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August 13, 2011  (San Diego) -- Six physicians on Alvarado Hospital’s medical staff were identified by U.S. News & World Report as “Top Doctors” in the nation.  
These physicians are Dr. Gonzalo Ballon-Landa, infectious disease specialist; Dr. Irwin Goldstein, urology (he is the medical director of the Sexual Medicine Program at Alvarado Hospital);  Dr. Alborz Hassankhani, cardiac electrophysiologist;  Dr. Frederick Howden, thoracic surgeon; Dr. Choll Kim, orthopedic surgeon (specializing in minimally invasive spine surgery at Alvarado Hospital); and Dr. Nasrin Mani, ophthalmologist.

The magazine identified Drs. Ballon-Landa and Goldstein as being in the top 1% in the nation in their respective specialties.
“We congratulate these physicians for being recognized by U.S. News & World Report and for the extraordinary care they provide to our neighboring community,” said Peter Adamo, Alvarado Hospital Medical Center administrator.
The free searchable directory, available at, lists nearly 30,000 peer-nominated physicians across the country. Consumers can search for a Top Doctor by location, hospital affiliation and a full range of specialties and subspecialties.
Alvarado Hospital has more than 400 physicians on its medical staff representing a variety of specialties. To find a physician, visit or call 1-800-258-2723.