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More Than 40 Physicians at Saddleback Memorial Medical Center Recognized for Excellence by Orange County Medical Association

More Than 40 Physicians at Saddleback Memorial Medical Center Recognized for Excellence by Orange County Medical Association
Laguna Hills, CA, May 19, 2016 --( A total of 44 physicians on staff at Saddleback Memorial Medical Center have been honored by the Orange County Medical Association (OCMA) with a Physicians of Excellence award. The OCMA recognized these physicians for going above and beyond in serving their profession and patients.

“We couldn’t be more proud of the physicians who were honored with this award,” said Steve Geidt, Chief Executive Officer, Saddleback Memorial. “Our community is truly fortunate to have top doctors available from virtually every medical specialty. And, as the backbone of our healthcare team, they assure that we are able to provide superior hospital care.”

The 2016 list includes 457 Orange County physicians in 63 specialties. Those chosen exemplify outstanding leadership qualities, teaching and mentoring, research and humanitarian services. The OCMA Physicians Recognition Programs committee reviews the submitted documentation of each nominated physicians to determine if he or she meets the selection criteria for designation as one of the Physicians of Excellence. The selection criteria used to determine physician excellence was developed by a multi-specialty committee of OCMA.

The 44 physicians awarded the OCMA’s 2016 Physicians of Excellence award includes:

· Steven Abelowitz, M.D.
· Kristine Arthur, M.D.
· James H. Ashizawa, M.D.
· Leon J. Baginski, M.D.
· Eric H. Ball, M.D.
· William E. Berger, M.D.
· Michael L. Berman, M.D.
· James Bredenkamp, M.D.
· John V. Brown, M.D.
· Scott Capobianco, M.D.
· Warner W. Carr, M.D.
· Om P. Chaurasia, M.D.
· Michael Cho, M.D.
· Charles W.G. Eifrig, M.D.
· Jane L. Frederick, M.D.
· John C. German, M.D.
· Felice L. Gersh, M.D.
· Kenneth Grant, M.D.
· Alan G. Israel, M.D.
· Robert J. Jackson, M.D.
· Peter Joson, M.D.
· Nimish R. Kadakia, M.D.
· Edward W. Kim, M.D.
· Vinh T. Lam, M.D.
· Desmond McGuire, M.D.
· Timothy R. Miller, M.D.
· Nivedita More, M.D.
· Roger Ohanesian, M.D.
· Ledford Powell, M.D.
· Leslie M. Randall, M.D.
· Zacharia Reda, M.D.
· Christina D. Schwindt, M.D.
· Hisham Seify, M.D.
· Karan Singh, M.D.
· John Sun, M.D.
· Michael Sundine, M.D.
· Neyssan Tebyani, M.D.
· Wang Teng, M.D.
· Krishnansu S. Tewari, M.D.
· William C. Wallace, M.D.
· Mary Ann Wilkinson, M.D.
· Anthony F. Wong, M.D.
· Bassam Younes, M.D.
· Steve C. Yun, M.D.

The OCMA is a voluntary physician membership organization that exists to promote the art and science of medicine, the protection of public health, and betterment of the medical profession. For more information about the OCMA award, visit the May 2016 issue of Orange County Register's Coast magazine here.

Saddleback Memorial is continually honored for exceptional medical expertise that offers high quality, compassionate care for patients and families at every stage of their lives. For the second consecutive year, Saddleback Memorial Medical Center has been named as one of only 1 percent of the 4,500 hospitals nationwide to receive the Healthgrades 2016 America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award™. In addition, the hospital received Becker’s Healthcare Top U.S. Hospitals and American Heart Association Get with the Guidelines highest honor—Gold Plus for cardiac and stroke care. The hospital also has been voted the #1 Hospital in Orange County in the Orange County Register’s “Best of OC’s People’s Choice & Critics’ Picks” for the last two consecutive years.

Saddleback Memorial’s centers of excellence are renowned for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer, heart disease, stroke, pulmonary disease, orthopedics and diabetes; and for leadership in emergency medicine, critical care medicine, breast health, outpatient rehabilitation, advanced imaging, women’s health, geriatric care and surgery, including robotic-assisted procedures.

Saddleback Memorial has earned the coveted “Best Hospitals” ranking in orthopedics by U.S. News & World Report, the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Center of Distinction for Knee and Hip Replacement and also the Aetna Institutes of Quality designation for knee and hip replacements.

About MemorialCare Health System
MemorialCare Health System is a nonprofit integrated delivery system that includes six top hospitals – Long Beach Memorial, Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach, Community Hospital Long Beach, Orange Coast Memorial, and Saddleback Memorial Laguna Hills and San Clemente; medical groups – MemorialCare Medical Group and Greater Newport Physicians; a health plan – Seaside Health Plan; and numerous outpatient health centers, imaging centers, surgery centers and dialysis centers throughout the Southland (Orange County and Los Angeles County). For more information, visit
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