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Best Doctors


Robert A. Hardesty, MD, FACS, a Diplomate and Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery has proudly been honored by Best Doctors since 1996.

What is Best Doctors?

The following was obtained from the Best Doctors web site and other sources.

Since 1989, Best Doctors has conducted one of the largest audited and ongoing peer physician polls in the health care industry. Best Doctors goal has always been to identify the “physicians other physicians trust most.” Their baseline question starts by asking: “If you or a loved one needed a physician in your specialty, to whom would you refer?”

All listed Best Doctors have undergone an extensive review process and must receive a consensus of their Best Doctors peer physicians’ evaluators. Once a physician receives consensus to be placed in the data base, he/she is furthered researched and verified for clinical activity, licensure, and any disciplinary actions (see below).

Once selected as a Best Doctor doesn’t guarantee they remain in the Best Doctor database forever. The peer-review process uniquely requires that every Best Doctor awardee physician be re-evaluated by their peers in each subsequent poll.

How Are Doctors Chosen?

Best Doctors does not ever pay physicians to be included in their database. In addition, physicians or their organizations are never allowed to pay or compensate Best Doctors to be part of their database. A physician cannot nominate or ever solicit on behalf of themselves to become a Best Doctors physician awardee.

The only way for a physician to be selected to the database is to be nominated by and then receive voting consensus from Best Doctors physicians.

As a result, Best Doctors uniquely has a proprietary, global database of expert specialty physicians.

This purposeful process liberates Best Doctors from marketing, commercial, conflicts of interest and financial bias. Now numbering more than 50,000 physicians in over 450 specialties and subspecialties are recorded in the database.

Best Doctors is not a “list company” and has not ever published a directory of the database.

Why Best Doctors is Unique

  • The large number of voting physicians helps eliminate the conflicts and biases of smaller-scale surveys. Thus, the potential distortion that results from a random survey of the entire physician community is significantly reduced.
  • Best Doctors never accepts compensation or gratuities of any kind from physicians, societies. Associations, institutions or hospitals in return for listing physicians in their database. Likewise, nor does Best Doctors compensate physicians to participate in the polling process.
  • A physician cannot apply to become a Best Doctor. The only way to be selected to the database is to be nominated and voted on by other Best Doctors physicians.
  • Best Doctors verifies all physicians in its database to include but not limited to their:
  1. Clinical activity
  2. Current medical license
  3. Education
  4. Training
  5. Diagnoses and procedures in the doctor’s area of expertise
  6. Publications
  7. Special areas of medical research
  8. Clinical experience
  9. Board certifications
  10. Medical mal-practice and disciplinary actions

Using the highest industry standards, survey methodology and processes, the world recognized Gallup® has audited and certified Best Doctors, Inc.’s database of physicians, and its companion Best Doctors in America® List.

It is indeed a high honor and a privilege to be a “Best Doctor Awardee.”

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