Whether gathered around the operating table, conducting midnight research in a lab or directing innovation from the board room, medical professionals of all kinds are responsible for so much more than maintaining and monitoring simple health of the Tucson citizenry – they guarantee that Tucson has a fit and prosperous future.

For the second year in a row, Inside Tucson Business recognized the individuals who so often have initials following their titles at the Influential Health and Medical Leaders Awards, hosted Sept. 28 at Casino Del Sol Resort and emceed by former KGUN reporter Kimberly Romo.

“We know that day-in and day-out organizations in the medical community help us all appreciate what we have,” said Arizona Public Media Manager and Tucson Public Media Publisher Steve Pope. “Tucson would be, for each of us, much less of a nice place to live if we didn’t have good hospitals and the like.”

For the past several years Inside Tucson Business has held similar ceremonies to honor “Women of Influence” and chief financial officers, though Pope said that the work done by medical professionals is deserving of every bit of recognition possible.

Totaling 20 categories and more than 100 nominations submitted by patients, colleagues, families and associates and decided upon by a panel of independent judges, each finalists – whether a winner or not – exemplified the professionalism, good-spirit and temperament 

of a medical professional.  

It takes much more than an apt mind to become an influential figure within the medical world, however. More than just a dedication to science, each individual honored showed compassion, interest and drive to not only improve their vocation as a whole – but to positively impact those in the community with their work.

“I am very blessed to be doing work that I enjoy,” said Gerald N. Goldberg, MD of Pima Dermatology, who won an award for “Outstanding Dermatology/ Skin Care.’ “I enjoy the interactions with patients, I have a great staff of people with some superstars that are behind me and it’s been a joy to practice. … It’s been a pleasure to be involved with people I really enjoy, it’s very versatile and I really enjoy the interaction with patients on a daily basis.” 

Whether a dermatologist, dentist or in hospice care, one thing became quite apparent as each winner came before the podium to accept their awards – they couldn’t have ever done it alone.

“We’ve taken care of about 20,000 people,” said Lynette E. Jaramillo, chief executive officer of Casa de la Luz Hospice. “That’s a lot of people and a lot of families.” With nearly 250 staff, Jaramillo said her employees “really do make every day count.”

And the winners are...


Achievement in Community Outreach: Donna Gasworks

Achievement in Medical Devices: Marvin J. Slepian, MD 

Achievement in Medical Research: Andrew S. Kraft, MD

Achievement in Wellness Programs- Individual or Organization: Stephen M. Gootter Foundation

Lifetime Achievement in Health Care – Individual: Karl B. Kern, MD

Outstanding Dental/Orthodontic Care: Howard M. Steinberg, DMD MDS

Outstanding Dermatology/ Skin Care: Gerald N. Goldberg, MD of Pima Dermatology 

Outstanding Health Organization – Large: Banner-University Health Center

Outstanding Health Organization – Medium/small: Modern Elixir 

Outstanding Heart Care: Peter Ott, MD 

Outstanding Hospice/ End of Life Care: Casa de la Luz Hospice

Outstanding Neurology: Mateja De Leonni Stanonik, MD, PHD

Outstanding Nurse Practitioner: Karrie Cravens, RN

Outstanding Oncology/Radiology: Michael Uzick, NMD


Outstanding Physician’s Assistant: Heather Froschle, PA

Outstanding Retinal/Eye Care: Mark L. Griswold, DO

Outstanding Psychiatric/Mental Health Care: Adena Bank Lees

Outstanding Vascular Care:

Matthew P. Namanny, DO, FACOS

Outstanding Women’s Health: Arianna Sholes-Douglas, MD

Outstanding Plastic Surgery/

Medical Cosmetic/Reconstruction: Dr. Gwen Maxwell

For a full listing of nominees please visit www.insidetucsonbusiness.com