Franklin Medical Group, a multispecialty group affiliated with St. Mary’s Health System, is comprised of more than 50 physicians in various fields at 17 offices in Connecticut. All are committed to providing state-of-the-art medical care in warm, patient-friendly settings and maintaining a clinical edge. The Franklin Medical Group is proud to acknowledge the recognition of four of its outstanding, dedicated physicians—Drs. Mitchel Chere, A. Aziz Richi, Michael Simms and Ronald Zlotoff—as Connecticut “Top Docs.” Dr. Mitchel Chere earned his medical degree from the University of Guadalajara, where he graduated first in a class of 500 American students. He completed an internship and residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the UConn School of Medicine, where he is an associate clinical professor. He is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology and founded a successful OB/GYN practice in Waterbury 29 years ago. He was an early leader in minimally invasive surgery and among the first to perform advanced laparoscopic procedures in the state. In 2010 he joined St. Mary’s Health System, where he practices gynecology exclusively. He is honored to be selected by his peers as a Top Doctor in Connecticut and Top Doctors in America consistently. He is grateful to his family, his loyal patients and for the opportunity to be exclusively loyal to St. Mary’s Hospital and its outstanding team of caregivers and teachers. Dr. Michael F. Simms III graduated from New York Medical College. He did his internship and residency at Stamford Hospital, where he was inspired by Dr. Michael Parry to study infectious diseases. He completed a fellowship in that specialty at Brown University School of Medicine. He is passionate about the field of infectious diseases because the “whole idea of preventing disease instead of waiting for someone to get sick in medicine is unique.” A history buff, he notes the impact of infections on the human race and how diseases have helped shaped history. “We know precisely why infections occur, why they do what they do [and] how the body responds.” He accepts new patients through physician referrals and has earned a reputation among his peers as the go-to guy for complicated cases that are difficult to diagnose or for opinions about treatment. He is also involved in travel medicine and wound care and is a widely sought-after speaker. Dr. Ronald A. Zlotoff earned his medical degree at the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine, where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha, the medical honor society. He remains committed to AOA’s goal, to “be worthy to serve the suffering.” Board-certified in internal medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, Dr. Zlotoff completed his training in gastroenterology at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, and is board-certified in his subspecialty. He is a member of the Connecticut State Medical Society and the New Haven County Medical Association. Since he opened his office in 1982, Dr. Zlotoff has tried to provide comprehensive cognitive and endoscopic services to patients with gastrointestinal disorders in a caring and supportive environment. Direct and open communication with patients is an important aspect of his daily work. He and his staff strive to provide “extraordinary care, to every patient, every day.” Dr. A. Aziz Richi graduated from Damascus University. He did his internship at Worcester City Hospital in Massachusetts and general surgical residency at St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury. He also completed residencies in surgical oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering in New York and in cardiothoracic surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina. He is board-certified in surgery, cardiothoracic surgery and critical care surgery. Dr. Richi does a multitude of minimally invasive surgical procedures in vascular, thoracic, oncology and bariatric surgery (gastric bypass and gastric banding). “I am always up-to-date on technology and medicine,” he says. He prides himself on having great relationships with his patients and clear communications, which results in better outcomes with no complications.
Practice: Franklin Medical Group
Other Office Locations: Dr. Chere: 166 Waterbury Rd., Prospect • (203) 709-5345
Dr. Richi: 1389 West Main St., Waterbury • (203) 753-0877
Dr. Simms: 56 Franklin St., Waterbury • (203) 709-6402
Dr. Zlotoff: 140 Grandview Ave., Waterbury • (203) 709-5970
From left: Dr. Mitchel Chere and Dr. Michael F. Simms III
From left: Dr. Ronald A. Zlotoff and Dr. A. Aziz Richi