The Best Doctors in New Orleans

599 Doctors in 78 Specialties in the Greater New Orleans Area

Frank J. DellaCroce and Scott Sullivan

GREG MILES PHOTOGRAPH

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Q&A

There is nothing that we do that we take as seriously as presenting our readers with a list of recommended doctors. This is one area where we never want to be wrong. We know there’s no perfect way to determine the city’s best physicians, but we use a service that we feel is as good as possible. Before you make any decision about physicians based on this list, please be aware of the following:
How were the Best Doctors selected? We partner with Best Doctors, Inc., a global health company headquartered in Boston, which serves more than 30 million members in every major region of the world, and works with the best five percent of doctors practicing in the United States to find the right diagnoses and treatment plans. Best Doctors surveys doctors nationwide, asking them for an assessment of the clinical abilities of their peers, and yielding highly qualitative insight into the medical profession. Each physician’s credentials and disciplinary actions are checked as well as their clinical activity. The Best Doctors in America® database includes doctors in 45 specialties and more than 400 subspecialties of medicine.

What question is asked of the doctors who are interviewed? Best Doctors contacts each doctor on the previous list and asks the same question: “If you or a loved one needed a doctor in your specialty, and you couldn’t treat them yourself, to whom would you refer them?”

Do doctors get a chance to respond to other names recommended? Every doctor has the opportunity both to comment (confidentially) on the other doctors included in his or her specialty, and related specialties, and to make additional nominations. As new names are added to the pool, each undergoes the same peer-evaluation process. The company has developed software to identify methodological biases: for example, to detect and correct for suspect voting patterns and to weigh votes according to the ratings of the doctors providing the input.

What happens to the data? There is a continual refinement of both the voting pool and the nominee pool. Each time a poll is conducted, the list is sifted, refined and improved for better representation and more solid consensuses.

How does this differ from local surveys? One major difference: Doctors are evaluated by their peers nationwide – not just by doctors in their community. In many areas doctors may be better known and evaluated by those within their specialty groups, regardless of where they live, than by local doctors who may not be as knowledgeable in specific specialty areas.

Why do some hospitals seem to have such a preponderance of doctors listed? Because they have so many doctors. As hospitals expand and open more facilities, their number of doctors increases.

Through the years the dominant hospitals have shifted and they may shift again in the future. The Best Doctors in America® database represents the top five percent of physicians practicing in the country and includes many department heads, chiefs of staff and doctors in other major positions at the largest medical centers and health systems nationwide.

Do doctors have to pay to be on the list? No! We would never use the list if that were the case. Here is the company’s own statement on that issue: “Best Doctors never takes compensation of any kind from doctors or hospitals in return for listing doctors in its database, nor does Best Doctors pay doctors to participate in its survey process.”

What are some of the rules that the company uses?

  • Doctors are allowed to vote on others in their hospital and medical practices. The feeling is that those doctors know their peers best – that’s where the survey gets some of its most outspoken evaluations – good and bad.
  • Doctors are never “automatically” re-included. In each biennial poll, current and previous Best Doctors are re-evaluated along with the new nominees.
  • All of the voting is strictly confidential.
  • Once a consensus of peer support is achieved, additional research is conducted on credentials, disciplinary actions and clinical activity.
  • Doctors aren’t notified of their inclusion on the list until after the survey process is completed. Doctors aren’t allowed to pay a fee or required to make a purchase to be included.

How many doctors were surveyed? As part of its nationwide survey, the company interviewed more than 45,000 doctors. Research was conducted for this list from June through October 2012. This is the most recent, credible survey of doctors.

Are the surveys administered randomly? No. To get opinions with weight and professional credibility, Best Doctors consults the very best. Researchers contact all current physicians on the list, which includes many department heads at major teaching hospitals, and asks them to rate specialists outside their own facilities. According to Best Doctors: The medical community has been extremely supportive over the past 20-plus years it has administered the survey, providing a 54 percent response rate.

Where is the bias? There is no perfect, bias-free way to conduct a ranking of any sort. Though Best Doctors has refined its techniques to eliminate biases through the years, any nomination process that relies on peer evaluations will naturally favor more senior doctors who have had time to develop a reputation. Those who are new in their profession or those who haven’t had much peer interaction will sometimes get less recognition. The breadth and the depth of the voting pool help to eliminate biases and cronyism that might be reflected in smaller surveys. In addition to the peer evaluation, Best Doctors conducts research on each physician’s credentials, disciplinary actions and clinical activity to determine selections.

How were the medical categories used in this selection determined? Best Doctors selected them based on AMA (American Medical Association) and ABMS (American Board of Medical Specialties) recognized specialties. There are also doctors selected for the list who were trained outside the United States that are recognized by their peers and meet Best Doctors qualification criteria.

How were the five doctors who are profiled in the magazine selected? The editorial staff of New Orleans Magazine selected them. We tried to choose people who represented a variety of specialties.

Is this the definitive list? No. We have no doubt that there are many worthy doctors who weren’t included in the list. We are confident, however, that all who are listed are truly among the best doctors.




Gallup® has audited and certified Best Doctors, Inc.’s database of physicians, and its companion The Best Doctors in America® List, as using the highest industry standards survey methodology and processes. These lists are excerpted from The Best Doctors in America 2013 database, which includes more than 45,000 U.S. doctors in over 40 medical specialties and 400 subspecialties. The Best Doctors in America database is compiled and maintained by Best Doctors, Inc. For more information, visit BestDoctors.com or contact Best Doctors by telephone at (800) 675-1199 or by e-mail at research@bestdoctors.com. Please note that lists of doctors are not available on the Best Doctors website.

 
 
Addiction Medicine
New Orleans


Howard C. Wetsman
Townsend
3600 Prytania St., Suite 72
894-8322

Allergy and Immunology
Covington


Richard Joseph Guillot
North Shore Allergy and Immunology
350 Lakeview Court, Suite B
(985) 892-3122

B. Steele Rolston
Asthma, Allergy and Immunology
187 Greenbrier Blvd., Suite A
(985) 893-5780

Metairie

Carolyn Beach Daul
Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Associates
3939 Houma Blvd., Building 6, Suite 20
885-2121

New Orleans

W. Edward Davis III
Ochsner Health System
Ochsner Medical Center
Department of Allergy and Immunology
1514 Jefferson Highway, Clinic Tower, 2nd Floor
842-6742

Jane M. S. El-Dahr
Tulane Hospital for Children
Section of Pediatric Allergy, Immunology and Rheumatology
1415 Tulane Ave., 5th Floor
988-6253

Luis R. Espinoza
LSU Healthcare Network
St. Charles Multispecialty Clinic
Section of Rheumatology
3700 St. Charles Ave., 4th Floor
412-1366

Manuel Lopez
Tulane Medical Center
Tulane Lung Center
Allergy and Immunology Clinic
1415 Tulane Ave., 7th Floor
988-5800

Kenneth Paris
Children’s Hospital of New Orleans
Department of Allergy and Immunology
200 Henry Clay Ave.
899-9511

Ricardo U. Sorensen
Children’s Hospital of New Orleans
Division of Allergy and Immunology
200 Henry Clay Ave.
896-9589

Laurianne G. Wild
Tulane Medical Center
Tulane Lung Center
Allergy and Immunology Clinic
1415 Tulane Ave., 7th Floor
988-5800

Merlin Robert Wilson Jr.
2633 Napoleon Ave., Suite 530
899-1120

Terrytown

Ann Elizabeth Vockroth
Crescent City Allergy
2600 Belle Chasse Highway, Suite 204
391-9249

Anesthesiology
Covington


Thomas Anzalone
St. Tammany Parish Hospital
Department of Anesthesia
1202 S. Tyler St.
(985) 898-4321

Patrick P. McCaslin
St. Tammany Parish Hospital
Department of Anesthesia
1202 S. Tyler St.
(985) 898-4321

Joseph Thomas Spalitta
St. Tammany Parish Hospital
Department of Anesthesia
1202 S. Tyler St.
(985) 898-4321

Hammond

Richard J. Grisoli
North Oaks Health System
Department of Anesthesiology
15790 Paul Vega MD Drive
(985) 345-2700

La Place

John L. DiLeo II
Southlake Surgery Center
694 Belle Terre Blvd.
(985) 359-6694

Metairie

Joseph T. Crapanzano Jr.
Parish Pain Specialists
4500 Clearview Parkway, Suite 101
779-5558

Patrick Houstoun Waring
The Pain Intervention Center
701 Metairie Road, Unit 2A310
455-2225

New Orleans

David M. Broussard
Ochsner Health System
Ochsner Medical Center
Department of Anesthesiology
1514 Jefferson Highway, 2nd Floor
842-3755

Eric H. Busch
Ochsner Health System
Ochsner Medical Center
Department of Anesthesiology
1514 Jefferson Highway, 2nd Floor
842-3755

Emilie Donaldson
Ochsner Health System
Ochsner Medical Center
Department of Anesthesiology
1514 Jefferson Highway, 2nd Floor
842-3755

Bryan M. Evans
Ochsner Health System
Ochsner Medical Center
Department of Anesthesiology
1514 Jefferson Highway, 2nd Floor
842-3755

Jason B. Falterman
Ochsner Health System
Ochsner Medical Center
Department of Anesthesiology
1514 Jefferson Highway, 2nd Floor
842-3755

Donald Robert Ganier Jr.
Ochsner Health System
Ochsner Medical Center
Department of Anesthesiology
1514 Jefferson Highway, 2nd Floor
842-3755

Donald Eric Harmon
Ochsner Health System
Ochsner Medical Center
Department of Anesthesiology
1514 Jefferson Highway, 2nd Floor
842-3755

Stuart R. Hart
Ochsner Health System
Ochsner Medical Center
Department of Anesthesiology
1514 Jefferson Highway, 2nd Floor
842-3755

John Frederick Heaton
Children’s Hospital of New Orleans
Department of Anesthesiology
200 Henry Clay Ave.
896-9456

Alan David Kaye
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
Department of Anesthesiology
1542 Tulane Ave., 6th Floor
568-2319

Robert Joseph Marino
Ochsner Health System
Ochsner Medical Center
Department of Anesthesiology
1514 Jefferson Highway, 2nd Floor
842-3755

Austin Guy Phillips Jr.
Ochsner Health System
Ochsner Medical Center
Department of Anesthesiology
1514 Jefferson Highway, 2nd Floor
842-3755

James Riopelle
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
Department of Anesthesiology
1542 Tulane Ave., Suite 659
583-6181

Melody Ritter
Ochsner Health System
Ochsner Medical Center
Department of Anesthesiology
1514 Jefferson Highway, 2nd Floor
842-3755

Armin Schubert
Ochsner Health System
Ochsner Medical Center
Department of Anesthesiology
1514 Jefferson Highway, 2nd Floor
842-3755

Peter Stedman
Ochsner Health System
Ochsner Medical Center
Department of Anesthesiology
1514 Jefferson Highway, 2nd Floor
842-3755

Robin B. Stedman
Ochsner Health System
Ochsner Medical Center
Department of Anesthesiology
1514 Jefferson Highway, 2nd Floor
842-3755

W. David Sumrall III
Ochsner Health System
Ochsner Medical Center
Department of Anesthesiology
1514 Jefferson Highway, 2nd Floor
842-3755

Leslie C. Thomas
Ochsner Health System
Ochsner Medical Center
Department of Anesthesiology
1514 Jefferson Highway, 2nd Floor
842-3755

Mack Anthony Thomas
Ochsner Health System
Ochsner Medical Center
Department of Anesthesiology
1514 Jefferson Highway, 2nd Floor
842-3755

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