La Peer Surgeons Named U.S. News & World Report Top Doctors

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Six of the Beverly Hills Surgeons at La Peer Health Systems Have Been Selected to Prestigious List

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We take our job as health care workers seriously at La Peer. The results speak for themselves: six doctors. It’s a good feeling to know that you’re working with some of the very best in their field.

La Peer Health Systems has been recognized as one of the finest sub-specialty institutes in Los Angeles with six doctors named Top Doctors by U.S. News & World Report.

The La Peer doctors named to this prestigious list include ophthalmologists David J. Parks, MD; orthopedic surgeons Sonu Ahluwalia, MD and Eric Millstein, MD; facial plastic surgeon Babak Azizzadeh, MD, FACS; oculoplastic surgeon David Savar, MD and ear, nose, and throat surgeon Babak Larian, MD, FACS.

“We have a lot of talented physicians at La Peer,” said Dr. Babak Larian, one of La Peer’s Top Doctor recipients. “This recognition is proof of that.”

U.S. News & World Report Top Doctors was developed in collaboration with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., the company that publishes America's Top Doctors®. For nearly two decades, Castle Connolly has compiled a list of the nation’s top doctors and bases its selections on nominations submitted by other doctors as well as a review by a physician-led research team.

This list was established with two goals in mind:

1.     Help consumers find doctors that can best address their needs.

2.     Give doctors a list of fellow doctors who are most worthy of patient referrals.

Top Doctors are classified by location and hospital affiliation across a wide range of specialties and subspecialties. All told, the Top Doctors can treat over 2,000 diseases, medical issues, and procedures.

Sonu Ahluwalia, MD is the Clinical Chief for the Division of Orthopedic Surgery at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. Born in New Delhi, Dr. Ahluwalia attended medical school at Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College in India before receiving orthopedic training at Harvard Combined Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program in Boston, one of the most sought after training programs in orthopedic surgery.

Another Harvard-trained physician, Babak Azizzadeh, MD, FACS is the Director of the Center for Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery and board-certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery as well as the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. His expertise has made him one of the most sought-after-surgeons in the country.

Babak Larian, MD, FACS is a very highly regarded ear, nose and throat specialist in Los Angeles. He is the Chief of Head & Neck Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Hospital. In addition to his practice, Dr. Larian is a leader in his field of medicine. He trains other surgeons, presents at national conferences, and performs his own research. The nature of his practice allows him to continually remain on the cutting-edge of surgical technology and innovation. He also designs equipment for minimally invasive thyroid and parathyroid surgery.

“We take our job as health care workers seriously at La Peer,” said Dr. Eric Millstein, one of La Peer’s Top Doctors. “The results speak for themselves: six doctors. It’s a good feeling to know that you’re working with some of the very best in their field.”

In the course of completing his medical education at the University of Pennsylvania, Eric Millstein, MD became interesting the field of orthopedics and sports medicine. Dr. Millstein is an expert in ACL reconstruction and arthroscopic rotator cuff repair. To this day, Dr. Millstein continues to study, teach and utilize the latest innovative orthopedic surgical techniques.

David J. Parks, MD is a skilled and extensively trained board certified ophthalmologist. His private practice, Retina Vitreous Consultants, specializes in diseases and surgery of the retina and vitreous, ocular inflammatory diseases, and the ocular complications of AIDs. Dr. Parks treats patients from around the country who seek out his medical expertise and friendly, approachable manner.

David Savar, MD is an oculoplastic surgeon that specializes in reconstructive and cosmetic surgery of the eyelid, orbit, and lacrimal system as well as treatment of eye diseases such as cataracts and glaucoma. Dr. Savar is a recipient of the Los Angeles Society of Ophthalmology Merit Award for Research in Clinical Science. Two of his sons, Aaron and Louis, are also eye surgeons both at La Peer and his private practice, Eyes by Savar.

La Peer Health Systems focuses on excellence in patient care and offers the most advanced and contemporary treatments and equipment that the medical world has access to. With 42 doctors across 13 departments, from anesthesiology to urology, La Peer offers comprehensive and widespread medical treatments for all patients. More information about La Peer Health Systems can be found at

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