Boston’s Best Doctors: Top Docs 2013

Our guide to 650 of the Hub’s finest physicians. Plus, a look at how Boston’s medical community has helped patients recover—both physically and emotionally—in the wake of the marathon bombings.


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We knew Boston’s medical professionals were among the best in the world, and this year, we got a chance to see them at their absolute finest.

The smoke had not yet cleared on Boylston Street when the careful choreography began—the first responders fashioning makeshift tourniquets on the sidewalk, doctors and nurses materializing from the marathon’s recovery tents and from the race itself, running toward the carnage. Within minutes the wounded bodies were being whisked to the city’s six Level I trauma hospitals—all of them, miraculously, within two and a half miles of the blasts. At Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the first victims arrived a mere 18 minutes after the explosions and were on the operating table in a little more than half an hour. These feats were repeated across the city. As Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s emergency chief, Richard Wolfe, told B & W surgeon Atul Gawande in the New Yorker, “everybody spontaneously knew the dance moves.”

With its efforts, Boston’s medical community set the city on a path toward recovery—but that was just the beginning of the journey. The wounds inflicted that day were deep, the healing long and uncertain. For a city that carries the scars of the marathon, life will never be exactly the way it once was. Thankfully for the 16 victims who lost limbs in the bombings, Boston—sitting at a crossroads of academic research and medical innovation—has long been home to the most cutting-edge developments in prosthetics, an industry striving to replace the irreplaceable. Still, as many of our doctors and patients are learning, a wound is a place where, when the body breaks, we suture new bonds. In “Six Heroic Saves,” we introduce you to six enduring relationships between the ones who were broken and the doctors who are helping to make them whole again.

Top Docs 2013: The List

Our guide to 650 of the Hub’s finest physicians. Search the database by hospital, specialty, and even zip code.

Six Heroic Saves

For the victims of the marathon bombings, the process of healing isn’t merely physical—it’s emotional, too. And the bonds they forged with the doctors who treated them that fateful day have helped restore both mind and body.


Learn about Boston’s long history of pioneering research in prosthetics. And thanks to cutting-edge new research, local patients are ready to take the next step.

  • FLgal4747

    Well I can tell you who not to go to. 10 yrs ago Frederick Manfield an ortho surgeon at Mass Gen almost cost me my life and left me totally disabled, thus forever changing my life. Prior to that my income was 4x what it is now and I had a beautiful home in Mass. if you are smart, stay away!!

  • D. Anthony

    I’m very sorry to hear of your unfortunate experience with this guy. I am still trying to get the proper care and treatment after a pain management doctor nearly killed me when he administered an epidural pain block shot that went very wrong..! His name is the “Former Dr. Fathalla Mashalli” and now that he has lost his license due to negligence and allegedly killing six other patients he is now just Fathalla Mashalli. Beware of New England Pain Associates in Holbrook, Massachusetts. Although this monster no longer has a license to practice medicine he still owns the practice and dictates to the new doctors how to treat and administer medications to his current patients.

  • carol taylor

    I would like to see Dr. Eduardo Vaynberg of Boston Medical Center added to the Pain Management top docs list. I went to see Dr. Vaynberg after a horrible back injury left me with 3 herniated discs and a difficulty walking or sitting. Five years later, I am in much better shape pain-wise. He is compassionate, spends time with each patient & administers the epidurals painlessly. He gets it right every single time. I am very grateful to him & his staff. They are a highly organized team who respect one another & work together beautifully.

    • D. Anthony

      I was administered an epidural pain block so to speak in general terms,by Eduardo Vaynberg, Ph.d. M.d. in early 2014.

      He was definitely a skilled Neurosurgeon, who had the gift of stability and the dexterity. He not only made a sensitive and somewhat complex procedure seem effortless, but also feel effortless and I was as comfortable as I’ve ever been during an “epidural – procedure” for chronic back pain.

      However, there is one BIG caveat..! I can’t say much for his bedside manner or willingness to listen to the patient’s concerns, but if you need a good neurosurgeon to perform a shot now and then without pain management follow through on a semi-regular to regular basis then look Ed up at BMC..! Have a ball…! lol