ST. LOUIS –Esse Health is proud to announce that 24 of its board-certified physicians have been named to the Best Doctors in America® list for 2017-2018 by their peers and colleagues.

Approximately 5 percent of doctors practicing in the United States are selected as a Best Doctor.  Best Doctors was founded in 1989 by two Harvard Medical School physicians as a means to identify the most respected doctors and provide access to dependable, high-quality, medical information and care. In order to be considered for inclusion on the list, a physician must first be nominated by a current Best Doctor and then undergo a confidential evaluation by other current Best Doctors in their own and related specialties.

Esse Health internal medicine physicians include Dr. Susan Adams, Dr. Kathleen Brunts, Dr. Curt Calcaterra, Dr. Kathleen Cizek, Dr. Susan Colbert-Threats, Dr. Michael Fedak, Dr. Snehal Gandhi, Dr. Thomas Hastings, Dr. Gary Maassen, Dr. Sean McLaughlin, Dr. Elizabeth Tracy, Dr. Stanley Vriezelaar and Dr. Jerome Williams. Esse Health pediatric physicians include Dr. Patricia Amato, Dr. Gerry Deschamps, Dr. Matthew Dougherty, Dr. John Galgani, Dr. David Hartenbach, Dr. John Madden, Dr. Karen Norton, Dr. Peter Putnam, Dr. Joseph Schachter, Dr. Randall Sterkel and Dr. Kristen Terrill.

Esse Health is a St. Louis-based, independent physician group that strives to improve the overall well-being of its patients through patient education, lifestyle modification and prevention.  Esse Health’s adult and pediatric primary care offices have been awarded Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) 2014 Level 3 recognition by the National Committee on Quality Assurance. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Million Hearts Initiative recognized Esse Health as a 2014 Hypertension Control Champion for its success in helping patients control their high blood pressure.  With 40 locations throughout the St. Louis and Metro East area, Esse Health’s services include asthma, allergy and immunology, family medicine, gastroenterology, internal medicine, nutrition, orthopedics, pediatrics, radiology and urology.  Esse Health is a recognized leader in using technology in health care and physician accountability for both quality and cost-of-care.  For more information on Esse Health, visit