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Kids may say the darnedest things, but physicians, well they usually say the wisest, most meaningful things. Whether you need a diagnosis, a course of treatment or simply some reassurance, the right words from your child’s doctor can be exactly the help you need. And most of all, when a Top Doc is talking, it’s worth listening.

We asked physicians to tell us who they would recommend if their child needed medical attention (we defined a child as under 16). Here are the doctors other doctors would recommend for their families – and yours.

Photography By David Michael Howarth • Special thanks to Perkins Center for the Arts

  • Adolescent Medicine

    • Lori Feldman-Winter, MD
      Cooper University Health Care
    • Heidi Weinroth, MD
      Cooper University Health Care
  • Allergy & Immunology

    • Magee DeFelice, MD
      Nemours duPont Pediatrics
    • Joel Fiedler, MD
      CHOP Specialty Care
    • John Kim, MD
      Cornerstone Allergy & Asthma Associates
    • Maria Lania-Howarth, MD
      Cooper University Health Care
    • Gregory Toci, DO
      Advocare Allergy & Asthma
  • "I always tell new parents to relax, have fun and do what makes themselves and their new baby comfortable. A lot of times they get input from relatives about the “right” way to do things, but I tell them to make up their own rules for their family." Eric Berman, DO, General Pediatrics

    “I always tell new parents to relax, have fun and do what makes themselves and their new baby comfortable. A lot of times they get input from relatives about the “right” way to do things, but I tell them to make up their own rules for their family.”
    Eric Berman, DO, General Pediatrics

    "I start taking care of kids in the neonatal intensive care unit. I’ve been in practice for 12 years, so some of my patients are 12 and I’ve been treating them since they were born. Their parents say they’re going to invite me to their wedding." Stefanie Davidson, MD Ophthalmology

    “I start taking care of kids in the neonatal intensive care unit. I’ve been in practice for 12 years, so some of my patients are 12 and I’ve been treating them since they were born. Their parents say they’re going to invite me to their wedding.”
    Stefanie Davidson, MD
    Ophthalmology

  • Cardiology

    • Terry Anderson, MD
      CHOP Speciality Care
    • Aaron Dorfman, MD
      CHOP Speciality Care
    • Steven Ritz, MD
      Nemours duPont Pediatrics

     

  • Child Abuse

    • Martin Finkel, DO
      RowanSOM NJ CARES Institute
    • Monique Higginbotham, MD
      RowanSOM NJ CARES Institute
  • Critical Care

    • David Bigos, MD
      Children’s Anesthesiology Associates
    • Tara Marie Smith, MD
      Cooper University Health Care
  • Dermatology

    • Warren Heymann, MD
      Heymann, Manders & Green
    • Joseph Kist, MD
      Dermatology Associates of South Jersey
    • Steven Manders, MD
      Heymann, Manders & Green
    • Patrick McMahon, MD
      CHOP Specialty Care
  • Developmental/Behavioral

    • David Burgess, MD
      CHOP Specialty Care
    • Persephone Jones, MD
      Nemours duPont Pediatrics
    • Catherine Nicolaides, MD
      Children’s Specialized Hospital
  • "I try to engage the child. I get down to their level or I sit down to talk to them. I look at what they’re wearing to see what they might like, or if I know they like certain things I’ll talk to them about that, like if I find out they like Elsa or Anna." Eugene Gatti, MD, Allergy & Immunology

    “I try to engage the child. I get down to their level or I sit down to talk to them. I look at what they’re wearing to see what they might like, or if I know they like certain things I’ll talk to them about that, like if I find out they like Elsa or Anna.”
    Eugene Gatti, MD, Allergy & Immunology

    "My goal every day is to create a safe, healing space for children so they feel comfortable talking to me." Monique Higginbotham, MD, Child Abuse

    “My goal every day is to create a safe, healing space for children so they feel comfortable talking to me.”
    Monique Higginbotham, MD,
    Child Abuse

  • Ear/Nose/Throat

    • Ken Kazahaya, MD
      CHOP Specialty Care
    • Heather Nardone, MD
      Nemours duPont Pediatrics
    • Gabriel Wong, MD
      Advocare ENT Specialty Center
  • Emergency Medicine

    • Robert Belfer, MD
      CHOP at Virtua
    • Jeffrey Seiden, MD
      Children’s Health Associates
  • Endocrinology/Diabetes/Metabolism

    • Robert Danish, MD
      St. Chris Specialty Pediatrics
    • Wilma Rossi, MD
      CHOP Specialty Care
  • Family Practice

    • Lara Bruneau, MD
      Bruneau Family Care
    • Michael Renzi, DO
      Advocare Heights Primary Care
    • Samuel Weiner, MD
      Virtua Family Medicine Voorhees
  • Gastroenterology

    • Andrew Grossman, MD
      CHOP Specialty Care
    • Celia Padron, MD
      Pediatric Gastroenterology Center
    • Rebecca Ramirez, MD
      Nemours duPont Pediatrics
    • Ritu Verma, MD
      CHOP Specialty Care

     

  • General Pediatrics

    • Eric Berman, DO
      Advocare The Farm Pediatrics
    • David Chasen, MD
      Advocare The Farm Pediatrics
    • Jeffrey Fendrick, MD
      CHOP Primary Care
    • Stacey Hammer, MD
      Cooper University Health Care
    • Esther Harris, MD
      Advocare Merchantville Pediatrics
    • Cyrus Mohazzebi, MD
      Advocare Kressville Pediatrics
    • Heidi Weinroth, MD
      Cooper University Health Care
  • Genetics

    • Rhonda Schnur, MD
      Cooper University Health Care
    • Elaine Zackai, MD
      CHOP Specialty Care
  • Hematology/Oncology

    • Rafat Ahmed, MD
      Cooper University Health Care
    • Nicholas Evageliou, MD
      CHOP Specialty Care
    • Robin Miller, MD
      Nemours duPont Pediatrics
  • Hospitalist

    • Samir Doshi, MD
      CHOP Pediatric Hospitalists at Virtua
    • Paresh Jaiswal, MD
      CHOP Pediatric Hospitalists at Virtua
  • "The fun for me is talking to kids. It’s their innocence. The way they see the world is so unique. They’re open, honest." Heidi Weinroth, MD, Adolescent Medicine

    “The fun for me is talking to kids. It’s their innocence. The way they see the world is so unique. They’re open, honest.”
    Heidi Weinroth, MD, Adolescent Medicine

    "It’s hard to put a cast on a 10-month-old, but screaming doesn’t bother me. I try to put myself in their position, and I know they don’t understand what’s going on." Jeffrey Daniels, MD, Orthopedics

    “It’s hard to put a cast on a 10-month-old, but screaming doesn’t bother me. I try to put myself in their position, and I know they don’t understand what’s going on.”
    Jeffrey Daniels, MD, Orthopedics

  • Infectious Disease

    • Anat Feingold, MD
      Cooper University Health Care
  • Neonatology

    • Leonard Goldsmith, DO
      CHOP Newborn Care at Virtua
    • Gary Stahl, MD
      Cooper University Health Care
  • Nephrology

    • Susan Conley, MD
      St. Chris Specialty Pediatrics
    • Madhura Pradhan, MD
      CHOP Speciality Care
  • Neurology

    • Liya Beyderman, MD
      Nemours duPont Pediatrics
    • Michael Goodman, MD
      Cooper University Health Care
    • Thornton Mason, MD
      CHOP Specialty Care
  • Neurosurgery

    • Jeffrey Campbell, MD
      Nemours duPont Pediatrics
  • Ophthalmology

    • Stefanie Davidson, MD
      CHOP Specialty Care
    • Nicole DeLarato, MD
      St. Chris Specialty Pediatrics
    • Bruce Schnall, MD
      Schnall Pediatric Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedics

    • Alfred Atanda Jr., MD
      Nemours duPont Pediatrics
    • David Clements, MD
      Cooper University Health Care
    • Peter Pizzutillo, MD
      St. Chris Specialty Pediatrics
    • Jennifer Winell, MD
      CHOP Specialty Care
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

    • Connie Domingo, MD
      Weisman Children’s Rehabilitation Hospital
    • Rochelle Haas, MD
      Nemours duPont Pediatrics
  • Plastic Surgery

    • Brooke Burkey, MD
      St Christopher’s Specialty Pediatrics
  • Psychiatry

    • Jeffrey Aronowitz, DO
      RowanSOM
    • Mala Gupta, MD
      Centra Comprehensive Psychotherapy & Psychiatric Associates
    • Alexander Strauss, MD
      Centra Comprehensive Psychotherapy & Psychiatric Associates
  • "I’m trained to take care of the critically ill and injured child. But really, I have three patients – the child and the parents. You have to be able to think and act on your feet. The best ER doctor is one who can remain calm amidst the chaos – but there’s no book on this." Robert Belfer, MD, Emergency Medicine

    “I’m trained to take care of the critically ill and injured child. But really, I have three patients – the child and the parents. You have to be able to think and act on your feet. The best ER doctor is one who can remain calm amidst the chaos – but there’s no book on this.”
    Robert Belfer, MD, Emergency Medicine

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    “It’s about more than just helping kids be physically healthy – it’s about teaching them to learn and grow as a person and take responsibility for themselves and think of others. I tell them, “Brush your teeth. Make your bed. Give your mom a Valentine.” Lee Lerch, DO, General Pediatrics

  • Pulmonology

    • Louis Guernsey, MD
      Nemours duPont Pediatrics
    • Oscar Mayer, MD
      CHOP Specialty Care
    • Caitlin Papastamelos, MD
      Weisman Children’s Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Radiology

    • Emily Scattergood, MD
      Cooper University Health Care
  • Rheumatology

    • Dana Toib, MD
      St. Chris Specialty Pediatrics
  • Sports Medicine

    • Naomi Brown, MD
      CHOP Specialty Care
    • David Gealt, DO
      Cooper University Health Care
    • Michael Wolf, MD
      St. Chris Specialty Pediatrics
  • Surgery

    • Edward Doolin, MD
      CHOP Specialty Care
    • Stephen Dunn, MD
      Nemours duPont Pediatrics
    • Harsh Grewal, MD
      Cooper University Health Care
  • Urology

    • Thomas Kolon, MD
      CHOP Specialty Care
    • Robert Steckler, MD
      St. Chris Specialty Pediatrics
    • Stephen Zderic, MD
      CHOP Specialty Care
  • SJ Readers Pick Top Docs for Kids!

  • Adolescent Medicine

    • Mary Elaine Holmes-Bricker, DO
      Advocare The Farm Pediatrics
  • Allergy & Immunology

    • Eugene Gatti, MD
      Advocare Allergy & Asthma
  • Cardiology

    • Rose Cummings, DO
      St. Chris Specialty Pediatrics
  • Dermatology

    • Justin Green, MD
      Heymann, Manders & Green
  • Developmental/Behavioral

    • Caroline Eggerding, MD
      Cooper University Health Care
  • Ear/Nose/Throat

    • Scott Schaffer, MD
      Advocare ENT Specialty Center
  • Emergency Medicine

    • Sandra Nairn, DO
      Cooper University Health Care

     

  • Endocrinology/Diabetes/Metabolism

    • Ernest Post, MD
      Cooper University Health Care
  • Family Practice

    • Nancy Janik, DO
      Virtua Family Medicine Maple Shade
  • Gastroenterology

    • Phillip Stein, MD
      St. Chris Specialty Pediatrics
  • General Pediatrics

    • Lee Lerch, DO
      Advocare Lerch & Amato Pediatrics
  • Hematology/Oncology

    • Barbara Greenbaum, MD
      CHOP Specialty Care
  • Hospitalist

    • Sean Krulish, DO
      Cooper University Health Care
  • Infectious Disease

    • Debrah Meislich, MD
      Cooper University Health Care
  • Neonatology

    • Erlita Gadin, MD
      CHOP Specialty Care
  • Nephrology

    • Madura Pradhan, MD
      CHOP Specialty Care
  • Neurology

    • H. Huntley Hardison, MD
      St. Chris Specialty Pediatrics
  • Neurosurgery

    • Alan Turtz, MD
      Cooper University Health Care
  • Ophthalmology

    • Barry Wasserman, MD
  • Orthopedics

    • Jeffrey Daniels, MD
      Advocare South Jersey Orthopedic Associates
  • Plastic Surgery

    • Scott Bartlett, MD
      CHOP Specialty Care
  • Psychiatry

    • Consuelo Cagande, MD
      Cooper University Health Care
  • Sports Medicine

    • Kiersten Arthur, MD
      St. Chris Specialty Pediatrics
  • Surgery

    • Rajeev Prasad, MD
      St. Chris Specialty Pediatrics
  • Urology

    • Michael Packer, MD
      Urology for Children
March 2016
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