Augusta University Health physicians named America’s Top Doctors for 2020


From pioneering technology for pediatric patients to developing telemedicine technologies for faster stroke intervention, doctors at Augusta University Health have long been recognized as leaders in discovery, innovation and patient care.

Since 2000, Augusta University Medical Center  has been the only local hospital to have its physicians consistently ranked among the top 1 percent in the nation and included in the prestigious list of America’s Top Doctors.

One of several national patient reference guides published by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., the America’s Top Doctors online database and companion book designates physicians who are regarded by their peers and other health care leaders as among the very best in their field for specific diseases and medical techniques. Doctors do not and cannot pay to be included in any Castle Connolly guide or online directory.

In honor of National Doctors’ Day on March 30, AU Health is recognizing the physicians who made the Castle Connolly 2020 list of America’s Top Doctors this year. Those physicians are:  

  1. Dr. Jorge Cortes – Hematology
  2. Dr. Sharad Ghamande – Gynecologic Oncology
  3. Dr. David Hess – Neurology
  4. Dr. Anand Jillella – Medical Oncology
  5. Dr. Annette Johnson – Neuroradiology
  6. Dr. D. Douglas Miller– Cardiovascular
  7. Dr. Walter Moore – Rheumatology
  8. Dr. Gregory Postma – Otolaryngology
  9. Dr. Satish Rao – Gastroenterology
  10. Dr. Robert Sorrentino – Cardiac Electrophysiology
  11. Dr. David Terris – Otolaryngology
  12. Dr. Martha Terris – Urology
  13. Dr. Jack Yu – Plastic Surgery

In addition, Drs. Cortes, Ghamande, Jillella, and Drs. David and Martha Terris have also been named to the list of America’s Top Doctors for Cancer.

Additionally, over 50 AU Health physicians are among the top doctors in the region, according to the Castle Connolly website.

Published annually by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., the America’s Top Doctors guides are based on nominations from tens of thousands of doctors and healthcare executives across the country. A physician-led research team then reviews the credentials of each nominated doctor before the Castle Connolly selection team makes the final choices.

The most important criterion for physician selection is excellence in patient care. Other criteria include experience, education, board-certification, fellowships, hospital affiliation, medical school faculty appointments, honors and awards, and professional reputation.

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