Ninety UCI Health physicians listed among Best Doctors in America

January 15, 2018

Ninety UCI Health physician are listed among the Best Doctors in America® for 2017-2018, an honor given to just 5 percent of U.S. doctors in a national survey of their peers.

UCI Health has more physicians trusted by other doctors than any other medical group in Orange County and the region. Best Doctors has earned a sterling, worldwide reputation for reliable, impartial results by remaining totally independent. Doctors cannot pay to be included in the Best Doctors database, nor are they paid to provide their input. The list is a product of validated peer review, in which doctors who excel in their specialties are selected by their peers in the profession.  

The list, assembled by Best Doctors, Inc. and audited and certified by Gallup®, results from exhaustive polling of over 40,000 physicians in the United States. In a confidential review, current physicians listed answer the question, “If you or a loved one needed a doctor in your specialty, to whom would you refer?”  Best Doctors, Inc. evaluates the review results, and verifies all additional information to meet detailed inclusion criteria.   

UCI Health honorees represent 30 medical specialties — and some are cited in more than one category. This breadth of expertise means that UCI Health provides the highest quality, world-class care, whatever your health needs are across Orange County.

Meet our UCI Health 2017-2018 Best Doctors in America:


Cardiovascular DiseaseDawn Lombardo
Afshan Hameed
Morton J. Kern



Colon & Rectal SurgerySteven Mills
Michael J. Stamos
Joseph C. Carmichael
Alessio Pigazzi
DermatologyChristopher B. Zachary
Anand Ganesan
Ronald J. Barr
Kristen M. Kelly
Janellen Smith
Kenneth G. Linden    


Family Medicine

Emily DowKathryn LarsenDavid K. MorohashiMichael D. Prislin GastroenterologyKenneth J. Chang
John G. Lee
Jason B. Samarasena
William Karnes
Hooshang Meshkinpour
Gregory Albers
Douglas L. Nguyen
Nimisha Parekh
Geriatric MedicineHerbert C. SierHand SurgeryNeil F. Jones 
HepatologyTimothy Morgan  Medical GeneticsMaureen Bocian
John Jay Gargus


Medical Oncology & HematologySusan M. O'Brien   Neurological SurgeryFrank HsuNeurologyMark J. Fisher
Neal Hermanowicz
Claudia Kawas
Tahseen Mozaffar
Obstetrics & GynecologyMichael L. BermanRobert E. BristowAfshan HameedCarol MajorManuel PortoKrishnansu S. TewariJulianne S. TooheyOphthalmologyMarjan FaridSumit (Sam) GargBaruch D. KuppermannSameh Mosaed
Orthopaedic SurgeryRanjan Gupta
Yu-Po Lee
OtolaryngologyWilliam ArmstrongNaveen BhandarkarRoger L. CrumleyBrian J. F. Wong PathologyLuis M. de la MazaPediatric SpecialistCherry UyDan CooperNick G. AnasAntonio ArrietaMark DanielsMaureen BocianAntoine E. KhourySudeep KukrejaIra T. LottIrene M. McAleerDiane Jean NugentPediatricsRobert Kaplan

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Jay J. Han


Plastic Surgery
Gregory R. Evans          PsychiatryJeffrey C. GlassLawrence Albers Christopher Reist
Stephen FeigHiroshi YoshiokaAnton HassoRheumatologyGeorge V. Lawry IISurgery Michael J. Stamos 
Ninh T. Nguyen
David K. Imagawa
Matthew Dolich
Allen P. Kong
Michael E. Lekawa
Victor C. Joe
Surgical OncologyJohn ButlerJames G. JakowatzThoracic SurgeryJeffrey C. MillikenUrologyMark L. Jordan         Thomas E. AhleringRalph V. ClaymanGamal GhoniemJaime LandmanVascular SurgeryRoy M. Fujitani