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December 16, 2021

PNI Receives Nation’s Highest Ranking Doctor Awards

by Amelia Garrison

Pacific Neuroscience Institute Named Among Top Neurosurgery Facilities in US

This year, 1 in 2 of PNI’s physicians and affiliates received a Super Doctor or Rising Star award. This achievement makes PNI one of the highest-ranking care facilities for neurosurgery and neurology in the United States. 

What is a Super Doctor Award?

Super Doctor Awards recognize healthcare providers for outstanding excellence in their area of focus. These awards are the highest-ranking doctor awards in the nation. Less than 5% of doctors in a state or region make the list annually. 

The evaluation involves an extensive review of a physician’s years of experience, fellowships, board certifications, publications, lectures, honors, awards, academic achievements, and hospital appointments. Only the highest-scoring doctors are included in the Super Doctors list.

Since its founding, PNI physicians have regularly received Super Doctor Awards. This year, 17 PNI experts were named on the 2021 Super Doctor list. Congratulations Dr. Garni Barkhoudarian, Dr. David M. Butler, Dr. William G. Buxton, Dr. Jose Carrillo, Dr. Lisa Chaiken, Dr. Marisa Chang, Dr. Natalie Diaz, Dr. Barbara S. Giesser, Dr. Chester F. Griffiths, Dr. Keith Heinzerling, Dr. Kian Karimi, Dr. Daniel F. Kelly, Dr. Santosh Kesari, Dr. Howard R. Krauss, Dr. Jean Philippe-Langevin, Dr. Verna R. Porter, and Dr. Naveed Wagle.

What is a Rising Stars Award?

The Rising Stars Award is a similar selection process to the Super Doctors Award, except that the title is only awarded to candidates who have been active and fully licensed for less than 10 years. No more than 2.5% of doctors in a state or region are named to the Rising Stars list annually.

This year, 10 PNI physicians received the prestigious Rising Stars award. Congratulations Dr. Abbas Anwar, Dr. Jian Guan, Dr. Amit Kochhar, Dr. Omid Mehdizadeh, Dr. Melita Petrossian, Dr. Akanksha Sharma, Dr. Walavan Sivakumar, Dr. Jason Tarpley, Dr. Courtney Voelker, and Dr. Evan S. Walgama! And congratulations to all at Pacific Neuroscience Institute who have helped make it one of the top neurosurgery facilities in the US.

Congratulations to all our doctors!

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About the Author

Amelia Garrison MPhil

Amelia Garrison

Amelia is the Coordinator of Marketing & Communications at Pacific Neuroscience Insitute (PNI). She leads the PNI blog, newsletter, and digital communications.

Last updated: January 13th, 2022