General News

Greek-American Doctors in the Castle Connolly Top Doctor Directory

NEW YORK – Castle Connolly is a leading research and information resource for patients looking to find and connect with the best healthcare. They provide their healthcare consumers with trusted lists of Top Doctors in their local communities, as well as across the country.

Greek-American doctors are among those in the directory, as Castle Connolly Private Health Partners (CCPHP), including Dr. Christine V. Kakoulas, Internal Medicine; Dr. George P. Liakeas, Family Medicine; and Dr. Steven E. Fochios, Gastroenterologist.

Dr. Kakoulas has been a Castle Connolly Top Doctor since 2017, Dr. Liakeas since 2014, and Dr. Fochios since 2002.

Dr. Kakoulas’ awards and distinctions include the Exceptional Women in Medicine for 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, and 2024 and she has been in the Top Doctors New York Metro Area (digital guide) in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023, as well as New York Magazine’s Top Doctors in 2021, 2022, and 2023.

Dr. Liakeas is, of course, well-known in the Greek community as a past president of the Hellenic Medical Society of New York and his quality as a physician has placed him amongst America’s Top Doctors multiple times. Dr. Liakeas is also a recipient of over two dozen awards and recognitions for his compassionate care and commitment to the medical profession, including from the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Medical Association.

He is also a Teaching Physician for the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York Medical College, Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California, and Mercy College of Physician Assistants. He has also been the New York City Marathon Medical Captain.

Dr. Fochios’ success as a physician has placed him amongst America’s Top Doctors. He was awarded the Plaque of Honor by the staff of Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital for his outstanding dedication. He shares his passion for medicine in his role as Clinical Instructor in Medicine at New York University School of Medicine. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology and a Member of the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and American Gastroenterology Association.

Dr. George Liakeas. Photo: TNH File

According to the Castle Connolly website, selection of Castle Connolly Top Doctors is based on a robust and completely unbiased research process. Each year, Castle Connolly surveys physicians and other healthcare leaders around the country. They ask them to identify doctors that embody excellence in clinical care as well as interpersonal skills such as listening and communicating, demonstrating empathy and instilling trust and confidence in patients. Any licensed MD, DPM or DO can nominate a fellow physician for Top Doctor recognition.

In addition to online surveys, the Castle Connolly team makes thousands of phone calls each year, talking with leading specialists, chairs of clinical departments and vice presidents of medical affairs, seeking to verify these top specialists for all major conditions and procedures.

The physician-led Castle Connolly research team then carefully reviews the credentials of every physician being considered for inclusion. This includes, among other factors, scrutiny of medical education, training, hospital appointments, administrative posts, professional achievements, and malpractice and disciplinary history. Where available, Castle Connolly also incorporates outcomes and procedure volume data in its research process.

More information is available online: https://www.castleconnolly.com/.


BOSTON – The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is conducting a Leadership Mission to Greece and Cyprus this week.

Top Stories


A pregnant woman was driving in the HOV lane near Dallas.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.


‘We Have Nothing.’ As Israel Attacks Rafah, Palestinians are Living in Tents and Searching for Food

DEIR AL-BALAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — The tent camps stretch for more than 16 kilometers (10 miles) along Gaza’s coast, filling the beach and sprawling into empty lots, fields and town streets.

ATHENS – The sessions and luncheon of the second day of the 4th International Conference on Religious Freedom presented by the Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of America, Canada, Australia and Europe were held at the iconic Zappeion Megaron in Athens on May 28.

LANSDOWNE, PA – Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Eleftheria Post #6633 of Upper Darby, continued to observe Memorial Day as it has since 1946 at Fernwood Cemetery in Lansdowne.

ATHENS – Aria Hotels, the Greek-born hospitality subsidiary of Libra Group, will build and operate four vertiports to support the uptake of electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft in Greece.

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis apologized Tuesday after he was quoted using a vulgar term about gay men to reaffirm the Catholic Church’s ban on gay priests.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. [email protected]

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.