Northern Michigan's Best Doctors

Best Docs List

How are Best Doctors chosen? A legitimate question, certainly. Here’s the background. Nearly 20 years ago, a physician affiliated with Harvard University School of Medicine was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Looking for second opinions and treatment options, he called other physicians whom he respected. That led to a more promising diagnosis and successful treatment, and the man is still alive.

His experience gave him an idea: What if all patients had access to a network like his? He and some colleagues formed a company that they called Best Doctors, which is essentially a medical survey firm. The company contacts physicians and asks them whom they’d recommend for a loved one in various specialties. The results are then put through additional background checks and statistical analysis. Thousands of doctors across the United States make it onto the final list, and what we’re presenting here are the 62 physicians from Northern Michigan who were selected. Is this survey perfect? Of course not; no survey is. But it does give us a good way to celebrate the people who take care of us here in the North.


Cardiovascular Disease
Harry T. Colfer

Cardiology Consultants, Petoskey

Cardiovascular Disease
Mark A. Elliott

Grand Traverse Heart Associates, Traverse City

Cardiovascular Disease
Brian Jaffe
Grand Traverse Heart Associates, Traverse City
Cardiovascular Disease
Patrick M. Maloney
Michigan Heart and Vascular Specialists, Petoskey
Cardiovascular Disease
William L. Meengs

Michigan Heart and Vascular Specialists, Petoskey

Critical Care Medicine
Steven J. Danek
Upper Peninsula Medical Center Respiratory Medicine, Marquette
Critical Care Medicine
Charles J. Gwizdala
Pulmonary and Critical Care of Northwest Michigan, Traverse City
Critical Care Medicine
Daniel M. Navin
Pulmonary and Critical Care of Northwest Michigan, Traverse City
Critical Care Medicine
Deborah J. Ochs
Pulmonary and Critical Care of Northwest Michigan, Traverse City
Critical Care Medicine
Arthur Saari
Upper Peninsula Medical Center Respiratory Medicine, Marquette
Dermatology
Susan C. Noble

Northwestern Michigan Dermatology, Traverse City

Endocrinology and Metabolism
John David Faichney

Munson Medical Center, Traverse City

Family Medicine
Thomas H. Allum

Rogers City Medical Group, Rogers City

Gastroenterology
Rex Antinozzi

Digestive Health Associates of Northern Michigan, Traverse City

Hand Surgery
Clayton A. Peimer

Upper Peninsula Medical Center, Orthopaedic Surgery Associates of Marquette

Infectious Disease
Hugh Gunner Deery II

Northern Michigan Regional Hospital, Department of Infectious Diseases, Petoskey

Infectious Disease
Jeffrey F. Gephart

Marquette General Hospital Infectious Disease and Wound Care Specialists, Marquette

Infectious Disease
David B. Martin

Infectious Disease Consultants, Traverse City

Infectious Disease
Jon A. Sangeorzan

Northern Michigan Regional Hospital, Department of Infectious Diseases, Petoskey

Infectious Disease
Karen M. Speirs
Infectious Disease Consultants, Traverse City
Internal Medicine
Carl B. Anders

Traverse City

Internal Medicine
Leslie C. Heimburger

Traverse Health Clinic and Coalition, Traverse City

Internal Medicine
Thomas L. McElwee

Munson Medical Center, Traverse City

Internal Medicine
Robert Pacer

Grand Traverse Internists, Traverse City

Internal Medicine
Russell Van Houzen

Traverse City

Internal Medicine
Ethan S. VanTil
Thirlby Clinic, Traverse City
Medical Oncology and Hematology
Peter C. Kohler

Traverse Area Hematology and Oncology, Traverse City

Medical Oncology and Hematology
Richard P. Kosinski

Traverse Area Hematology and Oncology, Traverse City

Nephrology
J. Marc Himes

Upper Peninsula Medical Center, U.P. Internal Medicine Associates, Marquette

Neurology
Kersti Bruining
Traverse City
Neurology
Debra J. Morley

Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center Primary Care Clinic, Iron Mountain

Obstetrics and Gynecology
Richard D. Bates

Alpena Gynecology, Alpena

Obstetrics and Gynecology
Laura Danz

Grand Traverse Women’s Clinic, Traverse City

Ophthalmology
Amy Rose Schlernitzauer Noffke

Associated Retinal Consultants, Traverse City

Ophthalmology
Kean Oh

Associated Retinal Consultants, Traverse City

Ophthalmology
Ramin Sarrafizadeh

Associated Retinal Consultants, Traverse City

Ophthalmology
Scott R. Sneed

Associated Retinal Consultants, Traverse City

Ophthalmology
Miles W. Trumble

Bear River Eye Associates, Petoskey

Ophthalmology
Petra Von Kulajta
Grand Traverse Ophthalmology Clinic, Traverse City
Pediatric Endocrinology
James P. Gutai
Marquette General Hospital Division of Endocrinology, Marquette
Pediatrics (General)
Susan Betts-Barbus

Mackinaw Trail Pediatrics, Cadillac

Pediatrics (General)
Michael J. Eldredge

Kids Creek Children’s Clinic, Traverse City

Pediatrics (General)
Cynthia Smith

Kids Creek Children’s Clinic, Traverse City

Pediatrics (General)
Robert W. Sprunk

Grand Traverse Children’s Clinic, Traverse City

Pediatrics (General)
Roderic Tinney

Pine River Medical, Charlevoix

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Richard D. Ball

Neuromuscular and Rehabilitation Associates of Northern Michigan, Traverse City

Plastic Sugery
Steven V. Thomas

Center for Plastic Surgery, Traverse City

Pulmonary Medicine
Steven J. Danek

Upper Peninsula Medical Center Respiratory Medicine, Marquette

Pulmonary Medicine
Charles J. Gwizdala

Pulmonary and Critical Care of Northwest Michigan, Traverse City

Pulmonary Medicine
John Krcmarik

Pulmonary and Critical Care of Northwest Michigan, Traverse City

Pulmonary Medicine
Daniel M. Navin

Pulmonary and Critical Care of Northwest Michigan, Traverse City

Pulmonary Medicine
Deborah J. Ochs

Pulmonary and Critical Care of Northwest Michigan, Traverse City

Pulmonary Medicine
Arthur Saari

Upper Peninsula Medical Center Respiratory Medicine, Marquette

Pulmonary Medicine
Joseph Gerard Will
Pulmonary and Critical Care of Northwest Michigan, Traverse City
Radiation Oncology
Michael D. Aja

Munson Medical Center, Biederman Cancer Treatment Center, Traverse City

Radiation Oncology
Douglas Mitchell Brown
Munson Medical Center, Biederman Cancer Treatment Center, Traverse City
Radiation Oncology
David K. Heimburger

Munson Medical Center, Biederman Cancer Treatment Center, Traverse City

Radiation Oncology
Robert M. Prust

Munson Medical Center, Biederman Cancer Treatment Center, Traverse City

Radiology
Deborah J. Crowe
Munson Medical Center, Grand Traverse Radiologists, Traverse City
Rheumatology
Irene S. Kazmers

Northern Michigan Rheumatology, Petoskey

Sleep Medicine
Charles J. Gwizdala
Pulmonary and Critical Care of Northwest Michigan, Traverse City
Sleep Medicine
John Krcmarik
Pulmonary and Critical Care of Northwest Michigan, Traverse City
Surgery
Larry Lewis

Upper Peninsula Medical Center, Surgical Associates of Marquette

Thoracic Surgery
Daniel Drake
Cardiothoracic Surgeons of Grand Traverse, Traverse City
Thoracic Surgery
Mack C. Stirling

Cardiothoracic Surgeons of Grand Traverse, Traverse City

Urology
Ward R. Gillett

Bay Area Urology Associates, Traverse City

Vascular Surgery
Andris Kazmers
Petoskey Surgeons, Petoskey

Article Comments

  • Anonymous

    Hi.
    In your November 2011 edition, in the section listing the best doctors and dentists, a side-article featured a woman who headed an organization that assisted folk in selecting a retirement community.
    I have misplaced this issue and would appreciate the lady’s name and phone number.

    Thank you,
    Edmund M. Krigbaum, M.D.
    #BXNJCP #OOO54306/5 (info from March ’11 issue)
    PS I am using a Mac which may be the reason I was unable to peruse the back issues which are for sale??