August 1, 2013

VU physicians lead Top Doctors, Best Doctors lists

The breadth, depth and quality of Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s clinical expertise are well represented on two national lists of premier physicians.

The breadth, depth and quality of Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s clinical expertise are well represented on two national lists of premier physicians.
Combined, the two separate lists — “America’s Top Doctors” and the “Best Doctors in America” — highlight nearly 500 Vanderbilt physicians who practice at VUMC’s many facilities.

(Vanderbilt University)

These include Vanderbilt University Hospital, The Vanderbilt Clinic, Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital, Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Vanderbilt Health at One Hundred Oaks and numerous other offsite clinics.

The large number of physicians featured on the two lists reflects the talent and dedication of Vanderbilt’s faculty, said C. Wright Pinson, MBA, M.D., deputy vice chancellor for Health Affairs, senior associate dean for Clinical Affairs and CEO of the Vanderbilt Health System.

“I want to congratulate our physicians on these well-deserved accolades,” said Pinson. “We are delighted the number of Vanderbilt faculty included on both lists continues to grow.”

America’s Top Doctors is a peer-recommended list published annually by Castle Connolly Medical. The methodology involves asking physicians in both academic and private practice from across the country to participate in the nomination process by identifying colleagues across numerous specialties who demonstrate excellence. Then a physician-led research team carefully reviews the credentials of every physician considered for inclusion.

The review includes, among other factors, scrutiny of medical education, training, hospital appointments, administrative posts, professional achievements, malpractice and disciplinary history. According to Castle Connolly, doctors do not and cannot pay to be included in any Castle Connolly listing or guide.

Two years ago, Castle Connolly began collaborating with U.S. News and World Report, linking Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors database with U.S. News’ Best Hospitals website.

To learn more about America’s Top Doctors, go here.

The Best Doctors in America list is a product of peer review in which doctors who excel in their specialties are selected by physician peers.

The Best Doctors in America list is assembled by Boston-based Best Doctors Inc., and results from exhaustive polling of more than 45,000 physicians in the United States.

Physicians representing more than 40 specialties and 400 subspecialties of medicine appear on this year’s list.

In a confidential review, current physicians on the list answer the question, “If you or a loved one needed a doctor in your specialty, to whom would you refer?”

Best Doctors Inc. evaluates the results and verifies all additional information to meet detailed inclusion criteria. Physicians cannot pay to be included in the Best Doctors database, nor are they paid to provide their input.

To learn more about the Best Doctors in America, go here.