2020 Top Doctors: Amar Thosani, M.D. & Maya Thosani, M.D.

Editorial StaffMarch 19, 2020
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Photography by Steve Craft
Photography by Steve Craft

Amar Thosani, M.D.

Gastroenterology

Med School/Year Graduated: Rutgers Medical School, 2004

Years in Practice: 9

Does one specialize within the field of gastroenterology? For instance, “he’s a small intestine guy” vs. “he’s a colon man”?

Yes, definitely. Many people pursue specialized training in a specific niche after general GI training. For example, I am the “pancreas” guy and the “advanced endoscopy” guy. Other people specialize in Crohn’s disease or liver disease.

Is there any new technology in the gastroenterology sphere that you’re using?

Yes! My specialty in gastroenterology is interventional endoscopy. We use cutting-edge tools to diagnose and treat multiple conditions in the GI tract. [One common procedure] is endoscopic ultrasound, where we can visualize organs adjacent to the GI tract such as the liver, pancreas and bile ducts and provide interventions in a minimally invasive way.

Do you have any hobbies or interests you pursue in your spare time?

Golf, when I do have time to get out to the course. Lately my children have taken an interest [in] the game, so I spend a good amount of time on the weekends teaching and playing with them. I recently started to mountain bike, but [it’s] tough to find the time to get out to the trails.

“If I wasn’t a doctor, I’d be…”

I probably would have gone into a finance field.

Maya Thosani, M.D.

Dermatology

Med school/Year graduated: New Jersey Medical School, 2004

Years in practice: 12

What inspired you to pursue dermatology? Tell us it wasn’t Dr. Pimple Popper?

Ha! No, it wasn’t Dr. Pimple Popper. I’ve always loved the idea of how the skin is a window to a person’s health and habits. There’s so much you can tell about someone from their skin, and diagnosing and treating skin conditions involves quite a bit of detective work.

How much of your daily practice is focused on detecting and diagnosing skin cancer?

Almost all of my daily practice is focused on skin cancer surgery, detection, diagnosis and alternative treatment options. I do four days a week of Mohs micrographic surgery, as well as other benign and malignant excisions. I spend quite a bit of time educating my patients on methods of reversing sun damage and preventing skin cancer as well.

What are the biggest challenges of living in a two-doctor household? Benefits?

Ensuring that we spend quality time with our three children, and of course each other, is a challenge we face. A benefit is that we [know when to push] one another at various times of our career, and supporting one another through crazy work schedules.

“If I wasn’t a doctor, I’d be…”

Either a stand-up comedian or a chef. I have a hidden talent for imitating accents and exaggerated storytelling. And who doesn’t love being surrounded by good food?

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