Sound Shore Medical Center of Westchester Physicians Named Top Docs

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DoctorGroup Top Docs West. Mag. Oct 2010

Sound Shore Medical Center (SSMC) is pleased to announce the inclusion of 12 of its physicians in the recent “Top Doctors” issue of Westchester Magazine.

Once again this year the healthcare research firm Castle Connolly conducted their rigorous, peer-review process to identify the Top Doctors in the New York Metro Area. With the completion of the exhaustive process, Westchester Magazine has showcased the 183 physicians in Westchester chosen by the experts as Top Doctors for 2010. Westchester Magazine commented, “One of the many advantages of living here is that some of the best medical minds anywhere live among us and practice here.”

The following SSMC medical staff members received Westchester Magazines’, 2010 Top Doctors distinction:


Cardiac Electrophysiology – Bernard Gitler, MD

Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism – David Blum, MD

Family Practice – Ira Sutton, MD

Infectious Diseases – Jeffrey Lederman, MD

Maternal-Fetal Medicine – Patricia A. Devine, MD

Oncology – Elizabeth Phillips, MD

Otolaryngology – Matthews Kates, MD

Pediatrics – Marc Wager, MD

Rheumatology – Mark Burns, MD

Surgery, Bariatric – Surgical Weight Loss – Madhu Rangraj, MD

Surgery, Orthopedics – Steven Zelicof, MD, PhD,

Surgery, Vascular – Richard Karanfilian, MD

In addition, Sound Shore Medical Center’s Director of Surgery and Chief of Laparoscopic Surgery, Madhu Rangraj, MD is showcased in the article, “Giving the Obese a Fresh Start”. Since 2005, SSMC’s Bariatric Center is proud to be an American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence. Dr. Rangraj and his team have performed more than 800 procedures.

The special Top Doctors section includes “Expert Insights” from a variety of specialties. Of the seven included in the issue, three are from SSMC’s physicians. Acting Co-director of OB/GYN and Chief of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Patricia Devine, MD, comments on new advances in maternal fetal medicine. Chief of Otolaryngology, Matthew Kates, MD, speaks on the latest advance in the field of ear, nose and throat treatments and Family Practitioner, Ira Sutton, MD, comments on e-prescribing and its benefits for the patients, physician and pharmacies.

Commenting on Sound Shore Medical Center’s physicians selected, John R. Spicer, President and CEO said, “While I salute our entire medical staff on the outstanding care they provide our patients, I want to congratulate those chosen by Westchester Magazine as Top Doctors for 2010.” He concluded, “We take pride in the quality of our physicians and are pleased to salute them on their accomplishments.”

For physician referrals, call MDs-LINE (914.367.5463) or visit to discover more about Sound Shore Medical Center’s Care. For Life. services.

Photo Caption:  L to R – Front Row: Richard Karanfilian, MD; Patricia A. Devine, MD; Sound Shore Medical Center President and CEO John R. Spicer; Ira Sutton, MD; Elizabeth Phillips, MD Middle Row: Marc Wager, MD; Madhu Rangraj, MD; Matthew Kates, MD; Steven Zelicof, MD, PhD; Back Row: Bernard Gitler, MD; Jeffrey Lederman, MD and David Blum, MD (not pictured – Mark Burns, MD)