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Doctors of Distinction 2013

Author: Long Island Pulse | Published: Tuesday, April 30, 2013


From the earliest days, our labs, medical centers and physicians have paved the way to advancements in virtually all areas of medical science. Time and again, our region is hailed as one of the best places in the country to live, thanks in large part to our access to superb doctors and hospitals. They are qualified by their world-class training, by their participation within industry boards and associations, the respect of their peers and the loyalty, praise and referrals of their patients time and again.


Long Island Pulse Magazine Honors five outstanding doctors making a difference at the region’s leading hospitals.

Dr. Brett E. Ruffo

Versed in using the da Vinci Surgical System, Dr. Brett E. Ruffo is certified in the wide range of organs that constitutes general surgery (liver, pancreas, gallbladder, stomach) as well as colorectal procedures. But it’s the latter group that keeps Dr. Ruffo busy.
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Dr. George Raptis

Dr. George Raptis applied for an oncology fellowship in the late 80s when he wrote an essay about the concept of a magic bullet drug that would target cancer cells and leave normal cells alone. Back then, it was more theory than practice. But now, he’s seeing that possibly come to life.
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Dr. B. Hannah Ortiz

“I get such a charge when I see patients I operated on five years ago, when they thought they were staring death in the face and now are alive and well at five years, living and enjoying their families,” Dr. Ortiz says.
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Dr. Ezra Deutsch

Dr. Ezra Deutsch is one of only five NY State Interventionalists to be ranked below the average risk adjusted mortality rate compiled by the New York State Health Department.
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Dr. Harold Fernandez

“As a medical student the defining moment was when I held a heart for the attending surgeon so that he could fix the coronary arteries. The excitement that I felt made me realize that this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life,” Dr. Fernandez says.
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Pulse’s 2013 Doctos of Distinction:

Michael Ciminiello, MD

Board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Ciminiello specializes in Adult Hip and Knee Reconstruction including primary total hip and knee replacement as well as complex total hip and knee revision.
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Robert H. Gotkin

Dr. Robert H. Gotkin is a premier plastic surgeon renowned for his expertise in body contouring and aesthetic facial surgery.
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Andrew Jacono M.D., F.A.C.S.

Andrew Jacono M.D., F.A.C.S., is a dual board certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon in Manhattan and Great Neck, specializing in minimally invasive facial rejuvenation.
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Dr. Nicholas Kaloudis, MD

Dr. Nicholas Kaloudis is a highly regarded, board certified endocrinologist. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and owner of EndoHealthMD, in Manhasset. His center provides comprehensive specialty care using current evidence-based practices and the latest advances in medical aesthetics.
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Long Island Eye Surgical Care, P.C.

Dr. Raju Sarwal, Dr. John G. Passarelli and Dr. Neil Nichols
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Dr. James C. Marotta

Medical Director of Marotta Facial Plastic Surgery and Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at Stony Brook, Dr. Marotta is highly regarded for his contributions to medical journals on facial aging and rhinoplasty.
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Mather Hospital

John T. Mather Memorial Hospital: Experts in healing. Specialists in caring.
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Brian P. McKenna, MD, FACOG

Brian P. McKenna, MD, FACOG is a founding partner of Contemporary Women’s Care which combines the North Shore-LIJ Medical Group’s top-notch resources with the caring and compassion of an office practice.
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New York Spine Institute

Affiliated with the NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases, New York Spine Institute offers comprehensive options for treating spine issues, including complex pediatric and adult disorders.
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North Shore Hematology Oncology Associates

When George Drennan’s biopsy came back last January showing head and neck cancer, he and his wife Mary were thrust into a new and difficult chapter of their lives. Over a year later, Mary says the care he has received at North Shore Hematology Oncology Associates has been a bright spot during the long process.
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John Pile-Spellman, M.D., F.A.C.R.

John Pile-Spellman, M.D., F.A.C.R., is Board-Certified in Radiology. He is recognized as an international leader in Interventional Radiology, specializing in the diagnosis, management and treatment of cerebral aneurysms, strokes, tumors, vascular malformations and the development of innovative image-based services.
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David E. Rivadeneira, MD, FACS, FASCRS

David E. Rivadeneira, MD, FACS, FASCRS, Director of Colorectal Surgery and Director of Surgical Services for North Shore-LIJ Huntington Hospital, is renowned for his advanced skills in minimally invasive surgery.
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Gabriel A. San Roman, MD

Gabriel A. San Roman, MD is an award-winning fertility specialist who has helped thousands of New Yorkers conceive families. He specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology and in the treatment of infertility and female hormone disorders.
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Mark A. Schwartz, MD, FACS, RPVI

Mark Schwartz, MD, FACS, RPVI is the Medical Director of the North Shore Vein Center & Medical Spa. He is triple board certified in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery and Phlebology (vein disease specialty).
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Jesse Stoff MD

Jesse A. Stoff, MD, HMD, FAAFP is an internationally renowned physician, with extensive credentials in immunology, naturopathy, homeopathy, acupuncture and holistic medicine.
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Kimberly Williams, Psy.D

Dr. Kimberly Williams believes that children will attain the “academic edge” when they understand how their brain functions.
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