U.S. News Top Doctors was developed in collaboration with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., publisher of "America's Top Doctors" and other guides, and was built upon data from Castle Connolly's "Top Doctors," in which physicians nominate other physicians for their excellence.
Among ECU's physicians on the list, Dr. W. Randolph Chitwood Jr., was recognized as being among the top 1 percent of cardiothoracic surgeons in the country.
The other ECU physicians named among the best are Drs. John Cahill and Mariavittoria Pitzalis, cardiology; Drs. Hyder Arastu, Eleanor Harris and Beth Lindsay, radiation oncology; Dr. Prashanti Atluri, medical oncology; Drs. M.J. Barchman and Paul Bolin, nephrology; Drs. Cynthia Barker and William Johnstone, obstetrics and gynecology; Drs. William Bogey and C. Stephen Powell, vascular surgery; Drs. Emily Bray and Tommy Ellis, family medicine; Drs. Sharon Buckwald and Prem Shekhawat, neonatology; Dr. David Collier, pediatrics; Dr. Fiona Cook, endocrinology; Dr. Charles Daeschner, pediatric hematology/oncology; and Dr. Alex Dalzell, pediatric infectious diseases.
Also named to the list are Dr. John Diamond, child and adolescent psychiatry; Dr. Calvin Hayslip, reproductive endocrinology; Drs. Robert Harland and William Chapman, surgery; Dr. Guillermo Hidalgo, pediatric nephrology; Drs. Stuart Lee and Keith Tucci, neurosurgery; Drs. Edward Newton and Jeffrey Livingston, perinatology; Drs. Raymundo Millan and Daniel Moore, physical medicine and rehabilitation; Dr. Darla Liles, hematology; Drs. Keith Ramsey and Dawd Siraj, infectious diseases; Dr. James Peden, internal medicine; Dr. David Rodeberg, pediatric surgery; Dr. Karen Schmidt, clinical genetics; Dr. Dennis Steed, pediatric cardiology; and Dr. Richard Zeri, plastic and reconstructive surgery.
Many of these physicians were also named to the 2013 "Best Doctors" list, part of which was published in the December issue of "Business North Carolina" magazine. The annual list is compiled by Best Doctors Inc., a Boston-based group that surveys more than 45,000 physicians across the United States who previously have been included in the listing asking whom they would choose to treat themselves or their families.