2015 Favorite Doctors in Maryland

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Annapolis Pediatrics
Annapolis, Waugh Chapel, Crofton, Kent Island, 410-263-6363

Monta Conrad, M.D.

  • We visited Dr. Conrad by accident. Our previous pediatrician had left the practice. I was used to having female doctors for my kids and was skeptical but I loved his demeanor with my kids, an 11-year-old girl and 13-year-old boy. He was frank and open in a great way that did not make either one feel uncomfortable.
  • He has been with us every step of the way since the birth of our son. He has helped us, as first-time parents, figure out how to be competent with our child's healthcare, without being over-reactive. My child always looks forward to his regular visits and trusts that Dr. Conrad will make him better when he is ill.
  • So caring towards my twins and so honest and helpful to me as a new mother. He has so much love and appreciation for the children he sees. He has so much knowledge about every little thing that I get concerned about and knows just what to say to make me understand and help me through whatever obstacle I have with my twins. He has been our go-to doctor from the twins' birth at the hospital until now (almost 2 years) and into the future.

Katherine Edwards, M.D.

  • I love that they have hours on Saturdays and Sundays.

Sefanit Fassil, M.D.

  • She cares about our children.
  • Dr. Fassil always makes us feel as if we are her only patients of the day. She has a great bedside manner. She sits, listens and asks questions. She answers all of my 4-year-old's questions.
  • She takes her time with us and answers all our questions. She's even called us at home to follow up. Her care is gentle and understanding!
  • My son has Down Syndrome and Dr Fassil has always been right on top of everything where he is concerned, from the very first time we met 5 years ago. She is always smiling. We love her!
  • From the very first meeting, she has always made us, as parents, feel secure. She has also always tried to form a bond with our daughter. I remember during our initial meeting when our little girl was just a baby, she would talk to her and make her the priority and it really put me at ease. Dr. Fassil always handles us with patience and understanding, and always plays with our daughter so it isn't just a traditional doctor visit! We're lucky to have found her.

Piyumi Foneska, M.D.

  • She is awesome and my 10-year-old loves coming to the office to see her!
  • She always seems to remember us and care how we are doing. Even when we had sick visits with other doctors in the practice, Dr. Fonseka would pop her head in our room to say hi and ask how the kids are doing.
  • Dr. Fonseka takes time to listen to and answer our questions and she makes an effort to get to know my son and our family. Knowing the patient and family helps in caring for the whole individual. She has a really warm personality and we also appreciate her professionalism.

Dwight Fortier, M.D.

  • Has always made the kids feel comfortable as well as myself. Always eases any concerns and has a great approach to helping the patient.

Gina Friel, C.P.N.P.

  • Very loving, great with every kid and parent who comes through the door. Well dressed. Cares about you—you're not just another patient.

Erik Haskins, M.D.

  • Dr. Haskins took the time to get to know our son from the day he was born. He makes you feel like your child is special, taking special attention to every need. He seemed excited about every new accomplishment my son had. He also recognized us when we were eating at a restaurant and came over to see how we were doing and see if our son was liking his outing experience. He made us feel as though he genuinely cared and was interested! He's amazing!
  • He is very intelligent and his depth of knowledge in pediatrics is profound. He also uses real life examples from his own children to help guide you in a direction for care for your child. He makes suggestions, not demands, and he is gentle and lighthearted, thorough, and very funny. My one-year-old loves him!
  • He is so down to earth and easy to communicate with. He takes his time when explaining things to me regarding my son's health and he makes me feel like my opinion is valued, which is important with your child's doctor.

Nicole Haughtling, C.P.N.P.

Valory Hill, M.D.

  • Dr. Hill has been our primary pediatrician for our 3-year-old and 16-month-old since they were born. She always greets us with a warm smile, always remembers what's going on with the boys, and even once called our home after hours to be sure we were doing okay after a double RSV diagnosis. We trust her completely and we know she cares about our boys; that means the world to us!
  • She's very personable and caring. She takes her time with our baby and answers all of our questions.
  • Great rapport with parents and kids; takes her time with her patients and listens to concerns.

Dana Kim, M.D.

  • Dr. Kim is a very knowledgeable, kind, caring doctor. She takes the time to explain procedures and medical terms. She focuses on the patient and family that she is with at that time. I never feel rushed or confused when I leave her office. With Dr. Kim, I know that my daughter is in great hands.
  • As my daughter got older, she wanted to see a doctor who was female. Dr. Kim made all of us feel welcome. At each visit Dr. Kim will talk to the parent to find out what is happening, concerns, and any other important information. Then she will talk to my daughter (the patient) to find out about her and her concerns. She then examines her, letting her know what she is doing and why. Afterwards she will go over her finds and recommendations with my daughter first (on her level) and then the parents. Excellent bedside manner!
  • Dr. Kim gives her patients 100% of her attention every time I take one of my kids to see her. She never makes her patients feel rushed and she is so kind, attentive and informative. She writes everything down for us and she always fully addresses all your questions. My kids all love Dr. Kim!

Mark Lester, M.D.

  • Dr. Lester is very attentive to my baby, always willing to listen to questions and provide advice, and he's very personable. He's been caring for my daughter since birth and I plan to stick with him!
  • Dr. Lester has supported our family and our daughter by providing thorough care for her special healthcare needs, specifically sickle cell. He provides transparent explanations and supports our family to help our daughter find the safest relief during a time of crisis in a timely manner. We are very proud to have him serve the needs of our children.
  • Dr. Lester saved our daughter's life. Enough said. Thank you.
  • Dr. Lester is an incredible doctor who is genuinely concerned for his patient's health. He is thorough and takes as much time as necessary to answer any parent's questions regarding various health concerns. He is truly a caring doctor who is great with kids. I would recommend him to any parent who is seeking pediatric care for their child.

Samuel Libber, M.D.

  • Dr. Libber is my son's pediatric endocrinologist. He is so thorough and takes the time to talk to us and explain everything that concerns his thyroid condition. I can't say enough praise for Dr. Libber and Annapolis Pediatrics!
  • Dr. Libber is the nicest, most compassionate doctor. He makes children feel very comfortable and special when he is caring for them. He returns calls quickly and is often available for last minute appointments. My three small children adore him, as does everyone else I've referred to him.
  • He has been our doctor for almost 18 years. He takes great joy in knowing our four daughters. Very personable and so easy to talk to. Thorough with medical issues but doesn't overdo.
  • He is patient, thorough, and very engaging with the children. I always leave feeling well informed and happy with next steps if in for an injury or illness. He pays attention to all aspects of the child from all medical check boxes to understanding all the outlets and activities that are helping to make the child well rounded.

Crystal Malvoisin, M.D.

  • She goes above and beyond to help her patients, parents and co-workers.

John McGrath, M.D.

  • He always takes the time to listen to all my concerns with my daughters. He takes into account the whole picture with my girls not just the current concern.
  • Dr. McGrath has always provided practical and compassionate care for my son. He has been his doctor since the day he was born and I always request to go to him when I am dealing with a health issue that I can't solve with my regular mommy intuition. He pays attention to the parents' concerns about their own parenting and how that affects the child, which I have come to appreciate over the years. He is very trustworthy.
  • Dr. McGrath has the best bedside manner. Our boys feel so comfortable with [him]. He always explains things to us very clearly and makes sure we have no questions before we leave. And if we do come up with a question later, we can always call him.

Kristen Medina, C.P.N.P.

  • So caring and great to work with.

Charles Parmele, M.D.

  • Dr. Parmele has a very relatable personality and knows how to calm the fears of a first time mother. His free nutrition classes are very helpful and his knowledge is comforting. Most importantly, he really listens to you and makes you feel like he has all the time in the world to answer your questions.
  • Very patient and thorough. He is not only wonderful medically but also has a phenomenal bedside manner.
  • He takes the time to listen to you without running behind, he doesn't make first time parents feel inferior, he gets to know you as a person based on small details.
  • He treats kids with respect and doesn't just talk to parents. You feel like he truly cares and spends the adequate amount of time with you.
  • He is great and we love him for his down to earth Common sense approach to children's health.
  • Listens carefully to parent and child. Very understanding of difficulty of having or living with ADD and recommending non-pharmaceutical options for treatment.

Kay Passagno, C.P.N.P.

  • So caring and always available for solid evidence-based advice.

Gwyn Reece, C.P.N.P.

  • She is a caring doctor who has never missed a diagnosis with my son. She talks with and listens to the parents as equals.
  • Multiple locations, walk-in hours, and all the doctors and nurse practitioners treat you like family!
  • She actually cares about the entire family not just her patients.

James Rice, M.D.

  • He remembers everything about the kids. Never rushes. Always takes his time and asks questions until he solves their problems. He is compassionate, smart and fabulous!
  • He is great with kids and is thorough. You feel that he really cares. When it warrants, he calls to follow up to make sure the patient is getting better.
  • Dr. Rice goes above and beyond most doctors these days. In addition to his job he volunteers to travel to South America to care for children. My three sons are all seen by Dr. Rice and my youngest with special needs is so loved and nurtured by Dr. Rice, I can not thank him enough for all of the time that he has taken to discuss the way forward and courses of action for him.

Michelle Schall, C.P.N.P.

  • Michelle is knowledgeable, thorough, and always pleasant. She is easy to talk to, and reassuring when I have questions or concerns about my son. She is great with my son, and always makes him feel comfortable when he visits. I can't recommend her enough.
  • Continuity of healthcare. She provided urgent care and quality follow up. Excellent listening and communication skills.

Nichole Tucker, C.P.N.P.

  • Thoughtful, caring and very thorough.

Margaret Turner, M.D.

  • She is a no nonsense pediatrician. I appreciate that she doesn't beat around the bush. She actually gave me her cell phone number during a time when my child was very ill.
  • Dr. Turner has been amazing! She is never in a hurry and always willing to answer our questions. She is so helpful and caring. She is down to earth and has given us so much advice. As first time parents, we really appreciate her!
  • We have been seeing Dr. Turner for 5 years for both of our sons. She is very practical and forthcoming, and always takes time to really listen to anything we need to discuss. We love her!
  • Dr. Turner takes the time to explain what is going on with our child at her different stages of development. She also answers any questions without judgment and makes a new mom feel comfortable.

Amy Landis, C.P.N.P.

  • She goes above and beyond for our son. She always checks with us even on her days off and does an amazing job monitoring his care.

Arundel Pediatrics
Linthicum, Arnold, 410-789-7337

Candace Tesch, M.D., F.A.A.P.

  • Very kind, caring, and nurturing. Great with kids. Thorough evaluations and care.

Rebecca Vickers, M.D., F.A.A.P.

Megan Wellard, M.S.N., R.N., C.P.N.P.

Baltimore Washington Medical Center
Glen Burnie, 410- 768-0700

Samir Bhasin, D.O.

  • Dr. Sam Bhasin is one of those most responsive, thorough health care professionals in the area. He has open and welcomed communication with his patients — through email and cell — any time of the day or night, which is imperative for a good pediatrician. His sound judgment and thorough, lengthy visits with his young patients are much appreciated by worried parents and his manner is calm and caring. Dr. Sam is second-to-none.

Lisa Fronc, M.D.

  • Dr. Fronc is the most amazing ER doctor. She has been a pediatrician for a long time and really knows what she is doing.

Esther Liu, M.D.

  • Dr. Liu always takes the next step to explain what is going on with my child as well as taking the time to make sure I truly understand what is going on.

Bay Area Pediatrics
Stevensville, 410-643-1000

James Kalliongis, M.D.

  • He is very thorough and caring, and he doesn't rush you out of the office.

Bay Shore Pediatrics
Prince Frederick, 410-535-5959

Meghan Chiu, M.D.

  • Knowledgeable, kind and helpful.

Manbir Singh, M.D.

  • Awesome with kids and very thorough. My newborn had some inflammation and crystals on her kidneys. He referred us to other specialists and initiated communication with them to keep me informed. He stayed on constant contact with them and me and was very thorough in determining the diagnosis (which was not easy).

Bayside Pediatrics
Annapolis, 410-224-7667

Meaghan Chaney, M.D., F.A.A.P.

  • Dr. Chaney is so nice and down to earth. She takes time with us, clearly remembers us from visit to visit, and seems to stay up on the latest medical research.
  • She knows her stuff—as the former chief of pediatrics at AAMC, Dr. Chaney is so knowledgeable. She doesn't waste your time.
  • Great bedside manner and explains everything perfectly, from cause of illness to symptoms and treatment. She gets straight to the point and can answer every question you have.

Diego Escobosa, M.D., F.A.A.P.

  • Deeply cares about the mental health of his plethora of patients who suffer from ADHD.
  • Dr. Escobosa is the best. He pays attention to the child such that they love going to see him even when they are not sick.

Jeffrey Nold, D.O., F.A.A.P.

  • He always seems so happy to see us. He takes the time to remember the little things. He truly makes the experience one of a kind.
  • Confident and knowledgeable about all things pediatric. Professional yet super friendly!

Belliacres Pediatrics
Davidsonville, 410-721-0800

Donald Schneider, M.D.

  • Great with kids!

Chesapeake Pediatrics
Annapolis, 410-224-3663

Corinne Coyner, M.D.

  • Very knowledgeable, friendly, and fantastic with children!

Gvozden Pediatrics
Millersville, 410-729-0690

Andre Gvozden, M.D.

  • It's a small family practice with wonderful, caring physicians!
  • Always makes time, remembers our son's name and ours too. So helpful and patient with new moms!
  • The whole staff is great with kids, easy to talk to, friendly, caring.
  • I have been taking my children to him since their birth. He has always been there for us and has always guided us clearly and professionally regarding our children's health and well being.

Klebanow and Associates
Columbia, 410-997-0500

Dana Wollney, M.D.

  • I have had this pediatrician for all three of my children since their births, two of which are now too old to visit the practice. Dr. Wollney has always listened with much patience. He is very knowledgeable and quick to diagnose or refer to other specialized physicians. He has an amazing bedside manner and truly cares for his clients and their family members.

Potomac Physicians
Catonsville, 410-869-0100

Gloria Fuentes, M.D.

  • Our pediatrician makes us feel like we are a family unit not just her patients, and she always shows a genuine interest in my children and their well-being.

Shahab A Malik & Associates LLC
Glen Burnie, 410-582-9630

Shahab Malik, M.D.

  • He is such a gentle sweet doctor who answers all your concerns and is very knowledgeable. Best pediatrician in Maryland.

South River Pediatrics
Edgewater, 410-956-6302

Azam Baig, F.A.A.P.

Kennon Harris, M.D.

  • Dr. Harris is great at making my kids feel comfortable.​

Jill Tierney, M.D.

  • She's just the best!

Martha Wallace, M.D.

  • Dr. Wallace is great at making my kids feel comfortable.

The Pediatric Group
Crofton, Davidsonville, Severna Park
410-721-2273, pediatricgroup.com

Craytonia Davis, M.D.

  • Kind, compassionate care giver.

Carol Forsyth, C.R.N.P.

  • She is so personable and remembers everything. She's the best! You have complete confidence in her decisions and she values the parents' opinions as well.
  • So good with children.

Robert Graw, M.D.

  • He cares for every patient as though it was his first and makes time to explain every detail in a light-hearted way to teenagers.
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