North Coast Health Center is Home to 23 of This Year's "Top Doctors"

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San Diego County Medical Society and San Diego Magazine Reveal 2013 Results of Peer Nominations

Each year, the San Diego County Medical Society (SDCMS), in collaboration with San Diego Magazine, honors the “Top Doctors” in San Diego County, as recognized by their peers. This year, North Coast Health Center, the largest outpatient medical facility in coastal North County San Diego, is pleased to announce that 23 of its physicians have been named a “Top Doctor”.

“It is a tremendous honor that all six of our family medicine physicians have been chosen by our peers as 'Top Doctor' in San Diego," said Georgine Jorgensen, M.D., of North Coast Family Medical Group. “Our entire staff of dedicated health care providers is committed to providing the highest quality care within Encinitas and the greater North County community." This is Dr. Jorgensen's sixth time being selected to the “Top Doctor” list.

This year’s North Coast Heath Center Top Doctors are:

Specialty: Dermatology
Bari Cunningham, MD – Comprehensive Dermatology Group
Vishakha Gigler, MD – Comprehensive Dermatology Group

Specialty: Family Medicine
Christine Clotfelter, DO – North Coast Family Medical Group
Craig Duck, MD – North Coast Family Medical Group
Nancy Fierro, MD – Scripps Coastal Medical Group
James Hay, MD – North Coast Family Medical Group
Georgine Jorgensen, MD – North Coast Family Medical Group
Amy Kakimoto, MD – North Coast Family Medical Group
Gerard Lumkong, MD – Scripps Coastal Medical Group
Richard Payne, MD – North Coast Family Medical Group
James Quigley, DO – North Coast Family Medical Group

Specialty: Pediatric Allergy & Asthma
Hal Hoffman, MD – Rady Children’s Specialists of San Diego
Anthony Horner, MD – Rady Children’s Specialists of San Diego

Specialty: Pediatric Dermatology
Bari Cunningham, MD – Comprehensive Dermatology
Shelia Friedlander, MD – Rady Children’s Specialists of San Diego

Specialty: Pediatric Endocrinology
Michael Gottschalk, MD – Rady Children’s Specialists of San Diego
Ron Newfield, MD – Rady Children’s Specialists of San Diego

Specialty: Pediatric Otolaryngology
Anthony Magit, MD – Rady Children’s Specialists of San Diego
James Ochi, MD – Children’s ENT of San Diego
Seth Pransky, MD – Rady Children’s Specialists of San Diego

Specialty: Pediatric Surgery
Timothy Fairbanks, MD – Rady Children’s Specialists of San Diego

Specialty: Pediatric Urology
George Chiang, MD – Rady Children’s Specialists of San Diego
Nicholas Holmes, MD – Rady Children’s Specialists of San Diego

Specialty: Vascular Surgery
Mark Sedwitz, MD – Pacific Coast Vascular & General Surgery

The voting process is as follows: Any board-certified physician in San Diego may vote for any board-certified doctors who practice within San Diego County to whom they would refer their patients and family members. Voting is open to all physicians, not just members for the Medical Society.

In 2013, more than 1,300 physicians voted with a selection rate of 7.4 percent. Each selectee was then reviewed by SDCMS to confirm his or her board certification, Medical Board of California standing, and current practice status. This year’s process resulted in 749 physicians being honored by their peers.

"These individuals have been identified by their peers as physicians to whom they would entrust the care of their own family members and patients," said Greg Petree, President of AmeriCare Medical Properties, the owner of the health center. "There is no greater compliment one can receive than from one’s colleagues."

For more information about these physicians and more than 250 others leading doctors and dentists located at North Coast Health Center, please visit: http://www.NorthCoastHealthCenter.com.

About North Coast Health Center
Opened in 1986 and located in the heart of Encinitas at 477 N. El Camino Real, North Coast Health Center is the largest outpatient health center in coastal North County. For more than 25 years, physicians at North Coast Health Center have been providing highly personalized care to the greater Community. With more than 250 physicians to choose from, patients have access to primary care, a surgery center, pharmacy, lab, state-of-the-art imaging, and over 45 medical and dental specialties all in one convenient location. North Coast Health Center is owned by AmeriCare Health & Retirement, Inc. and is managed by AmeriCare Medical Properties, - a wholly owned subsidiary specializing in the management and operation of medical office buildings. For more information, visit http://www.NorthCoastHealthCenter.com.

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