Hundreds of Swedish-Affiliated Physicians Recognized as Top Doctors in Seattle Metropolitan Magazine

Hundreds of Swedish-Affiliated Physicians Recognized as Top Doctors in Seattle Metropolitan Magazines Annual Survey

SEATTLE, Aug. 17, 2011 - Seattle Metropolitan magazine's annual 'Top Doctors' rankings are in. Nearly 4,000 doctors in the Seattle metropolitan area participated in their new survey. And of the 612 practitioners in 66 specialties who were recognized, 246 are affiliated with - or credentialed to practice at - Swedish.

This year's survey was the result of a partnership between Seattle Met and Avvo. Avvo rates and profiles 90 percent of doctors in the United States, including every physician in Washington state.

According to the monthly magazine, the 2011 survey is more comprehensive than ever, with active participation from almost 40 percent of doctors practicing in King, Kitsap and Snohomish counties as well as parts of Pierce County. Avvo's proprietary algorithims rate doctors on a 10-point scale, employing not only peer endorsements but factors such as experience, education, training, disciplinary history, fellowships, hospital privileges, and awards. Avvo's ratings of the 9,933 doctors in the survey area are regularly refreshed based on new information gleaned from doctors as well as from certifying and licensing boards. The doctors recognized in these survey results represent the top five percent of practitioners in their field as of May 24.

For specialists not included in Avvo's services (e.g., acupuncturists, chiropractors, naturopaths, optometrists  and podiatrists) the rankings are based on nominations from doctors, nurses, physician's assistants, and other health-care professionls. Avvo's survey asked those professionals to name the colleagues they would choose to treat themselves and their loved ones. The resulting list of 612 top practitioners in their fields is listed below alphabetically by specialty.

Seattle Met researchers gave each Top Doctor the opportunity to specify areas of focus within his or her practice or exemplary cases recently treated. For example, a doctor in the field of cardiology might list cardiovascular risk assessment, preventative cardiology, diagnostic cardiology and cholesterol management to provide the reader with more context regarding his or her practice. This in no way indicates that the doctor's practice is limited to those aeas of focus.

As of press time, all the practitioners on Seattle Met's list were certified to practice in their fields by the Washington State Department of Health (360-236-4700, option 3; www.doh.wa.gov, click Provider Credential Search).

According to the magazine, they "gave close attention to creating a comprehensive and detailed list, but this reference is best used as just one step in the careful journey toward finding doctors who are right for you."

To view the complete list of 2011 survey results categorized by speciality on the Seattle Metropolitan Web site, click here.

The Swedish-affiliated physicians nominated for this year's list include: 

Allergy & Immunology

Anesthesiology

Cardiology

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Clinical Genetics

Colon & Rectal Surgery

Critical Care Medicine

Dermatology

Diagnostic Radiology

Ear, Nose & Throat

Emergency Medicine

Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism

Family Medicine

Gastroenterology

General Pediatrics

General Surgery

Gynecologic Oncology

Hematology

Infectious Disease

Internal Medicine

Maternal & Fetal Medicine

Medical Oncology

Neonatal & Perinatal Medicine

Nephrology

Neurology

Neurosurgery

Nuclear Medicine

Obstetrics & Gynecology

Occupational Medicine

Ophthalmology

Orthopedic Surgery

Pain Medicine

Pathology

Pediatric Cardiology

Pediatric Nephrology

Pediatric Neurology

Pediatric Sleep Medicine

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Plastic Surgery

Podiatry

Psychiatry

Pulmonary Disease

Radiation Oncology

Reproductive Endocrinology/Infertility

Rheumatology

Sleep Medicine

Urology

Vascular/Interventional Radiology

Vascular Surgery

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