CONTACT Dr. T named to prestigious "Top Docs" list - Dr. Christian Thurstone
Dr. Christian Thurstone, chair of behavioral health at Denver Health, has been named in the Castle Connolly Top Docs list this year. The selection process is rigorous, and only 7 percent, or about 67,000, of the United States’ more than 985,000 practicing physicians receive this prestigious honor.

Castle Connolly is a publisher and provider of healthcare research and information services. For more than 30 years, patients have counted on its peer-reviewed directory to find premier doctors in various specialties and conditions.

Denver Health Behavioral Health BuildingDr. Thurstone is among 28 Denver Health physicians named to this year’s list — which is more than double the number of Denver Health doctors from last year.

“Denver Health takes pride in providing quality care, and our patients know that the teams that work alongside our physicians are matched with the same heart, dedication and commitment to excellence,” the hospital said in a prepared statement. “From all of us at Denver Health, a huge congratulations to our employed and affiliated physicians who made the Top Docs list. Thank you for your continued hard work and dedication to providing quality care to our patients.”

Dr. T’s Denver Health colleagues named to this year’s Castle Connolly list are:

  • Matthew Alfano, MD, diagnostic radiology
  • Timothy Amass, MD, pulmonology physician
  • Philip Andreoli, MD, hospital physician
  • Melissa Beagle, MD, family medicine
  • Robert Belknap, MD, executive director, Public Health Institute
  • Daniel Bessesen, MD, endocrinology physician
  • Jennie Buchanan, MD, emergency medicine physician
  • Michael Chen, MD, division chief of ophthalmology
  • Sarah Christensen, MD, Internal Medicine Physician
  • Ivor Douglas, MD, chief of the division of pulmonary sciences and critical medicine
  • Philip Fung, MD, medical director, international physicians program
  • Sasha Gubser, MD, pediatrics urgent care physician
  • Patricia Hagan, MD, director of newborn services
  • Mark Kearns, MD, pulmonology physician
  • Martina King, MD, hospital physician
  • Claudia Kunrath, pediatric critical care medicine physician
  • Scott Laker, MD, rehab physician
  • Brett Legget, MD, department chair of inpatient pediatrics
  • Kathy Love-Osborne, MD, pediatrics general physician
  • Cyril Mauffrey, MD, department chair of orthopedics
  • Randy Miles, MD, associate department chair of radiology
  • Ernest E. Moore, MD, trauma surgery physician
  • George Olsen, MD, family medicine
  • Jeffery Sankoff, MD, emergency medicine physician
  • Rehaan Shaffie, MD, hospital physician
  • Stephen Stacey, MD, orthopedic surgery physician
  • Luis Verduzco, MD, anesthesiology physician




About Christine Tatum

Christine Tatum is a veteran journalist whose communications and market intel firm, Media Salad, Inc., helps companies and nonprofit organizations win business and stay ahead of their competitors. Her professional stops include the Chicago Tribune, The Denver Post, the (Arlington Heights, Ill.) Daily Herald and the (Greensboro, N.C.) News & Record. Her work also has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, and New York Times.

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