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40 Northwest Hospital Physicians Named Among Seattle's Top Doctors by Seattle Magazine

SEATTLE, July 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Northwest Hospital & Medical Center today announced that 40 doctors affiliated with the hospital have been recognized among "Seattle's top doctors" in the July 2009 issue of Seattle Magazine.

The magazine's annual Top Doctors list is based on a survey of more than 10,000 physicians throughout the Puget Sound area, as well as a variety of complementary healthcare providers. The survey asked respondents to name the provider they would seek out or recommend to their loved ones in 109 specialty areas, regardless of hospital, clinic or health plan affiliation.

"We are delighted that so many members of our medical staff have been acknowledged by their peers in the medical community for their hard work, skill and integrity," said Bill Schneider, CEO of Northwest Hospital & Medical Center. "As an organization, our mission is to raise the long-term health status of our community by providing personalized, quality care with compassion, dignity and respect. It is gratifying to know that so many of the top doctors in our area have chosen to join us in that effort."

Members of Northwest Hospital's medical staff named to this year's list of top doctors include:

  • Peter Hashisaki, MD -- Infectious Disease/Travel Medicine
  • Joseph Chebli, MD -- Bariatric Surgery
  • Edward Verrie, MD -- Cardiac Surgery
  • Peter Demopulos, MD -- Cardiology
  • Richard Billingham, MD - Colorectal Surgery
  • Daniel Froese, MD -- Colorectal Surgery and Oncology, Colorectal Cancer (Surgical)
  • Gregory Schroedl, MD - Emergency Medicine
  • James Coghlan, MD -- Family Practice
  • Scott McIntyre, MD -- Family Practice
  • Nancy Klein, MD -- Fertility
  • David Gilbert, MD -- Gastroenterology
  • Mark Brakstad, MD -- General Surgery
  • Steven Counter, MD -- General Surgery
  • Francis Riedo, MD -- Infectious Disease/Travel Medicine
  • Emily Cooper, MD -- Internal Medicine
  • Barry Lawson, MD -- Neonatology
  • Jayashree Srinivasan, MD - Neurosurgery
  • James Joki, MD -- Obstetrics
  • Karen Wells, MD -- Obstetrics
  • Martin Mankey, MD -- Orthopedics, Foot/Ankle
  • James Crutcher, MD -- Orthopedics, Joint Replacement
  • Alexis Falicov, MD -- Orthopedics, Spine
  • Felix Chu, MD -- Otolaryngology
  • Matthew Allen, MD -- Pediatrics
  • Ourania Malliris, MD - Pediatrics
  • Evan Cantini, MD -- Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Dan Downey, MD -- Plastic/Cosmetic Surgery and Plastic/Reconstructive Surgery
  • Mary Horan, MD -- Pulmonary Medicine
  • George Pappas, MD -- Pulmonary Medicine
  • Julie Carkin, MD -- Rheumatology
  • Ralph Pascualy, MD -- Sleep Medicine
  • Joseph Marquez, MD -- Urology and Urologic Surgery
  • Terence Quigley, MD -- Vascular Surgery
  • Astrid Morris, MD -- Oncology, Breast Cancer (Radiation)
  • Vivek Mehta, MD -- Oncology, Colorectal Cancer (Medical) and Colorectal Cancer (Radiation)
  • Kathryn McGonigle, MD -- Oncology, Gynecologic Cancers (Medical) and Gynecologic Cancers (Surgical)
  • Pamela Paley, MD -- Oncology, Gynecologic Cancers (Medical) and Oncology, Gynecologic Cancers (Surgical)
  • Charles Drescher, MD -- Oncology, Gynecologic Cancers (Surgical)
  • Howard Muntz, MD -- Oncology, Gynecologic Cancers (Surgical)
  • Sarah Speck, MD -- Women's Heart Health

About Northwest Hospital & Medical Center

Founded in 1960, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center is a full-service, non-profit hospital located minutes north of downtown Seattle. With 281 licensed beds, more than 1,600 employees and all private rooms, it offers some of the most innovative, technologically advanced medical care available. Major clinical programs and services include: emergency services; critical care; cardiac care; neurosciences; stroke center; cancer care; childbirth services; bariatric surgery; sports medicine; medical rehabilitation; geropsychiatric center; Gamma Knife(R) Center; diagnostic imaging; laboratory services; and education and wellness programs, among others. For more information about Northwest Hospital and its programs and services, call (206) 364-0500 or (206) 633-4636 for the Physician Referral Line, or visit

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