The doctors on this list are not necessarily all of the area’s
“best” physicians, and they certainly are not the only good ones.
Many first-rate physicians aren’t on the list, and there are reasons for this.
Doctors tend to be known within the medical “villages” in which they
practice and make referrals. These are usually grouped around hospitals
and communities. Doctors in one “village” often don’t know doctors in
others. This can work to the disadvantage of physicians in out-of-the-way
places and in “closed” organizations in which outside referrals are
Some excellent doctors have such narrow subspecialties that
they’re not singled out. Many physicians who practice in–and even
head–hospital departments aren’t part of normal referral networks and
therefore often go unnamed. Some younger physicians haven’t been in
practice long enough to establish their reputations widely. And physicians
in group practices often are thought of collectively; sometimes only one
or two of the “name” physicians in a group make the list while their
associates, perhaps equally qualified, don’t get enough votes.
The Top Doctors list does include many of the area’s medical
all-stars, but it’s designed to be extensive enough to be useful to
readers throughout the region.
Although the doctors on the list are respected by their
colleagues, a physician’s listing here is no guarantee that you’ll be
satisfied, nor should the list be a substitute for your own judgment.
Almost every physician has difficult outcomes in the course of a career,
and there are few who haven’t had some dissatisfied patients. If you feel
uncomfortable with a doctor, no matter his or her credentials, find
If you have good relationships with doctors you see now, it
makes a lot of sense to maintain those relationships, whether or not the
doctors are on this or any other list. When you need the services of
specialists, consult your current physicians. This list is designed to be
a resource in helping you make informed decisions. We hope it helps keep
you in good health.