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St. Louis VAHCS Docs Among the Best in the Nation

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St. Louis VAHCS Docs Among the Best in the Nation

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

September 30, 2016

The medical knowledge company, Best Doctors, Inc has included 32 physicians who provide patient care at the VA St. Louis Health Care System in the 2015-2016 edition of The Best Doctors in America. These physicians are recognized as the best in their field by their peers. Only 5% of doctors in America earn this prestigious honor.  “I am very pleased with this recognition of our physicians’ clinical excellence by Best Doctors,” said Michael Crittenden M.D., acting chief of staff, VASLHCS. “This is another indicator the VA St. Louis Health Care System continually strives to offer the highest quality of health care possible for veterans.”


The highly regarded Best Doctors in America® List, assembled by Best Doctors, Inc., results from exhaustive polling of over 40,000 physicians in the United States.  Doctors in more than 40 medical specialties and 400 subspecialties of medicine appear on this list.  In a confidential review, current physician listees 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.  These doctors are elevating the level of care in our area, providing patients with outstanding options.


VA doctors make a positive difference each day as a vital component of our dedicated healthcare workforce. Their expertise, experience and industry best practices help to ensure VA remains a leader in American medicine.


Congratulations for being one of the best and for providing outstanding care to St. Louis area Veterans.


Medical Service:

Thomas Baranski, MD, Endocrinology

Bishnu Devkota, MD, Internal Medicine

Michael Forsberg, MD, Interventional Cardiology

Jill Elwing, MD, Interventional Cardiology

Tarek Helmy, MD, Interventional Cardiology

Andrew Klein, MD, Interventional Cardiology

Ali Ziaee, MD, Interventional Cardiology

Megumi Taniuchi, MD, PHD, Interventional Cardiology

Daniel Goodenberger, MD, Pulmonary Critical Care

Jill Elwing, MD, Gastroenterology

Gregory Sayuk, MD, Gastroenterology

Marie Philipneri, MD, Nephrology

Aninda Acharya, MD, Neurology

Hans Joachim Reimers, MD, Hematology/Oncology

Collin Mcclelland, MD, Optometry

Stanley Thawley, MD, Otolaryngology



Rebecca Aft, MD, General Surgery

Jeffrey Moley, MD, General Surgery 

Harvey Solomon, MD, General Surgery 

Alexander Krupnick, MD, Cardiac Surgery 

Gregory Branham, MD, Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Sean Breit, MD, Ophthalmology

Susan Culican, MD, PHD, Ophthalmology

George Harocopos, MD, Ophthalmology

David Vollman, MD, Ophthalmology

Ida Fox, MD, Orthopedic Hand Surgery

Ryan Nunley, MD, Orthopedic Surgery


Extended Care:

Yap Frederick Y, MD, Geriatric

Lakshmi Bandi, MD, Geriatric


Mental Health Services

Charles Conway, MD, Psychiatry

William M Irvin, Jr., MD, Geriatric Psychiatry

Jose Mathews, MD, Forensic Psychiatry 


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