dr. Noachim Marco, the hospital’s vice “All medical students, particularly in their
Hospitals across the nation are switching to Hospital will utilize the hospital’s system, a president of medical affairs who helps coordi- third and their fourth year and the rest of their
the new systems, doing away with traditional nearly $10 million project that was started in nate the process, said the extra tasks of training, are nomadic. … Mobile devices
paper patient files and charts. The systems 2008. However, they will also need systems in inputting information will likely affect doctors’ allow them to carry the information and access
allow medical staff to have real-time capabili- their own offices to streamline information workflow until they master the system. the information to whichever clinical setting
ties for accessing and sharing patient records. from patient visits. “It’s very clear that the tasks will take a lot that they’re in.”
Clinicians can also use the systems to pull up more time, which means for a doctor, they While the medical school has not yet
patient’s test results, submit out physician Learning the technology either have to expand their work hours – which implemented an electronic medical record sys-
orders, verify patient-to-medication matches, The learning curve could also be a tempo- they’re already working long hours – or they tem, there are discussions for implementing
access records using mobile devices and per- rary strain on the physicians, especially for have to see less patients,” he said. training for the record systems into the cur-
form other tasks. those practicing at several hospitals who have However, even with the challenges, Marco riculum, Trelease added.
Starting in 2011, the federal government to learn different systems, he said. said the change is needed to improve patient Another use of technology that is geared
will start providing financial incentives for The hospital has already launched its sys- care and risk management, and to meet higher toward teaching students is the school’s Simu-
Medicare-eligible hospitals and professionals tem in its operating, emergency and nursing demands for the systems by payer groups. lation Center where students can practice
who make the switch. Eligible professionals departments. The physicians will be the last procedures on dummies that are monitored
can receive up to $44,000 over five years group to be trained for the system. The doctors Training future doctors electronically. The medical school is also refit-
under the program, with incentives payment are expected to start using it fully in the sum- Meanwhile, universities are implementing ting its lecture halls and a major laboratory for
totals decreasing each year for later imple- mer of 2012, completing the project. technology into their curriculums to help pre- telemedicine capabilities, Trelease said.
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medicine with a non-judgmental and proac- said. "The organization keeps us informed WHAT SETS MY
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tive approach that is well-received by teen about clinical practice guidelines and quality PRACTICE
patients and their parents,” he said. measures and gives us the tools to monitor ABOVE THE
our performance." Amis also gives back to REST: Nishibayashi
the community, serving as a board member said what sets him a
for Valley Community Clinic. part as a doctor is his
CHILD AND ADOLESCENT
AWARDS RECEIVED: Amis is a member ability to run a solo
MARGARET MEGAN of Alpha Omega Alpha. pediatric practice that
STONE provides physician
YEARS PRACTICING: Dr. Stone has continuity in a less-
been practicing in her specialty since 1990, JON MICHAEL D’ANDREA crowded, less-hurried environment with
when she joined Kaiser Permanente Wood- RICHARD H. BAKER YEARS PRACTICING: Dr. D’Andrea, a more personal, individualized attention.
land Hills Medical Center. She has served as YEARS PRACTICING: Dr. Baker has pediatrician at Pleasant Valley Pediatrics AWARDS RECEIVED: Nishibayashi has
the hospital’s chief of pediatrics since 2005. been practicing in his Medical Group, has been practicing in his also been named for several years in the
WHAT SETS YOUR PRACTICE field since 1969. He is field since 1989. D’Andrea is affiliated with “Guide to America’s Top Pediatricians,”
ABOVE THE REST: Stone said she cre- affiliated with Provi- St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital in Camar- which is compiled by the Consumer’s
ates a personal envi- dence Tarzana Medical illo and St. John’s Regional Medical Center Research Council of America.
ronment for her Center. He is also a in Oxnard.
patients and their fam- consulting professor in
ilies. “As a pediatri- psychiatry at USC and
cian, I try to listen is on the faculty of a MARSHALL G. GOLDBERG
carefully to both my local New Center for YEARS PRACTICING: Dr. Goldberg
patients and their par- Psychoanalysis. practices with Valley Pediatric Medical
ents," she said. "I want WHAT SETS MY PRACTICE ABOVE Group. He is also an associate clinical pro-
kids to feel that com- THE REST: Baker said one thing that sets fessor at UCLA and an attending physician YEARS PRACTICING: Dr. Handel has
ing to the doctor is a him apart is his range as a psychotherapist, at Children's Hospital and Cedars-Sinai. been practicing plastic surgery since 1978.
lot more than just getting a shot. I try to cre- as he works with adults, families in children. WHAT SETS MY PRACTICE ABOVE He was senior plastic surgeon at The Breast
ate an atmosphere that makes families feel THE REST:Goldberg holds top positions Center in Van Nuys for
that both their emotional and physical needs
with various professional medical organiza- 17 years before starting
have been addressed.” tions, including the Los Angeles Pediatric his own practice in the
Society, the Los Angeles County and Cali- San Fernando Valley.
fornia Medical Association, the American Handel is now on staff
at Providence Tarzana
ADOLESCENT AND YOUNG
Academy of Pediatrics and the American
ROBERT GRANT ALLISON Academy of Allergy and Immunology. Medical Center and
YEARS PRACTICING: Dr. Allison, a several surgery centers
member of Permanente Medical Group who in the San Fernando
practices in Mission Hills, started in private JEANNETTE LEVENSTEIN Valley and Los Ange-
practice in 1982. Allison joined the medical les. He is also an associate clinical professor
SARAH E. CARPENTER YEARS PRACTICING: Dr. Levenstein, a at UCLA.
group in 1991 to help build a cystic fibrosis member of the Boulevard Pediatrics Medical
YEARS PRACTICING: Dr. Carpenter, a center for Kaiser patients. WHAT SETS MY PRACTICE ABOVE
Group, has been a pediatrician since 1994. THE REST: Handel is experienced in
physician at Kaiser Permanente Panorama WHAT SETS MY PRACTICE ABOVE She primarily sees patients at Providence
City Medical Center, has been working as a THE REST: Allison said he learned from cosmetic and reconstructive breast surgery
Tarzana Medical Center. She is also co- and has performed thousands of cosmetic
doctor in the San Fernando Valley area since other “excellent physicians.” He also values founder of MD Moms, which makes skin
1990. She was recruited to Kaiser from a strong communication skills, he said. “I operations of eyelids, noses and faces. He
care products for babies. has also performed body contouring
medical school teaching position at UCLA. believe that a physi- WHAT SETS MY PRACTICE ABOVE
WHAT SETS MY PRACTICE ABOVE cian’s work does not procedures. Handel has been active in
THE REST: Levenstein said she speaks to clinical research and has written more than
THE REST: Carpenter said what sets her end when the diagno- her patients more like a
practice apart is the team she works with. sis is made, but instead 70 scholarly articles that were published in
parent rather than as a
“We have an excellent when the patient and peer-reviewed medical journals and has
physician. “We have a
teen center at Kaiser family have embraced contributed eight chapters to medical
partnership in medicine
Panorama City,” she their situation and textbooks.
rather than me being an AWARDS RECEIVED: Handel is a
said. “I work with understand and are authority figure,” she
another adolescent prepared to go forward member of a member of various professional
said. “They know I’m medical associations.
medicine physician, with the plan of attack serious about medicine,
health educator, as envisioned,” he said. but I also use my sense
psych-social worker AWARDS RECEIVED: Allison received of humor to my advan-
and two excellent the 2007 SCPMG Physician Distinction tage, and I’m never
nurses.” Merit Award and a 2009 recognition for the afraid to admit when I’m wrong or when I
AWARDS RECEIVED: In 2005, Carpen- Kaiser Cystic Fibrosis Center. don’t know something.” Levenstein is also on
ter received an award from Culver City for the board of directors of United Cerebral Palsy
her volunteer work in a high school clinic. MURRAY A. BROWN
in Los Angeles and is a member of the scien-
MARILYN J. AMIS tific advisory committee for the National YEARS PRACTICING: Dr. Brown started
Peanut Board. practicing in 1975. He practices psychiatry in
C. DANIEL FUSTER YEARS PRACTICING: Dr. Amis has
Encino. Brown is also a clinical professor of
been a pediatrician for about 20 years, hav- AWARDS RECEIVED: Levenstein has
YEARS PRACTICING: Dr. Fuster joined been named several times on the Best Doc- psychiatry at UCLA, where he began teach-
ing worked her entire career at Kaiser's
Permanente Medical Group in 1983 and tors in America list. Her business was also ing in 1974.
Panorama City Medical Center. She has been
Kaiser Permanente voted the Cosmetic Innovator of the Year in WHAT SETS MY
chief pediatrician at the hospital for eight
Panorama City Med- 2005 by the trade association Independent PRACTICE
ical Center in 1988. He Cosmetic Manufacturers & Distributors ABOVE THE
WHAT SETS MY PRACTICE ABOVE
eventually became the (ICMAD). REST: Brown
THE REST: Amis said it is her personal
director of the hospi- focuses on mood and
investment in her patients that sets her apart
tal’s Adolescent Care anxiety disorders and
as a doctor. "I am
Center and chairperson
STEVEN W. NISHIBAYASHI has done extensive
for the Southern Cali- SPECIALTY: Pediatrics research in the areas of
committed to the best
fornia Kaiser Perma- YEARS PRACTICING: Dr. Nishibayashi post heart attack
possible care to my
nente Adolescent Medicine Committee. has been practicing for 30 years. He is on depression and social
patients, and working
WHAT SETS MY PRACTICE ABOVE staff at several hospitals, including Provi- skills rehabilitation.
for Kaiser Permanente
THE REST: Fuster’s ability to interact dence St. Joseph Medical Center, Verdugo AWARDS RECEIVED: Brown has
provides me the
with teen patients is what makes helps him Hills Hospital, Glendale Adventist Medical received four teaching awards from faculty
resources and the
be recognized as a top doctor, he said. “I feel Center, Huntington Memorial Hospital and and residents at UCLA.
support to do that," she
that I have been able to practice adolescent Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
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Network of Specialists is Reason Many Doctors LikeArea
alongside other top
physicians keeps many
practicing in Valley.
By JESSICA VERNABE Staff Reporter
verything from living accommodations
to patient demand attracts doctors to the
San Fernando Valley region, according
to local physicians named on the most recent
“Best Doctors in America” list.
Dr. Jeannette Levenstein, a pediatrician
who owns Boulevard Pediatrics Medical
Group in Encino, has been practicing in the
San Fernando Valley for nearly 17 years. She
sees patients primarily at Providence Tarzana
Medical Center but is also on staff at Chil-
dren’s Hospital Los Angeles.
Levenstein’s work in the region started
when she was a resident working at a practice
in Encino, where she was later offered a job.
Eventually, she decided to leave the practice
and start her own in the same area.
“I stayed in the Valley because I love my
patients and wanted to continue to have them
part of my daily life,” said Levenstein, who
PHOTO BY RINGO H.W. CHIU
lives in Burbank.
However, beside her patient connection,
Levenstein said one thing that has kept her
here is the wealth of specialists in the area.
“I just think that we’re very lucky that in
such a large city we’ve got such a concentrat-
ed force to help with the care of children
here,” she said. “I think as you get farther and Pediatrician: Dr. Jeannette Levenstein has been praciticing in the Valley for 17 years.
farther away from cities, it’s harder and harder
to access folks just distance-wise.” across the street and the patient was seen. View-UCLA Medical Center in Sylmar and a impressed with the hospital’s scope.
Other physicians were drawn by a high UCLA professor, said he is also drawn by a “If you look at Olive View itself, its catch-
Many facilities demand for doctors in their fields. high level of need for physicians in his field. ment area is huge,” she said. “It’s really a met-
The San Fernando Valley region –s pan- “When I came here, there was a tremen- “Seventy percent (of Olive View patients) ropolitan region in itself.”
ning from Lancaster to the north, Camarillo to dous need for doctors in the San Fernando are Hispanic, and Hispanics get Alzheimer’s Other reasons doctors have given for prac-
the west and Glendale to the south and east – Valley,” said Dr. Michael Tuck, an endocrinol- disease significantly earlier than other ethnic ticing locally include the region’s high level of
have at least 22 hospitals. There are also ogist for the VA’s Sepulveda Ambulatory Care groups,” he said. “Latinos also have a great cultural diversity, the opportunity to work
numerous clinics and private medical centers Center who came to the region in 1975. problem with high blood pressure and dia- alongside other highly esteemed and skilled
in the region. “When I was here, there were only 200 betes, which is also predisposed to dementia.” doctors and the appeal of living in the area.
In Levenstein’s experience, the specialists endocrinologists in the San Fernando Valley, Wolf is also drawn by the hospital itself, an “It’s certainly been, I think, just a wonder-
she needs are often just blocks away, or even so we’ve helped increase the number of prac- active training center for young doctors com- ful place to practice,” said Dr. Alan Mantell, a
closer. She recalls a late Friday afternoon ticing physicians (since then).” pleting their residencies and an institution that dermatologist who is on staff at Verdugo Hills
about 10 years ago when a cardiac exam of a Tuck said the area has high levels of dia- provides high-quality care, he said. Hospital and has been practicing in the area
patient showed that the child needed to be betes and obesity among its residents, so that Dr. Christine Holschneider, another UCLA for 35 years. “It’s been a nice combination of
seen by a specialist immediately. All she had is one area that he largely focuses on. professor and chair of Olive View’s obstetrics suburban, but it has the sophistication of an
to do was call a pediatric cardiologist located Dr. Sheldon Wolf, a neurologist at Olive and gynecology division, said she is also urban population.”
JAMES R. MERVIS received several awards from the UCLA- pregnancy and the post-partum and peri- WHAT SETS MY PRACTICE ABOVE
San Fernando Valley Psychiatry Training menopausal years. “In addition to keeping THE REST: Yerevanian said it is the
YEARS PRACTICING: Dr. Mervis has Program for his teaching and leadership up-to-date on cutting-edge treatments, I am combination of his academic and clinical
been a psychiatrist skills. diligent and thorough, and I work hard to activities that make
since 1988. He sees provide patients with comprehensive care,” him a top doctor. “I
patients at the VA she said. believe in the integra-
Greater Los Angeles KIRA D. STEIN AWARDS RECEIVED: Stein has been tion of teaching,
Healthcare System’s listed on the Best Doctors in America list
YEARS PRACTICING: Dr. Stein has research and clinical
Sepulveda Veterans several times. She was also listed in the Mar-
been a medical doctor for 13 years. She cur- care,” he said. Yerevan-
Affairs Medical quis Who’s Who of American Women 2007
rently treats adults through her private prac- ian has written more
Center. He specializes registry and the Manchester Who’s Who
tice. Stein has also served as a clinical than 50 scientific
in geropsychiatry and Among Executive and Professional Women
instructor for UCLA’s Department of Psychi- papers that have been
holds several leader- in Healthcare 2007 “Honor’s Edition.”
atry, which she did from 2001 to 2008. published in medical
ship roles at the center.
WHAT SETS MY PRACTICE ABOVE publications. He is also releasing his first
WHAT SETS MY PRACTICE ABOVE
THE REST: In addi- book, “The Obsessive Compulsive Experi-
THE REST: Mervis said he responds to BOGHOS YEREVANIAN ence and Narrative Guide.”
patients’ calls as soon as possible. He also tion to focusing on
general psychiatry, YEARS PRACTICING: Dr. Yerevanian AWARDS RECEIVED: Yerevanian has
takes time to listen to his patients. “I have has been a psychiatrist since 1979. He is a
Stein said she is one of received several awards for his clinical teach-
been fortunate to work with our World War II clinical professor of psychiatry at UCLA and
the few trained repro- ing at the UCLA-San Fernando Valley
veterans,” he said. “I am lucky to have a job is the director for the mood disorders pro-
ductive psychiatrists in Psychiatry Training Program. He has also
that allows me to listen to their experiences. gram at the UCLA-San Fernando Valley
the San Fernando Val- a fellow of the International Society of
Many of these veterans have never told their Psychiatric Training Program. He also sees
ley, focusing on the Affective Disorders.
stories before, and I feel privileged to (be) patients and teaches classes at the Veterans
part of their lives.” treatment of psychi-
atric conditions during Affairs center in the San Fernando Valley.
AWARDS RECEIVED: Mervis has Please see page A16
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RHEUMATOLOGY VASCULAR SURGERY
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WHAT SETS MY PRACTICE ABOVE
THE REST: Andros specializes in
revascularization of diabetic limbs. He has
STEVEN R. WEINER GEORGE ANDROS developed a new integrated approach to
YEARS PRACTICING: Dr. Andros has amputation prevention that involves vascular
YEARS PRACTICING: Dr. Weiner has surgical procedures to restore circulation in
40 years of experience. He is the medical
NANCY ELLERBROEK been practicing rheumatology since 1983,
director at Valley Presbyterian Hospital’s diabetic limbs. His multi-specialty model for
YEARS PRACTICING: Dr. Ellerbroek and has a private practice office in Woodland care has shown proven results in dramatical-
new Amputation Prevention Center and also
has practiced radiation oncology for 23 years Hills. He is an associate clinical professor of ly reducing the number of amputations for
serves as the co-director of the Diabetic Foot
and sees patients at the Santa Clarita Radia- medicine and rheumatology for UCLA, patients with diabetes.
tion Therapy Center and the Sherman Oaks teaching at the UCLA-San Fernando Valley
Program’s Rheumatology Division. He is a
Radiation Therapy Center. She has engaged
former chief of rheumatology at Olive OTHER BEST DOCTORS
in teaching, research and community Detailed information was not available for these physicians.
outreach. View-UCLA Medical Center.
WHAT SETS MY PRACTICE ABOVE WHAT SETS MY PRACTICE ABOVE IGNACIO ACOSTA JOHN A. HONCH
THE REST: Weiner has taught about Surgery, Glendale Dermatology, La Cañada
THE REST: Ellerbroek said she provides
rheumatology for 27
both physical care and JEFF L. ASHLEY RICHARD KIM
emotional support for years, has conducted Dermatology, Burbank Family Medicine, Glendale
patients. “Not only do research and has
written extensively DANIEL B. AUERBACH WONIL LEE
we keep in contact Psychiatry, Encino Rheumatology, North Hollywood
with the (cancer) about rheumatology
patients’ other physi- and musculoskeletal JAMES BANKS STANLEY J. LEIKEN
cians, but we truly disorders. He is also Pediatric Specialty/Neonatal-Perinatal Pediatric Specialist/Child and
take the time to evalu- attentive to patients, he Medicine, Tarzana Adolescent Psychiatry, Encino
ate their needs before said. “All new patients
are seen quickly; existing patients are seen ARIEH BERGMAN GARY P. LASK
recommending a Obstetrics and Gynecology, Tarzana Dermatology, Encino
particular treatment,” she said. “We develop when they need to be seen, and all patients
relationships with our patients as we contin- see me every time – not a nurse practitioner, JEFFREY BIRNS HENRY NEBEKER
ue to assess their progress throughout the physician assistant or junior associate,” Pediatric Otolaryngology, Encino Nephrology, Burbank
treatment process. Weiner said.
AWARDS RECEIVED: Weiner has ANGELA J. CASTELLANO ELENA ORTIZ
AWARDS RECEIVED: Ellerbroek has Pediatric Dermatology, Sherman Oaks Psychiatry, Encino
been chosen as a “Local Legend” by the received the Marilyn Magaram Award from
NH/National Library of Medicine and the the Southern California Chapter of the PENG THIM FAN HOWARD J. REINSTEIN
Arthritis Foundation, as well as an award for Rheumatology, North Hollywood Pediatrics, Encino
2008 Providence Health & Services’ Core
service from the chapter’s Medical and
Value Award for Compassion. She has also MICHAEL G. GOLD SEAN J. WOLLASTON
been highly involved with several medical Scientific Committee. He has also received Pediatrics, Camarillo Rheumatology, North Hollywood
organizations. an award for rheumatology research from the
Lupus Foundation of America. ROBERT MICHAEL HARTMAN
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The Valley’s Best Nurses
CNOs Meet Needs in Challenging, Changing Profession ogy bring the need to constantly educate and wanted to help take care of people that were WHY I BECAME
he following chief nursing
train to new processes and equipment. Feder- in need. A NURSE: While I
officers are the top nursing
al and state regulations put significant CHALLENGES OF NURSING was volunteering in a
professionals at the area’s demands on nurses to meet guidelines, PROFESSION: I think coordinating with hospital as a teen, I
major hospitals. These profession- timelines and reporting requirements. multiple physicians admired the nurses
als face many issues such as nurse and other providers. I caring for sick people
staffing, the implementation of new ANN DECHAIRO-MARINO see the nurse as the day-in and day-out.
technology, tougher educational pivotal person in the Not only were they
Chief Nurse Executive/ care, particularly of a able to address the
standards and a large and looming Sr. Vice President of hospitalized patient. medical care needs of the patients, there was
elderly population. The Business Patient Care Services The nurse is the a special emotional support and encourage-
Journal chose to profile only the Northridge Hospital patient’s advocate, the ment I noticed that was unique that they also
CNOs because the number of Medical Center nurse is the organizer provided. I thought it would be really cool to
top-notch nurses at all levels in the YEARS IN PROFESSION: 34 of the patient’s day do what they seemed to be so good at.
greater-Valley area is too many to WHY I BECAME A NURSE: To make while they’re in the hospital, and they have to CHALLENGES OF NURSING
mention. Reporter Jessica Vernabe money, I worked as a nurse aide at Palomar manage all the other people who need to be PROFESSION: The demands on nurses
Memorial Hospital in Escondido, Calif. involved in that patient’s care. caring for patients has increased tremendous-
compiled this list. ly. Patients have shorter length of stay in hos-
Caring for patients and making a difference
in the lives of others in a time of great need pitals than even a few years ago, providing
JANET BROOKS touched my heart. KAREN GULBENKIAN less time for patient care needs to be
CHALLENGES OF NURSING Chief Nurse Executive/ addressed. Nurses must constantly look at
CNO PROFESSION: Nursing is a caring new ways of providing the required care in
West Hills Hospital & Vice President of
profession, and returning nursing to its roots Patient Care Services the most efficient and cost-effective way.
Medical Center of healing is challenging in the technology- Glendale Memorial Hospital
YEARS IN PROFESSION: 31 driven acute care setting. (Also) developing a & Health Center
WHY I BECAME A NURSE: I became a nursing practice environment which supports FRANCIS LARGOZA
nurse because my par- excellence in nursing practice during an YEARS IN PROFESSION: 22
WHY I BECAME A NURSE: I love my ACTING CNO
ents were very service- economic downturn with decreased PROVIDENCE SAINT JOSEPH
oriented and always payments to hospitals and physicians can be patients. I feel in love with the act of taking
care of people when they need me the most. MEDICAL CENTER
set a great example of difficult. I am excited about health care
care for other humans. reform and its focus on caring for the patient CHALLENGES OF NURSING WHY I BECAME A NURSE: I chose
(My father was an before and after hospitalization. PROFESSION: In a profession that is pri- nursing becuase of the diversity of areas that
Episcopal priest.) … I marily intended to be a a nurse can work in health care. ... There's
shared that sense of person-to-person field, also opportunities for nurses to go into
giving back and VILMA DINHAM we face an enormous management.
looked at what profes- amount of swift tech- CHALLENGES OF NURSING
CNO nological change –
sion would afford me that opportunity. … Encino Hospital Medical Center PROFESSION: The current economic
My father died when I was 15 and my short from electronic med- predicament and how it impacts health care
YEARS IN PROFESSION: 44 ical records to clinical creates a challenge in terms of the care needs
time with the nurses in the hospital made an
WHY I BECAME A NURSE: (I was) tools. On top of that, of our patients that are being admitted to the
indelible impression – and so my passion
highly influenced by we must perform our hospital. We are seeing or caring for sicker
my neighbor, who was duties – in what is a patients-- patients who would have gone to
CHALLENGES OF NURSING
a chief nurse in the very hectic environment – with adherence to see a medical doctor, but because of the
PROFESSION: The nursing profession
local hospital in intense regulations. economic environment they’re not able to
challenges encompass a continuing passion
Falmouth, Jamaica. … (get) medical care right away.
for learning and remaining current – current
I visited people in my
in regulatory requirements from the federal
town’s only hospital – MARCEY JORGENSON
and state level, as well as current in clinical GWEN MATTHEWS
shampooed their hair, CNO
care parameters. The nursing shortage will
shaved beards, Antelope Valley Hospital CNO/Sr. Vice President
continue to cycle – it has for over 35 years –
exchanged stories and YEARS IN PROFESSION: 31 Glendale Adventist
and so shortages of qualified staff in any
the rest is history. Off to the UK I went to be WHY I BECAME A NURSE: It was Medical Center
health care setting will occur. Our challenge
educated as a general nurse and a midwife. more likely my desire to choose a field
will really be to use our ancillary personnel YEARS IN PROFESSION: 35
CHALLENGES OF NURSING where I could help
appropriately as assistance to the profession- WHY I BECAME A NURSE: I became
PROFESSION: Be able to identify and others coupled with
al nurse and really prioritize what care a nurse because I was impressed by a nurse
seek out those persons who are genuinely the prodding and
requires the RN expertise. leader I met who not only had so much
interested in the field of nursing versus those determination of my
who are looking for stability in employment; wisdom about life and being of practical help
childhood best friend to people but was also influential at the
identify future leaders and steer them to
PHYLLIS BUSHART achieve their goals; competition among
who had decided for national level serving on the national defense
CNO/Chief Operating Officer herself that I should advisory council.
hospitals and between/among hospitals and join in her decision to
Providence Tarzana free-standing clinics; keeping patients and CHALLENGES OF NURSING
Medical Center attend nursing school. PROFESSION: Challenges facing the
families satisfied with services and staff, … Despite my youth-
especially in light of soon-to-be implemented nursing profession at the present time
YEARS IN PROFESSION: 36 ful decision-making, I can say with total
Medicare reimbursement tied directly to include ensuring that in the midst of imple-
WHY I BECAME honesty that even taking into account my
predetermined positive patient satisfaction menting technology,
A NURSE: My most difficult days, I have found nursing to
scores; keep current and maintain competency such as information
desire to go into nurs- be a fulfilling, challenging and rewarding
in new equipment and procedures/protocols. systems, that we don’t
ing stems from my choice of work. lose the critical time
interest in science and CHALLENGES OF NURSING PRO- with the patient and
medicine and how CAROLINE ESPARZA FESSION: Challenges range from work- family. Our biggest
nursing participates in force shortages to how to best academically
Chief Nurse Executive/ challenge is truly the
the healing process. I prepare new practitioners to how to keep
Sr. Vice President huge opportunity now
have always enjoyed pace with new knowledge and technology.
Simi Valley Hospital with health care
interacting with peo-
reform to step to the
ple, understanding disease processes and YEARS IN PROFESSION: 37 table with our intimate
how to translate that into the delivery of WHY I BECAME A NURSE: I became a LARRY KIDD knowledge of patients and actively design
patient care. nurse because I had a sister who was quite ill
CNO/Vice President of systems for care that will improve the health
CHALLENGES OF NURSING throughout her childhood. She actually died
Patient Care Services and provide safe passage through episodes of
PROFESSION: Our current issues are the as a child, and I helped my mother take care
Henry Mayo Newhall illness.
high acuity of our patients and the demands of her. So, I decided very young – probably 7
that this puts on the nurses to meet the many Memorial Hospital
or 8 – that I was going to become a nurse.
needs of their patients. Advances in technol- That was the impetus, and I just always YEARS IN PROFESSION: 25 Please see page A18
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CHALLENGES OF NURSING Nursing allows you to care for the most criti- Medical Center
PROFESSION: Nursing has continued to cal and the most basic needs with compas- YEARS IN PROFESSION: 33
become more complex and technology- sion and understanding. It’s a wonderful way WHY I BECAME A NURSE: I became a
driven while simultaneously patients are to give back to the community. nurse because I grew up in a family of care-
JUDITH McCURTY sicker and the pace of care has accelerated. CHALLENGES OF NURSING givers. My mom worked as a nursing assistant
Maintaining competency and advanced pro- PROFESSION: There is a nationwide and we cared for a variety of elderly people in
VP of Patient Care Services
fessional standards with such a rapidly shortage of highly trained nurses. Providence our home. It was clear that many people need-
changing environment requires constant Holy Cross is fortunate to draw great nurses, ed help with very basic needs, such as person-
updating and re-training. but the science is advancing so quickly. It’s a al hygiene, eating,
YEARS IN PRO- challenge to ensure we have – and retain – walking, etc.
FESSION: 30 the best of the best. Patient acuity is another CHALLENGES OF
WHY I BECAME BETTY NEWSOM challenge. The more serious a condition, the NURSING
A NURSE: Growing more time nurses must spend with the patient
up in small-town Iowa, to ensure optimum care. At the same time,
Providence Holy The most important
it didn’t seem as if the population is aging so we anticipate high-
Cross challenges are making
there were many pro- er-level acuity.
Medical Center sure that nursing has
YEARS IN PRO- the tools to provide
So, when my best friend from grade school
FESSION: 33 CAROL PONTIUS efficient, safe and qual-
and Brownies through high school and Girl
WHY I BECAME Nurse Executive ity patient care. … To overcome these chal-
Scouts announced she was going to nursing
A NURSE: I felt the Kaiser Permanente lenges, I have to be present in the clinical
school at the University of Iowa, I thought,
call to care for people. Panorama City area, encourage staff to speak up about
“That’s a good idea. I’ll go, too.”
patient safety and staff safety concerns, and
ensure that our practices our evidence-based.
This can only be accomplished by all staff
feeling safe to express their thoughts and
ideas and staff being willing to meet within
their Unit Based Teams and doing small tests
Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills
YEARS IN PROFESSION: 38
WHY I BECAME A NURSE: I am pas-
sionate about making a difference in the lives
of people around me.
It is very important to
me that I give of
myself and nursing
allows me to do just
health care advances in
technology, the challenge for nursing is to
maintain the personal connection with our
patients. … Another challenge is for our own
nursing professional organization to come to
consensus to act on: What is the basic aca-
demic preparation for all new nurses? How
will academia and service work together to
provide this education? As nursing leaders,
we also need to pave the way for our nurses
to practice in hospitals that provide healthy
environments, which include authentic lead-
ership and true collaboration among physi-
cians and other health care providers.
OTHER NURSE EXECUTIVES
Detailed information was not available on
these chief nursing officers
Pacifica Hospital of the Valley
Palmdale Regional Medical Center
Mission Community Hospital
Sherman Oaks Hospital
CNO/Vice President of
Patient Care Services
Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center
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