Top Doctors 2013
We are in the midst of the biggest change to health care since the creation of Medicare in 1965. Millions of Americans will have access to coverage and free preventive care for the first time. At the center of this sweeping transformation are the doctors, who are being asked to stretch in new directions to find ways to do more with less, to shift from fee-for-service care to accountable care that ties reimbursements to quality- and cost-control metrics, and to work more than ever before in multidisciplinary teams—while all along the way still delivering the expertise and skills for which we seek them out in the first place. It is in this new and changing landscape that we launched our 13th annual Top Doctors survey.
We asked thousands of local doctors this question: To whom would you send a loved one for medical care? And more than 4,500 doctors submitted nearly 15,000 nominations. These are the doctors to whom other doctors turn when they or their families need care.
Along with the Top Doctors list, we also take this opportunity to survey the impact of the Affordable Care Act (passed in 2010) in terms of what matters to you—from insurance coverage to what might change in the care you receive.
Even with the promise of better access to care and the expansion of Medicaid in the state, there will continue to be those among us who need a helping hand. To reach these underserved populations, health care practitioners volunteer their time, staff clinics, launch programs and more. This year, we honor five individuals whose work—whether in the lab, at a desk or in the field—is having a far-reaching, profound effect. Their efforts, like those of our Top Doctors, save lives—and all of their stories inspire. Read on to get to the full list. View our Top Doctors Advisory Panel here. Read about how we conducted our Top Doctors survey or view the 6 doctors to avoid.