For Immediate Release October 26, 2021

Congrats to our top docs

More than 300 physicians in 108 specialties and sub-specialties who provide care across University of Maryland Medical System hospitals have been recognized as "Top Doctors" in the November 2021 issue of Baltimore magazine. Of these, 66 doctors (some recognized multiple times) who provide care to patients in 34 specialties at University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health are included.

"The COVID-19 pandemic has made the past year and a half an incredibly challenging time in healthcare," said Mohan Suntha, MD, MBA, President and Chief Executive Officer of UMMS. "Having so many physicians recognized by their colleagues is a true testament to the incredible commitment and determination displayed on the frontlines every day across our System by staff who are delivering compassionate, high-quality healthcare."

The "Top Doctors" results are based on Baltimore magazine's annual survey of roughly 14,000 physicians in the Baltimore region who were asked to name the best doctors in more than 130 specialties and subspecialties. Names of nearly 20,000 physicians were submitted, and only those who received the highest number of recommendations by their peers made the list.

UMMS hospitals represented include the University of Maryland Medical Center – Downtown Campus; University of Maryland Medical Center – Midtown Campus; University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center; University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center; University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health; University of Maryland Rehabilitation and Orthopaedic Institute; and Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital.

Our "top doctors" are listed below by specialty. Click on their names to learn more about them or to make an appointment.


Matthew Mardiney, MD
Manav Singla, MD

Breast Surgery

Suliat Nurudeen, MD

Cardiac Surgery-Mitral Valve/Aortic Valve/Coronary Artery Bypass

Rawn Salenger, MD

Cardiology - Electrophysiology

Joyce Zeno-Moreira, MD

Cardiology - Interventional

Michael Drossner, MD
Anuj Gupta, MD
Amir Najafi, MD
Ali Tabrizchi, DO
Matthew Voss, MD

Cardiology - Non-interventional

Amir Najafi, MD
Ali Tabrizchi, DO
Vivek Dhruva, DO
Mitika Maddula, MD


Joseph DiRocco, MD

Emergency Medicine

Lisa Thomas, MD
Steven Bentman, MD


Eiad Nasser, MD

General Surgery

Scott Steinmetz, MD

Gynecologic Oncology

Gautam Rao, MD
Dana Marie Roque, MD


Myo Min, MD

Hospitalist Medicine

Abdulla Abdulla, MD
Kapil Sharma, MD

Infectious Disease

Faheem Younus, MD

Intensivists/Critical Care

Jason Birnbaum, MD
Madhat Arnouk, MD

Interventional Radiology

Edward Ahn, MD
Margaret Lynch-Nyhan, MD
John Werner, MD


Veena Acharya, MD
Elias Ghandour, MD
Hyung 'David' Lim, MD

Neurology - General

Syed Shaukat, MD


Charles Sansur, MD
Graeme Woodworth, MD

Nuclear Medicine

Ethan Spiegler, MD
Frederic Yeganeh, MD

Oncology - General

Ashkan Bahrani, MD

Orthopedic Surgery - Joint

Theodore Manson, MD

Orthopedics - General

Raj Yalamanchili, MD

Otolaryngology - Adult General

Katherine Day, MD
Michael Rodrigues, MD


Fadi Habib, MD
Dixon King, MD
Jeffrey Seibel, MD

Pediatric Cardiology

Alicia Chaves, MD
Peter Gaskin, MD
Geoffrey Rosenthal, MD

Pediatric Orthopedics

Joshua Abzug, MD


Jason Birnbaum, MD
Hasan Shakoor, MD

Radiation Oncology

Elizabeth Nichols, MD
Mark Mishra, MD
Pranshu Mohindra, MD
William Regine, MD


John Werner, MD

Spine Surgery

Daniel Cavanaugh, MD
Daniel Gelb, MD
Kenneth Crandall, MD
Steven Ludwig, MD

Surgical Oncology

Julia Terhune, MD

Thoracic Surgery

Gavin Henry, MD
Shelby Stewart, MD
Whitney Burrows, MD

Vascular Surgery

Carter Freiburg, MD
Kristian Ulloa, MD
Mark Gonze, MD
Peter Mackrell, MD
Andre Biuckians, MD

About University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health

University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health includes the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center and the Patricia D. and M. Scot Kaufman Cancer Center on its Bel Air campus. Most recently, it opened The Klein Family Harford Crisis Center in Bel Air offering services for behavioral health. The Senator Bob Hooper House in Forest Hill is an assisted living facility that specializes in hospice. University of Maryland Harford Memorial Hospital has been operating in the community for over a century and is located in Havre de Grace. The leading health care system and largest private employer in Harford County, UM Upper Chesapeake Health offers a broad range of health care services, specialty care, technology and facilities to the residents of northeastern Maryland. Visit for more information.