The following was obtained from Castle Connolly Top Doctors web site and other sources.
How Castle Connolly Makes Its "Top Doctors" Selections
Do doctors pay to be listed in Castle Connolly Guides?
No. Doctors cannot and do not pay to be listed in any Castle Connolly guide to top doctors. They are selected based on nominations by their peers and reviewed by Castle Connolly's physician-directed research team (see below).
For more than two decades, Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., America's trusted source for identifying Top Doctors, has based its selection process on the foundation of peer nominations. This involves contacting directly more than 50,000 physicians and hospital and healthcare executives, a nationwide distribution of nomination notifications via various media channels.
Physicians can nominate those other doctors whom they feel are the most outstanding in their medical specialties, in any area of medicine and in any part of the country, indicating also whether they believe that the physician is among the best in their region or among the very best in the nation. A physician cannot nominate him/herself.
The Castle Connolly physician-led research team makes tens of thousands of phone calls each year, talking with leading specialists, chairs of clinical departments and vice presidents of medical affairs, seeking to gather further information regarding the top specialists for most diseases and procedures. Each year, Castle Connolly receives nearly 100,000 nominations via this process.
The Castle Connolly physician-led research team carefully reviews the credentials of every physician being considered for inclusion in Castle Connolly Guides®, magazine articles and website. The review includes, among other factors, scrutiny of medical education, training, board certifications, hospital appointments, administrative posts, professional achievements and malpractice and disciplinary history. Information on outcomes, procedure volume and malpractice is becoming increasingly available, but the public disclosure varies from state to state. Castle Connolly uses its best efforts to gather the information that is available and use it effectively. Ultimately, however, it is the professional judgment of the Castle Connolly editors, the Chief Medical and Research Officer and the research staff, which determines Castle Connolly Top Doctor™ selection.
After this careful review of credentials, nominated physicians may be chosen to be listed as a regionally outstanding or a nationally outstanding Castle Connolly Top Doctor. Castle Connolly Top Doctors are highly sought after physician leaders in their communities and metropolitan areas. National Top Doctors are the top referred specialists that attract patients from wide geographical areas and across the country.
The physicians identified through the Castle Connolly research process are clearly among the very best.
How does Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. get its physician information?
Each of the selected doctors is asked to complete a comprehensive professional biography form and also provide information on their special practice areas of expertise. The information contained in the biographical forms becomes an integral part of selected doctors' listings in the Guide.
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