Presenting our annual list of the region’s best physicians –
in 58 specialties – as chosen by their peers
Top Doctors is a nomination-based project in which we ask physicians in the area to vote for other physicians in various specialties. We ask doctors to vote for doctors who exemplify excellence in their specialties. This list is a service to readers, giving them a doctor’s perspective regarding the top doctors in 58 specialty areas. The list is intended to allow readers to see and celebrate their physicians who make the list. It gives those seeking medical information a place to see doctors highlighted for achievement and reputation, and it can be a great tool for finding the right doctor for their needs. It can also be a means for doctors to make the community aware of their specific specialties and areas of expertise. To complete this nomination project, 360 West magazine contracted DataJoe Research to conduct nominations using an online ballot for collecting, vetting, and tallying the votes.
DataJoe Research is a survey/research company specializing in data collection and verification. It conducts various nominations across the United States on behalf of publishers. We recognize that there are many good doctors who are not shown in this representative list. This is only a sampling of talented professionals within the region. Inclusion in the list is based on the opinions of responding doctors in the region. We take time and energy to ensure fair voting, although we understand that the results of this survey nomination are not an objective metric. We certainly do not discount the fact that for various reasons many excellent doctors may not appear on the list.
About The List
How was the list created?
To create the list, DataJoe Research facilitated a peer voting process during the fourth quarter of 2018. DataJoe and the magazine reached out to both individuals and practices by various means, including postal mail and email, encouraging entities to vote and circulate the online ballot. Each doctor could vote for up to three doctors in each category. DataJoe reviewed and processed each ballot individually, checking for patterns or signs indicative of cheating. After tallying the votes, DataJoe then checked and confirmed that each potential finalist existed in the state medical board license database. If we were not able to find evidence of the doctor’s being registered with the state medical board, that doctor was excluded from the list. In addition, any doctor who has been disciplined for an infraction by the state was excluded from the list. Finally, DataJoe presented the tallied result to 360 West magazine for final review and adjustments.
How are nominations obtained?
The magazine and DataJoe Research reach out to both practices and individuals in the region via various methods, encouraging them to vote and distribute the ballot to other doctors. We encourage doctors who want to ensure they are in our system to send an email to email@example.com, so that we can conduct a lookup and add their information if needed.
What information is required to make a nomination?
Doctors are required to provide a valid, active license number and basic contact information identifying themselves. This helps us ensure fairness in the voting process by ensuring that each of the doctors completes only one ballot. The final results are aggregated, so doctors’ ballot choices remain confidential.
What happens once nominations are received?
DataJoe reviews each individual ballot to ensure fair nomination, isolating and potentially eliminating invalid ballots, ballots suspected of block voting (i.e. identical voting patterns across multiple ballots), duplicate voting, or other issues. After vetting, DataJoe provides a tallied list of most-frequently nominated doctors to the magazine.
How are the practice areas determined?
Although the categories are very broad, they are intended to reflect relevant practice areas in the region. We recognize that there are many specialty areas but cannot accommodate them all. If there is a strong and consistent request for additional practice areas, they will be considered for possible inclusion in next year’s nomination.
Do doctors pay to be on the Top Doctors list?
Doctors can’t pay to be on the list. After the list is finalized by DataJoe, it is given to the magazine’s advertising department, which invites doctors to buy profiles. These profiles appear elsewhere in the magazine, labeled as paid advertising, in a section titled Doctors Worth Knowing. But whether the doctors advertise has no bearing on the list.
What if I don’t see my doctor on the list?
This list is by no means inclusive. If you don’t see your doctor on the list, and if he or she is someone you like and trust, you should stick with your doctor.
DataJoe uses best practices and exercises great care in assembling content for this list. DataJoe does not warrant that the data contained within the list are complete or accurate. DataJoe does not assume, and hereby disclaims, any liability to any person for any loss or damage caused by errors or omissions herein whether such errors or omissions result from negligence, accident, or any other cause. All rights reserved. No commercial use of the information in this list may be made without written permission from DataJoe. For research/methodology questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. For all other questions, contact Jerry Scott at email@example.com. If you did not receive a survey ballot this year, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure we have your correct, updated information on file. Please include name, practice, address, phone, fax, and email in your message.
Click on names listed in Blue for more information.
Allergy / Immunology
R. Dale Anderson
L. Frank Liao
Colon and Rectal Surgery
D. Scott Miller
(Diabetes and Metabolism)
Mary Van Hal
M. Joseph Elieson
William Van Wyk
H. Lance Mandell
Hospice and Palliative
Maternal and Fetal Medicine
Anthony Alcazar Lee
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
(Ear, Nose, Throat)
Pediatric Allergy / Immunology
Pediatric Orthopedics /
(Ear, Nose, Throat)
J. Ben Worsley
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
K. Michele Kirk
F.H. (Trey) Moore, III