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Thirteen Lutheran General Physicians included in Top One Percent of Nation’s Docs by U.S. News Media Group

A total of 107 Lutheran General Physicians Named to Top Doctors List

One hundred and seven Advocate Lutheran General Hospital/Advocate Lutheran General Children's Hospital physicians were recognized this week as the best in their fields, with 13 being named in the top 1 percent of the nation's doctors in U.S. News Media Group's 2011 Top Doctors listing.

The complete list of names of Lutheran General physicians included on this year's Top Doctors list is available at

The Lutheran General physicians recognized in the top 1 percent of all doctors in their specialties for 2011 are:

Bauer, Jerry, MD  -   Neurosurgeon
Berman, James, MD  -  Pediatric Gastroenterologist
Bitran, Jacob D., MD  - Hematologist/Oncologist
Gluckman, Gordon R., MD  - Urologist
Goldstein, Wayne, MD  - Orthopedic Surgeon
Gunasekaran, T. S, MD  -Pediatric Gastroenterologist
Jacobs, Laurence, MD  - Reproductive Endocrinologist
Miller, Charles, MD - Reproductive Endocrinologist
Miller, Robert P., MD  - Pediatric Otolaryngologist
Oberholzer, Jose, MD - Surgeon
Richards, Jon, MD - Hematologist/Oncologist
Ruge, John R., MD - Neurosurgeon
Werner, Phillip, MD - Endocrinologist

"It is quite an accomplishment to be included on this list of outstanding physicians who are so highly regarded by their peers," said Michael E. McKenna, MD, vice president of Medical Management at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital/Advocate Lutheran General Children's Hospital. "We are extremely proud of these physicians and all our medical staff, for their above-and-beyond excellence of care, and their 100-percent commitment to their patients, colleagues, and the entire team at Lutheran General."

The U.S. News Top Doctors list was created in collaboration with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., publisher of America's Top Doctors and other consumer health guides, drawing from Castle Connolly's database of peer-recommended physicians. The list builds on the 22nd annual Best Hospitals rankings released last week, which ranked Advocate Lutheran General Hospital as one of the Best Hospitals in the Chicago metro area. The Best Hospital list is available at

Castle Connolly assembled the roster of Top Doctors by soliciting nominations from physicians in academic medical centers, specialty hospitals, regional hospitals and physician practices. Its research team then reviewed each nominee's training, achievements and appointments, among other credentials.

About Advocate Lutheran General Hospital and Advocate Lutheran General Children's Hospital

Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, IL, is a 645-bed teaching, research and referral hospital, a Level I trauma center, and one of the largest hospitals in the Chicago area.  It also is home to Advocate Lutheran General Children's Hospital, the only children's hospital in the greater north and northwest suburban region of Chicago.  The children's hospital is designated as a Level III perinatal center (the highest designation) and a Pediatric Critical Care Center by the Illinois Department of Public Health Emergency Medical Services for Children.

Lutheran General Hospital has been recognized 13 times as one of the 100 Top Hospitals and 15 top major teaching hospitals in the country.  For the 11th year, Lutheran General was rated by US News & World Report as one of America's Best Hospitals, and has received "top 50 in the nation" rankings for medical excellence and advanced capabilities in many specialties. The hospital also has been selected four times as one of the 100 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals. In addition, Lutheran General is one of only 2 percent of the hospitals in the country to be re-designated by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Magnet Recognition Program for nursing excellence.  Lutheran General Hospital achieved the best overall surgical morbidity ranking in the country according to the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program of the American College of Surgeons, and is a Joint Commission-certified Primary Stroke Center.

For more information on Lutheran General, visit


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