Top Doctors 2010: Special Hall of Fame Edition

Saluting the 381 finest physicians in the Puget Sound region.

Over the past decade, Seattle magazine has been the go-to resource for information about the best doctors in the region. For this Top Doctors issue—our 10th since 2000—we created a Top Doctors Hall of Fame to honor the four doctors (pictured L to R: Dr. Joseph S. Gruss; Dr. Linda S. Mihalov; Dr. David R. Byrd; Dr. Lee R. Hickok) who have been on our list for each of those 10 years. Their achievements are remarkable on many fronts, not the least being that all of our Top Doctors are nominated by colleagues who are asked to suggest providers they would seek out or recommend to loved ones. To receive enthusiastic support from their peers for a decade speaks to our Hall of Fame inductees’ dedication, professionalism and engagement.

In the spirit of that commitment to excellence, we present a Top Doctors issue dedicated to informing and assisting you when you’re looking for answers. Should you be seeking a physician in one of the dozens of areas of specialty listed in this issue, we’re confident you’ll find one who will make your journey through the health care system a positive, life-affirming experience. And if you’re simply aching for information, you’ll find helpful stories in these pages—from a new initiative that’s making it easier for families caring for autistic children to a new website that helps cancer patients navigate their way around the inevitable questions and issues, to the possibility of reducing hospital-borne infections by using computer keyboards that disinfect themselves. This year’s list also incorporates more doctors from the Tacoma and Everett areas than lists in the past, so here’s to good reading and to your good health.

Seattle magazine's Top Doctors list results from a collaboration with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., a highly regarded health care research and information company that works with magazines across the country to produce similar top doctors features. Castle Connolly also is the publisher of several resource books on physicians, including America's Top Doctors and America's Top Doctors for Cancer.

The 10 profiles featured below represent a selection of physicians from our list that come from a variety of specialties, clinics, and locations throughout the Seattle area.

Doctor's Profiles:
George Makari

Hongxiu Ji
Russell Van Gelder
Sheena K. Aurora
Kathleen C.Y. Sie
Jane E. Hitti
Vernon M. Neppe
David M. Aboulafia
Howard G. Muntz
Virginia P. Sybert

Our 2010 Top Doctors directory is no longer available online. Check out our 2011 list here.

Seattle Magazine's Top Doctors 2015

Seattle Magazine's Top Doctors 2015

The 459 best physicians in the Puget Sound region as chosen by their peers

Stories by Sally James, Amelia Apfel, Sheila Cain, Elsy Pawelak Niki Stojnic
For 15 years, we have asked Seattle-area doctors this question: To whom would you send a loved one for medical care?

And every year, more than 1,000 doctors have taken time out of their busy schedules to nominate the peers they trust and admire—initially using paper ballots sent through the mail, and today, via an online survey. While the methods of casting and collecting nominations have changed over time, our controlled, peer-to-peer approach has remained consistent, as has the feedback from our readers that this is the issue they turn to when it is time to make the all-important health care decision of finding a new doctor or seeking a second opinion.

Another constant through the years: one surgeon, who has been voted in the top of his category without fail every year. Learn a little more about what makes him tick, and get a closer look at a few of Seattle’s other outstanding practitioners, including Dr. Michael Corsilles, Dr. Kristine Rinn, Dr. Emily Bradley, Dr. Peter Neligan, Dr. Edward Earl Leonard II, Dr. Hope Wechkin and Dr. Joseph Gruss

As part of our Top Doctors coverage this year, we also decided to celebrate the thriving research community that plays such an important role in the delivery of high-quality health care in this region. So, during the survey, we asked doctors to tell us about local researchers or research projects that promise to have a significant impact on the work they do. We spotlight a few of these exciting developments in this year’s Top Doctors feature. Plus, we meet a science-loving citizen who is part of a growing community of people who aren’t doctors but who are interested in making a very personal contribution to health science.

Also read about how social media affects teens' health, and how stem cell innovations could help the heart heal itself. Find out more on the 100K Wellness Project here.

You may also want to check out this article: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center turns 40.

Find out how we conducted our 2015 Top Doctors Survey.

The List:

Addiction medicine   
Adolescent medicine  
Allergy and immunology  
Bariatric medicine and surgery   
Colon and rectal surgery   
Craniofacial medicine   
Critical care medicine   
Developmental pediatrics   
Emergency medicine   
Family medicine   
Hand surgery   
Hospital medicine  
Infectious disease/travel medicine   
Integrative medicine   
Internal medicine   
Maternal and fetal medicine   
Neonatal-perinatal medicine   
Occupational medicine   
Pain medicine   
Palliative care   
Pediatric medicine   
(Pediatric specialists listed by specialty)
Physical medicine and rehabilitation   
Plastic/cosmetic surgery   
Plastic/reconstructive surgery   
Pulmonary medicine   
Sleep medicine   
Sports medicine   
Thoracic surgery 
Urology and urologic surgery   
Vascular surgery 

Oncology, general   
Breast cancer (surgical)
Breast cancer (medical) 
Colorectal cancer
Colorectal cancer (medical)   
Radiation oncology   

Chiropractic medicine