Connecticut Magazine recognized 83 Stamford Hospital physicians, including 15 New Canaan residents, in its annual list of top doctors in the April issue.

More than 5,000 questionnaires were sent to Connecticut doctors, asking them to recommend a doctor (other than themselves) to whom they would send a loved one for expert medical care. In this year's survey, the focus was on eight specialties: allergy and immunology, cardiology, endocrinology, family medicine, geriatric medicine, internal medicine, orthopedics and podiatry. The top vote-getters in each of those categories made the listings, along with all those doctors in other specialties who finished at the top of the surveys from the years 2011 to 2013.

The New Canaan-based doctors are Michael H. Bar, hematology oncology; Gary S. Besser, obstetrics and gynecology; James A. Bonheur, general surgery; Jeffrey J. Brooks, orthopedic surgery; William H. Hines, nephrology; Sarah A. Kahn, gastroenterology; Sharon W. Karp, rheumatology; Timothy H. Kenefick, pediatrics; Rosemary E. Klenk, pediatrics; James S. Krinsley, pulmonary disease; Mark D. Litchman, allergy and immunology; Michael J. Nurzia, urology; C. Cory Rosenstein, neurological surgery; Tomas J. Vietorisz, rheumatology; and Jonathan A. Waxberg, urology.

"Connecticut Magazine has again recognized so many of our dedicated and skilled physicians for their ability to care for our community," said Dr. Sharon Kiely, senior vice president of medical affairs and chief medical officer at Stamford Hospital. "It's an honor to be associated with those who have been acknowledged by their peers for their outstanding clinical expertise."