Upstate News

March 28, 2001
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

Four University Hospital physicians make America’s Top Doctors list

Four University Hospital physicians have been named as America’s top doctors.

Charles Hodge, Patricia Numann, Andrew Palmer and Michael Sobel are listed in “America’s Top Doctors: The Nation’s Leading Medical Specialists” (Castle Connolly Medical Ltd, 2001). Only one other physician in Syracuse, pathologist Anna-Luise Katzenstein of Crouse Hospital, was included in the guide. (The guide was reviewed in The New York Times March 13.)

Only 4,000 of America’s 650,000 physicians were selected for “America’s Top Doctors” based on surveys of their peer physicians. Also surveyed were directors of graduate medical programs, board members of various medical specialty academies, associations and societies, and deans and chairs of medical school departments. A review of the training and credentials of those physicians considered for inclusion was conducted by a physician-led research team.

The guide notes that physicians named as America’s Top Doctors are distinguished by their continued training that has enabled them to develop extensive knowledge and unique skills in treatment of their specialty.

The 1,137-page guide lists physicians by specialty and geographic area and includes information on faculty appointments, special expertise, where they attended medical school and completed residencies. In addition, the guide notes whether the physician is taking new patients and whether Medicare and Medicaid are accepted.

Hodge, a neurosurgeon, joined University Hospital in 1975. His clinical interests include brain tumor, stroke, spine disease and head injury. He is responsible for numerous clinical trials and his research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health. Hodge is chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at SUNY Upstate Medical University. He resides in Jamesville.

In 1970 Numann became the first woman surgeon to practice at University Hospital. She continues to be a pioneer in medicine, serving as the first women vice chair of the American Board of Surgery and second vice president of the American College of Surgeons. Her clinical interests include surgery of thyroid, parathyroid and breast. Numann resides in Syracuse.

Palmer, an orthopedic surgeon joined University Hospital in 1977; he has directed the Hand Surgery Division of the Department of Orthopedics since 1988. A former chair of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Palmer has pioneered techniques on arthroscopic wrist surgery, carpal tunnel release and testing replacement wrists. Palmer resides in Cazenovia.

Sobel, a vascular surgeon specializing in diseases of the arteries and veins, joined University Hospital in 1997. He also serves as chief of surgery at the Veterans Administration Medical Center. Sobel’s research in vascular surgery is funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Hodge, Numann, Palmer and Sobel are all members of the faculty at SUNY Upstate Medical University.

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