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MetroHealth Physicians Honored as 'Best Doctors' by Cleveland Magazine

Cleveland Magazine

More than 40 MetroHealth physicians been named to the 2021 Best Doctors list featured in the November issue of Cleveland Magazine.

Physicians featured on this year's Best Doctors list were selected by Professional Research Services, which conducted an online peer-review survey of Northeast Ohio physicians. They were asked to nominate fellow physicians they deemed the best in their fields of practice.

In addition, MetroHealth’s Amy Ray, MD, MPH, Medical Director of Infection Prevention, is featured on the cover of the issue. Dr. Ray has been one of the key leaders of MetroHealth COVID-19 response. To learn more

For a full list of MetroHealth's physicians and information about scheduling an appointment, visit Here are the physicians included on this year's Best Doctors list from Cleveland Magazine. 



Saima Karim, DO


William R. Lewis, MD


David R. Crowe, MD


Thomas J. Knackstedt, MD


Christine A. Alexander, MD

Family Medicine

Jaividhya Dasarathy, MD

Family Medicine

Mary E. Massie-Story, MD

Family Medicine

Christopher P. Brandt, MD

General Surgery

Kimberly E. Resnick, MD

Gynecologic Oncology

Blaine T. Bafus, MD

Hand Surgery

Kyle J. Chepla, MD

Hand Surgery

Harry A. Hoyen, MD

Hand Surgery

Adrienne Lee, MD

Hand Surgery

Michael D. Harrington, MD

Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Amy J. Ray, MD

Infectious Disease

Catherine A. Curley, MD

Internal Medicine

David M. Margolius, MD

Internal Medicine

James C. Pile, MD

Internal Medicine

Jagmeet S. Dhingra, MD


Robert T. Geertman, MD

Neurological Surgery

Michael L. Kelly, MD

Neurological Surgery

Agnieszka A. Ardelt, MD


Kelly S. Gibson, MD

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Gregory Y. Kitagawa, MD

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Adam G. Hirschfeld, MD

Orthopedic Surgery

Nicholas M. Romeo, DO

Orthopedic Surgery

John H. Wilber, MD

Orthopedic Surgery

Chong H. Kim, MD

Pain Management

James J. Begley, MD

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Jared Placeway, DO

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Victoria C. Whitehair, MD

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Richard D. Wilson, MD

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Bram R. Kaufman, MD

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

David J. Rowe, MD

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Sean McMillin, DPM


Nora G. Singer, MD


Dennis H. Auckley, MD

Sleep Medicine

Jonathan E. Belding, MD

Spine Surgery

Timothy A. Moore, MD

Spine Surgery

Heather A. Rainey, MD

Sports Medicine

Irma J. Lengu, MD


John P. Spirnak, MD


Lee H. Tseng, MD

Vascular / Interventional Radiology


About The MetroHealth System

The MetroHealth System is redefining health care by going beyond medical treatment to improve the foundations of community health and well-being: affordable housing, a cleaner environment, economic opportunity and access to fresh food, convenient transportation, legal help and other services. The system strives to become as good at preventing disease as it is at treating it.

The system’s more than 600 doctors, 1,700 nurses and 7,800 employees go to work each day with a mission of service, to their patients and to the community. As Cuyahoga County’s safety-net health system, MetroHealth plays an essential role in the region, caring for anyone and everyone, regardless of an ability to pay.

Founded in 1837, MetroHealth operates four hospitals, four emergency departments and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites throughout Cuyahoga County. The system serves more than 300,000 patients, two-thirds of whom are uninsured or covered by Medicare or Medicaid.

MetroHealth is home to Cuyahoga County’s most experienced Level I Adult Trauma Center, verified since 1992, and Ohio’s only adult and pediatric trauma and burn center.

As an academic medical center, MetroHealth is committed to research and to teaching and training tomorrow’s caregivers. Each active staff physician holds a faculty appointment at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Its main campus hospital houses the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s Lincoln-West School of Science & Health, the only high school in America located inside a hospital.

Knowing that good health is about much more than good medical care, MetroHealth has launched the Institute for H.O.P.E.™ (Health, Opportunity, Partnership, Empowerment), which uses a coordinated, collaborative and strategic approach to help patients with non-medical needs such as healthy food, stable housing and job training.

The MetroHealth Glick Center, a new 11-floor hospital, is under construction on the system’s main campus in Cleveland and is scheduled to welcome its first patients in October 2022. The billion-dollar project is the cornerstone of a wider neighborhood revitalization effort led by the system and its partners in the community.

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