Top Doctors

LIFE ON THE GULFSHORE is all about getting the best out of what paradise has to offer—and that includes high-quality healthcare. Locally, leading physicians and surgeons offer top-quality care in a host of specialties, with healthcare professionals practicing the latest techniques and taking part in cutting-edge research.

For these reasons, we’re proud to offer our readers this list of accredited practitioners granted Top Doctor status by national medical research firm Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., which selects winners following careful screening and peer nominations. As part of our coverage, we’ve also profiled five healthcare professionals who live up to the highest standards in their respective fields.

You can use this list—really, this entire issue—as a resource to connect with the right doctor and the proper care. However, the path to good health is a personal one. Your route may lead you to seek the advice of a physician who’s not on our list. Only you can decide what’s the right course for you.

Castle Connolly Top Doctors is a healthcare research company and the official source for Top Doctors for more than 25 years. Castle Connolly’s established nomination survey, research, screening and selection process involves many hundreds of thousands of physicians as well as academic medical centers, specialty hospitals, and regional and community hospitals across the nation.

The online nominations process—located at nominations.castleconnolly.com—is open to all licensed physicians in America who are able to nominate physicians in any medical specialty and any part of the country. Once nominated, Castle Connolly’s physician-led team of researchers follows a rigorous screening process to select Top Doctors who meet the Castle Connolly standards. The research team also identifies Castle Connolly Rising Stars, peer-nominated doctors who meet most of our Top Doctor criteria but are earlier in their career.

Careful screening of doctors’ educational and professional experience is essential before final selections are made among those physicians most highly regarded by their peers. The result: We identify the top doctors in America and provide you, the consumer, with detailed information about their education, training and special expertise in our online directories and national and regional magazine Top Doctors features.

Doctors do not and cannot pay to be selected and profiled as Castle Connolly Top Doctors or Rising Stars.

Physicians selected for inclusion in this magazine’s Top Doctors feature also appear online castleconnolly.com or in conjunction with other Castle Connolly Top Doctors databases online and/or in print.

Castle Connolly was acquired by Everyday Health Group (EHG), one of the world’s most prominent digital healthcare companies, in late 2018. EHG, a recognized leader in patient and provider education and services, attracts an engaged audience of more than 60 million health consumers and more than 890,000 practicing physicians and clinicians in the United States. EHG’s mission is to drive better clinical and health outcomes through decision-making informed by highly relevant information, data and analytics. EHG empowers healthcare providers, consumers and payers with trusted content and services delivered through Everyday Health Group’s world-class brands, including Everyday Health®, What to Expect®, MedPage Today®, Health eCareers®, PRIME® Education and our exclusive partnership with MayoClinic.org®. Everyday Health Group is a division of Ziff Davis (NASDAQ: ZD) and is headquartered in New York City.

David M Gutstein

13691 Metro Parkway, Suite 110A

Fort Myers,FL,33912

(239) 310-5303


David S Harris

6811 Palisades Park Court, Suite 1

Fort Myers,FL,33912

(239) 533-5177


David S Madwar

1333 Third Ave. S., Suite 402


(239) 352-5550

Internal Medicine

David W Krueger

3200 Bailey Lane, Suite 200


(239) 262-1721

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Dawn Bertram-Stewart

7795 Davis Blvd., Suite 206


(239) 455-1882


Debra Fett Desmond

14071 Metropolis Ave

Fort Myers,FL,33912

(239) 694-7546


Denise Drago

4751 S. Cleveland Ave

Fort Myers,FL,33907

(239) 343-9888


Dennis A Hidlebaugh

8340 Collier Blvd., Suite 301


(239) 348-4221

Obstetrics & Gynecology

Diane Brzezinski

1250 Pine Ridge Road, Suite 101A


(239) 261-9990

Internal Medicine

Douglas Boynton

400 Eighth St. N.


(239) 649-3303

Family Medicine

Douglas G Brust

1224 Del Prado Blvd. S.

Cape Coral,FL,33990

(239) 945-9401

Infectious Disease

Douglas Joyce

25092 Olympia Ave., Suite 500

Punta Gorda,FL,33950

(941) 575-0123

Thoracic & Cardiac Surgery

Douglas M Stevens

15721 New Hampshire Court

Fort Myers,FL,33908

(239) 481-9292

Otolaryngology/Facial Plastic Surgery

Drew M Horlbeck

9711 Commerce Center Court

Fort Myers,FL,33908

(239) 939-2621


Duane Wiggins

Multiple Locations


E. Sean Kelley

730 Goodlette Road, Suite 203


(239) 643-1071

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Edward Danehy

3660 Broadway

Fort Myers,FL,33901

(239) 936-2316

Diagnostic Radiology

Elena Gatskevich

13340 Metro Parkway, Suite 310

Fort Myers,FL,33966

(239) 343-1448

Infectious Disease

Elizabeth Efthimiou

2776 Cleveland Ave

Fort Myers,FL,33901

(239) 343-2686

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Elvin M Mendez

22655 Bayshore Road, Suite 130

Port Charlotte,FL,33980

(941) 255-3722

Allergy & Immunology

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