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North Shore-LIJ’s Cushing Neuroscience Institute Physicians Named as Recipients of the 2011 Patients’ Choice Awards

Media Contact:
Michelle Pipia-Stiles
(516) 570-4406
mpipiastil@nshs.edu


MANHASSET, NY – Neurosurgeons and neurologists from North Shore-LIJ’s Cushing Neuroscience Institute (CNI) have been named as recipients of the 2011 Patients’ Choice Awards.  Only physicians who have received top scores by their patients and pass other quality measures are awarded this honor. 

Every month, more than 200,000 patients across the United States access websites such as Vitals (www.vitals.com), to share feedback about their experiences with their doctors.  Patients rate various components of patient care they receive such as the accuracy of their diagnosis, the amount of time they spent with the doctor, the doctor’s bedside manner and follow-up care.  Patients’ Choice ranks the top reviewed physicians and looks at other quality measures to compile its yearly list.

The neurosurgeons and neurologists from North Shore-LIJ’s Cushing Neuroscience Institute who were named as recipients of the 2011 Patients’ Choice Awards include:

Paolo Bolognese, MD (neurosurgeon) co-director, Chiari Institute; assistant professor of neurosurgery at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine

David J. Chalif, MD, FACS (neurosurgeon), chief of vascular neurosurgery and co-director of the Brain Aneurysm Center at North Shore University Hospital; assistant professor of neurosurgery at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine

David J. Langer, MD (neurosurgeon), director of cerebrovascular research at North Shore University Hospital; associate professor of neurosurgery at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine

Ashesh Mehta, MD, PhD (neurosurgeon), director, epilepsy surgery at Long Island Jewish Medical Center; assistant professor of neurosurgery at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine

Avi Setton, MD (interventional neuroradiologist), chief of interventional neuroradiology and co-director of the Brain Aneurysm Center at North Shore University Hospital; assistant professor of neurosurgery at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine

Robert A. Duarte, MD (neurologist), director, Pain Center at North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center; assistant professor of neurology at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine

Sean T. Hwang, MD (neurologist), attending neurologist and epileptologist, Long Island Jewish Medical Center; assistant professor of neurology at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine


About the Cushing Neuroscience Institute (CNI)

The Cushing Neuroscience Institute, part of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, consists of multidisciplinary clinical and research teams that provide patients with state-of-the-art treatments for the entire spectrum of neurological diseases, including brain aneurysms, AVM’s, stroke, traumatic brain injury, movement disorders, brain and spinal cord tumors, diseases of the spine, muscle and peripheral nerves, Chiari malformation, syringomyelia, neurodegenerative diseases, pain, epilepsy, and neurological diseases of infancy and childhood.  To learn more about the Cushing Neuroscience Institute and its centers of excellence, go to www.neurocni.com or call the Neuroscience Hotline at (516) 562-3822.


About the Patients’ Choice Awards

Patients' Choice recognition reflects the difference a particular physician has made in the lives of their patients. The honor is bestowed to physicians who have received near perfect scores as voted by patients.

Every month, more than 200,000 patients across the U.S. provide online feedback about their experiences with their doctors. They rate various components such as bedside manner, doctor-patient face time, degree of follow-up, courtesy of office staff, and overall opinions.

Over the course of 2011, these doctor reviews have totaled hundreds of thousands patient opinions. While physicians generally receive positive reviews from their patients, only a select few receive uniformly rave reviews across the board. Of those who have received rave reviews with near perfect scores by their patients are awarded this honor.

In fact, of the nation's 720,000 active physicians, only 5% were accorded this honor by their patients in 2011.  For more information, go to www.patientschoice.org
 

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