Top Doctors 2018: Waiting Room

Mike MeyerApril 2018
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Oldest Doc Receiving Votes in 2018
James Giangobbe, M.D.
Family Medicine
89 years old (Retired)

Tallest Doc*  
Lynn Calcote, M.D.
Colon & Rectal Surgery
6-foot-4 *Not actually sure about this one. Email us if you know of a taller doc. (

Shortest Name
Ly T Ma, M.D.

Longest Name
(12 Years Running)
Venkataramanarasimham “Bob” Evani
General Surgery



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It’s not just about X-rays and otoscopes with some industrious Valley doctors. Here are some extra-medical M.D. endeavors we glimpsed since our last issue.

Hush Dear Soul, Your Time is Near: A Lullaby for the Soul by Cristina Carballo- Perelman, M.D.

Hush Dear Soul, Your Time is Near: A Lullaby for the Soul
by Cristina Carballo-Perelman, M.D.
On the heels of her feminist rhyme manifesto From B*tches to Witches (we’re not joking), the Scottsdale-based neonatologist – and one-time Top Doc cover model – offers this weightily titled book of poems and ruminations about mortality.



On the Border of a Dream
by Edgar H. Hernandez, M.D.
The seven-time Top Doc recounts his childhood journey from rural Mexico to the United States, dodging La Migra and ultimately becoming a pioneering breast cancer surgeon.

On the Border of a Dream by Edgar H. Hernandez, M.D.


Schizophrenia Test

Amelia Gallitano-Mendel, a physician-researcher at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, received a $175,000 grant to develop a first-of-its-kind chemical test for schizophrenia.



House Calls 

If you’re like us, you sometimes peruse those monthly “top home sales” slideshows on – and we couldn’t help but notice that quite a few of those seven-figure stunners are bought and sold by physicians. So we asked Valley real estate broker Sammy Glassman, who has a doctor-heavy client list, to name the top three selling points for M.D. homebuyers.

1. Location, OBVS.
“The No. 1 request is a home within a certain commute to a hospital and/or office. Some hospitals require a minimum commute for their doctors.”

2. School quality, unsurprisingly.
Those little future med school applicants aren’t going to educate themselves! “On many occasions, I’ve set up tours so that the parents can see public, private and charter school options before selecting a home.”

3. Overall fabulousness.
“I often hear: walkability, near amenities like restaurants and grocery stores, activities nearby such as hiking, parks, canals. It’s about listening to what is important to my clients and providing what fits their lifestyle best.”




These multi-year Top Docs retired or left the market since our last issue.

Robin K. Blitz, M.D.
Developmental Pediatrics
The influential child doc abruptly left PCH; now believed to be practicing in Minnesota.

Lawrence J. Koep, M.D.
Organ Transplant
(1999, 2001, 2003, 2009-2017)
The multi-year transplant specialist stitched his last kidney in 2017. Retired.

Robert G. Hooper, M.D.
Sleep Medicine
Closed his Scottsdale-based Sleep Center last year, citing lease hassles and “commercial insurances.”

Lorne D. McKay, M.D.
Pediatric Anesthesiology
Would have made his second list in 2018, but decamped for Connecticut in December. Will return in July.




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