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Various Top Doctors and Best Doctor Lists

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Most Influential Doctors in Twelve Specialties (USA Today)

Lists of about 8800 physicians across 300 metro areas, with 3 to 5 doctors (each) shown for alzheimer's, asthma, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, breast cancer, depression, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, chronic pain, osteoporosis and arthritis medical care. Created by the private firm Qforma, with USA Today newspaper. A little unclear how those listed were selected from the full 30% of specialists nationwide would otherwise qualify to be on the list. Influential related to patient volumes and implied referrals from other doctors. No details of credentials. Qforma sells the full list to corporate clients. Published October 2010

Baltimore Top Doctors 2008 (Maryland)

Baltimore Magazine Online shows their list of Top Doctors 2008 in the greater Baltimore area. Readers will need to check credentials and ratings through other sites linked at Consumer Health Ratings. Top 1 to 5 doctors in 70 specialties, including pediatric subspecialties are listed. Selected by physicians and an expert panel; no details on methodology. Nov. 2008

Dallas Best Doctors, 2009

List of 729 physicians in 40 specialties - nearly every common service except Pediatrics. Click on COMPLETE LIST to see all those selected, not just those with sponsored links on page 1. Choices were based on a survey of local physicians by D Magazine in Dallas, TX. No mention of how many doctors responded to the survey, and try to ignore the reference to all docs as "he". Oh well. Pub. Nov. 2009

Minneapolis St. Paul Best Doctors for Women 2008

Minnesota Monthly's 2008 list of 258 top physicians for women in the Twin Cities (MN) Metro area. Listed by 25 specialties such as OB-GYN (filed under G for General), Oncology (cancer care), Internal Medicine, Family Practice, Cardiology, Orthopedic Surgery, Gastroenterology, Endocrinology, Dermatology, Geriatrics, Pulmonology and more, based on a Nov. 2007 survey of doctors in a 7-county region. No response rate shown, nor General Surgeons. List published March, 2008; 2009 list is available in the magazine only

Minneapolis-St. Paul - Top Doctors Twin Cities MN 2009

Search the Mpls. St.Paul Magazine database to see if there is physician with high ratings in your area. Doctors and nurses were surveyed for their opinions on best doctors (no response rate shown). Communities include Arden Hills, Burnsville, Edina, Forest Lake, Hastings, Stillwater, Waconia, and over 40 towns in the Minneapolis St. Paul metro area

New York's Best Doctors - NYC Metro Area only - New York Magazine, 2009

List of 1107 top physicians in 66 different specialties, for the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Whether you're looking for the best cancer specialist, the best eye doctor, a general surgeon for that gall bladder, a pediatric specialist (13 pediatric specialties) or a top psychiatrist, this list is one resource to identify the top two or three percent. Information is brief, such as training, hospital affiliations and board certification. It would be wise to verify credentials before you decide. This list reflects a partnership between New York Magazine and Castle Connolly in asking doctors to nominate doctors. Pub. June 2009

Phoenix Magazine Top Doctors 2011 (AZ)

Phoenix Magazine selected top physicians and podiatrists in specialties in the metro area based on opinions from other doctors who responded to their survey. Only sample profiles shown; full list is no longer published online, but is available through a paid $15 subscription. Published April 2011

Seattle Washington - seattlemag.com's Top Doctors, 2010

Seattle Magazine selected 381 best doctors in the greater Seattle area, based on a Castle Connolly survey of physicians. Extensive list of specialties including Internal Medicine, Family Practice Medicine, Cancer Specialties, Cardiovascular care, Dermatology, OB-GYN, Gastroenterology, Hand Surgery, Orthopedics, Urology, Pain Management, Pediatric Specialties, Surgery and many more. Survey received 3500 WA nominees. Published July 2010

Wisconsin - Madison Magazine Top Doctors 2010

Madison Magazine asked Dane County physicians to name top doctors in 70 medical and surgical disciplines that they would recommend to their family and friends; 263 physicians listed. Such a list is reputation-oriented and based on personal experience, and does not necessarily reflect actual performance data. Number of respondents to May 2010 survey is not shown. As with all Top and Best physician lists, you'll want to check multiple sources. Published Sept. 2010

Other Helpful Listings

Bariatric Surgery Centers of Excellence - Locate a Center & Bariatric Surgeon

As of February 2011, the Surgical Review Corporation (SRC) had designated 442 hospitals (763 surgeons, up from last year) as Bariatric Surgery Centers of Excellence. SRC is a non-profit corporation representing bariatric surgeons that promotes high standards of care in weight loss surgery. List of centers by state; includes US, UK, Brazil, Mexico and Taiwan

PRC 2011 Patient Perception Awards: Top Performer, 5-Star, 4-Star

Professional Research Consultants (PRC), based in Omaha NE, gives Excellence in Healthcare Awards to clients who meet the criteria standards for patient satisfaction. See the 2011 Award Winner Book for Top Performer and Star Awards for Patient satisfaction (starts on page 30), home health, outpatient clinic, healthcare provider/ physician practice, and urgent care; 69 pages, published May 2011

WA Puget Sound Clinic and Hospital Quality Ratings (WACommunityCheckup.org)  Editor's Pick

Compare care among 82 physician medical groups (nearly 240 clinic locations) in the Seattle Tacoma Olympia Bremerton region, in counties of King, Pierce, Snohomish, Kitsap & Thurston. Includes Cardiac Study Center, Evergreen, Franciscan, Group Health, Harborview, Highline, International, Lakeshore, Minor & James, MultiCare, Northwest, Overlake, Pacific Medical, Planned Parenthood, Providence, Puget Sound, Sea-mar, Southlake, Summit View, Swedish, Doctors' Clinic, The Everett Clinic, Polyclinic, UW Medicine Neighborhood, Valley Medical Center, Virginia Mason, Western WA, a variety of Cardiology, Family Medicine, Public Health, OB-GYN, and Pediatric groups and others. Clinics voluntarily reported on how well they cared for millions of insured non-Medicare patients in asthma, diabetes, heart disease, back pain, depression, antibiotic & generic drug use, and early screening for breast & cervical cancers, and chlamydia (under mislabeled Prevention title). Ground-breaking in its scope of participation by doctors. No composite scores; users will also likely experience difficulties in printing results the way they want. Compare over 25 hospitals in region for heart care, pneumonia, surgery (preventing infections and blood clots), and patient satisfaction experience. Health Alliance Community Checkup by Puget Sound Health Alliance, uses 2007-2008 data. July 2009

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