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Russell Milligan
Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center


Twenty-eight Saints Mary and Elizabeth Physicians Appear in U.S. News Top Doctors Directory

Chicago, Ill. (August 2, 2011) – Twenty-eight physicians from Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center (SMEMC) – representing 15 medical specialties – are included in the U.S. News Top Doctors directory. The free online directory features nearly 30,000 U.S. physicians nominated by their peers and is available at

U.S. News Top Doctors builds on the “Best Hospitals” rankings, which were updated on July 19. Consumers can now see which “Top Doctors” practice at the recognized 700-plus hospitals in the recent rankings, according to a news release from U.S. News Media Group.

SMEMC ranked No. 22 out of 121 Chicago metro area hospitals in U.S. News & World Report's 2011-12 “Best Hospitals” list released on July 19.

To create the “Top Doctors” directory, U.S. News teamed up with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., a leading publisher of consumer health guides. Castle Connolly solicited nominations from physicians across the country and then a research team reviewed each nominee’s achievements, training, appointments and other credentials.

“It’s exciting news that 28 of our physicians -- nominated by their colleagues -- are on the ‘Top Doctors’ list,” said Margaret McDermott, executive vice president and CEO, SMEMC. “Consumers can use this convenient database to find outstanding specialists or primary care physicians who can provide exceptional care close to home.”

The 28 physicians and their areas of expertise are available here. The number of SMEMC physicians differs from the number listed on the U.S. News website because several doctors are no longer on staff at SMEMC. The physicians on the list include:


  • Adalberto Campo, M.D.
  • Danilo Deaño, M.D.
  • Mary Klodnycky, M.D.
  • John Monteverde, M.D.
  • Steven Yellen, M.D.


  • Janice Gilden, M.D.
  • Nunilo Rubio, M.D.

Family Medicine

  • Michael Earley, M.D.
  • Carlos Gomez, M.D.
  • Noel Lasala, M.D.
  • Ramiro Mercado, M.D.
  • Joseph Sadowski, M.D.
  • Leonard Spishakoff, M.D.


  • Samuel Castillo, M.D.
  • David Chua, M.D.

General Surgery

  • Giovanni Giannotti, M.D.

Gynecologic Oncology

  • Morteza Dini, M.D./Ph.D

Internal Medicine

  • Joseph Danon, M.D.
  • Natubhai Patel, M.D.

Medical Oncology

  • Korathu Thomas, M.D.


  • Samir Wassef, M.D.


  • Remegio Vilbar, M.D.


  • Ellen Polisky, M.D.


  • Tito Yao, M.D.


  • Ada Arias, M.D.
  • Ranchhodlal Shah, M.D.


  • Harpinder Aimani, M.D.


  • George Sosenko, M.D.

To search for a “Top Doctor” at SMEMC, visit Click on “By hospital” and enter in Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center.


About Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center (SMEMC)

SMEMC is an award-winning medical center on Chicago’s near northwest side and includes two campuses: Saint Mary Campus, 2233 W. Division St., and Saint Elizabeth Campus, 1431 N. Claremont Ave. The Saint Mary Campus is certified as a Primary Stroke Center and accredited as a Chest Pain Center. The hospital specializes in primary care, obstetrics, cardiac care, behavioral health and emergency services. SMEMC ranks No. 22 in "U.S. News & World Report's" 2011-12 "Best Hospitals" in the Chicago metro area – with high-performing rankings in geriatrics, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, and pulmonology. Visit

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