Seattle Met’s annual Top Doctors rankings are in. Over 4,500 doctors in the Seattle metropolitan area participated in our 2012 survey, the result of a partnership between Seattle Met and Avvo. Avvo rates and profiles 90 percent of doctors in the U.S., including every doctor in Washington state.
The 2012 survey is more comprehensive than ever, with active participation from almost 40 percent of doctors practicing in King, Kitsap, and Snohomish counties, and parts of Pierce County. Avvo’s proprietary algorithms rate doctors on a 10-point scale, employing not only peer endorsements but factors such as experience, education, training, disciplinary history, fellowships, hospital privileges, and awards. Avvo’s dynamic ratings of the 12,583 doctors in the survey area are regularly refreshed based on new information gleaned from doctors as well as from certifying and licensing boards. The doctors on the pages that follow represent the top 4 percent of practitioners in their fields as of May 2012.
For specialists not included in Avvo’s service—advanced registered nurse practitioners in nine specialties, acupuncturists, chiropractors, naturopaths, and optometrists—the rankings are based on nominations by doctors, nurses, physician’s assistants, and other health care professionals. Our survey asked those professionals to name the colleagues they would choose to treat themselves and their loved ones.
The resulting list of 583 top practitioners in their fields is presented here alphabetically by specialty. As of press time, all the top-ranked doctors and nurses were certified to practice in their fields by the Washington State Department of Health.
Seattle Met researchers gave medical professionals the opportunity to specify areas of focus within their practice or exemplary cases recently treated. For example, a doctor in the field of cardiology might list cardiovascular risk assessment, preventive cardiology, diagnostic cardiology, and cholesterol management to provide the reader with more context regarding her practice. This in no way indicates that the doctor’s practice is limited to those areas of focus.
We’ve given close attention to creating a comprehensive and detailed list, but this reference is best used as just one step in the careful journey toward finding doctors who are right for you.
*Footnote The following updates have been made to the Top Doctors 2012 list: Physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist Keith S. Hardy passed away and has been removed from the list. Michelle Heath, originally listed as a top internist, actually practices dermatology and has been removed from the list. Rather than at a private practice, Timothy Jacobs practices general and breast pathology at Virginia Mason. Diagnostic radiologist Peter Ory works at Highline Medical Center, not Harborview. Pediatrician Lorena Shih practices at Pediatric Associates, not Evergreen as stated. Anesthesiologist Monica Vavilala does not have a private practice (206-744-3210); she practices at UW Medicine (206-744-4371). Thomas K. Varghese is a thoracic surgeon and does not practice general surgery as we stated. Family doctor David A. Acosta is not a full-time doctor and only occasionally sees patients at UW Medicine. And family and preventive doctor William R. Phillips no longer sees patients; he is a professor who runs a fellowship program while working with medical students at UW Medicine; he has been removed from the list.