Seattle Met’s annual Top Doctors and Nurses rankings are in. Over 1,100 doctors, nurses, and physician’s assistants in the Seattle metropolitan area participated in our 2013 survey, for which we asked: If you or a loved one needed medical care, whom would you choose? Of the 7,000 nominations we received, the top 12 percent of practitioners in each specialty were considered as finalists for the 2013 Top Doctors and Nurses list.
This year, we invited an anonymous advisory panel of administrators, doctors, and nurses from local hospitals, clinics, and practices to vet the list and share their expertise, further authenticating the results. The final list represents roughly the top 10 percent of nominations in each specialty.
The resulting list of 722 top practitioners is presented here alphabetically by specialty. As of press time, all the top-ranked doctors and nurse practitioners 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 practices. For example, a doctor in the field of allergy and immunology might list pollen and food allergy, asthma, and immune deficiency to provide the reader with more context regarding his or her practice. This in no way indicates that the doctor’s practice is limited to those areas of focus.
Each year, we seek a diverse response for specialties underrepresented in past surveys (such as acupuncture and naturopathy), geographic regions, and types of practice. Private practices, due to small staffs and the fact they encounter fewer colleagues on a day-to-day basis, are rarely adequately represented on lists like these; doctors and nurse practitioners at big hospitals tend to get more votes. Though we’ve given close attention to creating a comprehensive list, this reference is best used as a first step in the careful journey toward finding practitioners who are right for you.