Castle Connolly | Awards & Certifications

Castle Connolly


Robert A. Hardesty, MD, FACS, a Diplomate and Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery has proudly been awarded and designated a Top Doctor of Castle Connolly since 2000.

What is Castle Connolly?

The following was obtained from the Castle Connolly web site and other sources.

Castle Connolly makes Its “Top Doctors” selection by a specific and time proven process. Specifically, a physician cannot nominate him/herself or pay for the honor of Castle Connolly Top Doctor designation.

Castle Connolly Top Doctors team of Investigator’s will always use its best efforts and a multifactorial process to gather the most up to date information that is available and use it fairly and effectively.

The finale decision, which determines Castle Connolly Top Doctor™ selection, is the combined professional judgment of:

  1. The Castle Connolly editors
  2. The Chief Medical and Research Officer
  3. The research staff, which determines the final selection/inclusion into the prestigious Castle Connolly Top Doctor™ designee.

After this scrutiny and review of nominates credentials, the nominated physicians may be chosen to be listed as:

  1. A regionally outstanding or
  2. A nationally outstanding Castle Connolly Top Doctor.

Castle Connolly Top Doctors based on their credentials, reputations and performance are not only highly sought-after clinical physician but leaders in their communities and metropolitan areas. National Top Doctors are often the top referred to specialists and are known to attract patients from wide geographical areas. This includes not only nationally but internationally referrals.

Thus, physicians nominated, identified and honored through the Castle Connolly research process are clearly among the very best physicians in their area of expertise.

How Are Doctors Chosen?

Physicians are first selected based on nominations by their physician peers then researched and reviewed by Castle Connolly’s physician-directed research team (see below for details)

Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. has for over 20 years has been a trusted source for identifying and awarding the distinction of “Top Doctors”. This selection is process starts with peer nominations. This involved process results in contacting directly more than 50,000 physicians, hospital

administrators, medical center leaders and healthcare executives. Thus, a nationwide search and a distribution of nomination notifications is carried out through various and multiple avenues ensuring a fair process of nominations becoming Top Doctor Awardee.

Current Top Doctor Awardee Physicians can nominate other doctors whom they feel represent the best, demonstrate excellence and have outstanding reputations in their own medical specialties. However, these physicians are not limited in any specific specialty of medicine and in any geographic area of the country. Thus, demonstrating that the physician may have a not only a local but regional or national reputation and are thus deemed among the best/top in their region and are among the very best in the nation. A physician cannot nominate him/herself. Each year, using this process, the Castle Connolly Top Doctors receives nearly 100,000 nominations.

Castle Connolly Top Doctor research team (after the nomination process) starts acquires each physician information/data by requiring the nominated physician candidates to fill out a comprehensive professional biography/resume form which also provides specific information on their special areas of clinical practice expertise. This information obtained in the biographical forms eventually becomes an integral part of selected doctors’ listings in the Top Doctors Guide.

What Makes Castle Connolly Unique?

The validation process is extensive, and the physician-led Castle Connolly Top Doctor research team carries out tens of thousands of telephone calls, conversing with leader specialists, chairpersons of clinical departments and the leadership of medical affairs. This process collects additional important information from the top specialists for most disease processes and most procedures performed.

Each year, Castle Connolly Top Doctors review tens of thousands of nominations. The physician-led research team of Castle Connolly Top Doctors carefully and systematically reviews the credentials of each, and every physician being considered for nomination/inclusion in Castle Connolly Guides®, regional and national magazine articles, book and its exclusive website. The review process includes but not limited to:

  1. Medical education
  2. Post graduate specialty training
  3. Board certifications
  4. Hospital appointments
  5. Administrative positions
  6. Professional achievements
  7. Malpractice *
  8. Disciplinary history*
  9. Outcome information
  10. Procedure volume
  11. Interviews of peers and others

*malpractice and disciplinary information are becoming increasingly transparent and available.

However, the public disclosure does vary from state to state.

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