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Palm Springs top 73 doctors in 36 specialties. Watch the video interviews and find out more.



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Meet Palm Springs top 73 doctors in 36 specialties as chosen by their peers and vetted by a physician-led team of experts


How do you find a doctor and determine if he or she is any good? You might ask friends or family for recommendations, but Palm Springs Life commissioned New York-based Castle Connelly Medical Ltd. to study the wide field of Coachella Valley doctors and report back, providing qualified recommendations in a variety of specialties.

Castle Connelly’s physician-led team of researchers follows a rigorous screening process to select top doctors on both the national and regional levels. Using mail and telephone surveys and electronic ballots, the firm asked physicians in private practice and medical leaders of area hospitals to identify exceptional doctors. Researchers carefully screen doctors’ educational and professional credentials, weeding out those with any disciplinary action or any reported quality-care deficiencies, before selecting the list.

The firm conducts similar studies for publications nationally (Town & Country, Good Housekeeping) and regionally (Chicago, San Francisco). It also publishes America’s Top Doctors, now in its seventh edition and available for $29.95 in bookstores, online at www.castleconnelly.com, or by calling (800) 399-3627.

If your doctor does not appear on our list, it doesn’t necessarily mean she or he falls short in quality care. Some of our favorites missed the cut, and we continue to stand by them. This list offers a formidable starting point, and we hope you will refer to it when making your medical decisions. — The Editors

For more on the state of the art of medicine, visit the Palm Springs Life Medical Guide

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73 Best Doctors in 36 Specialties

Primary hospital listed first

INTERNAL MEDICINE

Ronald Bush
John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital
Eisenhower Medical Center
45-280 Club Drive
Indian Wells, CA 92210
(760) 200-2992

Peter Lipton
Eisenhower Medical Center
73-733 Fred Waring Drive, Suite 204
Palm Desert, CA 92260
(760) 776-9511
Geriatric medicine, hypertension, diabetes

Natalie Shemonsky
Desert Regional Medical Center
275 N. El Cielo Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262-6972
(760) 320-8814, ext. 1125
Geriatric medicine, diabetes

Robert Waterbor
Eisenhower Medical Center
Desert Regional Medical Center
39-000 Bob Hope Drive, Suite P-304
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270-3221
(760) 568-6194

FAMILY MEDICINE

David Stoltzman
Eisenhower Medical Center
39-000 Bob Hope Drive
Suite W-409
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270-3221
(760) 346-0663

Murray Taylor
Eisenhower Medical Center
39-300 Bob Hope Drive
Bannan Building, Suite 1105
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
(760) 773-3379

Matthew Werner (watch video)
Eisenhower Medical Center
47-250 Washington St., Suite A
La Quinta, CA 92253
(760) 771-9437

GERIATRIC MEDICINE

Shehryar Mahmood
Eisenhower Medical Center
Desert Regional Medical Center
1180 N. Indian Canyon Drive
Suite W208
Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 323-3711

PEDIATRICS

Maria Aguirre
Desert Regional Medical Center
75-036 Gerald Ford Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92211
(760) 834-2600

Maria Nieves Gutierrez-Go   
John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital
Valley Children’s Medical Center
80-495 Highway 111
Indio, CA 92201
(760) 347-2887

Alexander Villarasa
Desert Regional Medical Center
1180 N. Indian Canyon Drive
Suite W-400
Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 416-5010

CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE

Mohammad Abid
John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital
Eisenhower Medical Center
81-709 Dr. Carreon Blvd., Suite A1
Indio, CA 92201
(760) 863-4666

Robert Bernstein
Eisenhower Medical Center
555 Tachevah Drive, Suite 1W-202
Palm Springs, CA 92262-5750
(760) 327-7666

Ronald Himelman
Desert Regional Medical Center
Eisenhower Medical Center
555 Tachevah Drive, 1W-Suite 202
Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 323-2174
Invasive cardiology, pacemakers

PEDIATRIC CARDIOLOGY

Aijaz Hashmi
Loma Linda University Medical Center
555 Tachevah Drive, 1E-Suite 105
Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 318-8100
Congenital heart disease, adult and fetal echocardiography

INTERVENTIONAL CARDIOLOGY

Puneet Khanna
Eisenhower Medical Center
Desert Cardiology Center
39-000 Bob Hope Drive, Wallis Bldg.
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
(760) 346-0642

THORACIC SURGERY

Walter Ehrman
Desert Regional Medical Center
International Heart & Lung Institute
555 Tachevah Drive, 3W-Suite 103
Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 323-5553
Lung cancer, esophageal cancer

Joseph Wilson Jr.
Eisenhower Medical Center
39-000 Bob Hope Drive, Suite K108
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
(760) 568-4330

Steven Gundry
Desert Regional Medical Center
International Heart & Lung Institute
555 Tachevah Drive, 3W-Suite 103
Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 323-5553
Adult, pediatric, and high-risk cardiac surgery, nutrition in heart disease

OBSTETRICS & GYNECOLOGY

Gino Tutera
Eisenhower Medical Center
73-733 Fred Waring Drive, Suite 202
Palm Desert, CA 92260
(760) 773-2616
Gynecology

Agnes Montz (watch video)
Eisenhower Medical Center
Desert Regional Medical Center
39-000 Bob Hope Drive, Probst-214
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
(760) 346-5670
Menopause problems, sexual dysfunction

Sheldon Baroff
John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital
78-150 Calle Tampico, Suite 104
La Quinta, CA 92253
(760) 564-6220
Vaginal hysterectomy, gynecology (pediatric and adolescent)

Elliott Edes
Eisenhower Medical Center
69-265 Ramon Road, Suite B1
Cathedral City, CA 92234
(760) 770-5880
Reproductive endocrinology, infertility, diabetes in pregnancy

John DeMersseman
Desert Regional Medical Center
555 Tachevah Drive, Suite 2W-201
Palm Springs, CA 92262-5724
(760) 323-9309
Gynecology, infertility

GYNECOLOGIC ONCOLOGY

Mark Genesen
Desert Regional Medical Center
Comprehensive Cancer Center
1180 N. Indian Canyon Drive, Suite E218
Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 416-4800
Gynecologic cancer

RADIATION ONCOLOGY

Peter Greenberg
Desert Regional Medical Center
Comprehensive Cancer Center
1180 N. Indian Canyon Drive, Suite E218
Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 416-4800
MEDICAL ONCOLOGY

Elber Camacho (watch video)
Desert Regional Medical Center
1180 N. Indian Canyon Drive, Suite E218
Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 416-4880
Leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma

Philip Dreisbach
Eisenhower Medical Center
39-800 Bob Hope Drive, Suite C
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270-3920
(760) 568-3613
Lung cancer, breast cancer, lymphoma, non-Hodgkin’s, ovarian cancer

UROLOGY

Brad Wolfson
Desert Regional Medical Center
555 Tachevah Drive, Suite 2W-101
Palm Springs, CA 92262-5750
(760) 320-6005
Prostate disease, kidney and ureteral stones, prostate cancer

Marvin Brook
Eisenhower Medical Center
Valley Urologic Medical Group
39-000 Bob Hope Drive
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
(760) 346-1133
Prostate cancer

DERMATOLOGY

Timothy Richardson
Eisenhower Medical Center
36-101 Bob Hope Drive, Suite B2
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270-2003
(760) 324-4400
Mohs surgery, skin cancer


Wendy Roberts (watch video)
Desert Regional Medical Center
39-700 Bob Hope Drive
Hope Square, Suite 115
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
(760) 346-4262
Cosmetic dermatology, geriatric dermatology, dermatopathology

PLASTIC SURGERY

Judith Zacher (watch video)
Eisenhower Medical Center
43-585 Monterey Ave., Suite 7
Palm Desert, CA 92260-9400
(760) 773-6616
Breast surgery/reconstruction


Scott Aaronson
Desert Regional Medical Center
Eisenhower Medical Center
1221 N. Indian Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262-4870
(760) 325-5255
Cosmetic surgery: face, liposuction, laser cosmetic surgery


Mark Sofonio
Eisenhower Medical Center
Desert Regional Medical Center
39-000 Bob Hope Drive
Kiewitt Building, Suite 407
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
(760) 341-5555
Cosmetic surgery: face and body, laser surgery, liposuction, breast surgery

RHEUMATOLOGY

Maria Greenwald
Eisenhower Medical Center
42-362 Bob Hope Drive, Suite D1
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270?(760) 341-9777
Osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis

Joel Hirschberg
Eisenhower Medical Center
39-000 Bob Hope Drive, Suite P-102
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270-3221
(760) 340-6660
Osteoarthritis

PATHOLOGY


David Kaminsky (watch video)
Eisenhower Medical Center
1401 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Suite 203
Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 327-6777
Breast cancer, fine needle aspiration

DIAGNOSTIC RADIOLOGY

M. James Cohn
Eisenhower Medical Center
Eisenhower Imaging Center
39-000 Bob Hope Drive
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
(760) 674-3888
MRI, CT body scan, PET imaging

PHYSICAL MEDICINE & REHABILITATION

Jay Roberts
Desert Regional Medical Center
Eisenhower Medical Center
77-920 Country Club Drive, Suite 6-1
Palm Desert, CA 92211
(760) 200-3336
Spine and neck injury, electromyography

ORTHOPAEDIC SURGERY

David Duffner
Desert Regional Medical Center
1180 N. Indian Canyon Drive
Suite W201
Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 416-4511
Spinal surgery, joint replacement, reconstructive surgery, arthritis

Eric Freedman
John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital
Eisenhower Medical Center
81-812 Dr. Carreon Blvd., Suite D
Indio, CA 92201
(760) 342-8444
Hand surgery, upper extremity surgery

David Friscia
Eisenhower Medical Center
Desert Orthopedic Center
39-000 Bob Hope Drive
Rinker Building
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270-3221
(760) 568-2684
Foot and ankle surgery

Adrian Graff-Radford
Eisenhower Medical Center
Desert Regional Medical Center
Desert Orthopedic Center
39-000 Bob Hope Drive
Rinker Building
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270-3221
(760) 568-2684
Arthroscopic surgery, hip replacement and revision, knee replacement

HAND SURGERY

Stephen O’Connell
Eisenhower Medical Center
39-000 Bob Hope Drive
Rinker Building
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
(760) 568-2684
Upper extremity surgery, joint replacement

INFECTIOUS DISEASE

Shubha Kerkar
Desert Regional Medical Center
Eisenhower Medical Center
1180 N. Indian Canyon Drive
Suite E-314
Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 866-9161
AIDS/HIV, infectious disease

SURGERY

David Hyams
Desert Regional Medical Center
Comprehensive Cancer Center
1180 N. Indian Canyon Drive
Suite E218
Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 416-4800
Breast cancer, endocrine cancers, gastrointestinal cancer

Janet Ihde
Desert Regional Medical Center
John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital
Desert Comprehensive Breast Center
1180 N. Indian Canyon Drive
Suite E218
Palm Springs, CA 92262-4800
(760) 416-4720
Breast disease, cancer surgery, thyroid surgery

Peter Schulz
Eisenhower Medical Center
39-000 Bob Hope Drive
Suite P212
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
(760) 346-8771


ALLERGY & IMMUNOLOGY

Gary Greenwald
42-362 Bob Hope Drive, Suite D1
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270-7105
(760) 341-9777
Pulmonary disease, emphysema, asthma, clinical trials

Sam Weiss
Eisenhower Medical Center
39-000 Bob Hope Drive
Suite K303
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270-7069
(760) 346-2070

PEDIATRIC ALLERGY & IMMUNOLOGY

David Waldman (watch video)
Eisenhower Medical Center
39-000 Bob Hope Drive
Suite W100
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270-3217
(760) 568-3595

PULMONARY DISEASE

Ziad Tannous
Desert Regional Medical Center
Hi-Desert Medical Center
1180 N. Indian Canyon Drive
Suite W208
Palm Springs, CA 92270
(760) 323-4416
Critical care

Ronald Sneider
Eisenhower Medical Center
Desert Regional Medical Center
39-000 Bob Hope Drive
Suite K214
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270-7027
(760) 346-7336

OPHTHALMOLOGY

Bart Ketover (watch video)
Eisenhower Medical Center
La Quinta Laser Center
78-560 Highway 111
La Quinta, CA 92253
(760) 564-3887
Cataract surgery, intraocular lenses

Leonard Schwartz (watch video)
Eisenhower Medical Center
39-000 Bob Hope Drive
Suite W105
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270-7033
(760) 340-4700
Cataract surgery, intraocular lenses

ENDOCRINOLOGY, DIABETES & METABOLISM

Hugh Nasr
Desert Regional Medical Center
1401 N. Palm Canyon Drive
Suite 101
Palm Springs, CA 92262-4434
(760) 320-6027
Geriatric medicine, diabetes, thyroid disorders

Khaldoun Alnabelsi
Eisenhower Medical Center
39-000 Bob Hope Drive
Suite K208
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
(760) 773-5350
Diabetes, thyroid disorders, osteoporosis, endocrine pathology

Elke Jost-Vu
Eisenhower Medical Center
39-000 Bob Hope Drive
Kiewit Building, Suite 305
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270-3221
(760) 776-4626
Diabetes, thyroid disorders

OTOLARYNGOLOGY


John Finazzo
Eisenhower Medical Center
John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital
Desert Aurora Medical Center
73-950 Alessandro Drive, Suite 4
Palm Desert, CA 92260
(760) 773-0762
Sinus disorders, surgery, sleep disorders/snoring, pediatric otolaryngology

Stuart Barton
Eisenhower Medical Center
Desert Springs Hospital
Desert Ear Nose & Throat
39-000 Bob Hope Drive
Wright Building, Suite 301
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
(760) 340-4566
Hearing loss, thyroid tumors, pediatric otolaryngology

COLON & RECTAL SURGERY

Michael Last
Eisenhower Medical Center
39-000 Bob Hope Drive
Suite K403
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270-7078
(760) 346-5551
Laproscopic surgery

GASTROENTEROLOGY

Jorge Gutierrez
Desert Regional Medical Center
1100 N. Palm Canyon Drive
Suite 106
Palm Springs, CA 92262-4418
(760) 320-3383
Hepatitis B and C, irritable bowel syndrome, Barrett’s esophagus, celiac disease

Gary Annunziata
Eisenhower Medical Center
39-500 Bob Hope Drive
Suite 275
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
(760) 321-2500

Anthony Tornay
Eisenhower Medical Center
39-000 Bob Hope Drive
Suite P207
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270-3221
(760) 776-4280

NEPHROLOGY

Bryan Stone
John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital
Desert Regional Medical Center
1180 N. Indian Canyon Drive
Suite W303
Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 416-4819
Diabetes

Richard Stone
Eisenhower Medical Center
39-000 Bob Hope Drive
Suite P316
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
(760) 568-0383

NEUROLOGY

Reza Nazemi
Eisenhower Medical Center
39-000 Bob Hope Drive
Suite K308
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
(760) 341-3400
Neuropathy, spinal disorders

Neal Hermanowicz
UC Irvine Medical Center
Eisenhower Medical Center
Phillip & Carol Traub Parkinson’s Center
39-000 Bob Hope Drive
Kiewit 103
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
(760) 773-1444
Parkinson’s disease/movement disorders, dystonia, Tourette’s syndrome, Huntington’s disease

NEUROLOGICAL SURGERY

Shahin Etebar
Eisenhower Medical Center
Desert Regional Medical Center
39-000 Bob Hope Drive
Suite W410
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
(760) 346-8058
Spinal reconstructive surgery

PSYCHIATRY

Anthony Bassanelli
John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital
47-915 Oasis St.
Indio, CA 92201
(760) 863-8505
Mood, post-traumatic stress, and personality disorders

Leslie Alhadeff
Betty Ford Center
Eisenhower Medical Center
41-865 Boardwalk, Suite 204
Palm Desert, CA 92211
(760) 674-0331
Anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder

ADDICTION PSYCHIATRY

Ihor Galarnyk
Betty Ford Center
Eisenhower Medical Center
UCLA Medical Center
42-700 Bob Hope Drive
Suite 308
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
(760) 341-8341
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