A New York City research and information company, Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., publishes an annual guidebook titled Top Doctors: New York Metro Area, which lists those whom Castle Connolly has determined to be in the top 10 percent of the region’s physicians—more than 6,000 in all. For the past thirteen years, Castle Connolly has been providing New York Magazine with a shorter version of this list for the magazine’s “Best Doctors” issue.
Each year, Castle Connolly makes thousands of phone calls, talking with leading specialists, chairs of clinical departments and vice presidents of medical affairs, seeking to identify top specialists for most diseases and procedures. The credentials of every physician being considered for inclusion in Castle Connolly Guides®, magazine articles and website are carefully reviewed. The review includes, among other factors, scrutiny of medical education, training, hospital appointments, administrative posts, professional achievements, and malpractice and disciplinary history. Information on outcomes, procedure volume and malpractice is also used.
Considerations for nomination include not only the training and clinical skills of the physicians, but also interpersonal skills such as: listening and communicating effectively; demonstrating empathy; educating and informing; instilling trust and confidence. The selected doctors are recognized by their colleagues as having exceptional clinical practice experience.
We are proud that more than half of the Surgeons in our department have been named in recent editions of New York Magazine’s Best Doctors.