Seattle Met’s annual Top Doctor and Nurse Practitioner rankings are in.
Over 1,400 doctors, nurses, and physician assistants in the Seattle metropolitan area participated in our 2014 survey, for which we asked, “If you or a loved one needed medical care, whom would you choose?” Of the nearly 13,000 nominations we received, the top 15 percent of practitioners were considered as semifinalists for the 2014 Top Doctors and Nurses list.
We invited an anonymous advisory panel of administrators, doctors, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants from local hospitals, clinics, private practices, and associations to vet all nominations and further authenticate the results. The panel’s criteria to select the finalists included a provider’s years of experience and competency within his or her specialty, rapport with patients, including patient satisfaction and compliance with care recommendations, and ability to work effectively with colleagues across specialties to deliver the best care for patients. The panel also sought to adequately represent smaller private practices, which tend to encounter fewer colleagues on a day-to-day basis than their peers at large hospital systems.
The resulting list of Top Doctors and Top Nurse Practitioners is presented as a subset of Seattle Met’s extended Regional Medical Database, searchable by name, neighborhood, or specialty. As of press time, all the top-ranked doctors and nurse practitioners were certified to practice by the Washington State Department of Health and were free of disciplinary sanctions. For some providers we include areas of focus within their practice—for example, a nephrologist listing might also include hypertension and kidney care to equip the reader with more context regarding a provider’s practice. This in no way indicates that the doctor’s practice is limited to those areas of focus. Some doctors and nurse practitioners are certified in more than one specialty.
Finally, this is just the first step in your careful search for practitioners who are right for you. Continue your pursuit in our extended database of regional health care providers: seattlemet.com/doctors2014