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Every year, many members of Alvarado Hospital’s medical staff are “considered physicians of exceptional excellence by their peers” as part of the “Best Doctors in San Diego” issue compiled by the San Diego Medical Society and San Diego Magazine.This year, 36 Alvarado physicians were honored by their peers.

“Every day, the physicians at Alvarado Hospital earn the highest honor in the medical profession—the respect and gratitude of our patients, our employees and our community,” said Harris Koenig, CEO, Alvarado Hospital. “The nurses, staff and administrators of Alvarado Hospital and our community thank our medical staff for providing advanced medicine and personalized care in San Diego for more than 30 years.”

“Thanks to these physicians—and our entire dedicated medical staff—the San Diego community can look forward to Alvarado Hospital’s legacy of medical expertise continuing long into the future,” Koenig added.


Paul Abou, MD, Internal Medicine

Gerard Arcilla, MD, Physical Medicine

Roy Avalos, MD, Internal Medicine

Kaveh Bagheri, MD, Critical Care; Pulmonary; Disease; Internal Med

Afshin Bahador, MD, Ob/Gyn

Gonzalo Ballon-Landa, MD, Infectious Disease

Ali Banaie, MD, Gastroenterology

Terry Behrend, MD, Nephrology

Sunil Bhoyrul, MD, Surgery

Richard Braun, MD, Orthopedic Surgery

Shari Brazinsky, MD, Internal Medicine; Pulmonary Disease

Maurice Buchbinder, MD, Cardiology

Michael Butera, MD, Infectious Disease; Internal Medicine

Martin Charlat, MD, Cardiology; Interventional Cardiology

Glenn Cook, MD, Ophthalmology

HaroldCopans, MD, Internal Medicine

Bridgette Duggan, MD, Ob/Gyn

George Fadda, MD, Nephrology; Internal Medicine

Kuljinder Grewal, MD, Ophthalmology

Scott Harman, MD, Radiology

Philip Hoang, MD, Radiology

Paul Hyde, MD, Surgery

Richard Katz, MD, Internal Medicine

Donald Lipkis, MD, Internal Medicine

Michelle Look, MD, Family Medicine

Charles Kossman, MD, Internal Medicine; Oncology

Steven Kossman, MD, Hematology; Oncology

Alan Lurie, MD, Radiology

Perry Mansfield, MD, Otolaryngology

John Marino III, MD, Internal Med

Curtis McGuyer, MD, Pathology

Charles Nager, MD, Ob/Gyn

Jennifer Pendleton, MD, Allergy/Immunology

Lee Ralph, MD, Family Medicine; Sports Medicine

Richard Safrin, MD, Pathology

Kosala Samarasinghe, MD, Internal Medicine

To find more information about the physicians listed above or to fina another Alvarado Hospital medical expert near you, call 1-800-ALVARADO or visit our Physician Finder. We thank all of our physicians who help us care for our community.