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SouthCoast Health Receives Recognitions in 11 Categories in the 2022 Savannah Magazine “Best of” Issue

Thursday, September 1, 2022

Best of Savannah Announcement for 2022

Savannah Magazine has announced its annual “Best of Savannah” winners and runner-ups for this year. SouthCoast Health was honored in 11 categories related to the healthcare/ medical field and was featured in Savannah Magazine’s September/October 2022 issue.

Savannah Magazine conducts a yearly poll to name the city’s most influential people and ideas. The magazine emphasizes that “only reader votes” determine the winners and that votes are limited to one per person.

“To be represented in 11 categories, reflects our goal of providing Total Wellness for Life™ to our patients,” SouthCoast Health CEO John Marrero said. “We are proud of our physicians and providers, who represent a wide span of specialties for our practice, for this year’s recognition by Savannah Magazine. Acknowledgment from the Savannah community for our commitment to quality health care is a great honor.”

SouthCoast Health winners and runner-ups were recognized in the following categories:

1. Cardiologist
Roy D. Flood, Jr. M.D., FACC (runner-up)

2. Critical Care Specialist/Intensivist
Nizar S. Eskandar, M.D., FACP, CMCM (winner)

3. Family Medicine/General Practitioner
Kristen A. Updegraff, M.D. (runner-up)

4. Foot & Ankle Physician
Craig K. Skalla, D.P.M. (runner-up)

5. General Surgeon
Jeffrey S. Mandel, M.D., FACS (winner)

6. Infectious Disease Specialist
Nenad Avramovski, M.D. (runner-up)

7. Doctor of Internal Medicine
Misal Patel, M.D. (runner-up)

8. Nephrologist
Nizar S. Eskandar, M.D., FACP, CMCM (winner)

9. Nutritionist
Rebekah M. Laurance, RD (winner)

10. Optometrist
Edward D. Sammons, O.D. (runner-up)

11. Osteopathic Physician
Regina B. Dandy, D.O. (runner-up)

Congratulations to our 2022 “Best of Savannah” honorees! From pediatrics to geriatrics, from sore throats to surgery, from well visits to urgent care, and everything in between, SouthCoast Health is your partner for better living. 


Whether you are looking for a primary care doctor or a pediatrician, or another medical specialist, SouthCoast Health has you covered with its wide range of world-class healthcare services, available throughout the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry. SouthCoast Health has 120 physicians and medical professionals in 18 locations in Savannah, Richmond Hill, Pooler, Rincon, Baxley, Hilton Head, Hinesville, and Statesboro. SouthCoast Health offers comprehensive medical services including: Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Allergy and Immunology, Cardiology, Endocrinology, Eye Care, Imaging, Infectious Diseases, Nephrology, Neurology, Physical Therapy, Podiatry, Sleep Medicine, Surgery, Clinical Trial Research Studies, Diabetic Self-Management Training Sessions, Dietetic Counseling, Laboratory Services, Massage Therapy, Optical Shop, Pharmacy, and Urgent Care.

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