WellStar Health System has grown to become the largest health system in Georgia, offering world-class healthcare from some of the region’s most skilled physicians. With nearly 3,000 physicians and advanced practice professionals on its medical staff, WellStar physicians are driving innovation and patient-centered care. Recently, Atlanta Magazine recognized 65 of those WellStar physicians on its 2017 Top Doctors list.

To be selected for the Top Doctor’s list, physicians were nominated by their peers and were featured in Atlanta Magazine’s health issue in July.

“WellStar’s physicians are advancing healthcare through innovative treatments and compassionate care,” said John A. Brennan, M.D., executive vice president and chief clinical integration officer of WellStar Health System.  “Our physicians understand the importance of putting patients at the center of everything they do.  With WellStar’s expanded network of physicians, we are better able to deliver high-quality healthcare to our communities.”

The physicians selected this year came from a diverse background of specialties and many of them have been recognized on this list for multiple years:

  • Chris Andersen, M.D., WellStar Summit Surgical
  • Ebon Bourne, M.D., WellStar Acworth Family Practice
  • George Brown, M.D., WellStar Medical Group Family Medicine
  • Carl Capelouto, M.D., Georgia Urology
  • Thomas Chacko, M.D., WellStar Ear Nose & Throat
  • Arun Chervu, M.D., Vascular Surgical Associates
  • Jay Cinnamon, M.D., Quantum Radiology
  • Larry Clements, M.D., WellStar KenMar Pediatrics
  • William Cleveland, M.D., Southwest Atlanta Nephrology
  • Toni E. Coombs, M.D., WellStar Smyrna Primary Care Center
  • William Cooper, M.D., WellStar Cardiovascular Surgery
  • Tapan Daftari, M.D., Resurgens Orthopaedics
  • Michael Dailey, M.D., Infectious Disease Services of Georgia
  • William Dowdell, M.D., WellStar Pulmonary Medicine
  • Amber Driskell, M.D., WellStar Internal Medicine
  • Daniel Eller, M.D., Maternal Fetal Diagnostic Center 
  • Stanley M. Fineman, M.D., Atlanta Allergy & Asthma Clinic
  • David Gale, M.D., Pain Solutions Treatment Center
  • Thomas E. Gearhard, M.D., WellStar Cobb Family Medicine
  • Sachin Goel, M.D., Gastroenterology Specialists of Georgia
  • David Hafner, M.D., Vascular Surgical Associates
  • Jeffrey Hines, M.D., WellStar Gynecologic Oncology
  • Edward Holliger, M.D., Resurgens Orthopaedics
  • Angela Hudson, M.D., Women's Healthcare Center of GA
  • Jermaine Jackson, M.D., Piedmont Physicians Georgia Lung
  • Tariq Javed, M.D., Neurological Surgery
  • Keith Jeffords, M.D., Paramount Plastic Surgery
  • Chad Levitt, M.D.Radiation Oncology
  • Drew Locandro, M.D., Northwest ENT & Allergy Center
  • Charles Kaplan, M.D., Georgia Urology
  • Robert A. Kelly, M.D., Resurgens Orthopaedics
  • Richard W. King, Jr., M.D., HyOx Medical Treatment Center
  • Harry Lightfoot, M.D., WellStar Surgical Specialists at Cobb
  • Douglas W. Lundy, M.D., Resurgens Orthopaedics
  • Ralph Lyons, M.D., Atlanta South Gastroenterology 
  • Barry D. Mangel, M.D., WellStar Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Mark McCord, M.D.Radiation Oncology
  • Rolf Meinhold, M.D., Meinhold Family Practice
  • Daniel Miller, M.D., WellStar Thoracic Surgery Associates
  • Eduardo Molinary, M.D., WellStar Pulmonary Medicine
  • Jean E. Molinary, D.O., WellStar Medical Specialists
  • Thomas Murphy, M.D., Quantum Radiology
  • Muhamad Obideen, M.D., Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates
  • Neal Osborn, M.D., Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates
  • Steven Oweida, M.D., Vein Specialists of Northwest Georgia
  • Shatul Parikh, M.D., Northwest ENT & Allergy Center
  • Bryan Piedad, M.D., WellStar Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Philip Ramsay, M.D., WellStar Medical Group Surgical Specialists of Atlanta
  • Erich Randolph, M.D., Atlanta Oncology Associates
  • Michael Riley, M.D., WellStar Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Randy F. Rizor, M.D., The Physicians Pain & Rehab Specialists
  • Michael K. Schaufele, M.D., Pain Solutions Treatment Centers
  • Raymond Schettino, M.D., North Fulton Ear, Nose & Throat Associates
  • Roy Schottenfeld, M.D., North Fulton Ear, Nose & Throat Associates
  • Sanjay Sharma, M.D., Southern Crescent Nephrology
  • Elizabeth M. Street, M.D., Unified Women’s Care of Georgia
  • Jung Suh, M.D., Atlanta Gastroenterology
  • David Tanner, M.D., Atlanta Allergy & Asthma Clinic
  • Murphy Townsend, III, M.D., WellStar Urology
  • Janice M. Warner, M.D., Atlanta West Dermatology
  • Elizabeth Whitaker, M.D., Atlanta Face & Body Center
  • W. Hamilton Williams, M.D., Radiation Oncology of Atlanta
  • Barry Zisholtz, M.D., Georgia Urology
  • John Zora, M.D., Atlanta Allergy & Asthma Clinic
  • Alan M. Zuckerman, M.D., Quantum Radiology 


These “Top Doctors” are part of a nearly 3,000-member medical staff at WellStar. The not-for-profit health system’s physicians work closely with community members to deliver care that is both cutting-edge and patient-focused. Physicians at WellStar also coordinate care between primary care physicians, specialists, hospitals and other services. For patients, this means more access to robust medical services at affordable costs. It’s all part of WellStar’s vision to deliver world-class healthcare.

About WellStar Health System                                                     

WellStar Health System, the largest health system in Georgia, is known nationally for its innovative care models, focused on improving quality and access to healthcare. WellStar consists of WellStar Medical Group, 250 medical office locations, outpatient centers, health parks, a pediatric center, nursing centers, hospice, homecare, as well as 11 hospitals: WellStar Atlanta Medical Center, WellStar Atlanta Medical Center South, WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center (anchored by WellStar Kennestone Hospital), WellStar West Georgia Medical Center, and WellStar Cobb, Douglas, North Fulton, Paulding, Spalding Regional, Sylvan Grove and Windy Hill hospitals. As a not-for-profit, WellStar continues to reinvest in the health of the communities it serves with new technologies and treatments.  For more information, visit wellstar.org.