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BIRMINGHAM (Dec. 7, 2011) – More than 75 physicians representing two dozen pediatric sub-specialties at Children’s of Alabama have been named to The Best Doctors in America® list for 2011-2012.

The physicians were selected based on an exhaustive, biennial peer review survey of more than 45,000 doctors who were asked, “If you or a loved one needed a doctor in your specialty, to whom would you refer them?” The review process is extensive.

Children’s doctors who made the list and their sub-specialties are:

• Pediatric allergy and immunology: T. Prescott Atkinson, MD
• Pediatric anesthesiology: Juan F. Gutierrez, MD
• Pediatric cardiology: Edward V. Colvin, MD; Walter Harvey Johnson, Jr., MD; Yung R. Lau, MD; Mark A. Law, MD; William S. McMahon, MD; Frank Bennett Pearce, MD; and Robb L. Romp, MD.
• Pediatric critical care: Jeffrey Alten, MD; Santiago Borasino, MD; Mark Buckmaster, MD; Priya Prabhakaran, MD; and Margaret K. Winkler, MD.
• Pediatric behavioral and developmental problems: Myriam Peralta-Carcelen, MD.
• Pediatric endocrinology: Joycelyn A. Atchison, MD.
• Pediatric hematology-oncology: Frederick D. Goldman, MD; Lee Michelle Hilliard, MD; Thomas H. Howard, MD; Raymond G. Watts, MD; and Kimberly F. Whelan, MD.
• Pediatric infectious diseases: Suresh B. Boppana, MD; William J. Britt, MD; Susan Cecelia Hutto, MD; David Kimberlin, MD; Shannon A. Ross, MD; Masako Shimamura, MD; and Wayne M. Sullender, MD.
• Pediatric nephrology: Lisa M. Guay-Woodford, MD
• Pediatric neurosurgery: Jeffrey Blount, MD; W. Jerry Oakes, MD, and John C. Wellons, III, MD.
• Pediatric orthopedic surgery: John Scott Doyle, MD
• Pediatric otolaryngology: J. Scott Hill, MD; Brian Wiatrak, MD; Audie Lee Woolley, MD
• Pediatric pathology: David R. Kelly, MD
• Pediatric plastic surgery: John H. Grant, III, MD
• Pediatric pulmonology: Hector H. Gutierrez, MD; Wynton Hoover, MD; David J. Lozano, MD; and Christopher M. Makris, MD
• Pediatric radiology: Stuart A. Royal, MD; Yoginder Vaid, MD; and Daniel William Young, MD
• Pediatric sleep medicine: Christopher M. Makris, MD
• Pediatric psychiatry: Lee I. Ascherman, MD;  Samuel Ernst Rubin, MD
• Pediatric neonatal-perinatal medicine:  Namasivayam Ambalavanan, MD;  Waldemar A. Carlo, MD; Carl H. Coghill, MD; Reed Dimmitt, MD; Rees E. Oliver, MD; David Randolph, MD; and Rune Toms, MD
• Pediatric neurology:  Monisha Goyal, MD; Leon Dure, MD; Jan Edd Mathisen, MD; and Alyssa Reddy, MD
• Pediatric neurology and movement disorders: Leon Dure, MD
• Pediatric neurology and neuro-oncology: Alyssa Reddy, MD
• Pediatric metabolic diseases: S. Lane Rutledge, MD
• Pediatric surgery: Mike K. Chen, MD; Devin Eckhoff, MD;  and Carlton Young, MD
• Pediatric urology: David B. Joseph, MD

In addition, the following general pediatrics specialists were named to the list:  Carolyn Seymore Ashworth, MD;  David J. Fugazzotto, MD; Richard David Glasgow, MD;  Joseph L. Hamm, MD;  William E. Hardwick, Jr., MD; Phillip W. Harmon, MD; Jason R. Hartig, MD; Elizabeth Hodges, MD;  Kathleen G. Nelson, MD;  Jamie H. Odrezin, MD; John Simpson, MD; Richard F. Smith, MD; Anne G. Stafford, MD;  Linda J. Stone, MD; Richard Stone, MD; Terry C. Wall, MD; and William V. Whitaker, MD.

A complete list of all 533 Birmingham-area physicians chosen for this honor appears in the December issue of Birmingham Magazine. The magazine is available at local Books-A-Million, Barnes & Noble, Publix and Walgreens locations as well as Little Professor Bookstore in Homewood, or by calling (205)241-8180.

Children’s of Alabama is the only medical center in Alabama dedicated solely to the care and treatment of children. It is a private, not-for-profit hospital that serves as the primary site of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) pediatric medicine, surgery, research and residency programs. Ten of its divisions – pulmonology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, urology, neonatology, cancer, cardiology, gastroenterology, endocrinology and nephrology—were recently ranked in the Top 50 Children’s Hospital Programs by US News & World Report. Children’s is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet-designated hospital for its excellence of nursing care. The hospital is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2011. For more information, visit