Sunday, October 30, 2011

Peer Nominations and the Process Behind Top Doctors

When a patient needs a doctor with specific expertise—a heart specialist, for example—his current doctor may suggest one. If she doesn't have the name of a trusted cardiologist at the tip of her tongue, she'll probably turn to her colleagues for their input. Such is the nature of how patients and doctors often find top medical specialists. And it's the guiding principle behind the peer-nomination process used to compile Top Doctors.
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U.S. News Top Doctors was developed in collaboration with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., publisher of America's Top Doctors® and other guides, and was built upon data from Castle Connolly's Top Doctors™. The goals of the new project are twofold.
First, we want to help consumers find the doctors who can best address their needs. That's why Top Doctors are identified by location and by hospital affiliation, across a wide range of specialties and subspecialties and for over 2,000 diseases, medical issues, and procedures.
Second, we want to enlist doctors across the country in sharing their awareness of who among their peers are the most worthy of referral. Their collective wisdom, available at, will contribute to a growing knowledge base that extends and complements doctors' longstanding tradition of seeking recommendations from a convenient sample of their trusted colleagues. Any licensed doctor can nominate peers at the link below:
[Nominate Top Doctors]
In the past, Castle Connolly often obtained nominations by conducting geographically targeted outreach, for example, to doctors in private practice and the medical leadership at more than 1,500 hospitals in many cities. The online nomination process has now been significantly expanded to be nationwide. Now any licensed doctor in the country can make nominations at any time. Each participating doctor can nominate up to 10 other doctors in his or her own specialty and up to 3 per specialty in other specialties.
Below are several frequently asked questions and answers regarding Top Doctors.
How has U.S. News determined which physicians qualify as Top Doctors?
By teaming up with Castle Connolly, a New York City-based company that has worked for nearly two decades to identify the nation's top doctors. Castle Connolly bases its Top Doctors selections on nominations submitted by other doctors and reviewed by its physician-led research team.

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