SEATTLE , July 20, 2010 – Dozens of Swedish-affiliated physicians were recently recognized by their peers as part of Seattle magazine's 10th-annual Top Doctors survey, the results of which are published in the July issue (on news stands now).
For the first time, Seattle magazine's Top Doctors list resulted from a collaboration with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., a health-care research and information company that works with magazines across the country to produc similar top doctors features. Castle Connolly is also publishes several resource books on physicians, including America's Top Doctors and America's Top Doctors for Cancer.
In conducting research for the Top Doctors feature, Castle Connolly invited all licensed physicians in King County and portions of Snohomish, Kitsap and Pierce counties to nominate their peers through a special website. With support from the communications staffs at hospitals and clinics in the Seattle area, the response was strong. Participants submitted 11,230 nominations for more than 3,500 distinct physicians. This allowed Castle Connolly to enhance its existing processes and arrive at the list of top doctors for this feature.
Several factors determined which names appeared on the list, including the number of nominations a physician received, the area of specialty, the number of practitioners in the specialty and geographic distribution. In addition to Castle Connolly's review of state licensure, Seattle magazine verified at press time that all physicians listed are in good standing with the Washington State Department of Health (To verify any provider on the list, visit www.doh.wa.gov and click on 'Provider Credential Search.'). While Seattle magazine's list is comprehensive, it is not exhaustive. Many well-qualified providers are not included, but Seattle magazine is confident that those listed are among the best in their areas of specialty.
Of the 381 physicians recognized, 96 are affiliated with – or credentialed to practice at – Swedish. They include:
Cardiac Electrophysiology (Electrical disorders of the heart)
Colon and Rectal Surgery
Diagnostic Radiology (Imaging procedures to diagnose and treat disease)
Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism (Glandular disorders)
Gastroenterology (Disorders of the digestive system)
- Mitchell Cohen, M.D.
- Martin Greene, M.D.
- Kalle Kang, M.D.
- Richard Kozarek, M.D.
- Darik Taniguchi, M.D.
Hematology (Disorders of the blood, spleen and lymph glands)
Interventional Cardiology (Catheter-based treatment of heart disorders)
Maternal and Fetal Medicine
- Sheena Aurora, M.D.
- William Berg, M.D.
- James Bowen, M.D.
- Lisa Caylor, M.D.
- Sarah Stolz, M.D.
- David Vossler, M.D.
Neuroradiology (Imaging procedures relating to the head, neck and spinal cord)
Obstetrics and Gynecology
- William Barrett, M.D.
- Christopher Cannon, M.D.
- Alexis Falicov, M.D., Ph.D.
- Daniel Flugstad, M.D.
- Laurel Saliman, M.D.
Otolaryngology (Diseases of the ear, nose, sinus, throat and other head and neck symptoms)
Pathology (Dealing with the cause and nature of disease)
Reproductive Endocrinology (Glandular disorders relating to obstetrics and gynecology)
- Mark Brakstad, M.D.
- Joseph Chebli, M.D.
- Richard Clarfeld, M.D.
- Patricia Dawson, M.D., Ph.D.
- Michael Florence, M.D.
Urology (Disorders of the urinary tract)
Medical Oncology (All types of cancer and other tumors)
Neonatal and Perinatal Medicine
Pediatric Infectious Disease
In addition to these Swedish-affiliated physicians being recognized, this issue of Seattle magazine included:
- A feature on Swedish-affiliated reproductive endocrinologist Dr. Lee Hickok being honored in the 'Top Doctors Hall of Fame,' an honor bestowed on him for being recognized as a Seattle magazine Top Doctor each year over the survey's decade-long history. Dr. Hickok, who is with Pacific Northwest Fertility and IVF Specialists, has been in clinical practice at Swedish since 1991.
- A special Q&A profile on Swedish-affiliated headache and migraine specialist Dr. Sheena Aurora.
- And an article on advances in robotic-assisted surgery that featured as its main source Swedish-affiliated urologic surgeon, Dr. Jim Porter, who is medical director of the Robotic-Assisted Surgery Program at Swedish. Dr. Porter specializes in the use of the da Vinci Robotic-Assisted Surgery System to treat prostate cancer and kidney tumors in a minimally invasive fashion.
Lastly, Swedish Cancer Institute Executive Director Albert B. Einstein Jr., M.D., was recognized for his role on this year's Seattle magazine Top Doctors advisory panel. As one of eight physician leaders who volunteered in this role, he helped provide valuable feedback on last year's list and methodology, suggested specialties to be added to the 2010 survey, shared insights on current medical trends, suggested ideas for feature stories and answered technical questions. According to the magazine, advisory panel members did not review or influence the choice of doctors who appear on the final list.