15 Mayfield Physicians Named to National, Regional ‘Best Doctors’ Lists

CINCINNATI–The Mayfield Clinic proudly reports that 15 of its specialists have been named to the latest regional and national lists of leading physicians.

In December Cincy magazine published the names of 531 area physicians who are listed in the 2013 Best Doctors in America® national database, www.bestdoctors.com which includes more than 45,000 physicians in more than 40 medical specialties.

Four Mayfield neurosurgeons are included in the 2013 national listing of Best Doctors in America®:

In January Cincinnati Magazine published its 2013 listing of Top Doctors who practice in the eight counties that make up the Greater Cincinnati region (Hamilton, Warren, Butler, and Clermont in Ohio; Boone, Campbell, and Kenton in Kentucky; and Dearborn in Indiana). The list includes 750 physicians in 43 specialties.

Fourteen Mayfield doctors are included on Cincinnati Magazine’s regional Top Doctors list.

Neurological surgery:

Interventional radiology:

Earlier in 2012, Drs. Abruzzo, Kuntz, Warnick and Zuccarello were named to the 2012 U.S. News Top Doctors list, which was developed by U.S. News & World Report in collaboration with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., publisher of America's Top Doctors®. Drs. Kuntz and Warnick were honored as being among the top 1 percent in the nation, and in the top 10 percent in their region, in their specialty.

Mark Farrington, CEO of the Mayfield Clinic, commended the physicians included in one or both of the prestigious listings. He also noted that all of Mayfield's specialists are superbly trained and highly skilled. "Mayfield is one of the oldest and most respected neurosurgical practices in America," Mr. Farrington said. "The specialists who are recruited to join Mayfield are leaders in their field. All are committed to excellence, compassionate care, and continuous improvement."

The magazines also featured three Mayfield neurosurgeons.

Cincy’s coverage included a feature about Dr. Warnick, Professor of Neurosurgery and Radiation Oncology at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and Medical Director of the Brain Tumor Center the UC Neuroscience Institute.

Dr. Warnick

"I think my job is about providing hope," Dr. Warnick says in the Cincy article. "I provide hope through physician expertise and training and knowledge, and I provide hope through patient education. That’s really important because if I can educate patients in my interactions with them in my office … they can become more comfortable with their disease and the pathway that they’re choosing."


Dr. McPherson

Cincinnati Magazine featured Dr. McPherson for his contributions to The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA), a project of the National Institutes of Health that is mapping the genome of select malignant tumors, including glioblastoma and glioma.

"Our goal is to map out a tumor's entire genome to identify potential areas at the molecular level that are abnormal and that could be targets for therapies of the future," says Dr. McPherson, MD, Assistant Professor and Director of the Division of Surgical Neuro-Oncology at UC.

"We are extremely interested in developing sophisticated drugs that target specific differences within cancer cells. As of now, we don't have a lot of good treatments for patients with these particular tumors."

Dr. Tew

Cincinnati Magazine also featured Dr. Tew for his career-long commitment to patients with trigeminal neuralgia, an often misdiagnosed condition that causes searing facial pain and has been described as the "suicide disease."

Also known as tic douloureux, trigeminal neuralgia occurs when the trigeminal nerve, which is responsible for sensation in the face and certain motor functions such as biting and chewing, is compressed by an artery, vein, or tumor. The resulting inflammation causes extreme pain and muscle spasms in the face.

Dr. Tew, Professor of Neurosurgery at UC and a member of the national Trigeminal Neuralgia Association's Board of Medical Advisors, has treated more than 5,000 patients with the condition. The TEW electrode, invented more than 30 years ago by Dr. Tew and Professor Eric Cosman, Sr., enables surgeons to selectively target any of the three divisions of the trigeminal nerve.

Cincinnati Magazine developed its Top Doctors list by sending surveys to more than 5,000 area physicians with current medical licenses and asking them whom they would turn to if they, a family member, or friend needed medical care. Doctors who received at least five votes from their peers were included on the list.

The Best Doctors® database of physicians is based on a biennial peer-review drawn from surveys of tens of thousands of leading specialists who were asked whom they would send a loved one to for treatment in their specialty.

The Mayfield Clinic, a single-specialty academic neurosurgery group, is recognized as one of the nation's leading physician organizations for clinical care, education, and research of the spine and brain. Supported by 21 neurosurgeons, an interventional radiologist, and a pain specialist, the Clinic treats 25,000 patients from 35 states and 13 countries in a typical year. Mayfield's physicians have pioneered surgical procedures and instrumentation that have revolutionized the medical art of neurosurgery for brain tumors and neurovascular diseases and disorders.

January 3, 2013

Cliff Peale
Communications Department