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How We Picked the DoctorsAnswers to your questions about how to use Indianapolis Monthly’s Top Doctors list.
How do I read this list?Doctors are listed under specialties. The name is followed by his or her main phone number, areas of expertise, and hospital affiliations.
How did the magazine select the doctors?Indianapolis Monthly hired Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. to prepare the list based on surveys in which doctors nominate physicians they trust and recommend.What is Castle Connolly?Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. is a New York–based healthcare research company founded in 1991 by a former medical college board chairman and president. Castle Connolly’s survey process, conducted by its physician-led research staff, involves tens of thousands of doctors and the medical leadership of leading hospitals nationwide. Access to the company’s database of doctors is available at castleconnolly.com.How did Castle Connolly choose doctors for inclusion?The company’s research team follows a rigorous screening process to select doctors on both the national and regional levels. Through mail and telephone surveys, in addition to electronic ballots, they asked physicians and the medical leadership of leading hospitals to identify highly skilled, exceptional doctors. Castle Connolly also carefully examines doctors’ educational and professional experience, choosing doctors from among those recommended by their peers. Locally, Castle Connolly and IM reached out to area hospitals and physicians, informing them about how to take part in the nomination process. Except for rare cases, Castle Connolly considers only physicians who are board-certified.What does “board-certified mean?In addition to medical licenses, most physicians seek certification from an American Board of Medical Specialties board. The panels establish guidelines and certify the doctors who meet those standards.
Can doctors pay to be included?No financial considerations of any kind are involved in the selection process.Why are some specialties excluded?Castle Connolly excludes anesthesiologists (except those with board certification in pain management), emergency-medicine physicians, and pathologists because they are generally not chosen by patients.
Why isn’t my doctor listed?Indianapolis is home to many excellent physicians. Some outstanding doctors may not have been nominated by their peers, despite clinical excellence. Some do not hold board certification, which is not required to practice medicine. Castle Connolly’s research is just one trusted resource that consumers can use. Selecting a physician is a personal choice; the right doctor for you is the one you trust.To order the book America’s Top Doctors ($34.95), call Castle Connolly at 800-399-3627 or visit castleconnolly.com.
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