More than 1 million Washingtonians have acquired health insurance or enrolled in Medicaid since last fall, making our state a national leader for getting its citizens insured under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). But that’s not the only area in which we are at the forefront—Washington, and the Seattle region in particular, are on the cutting edge of research, interventions and treatment—as well as leading the way in innovations to make health care more affordable, effective and accessible. It is in this dynamic time that we launched our 14th 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 1,300 doctors participated, with nearly 13,000 nominations, to create this list of 437 physicians judged to be at the top in their field. This year, we expanded our list of providers to include doctor-nominated nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Always critical members of any health care team, these practitioners are playing an ever more critical and expanding role as hospitals and clinics are stretched by demand—especially for primary and preventive care.
Along with the Top Doctors list, we take this opportunity to celebrate physicians who are transforming health care at a more grassroots level with our Community Service Awards. This year’s nine honorees include doctors who volunteer, staff clinics, launch programs and more to reach underserved populations. Their efforts, like those of our Top Doctors, save lives—and all of their stories inspire.
Finally, we check in on the changing face of health care in Seattle, four years after Congress passed the ACA. Discover how your relationship with your doctor is fundamentally shifting, get a preview of the 21st-century checkup and learn the fate of your personal health record. Read how we conduct our annual Top Doctors Survey here. Want to learn more about the four doctors featured on the July 2014 cover? Go here to read their Q&As.
Spotlight on Four Doctors Who are Making a Difference:
Lindsay Leeder, ARNP
Kathleen Leppig, MD
Jim Walsh, MD
Julie Gralow, MD
HOW TO READ THE 2014 TOP DOCTORS LIST
Doctors are listed alphabetically by the specialty in which they received the majority of nominations.
A number of initials are used in this list to indicate medical and professional degrees. Here’s what they stand for:
D.C. Doctor of Chiropractic
D.O. Doctor of Osteopathy
DPM Doctor of Podiatric Medicine
LAc Licensed Acupuncturist
M.D. Doctor of Medicine
MHA Master of Health Administration
MPH Master of Public Health
N.D. Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine
N.P. Nurse Practitioner
OMD Oriental Medicine Doctor
PA-C Physician Assistant
Ph.D. Doctor of Philosophy (doctorate)
Allergy & immunology
Colon & rectal surgery
Maternal & fetal medicine
(Pediatric specialists listed by specialty)
Physical medicine & rehabilitation
Urology & urologic surgery
Breast cancer (medical & surgical)
Breast cancer (surgical)
Colorectal cancer (medical)
Colorectal cancer (surgical)
Gynecological (medical & surgical)