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The Best Medicine

Our seventh annual guide to the city's top doctors.


Science gets lost in the firmament of New York. We think of the city as the financial capital of the world, and the arts capital, and the media capital, and the fashion capital. But for more than a century now, New York has also been one of the centers of a scientific revolution. New York doctors have been at the forefront of such medical breakthroughs as X-rays, blood banking and transfusions, chemotherapy and radiation therapy, and the first successful heart transplant in a child. Other cities, like Boston and San Francisco, have impressive medical track records, too, but none can match New York’s legacy of firsts. Which brings us to the theme of this year’s “Best Doctors” issue—innovation.

The issue begins with “Saving Face”, a portrait of a pioneering surgeon named Milton Waner, whose leading-edge work with children afflicted with severe, sometimes life-threatening facial deformities is as medically remarkable as it is moving.

Profiles of twelve more breakthrough doctors, from an oncologist to a cosmetic dermatologist—appear here as well.

Radiation Oncology: James Wong
Orthopedics: Frank Cammisa Jr.
Hearing: Anil Lalwani
Aesthetics: Neil Sadick
Psychiatry: Cynthia Pfeffer
Asthma: Jordan Josephson
Stroke: Bruce Volpe
General Practice: Susan Massad
Vascular Surgery: Michael Marin
Neurology: Michael Kaplitt
Oncology: Mark Kris
Cardiology: Jeffrey Moses

As in the past (we’ve published “Best Doctors” for seven years in a row, plus a couple of odd years before that), the bulk of the issue highlights the area’s top physicians—1,235 of them from the five boroughs, Westchester County, Long Island, northern New Jersey, and Fairfield and New Haven counties in Connecticut. Our list includes 86 general practitioners and 1,149 specialists. For an explanation of how the doctors are elected, see “Who Decides?”.


  • Archive: “Cover Story
  • From the Jun 13, 2004 issue of New York
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