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Earlier this year, we invited nearly 12,000 physicians in DC, Maryland,and Virginia to nominate colleagues, in each of 40 specialties, whom they trust to provide care for their patients. Here you will find the local doctors whose names appeared most frequently.

For the first time in the 36-year history of our Top Doctors issue, we conducted this survey online. Each electronic ballot had to bear a current, local medical-license number to be counted; in that way, each physician could vote just once while his or her anonymity was preserved. We received a tremendous response, allowing us to list more doctors in fast-developing areas both inside the Beltway and farther out in Virginia and Maryland.

As in the past, the list is neither a roll call of high-profile physicians nor a local doctors’ hall of fame—though many of our Top Docs might make such a roster. It’s intended to help you find the best medical care in your towns and neighborhoods. To that end, we sought nominations only for primary-care doctors and for specialists whom patients choose for themselves; anesthesiologists, diagnostic radiologists, and ER physicians—normally picked by another doctor or by circumstance—don’t appear. Doctors who treat mostly children or have special interests within their specialties are noted as such.

Click here to read the 2015 Best Doctors.

Posted at 11:33 AM/ET, 09/29/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Photograph by Angie Hilsman

The pawpaw fruit may sound like an exotic, jungle native, and although it's tropical, it only grows in temperate climates. The pawpaw fruits in the DMV area, so we visited Common Good City Farm—where you can currently find pawpaws through the end of this week—to check out the pawpaw and sample some smoothie recipes. Try the smoothie recipe from program outreach coordinator Josephine Chu, and check out some of the more interesting pawpaw recipes we found.

Josephine's Pawpaw Smoothie

Serves: 4

Josephine Chu peels a pawpaw. Photograph by Angie Hilsman

You will need:

  • 3 pawpaws
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 frozen ripe bananas (the browner, the better)
  • 1/2 cup milk (can be substituted with almond, coconut, or soy milk)
  • Optional: try adding honey and pineapple as sweeteners, as found in this 5+ A Day recipe


  1. Freeze peeled, ripe bananas ahead of time
  2. Peel and de-seed the pawpaws
  3. Blend ingredients in blender until smooth
  4. Serve immediately

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Pawpaw Ice Cream

Blend pawpaw puree with milk, cream, and sugar for a dessert original. View the original recipe and more at

Pawpaw Jam

This recipe combines the pawpaw with warm spices, like ginger, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Add some bourbon and pectin for a hearty jam. View the original recipe at Friends Drift Inn.

Pawpaw Pie

Mix a peeled and seeded pawpaw with your usual pie ingredients—sugar, milk, and eggs—then bake into a pie crust. Check out the original recipe, and a variety of other pawpaw originals, from Kentucky State University.

Posted at 06:22 PM/ET, 09/03/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Last-minute fun runs and 5Ks to do this weekend. By Ryan Weisser
Photograph by IVY PHOTOS/

Registering for popular fall races is no easy task. Luckily, there are plenty of fun runs and 5Ks this Labor Day weekend that are extending their registration periods or offering race-day registration packages.

1. Color Vibe 5K

September 5, RFK Stadium

Color runs tend to fill up fast, so hustle and register for this 5K as soon as possible. There's a today-only registration offer of $30 for individual runners that ends at midnight—after that, you're looking at a steep price hike up to $65 and $75.

For more specifics about race day, go to

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Posted at 02:50 PM/ET, 09/03/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Photography by Angie Hilsman

Cooking up a nutritious meal in the summer heat can be a pain, so we visited Common Good City Farm for some kitchen inspiration. LEAF program coordinator Juliana Repice transformed fresh summer produce and a few pantry staples into an informal tortilla recipe, with plenty of room for customization! Check out Juliana's recipe, and let us know how you'd make it your own.

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Posted at 08:00 AM/ET, 09/03/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
(Above) A proper pushup. Photography and graphics by Angie Hilsman.

Pushups, when done correctly, are a great full-body exercise. The pectoral, shoulders, triceps, abs, and butt should all be activated during a proper pushup, says Carmen Sturniolo, owner of Ambitious Athletics. Here are the six most common mistakes he sees among his clients, and tips to get your pushup in tip-top form.

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Posted at 11:36 AM/ET, 08/21/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Josephine Chu shows off the pattypan squash and its roasted counterpart. Photograph by Angie Hilsman

Maintaining a lively, in-season menu can be challenging, so we visited Common Good City Farm to get some inspiration for quick summer recipes. Program outreach coordinator Josephine Chu introduced us to pattypan squash, a whimsical looking vegetable with a fun name. Try her recipe as a side dish—if you can resist eating it right off the pan.

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Posted at 11:31 AM/ET, 08/21/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Craving soup? Tide yourself over until fall with this simple summer soup. By Carlene Thomas
Photograph by Carlene Thomas.

They say in the South that you should never leave your car unlocked in the summer or someone will leave a ton of zucchini on your seat to get rid of it. Zucchini may be plentiful, but by making this crowd pleasing, customizable soup, youll use it up in no time. This zucchini soup is light, lean, and broth-based, and by adding toppings such as lean proteins or hearty grains, you can round this out as a complete meal.

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Posted at 12:14 PM/ET, 08/18/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Missed out on the Marine Corps Marathon? An experienced race director shares her insider tips for getting a slot in one of DC’s most in-demand races. By Caroline Cunningham
Photograph via Shutterstock/Rena Schild.

Washington is a hot spot for runners--tens of thousands of runners congregate in the nation’s capital for races throughout the year, from the Marine Corps Marathon and the Army Ten-Miler in October to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon in March and the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run in April. But these races’ overwhelming popularity has also made it a bit of pure luck for runners to secure a spot--in 2012, the Marine Corps Marathon sold out in two hours and 41 minutes. And as the bigger races continue to add lottery programs, entry to the area’s best races is becoming more and more based on chance.

But there are a few ways you can put the odds in your favor, and to find out more about them, we consulted Kathy Dalby, CEO of Pacers Running. As CEO, Dalby both oversees the brand’s five stores as well as the Pacers-hosted road races. With her background as a race director, Dalby knows the ins and outs (and insider secrets) to getting registered for race day.

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Posted at 03:59 PM/ET, 08/10/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
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Learn Krav Maga

N-Flux (at the YMCA National Capital), August 10

Get fit with self-defense moves developed for the Israeli military. Wear athletic apparel and bring water for your high-intensity introduction to Krav Maga. Register online to learn the fundamentals, mingle with other students, and work up a sweat. Free; Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:30 PM.

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Posted at 10:09 AM/ET, 08/10/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
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Go Dancing

Coors Dance Studio, August 6

Get your groove on—even if you're not a professional dancer—with Zumba instructor Antoinette Montgomery. You don't need convincing to attend a class that combines muscle conditioning, cardio, and dance—plus, it's only $10. Register here, and go have fun. $10; 7:30 PM.

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Posted at 06:00 AM/ET, 08/04/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()