Independent physician group Esse Health is proud to announce that 20 of its board-certified physicians have been named Best Doctors in America® 2011-2012 by their peers and colleagues.
The physicians include pediatricians Dr. Patricia Amato, Dr. Gerry Deschamps, Dr. Charles Dougherty, Dr. Matthew Dougherty, Dr. David Hartenbach, Dr. Richard Lazaroff, Dr. Karen Norton, Dr. Peter Putnam, Dr. Joseph Schachter, and Dr. Randall Sterkel. The internal medicine physicians include Dr. Kathleen Brunts, Dr. Curt Calcaterra, Dr. Susan Colbert-Threats, Dr. James Ebel, Dr. Snehal Gandhi, Dr. Thomas Hastings, Dr. Sean McLaughlin, Dr. Elizabeth Tracy, Dr. Stanley Vriezelaar, and Dr. Jerome Williams. For bios and photos of the Best Doctors, visit http://www.essehealth.com/our_providers.php.
Approximately 5 percent of doctors practicing in the United States are selected as a Best Doctor. Best Doctors was founded in 1989 by two Harvard Medical School physicians as a means to identify the most respected doctors and provide access to dependable, high-quality medical information and care. The Best Doctors in America 2011-2012 database includes more than 45,000 doctors in more than 40 medical specialties. In order to be considered for inclusion on the list, a physician must first be nominated by a currently listed Best Doctor and then undergo confidential evaluation by other current Best Doctors in their own and related specialties.
Amato, Norton and Putnam practice at Esse Health Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine at Watson Road in Crestwood, Mo.; Calcaterra and Ebel practice at South County Internal Medicine in St. Louis; Brunts, Gandhi, Tracy and Vriezelaar practice at Richmond Heights Internal Medicine in Richmond Heights, Mo.; Colbert-Threats practices at the Esse Health Office of Dr. Susan Colbert-Threats in Richmond Heights, Mo.; Hartenbach, Lazaroff and Sterkel practice at Creve Coeur Pediatrics in Creve Coeur, Mo.; Deschamps practices at Florissant Pediatrics in Florissant, Mo.; Hastings practices at Office of Thomas Hastings, M.D., in Chesterfield, Mo.; McLaughlin is part of the Office of Drs. McLaughlin and Fisher in Bridgeton, Mo.; C. Dougherty, M. Dougherty and Schachter practice at Tesson Ferry Pediatrics in St. Louis; and Williams practices at the Williams Clinic in St. Louis city.
About Esse Health:
Esse Health is an independent, St. Louis-based physician group that strives to improve the overall well-being of its patients through patient education, lifestyle modification and prevention. With 33 locations throughout the St. Louis and Metro East area, Esse Health’s services include asthma, allergy and immunology, family medicine, internal medicine, nutrition, pediatrics, radiology and urology. Esse Health is recognized as a leader in using technology in health care and physician accountability for both quality and cost-of-care. For more information on Esse Health, visit www.essehealth.com.