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National Top Doctors' list includes 94 Physicians from Advocate Christ Medical Center

Oak Lawn, Ill. — A roster of physicians nominated by their peers as being among the best in their specialties in the nation includes 94 doctors from Advocate Christ Medical Center and Hope Children's Hospital, according to an announcement today (July 26) by U.S. News Media Group.

Four of the medical center's physicians - neuroradiologist, Thomas Grobelny MD; pediatric heart surgeon, Michel Ilbawi MD; and pediatric hematologists-oncologists, Ammar Hayani MD and Sharad Salvi MD - are ranked among the nation's top 1 percent in their fields.

"To have 94 of our physicians ranked nationally - nearly 9 percent of the 1,100 physicians on the medical staff here - is truly an honor and attests to why our medical center is consistently rated among the leading hospitals in the country for level of professional expertise and quality health outcomes," said Robert Stein MD, vice president, medical management, at Advocate Christ Medical Center and Hope Children's Hospital. "Even more impressive: four of our physicians rate in the upper 1 percent of professionals in the country."

William Adair MD, interim vice president for clinical transformation at the medical center, agreed. "The selection of such a large number of our medical staff to the Top Doctors list is a phenomenal recognition of what our physicians have achieved and what they continue to achieve every day in providing quality, compassionate care to our patients," he said.

Release of the Top Doctors' list follows last week's announced U.S. News and World Report hospital rankings, in which Christ Medical Center was rated a high performing hospital in cardiology and heart surgery, cancer, neurology and neurosurgery, bone and joint care and seven other specialties in the Chicago metropolitan region.  The medical center also was ranked eighth overall among an estimated 120 Chicago area hospitals.

The complete list of names of the Christ Medical Center and Hope Children's Hospital physicians included on this year's Top Doctors list is available at

U.S. News Top Doctors is a free, searchable directory available at It was created in collaboration between U.S. News Media Group and Castle Connolly Medical Ltd and includes the names of nearly 30,000 peer-nominated physicians from throughout the country. Castle Connolly is publisher of America's Top Doctors and other consumer health guides.

Castle Connolly assembled the roster of Top Doctors by soliciting online nominations from physicians in academic medical centers, specialty hospitals, regional hospitals and private practice from all geographic areas in the country.  A Castle Connolly research team reviewed each nominee's training, achievements and appointments, among other credentials, before including that professional on the roster of Top Doctors.

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About Advocate Christ Medical Center and Hope Children's Hospital
Advocate Christ Medical Center is a 690-bed, world-class teaching and research institution.  Part of Advocate Health Care, which is one of the nation's leading health care networks, Christ Medical Center trains some 400 residents, 600 medical students and 800 nursing students annually.  Its medical staff, a team of more than 1,000 physicians, represents 60 specialties and subspecialties. Christ Medical Center is internationally recognized and has achieved clinical leadership in cardiology, cardiac surgery, heart and kidney transplantation, neurosciences, oncology, orthopedics, pediatrics, surgical services, women' health and emergency medicine. The campus' emergency department and Level I trauma center - the largest Level I trauma center in a 12-state region of the Midwest - serve some of the most severely ill and critically injured patients in Illinois and Indiana, providing care for more than 86,000 emergency patient visits each year.  Christ Medical Center also is home to the heart and vascular, cancer, neurosciences and bone and joint institutes, which offer some of the most innovative treatment available.  Christ Medical Center is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a Magnet Medical Center and is among only a small group of U.S. hospitals that have twice earned Magnet designation. Magnet status represents the highest honor in the nursing profession. For more information about Advocate Christ Medical Center, log on to

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