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Healthcare is on the precipice of dramatic change. Telemedicine is entering our lives, there’s a shortage of primary-care doctors, and hospitals and insurance companies are preparing for a seismic switch to a “value-based” payment system in a few years. In a time of transition, it’s reassuring to easily locate a doctor who’s known as the best in the business. Indianapolis Monthly’s annual Top Doctors list achieves this high standard by answering the burning question: Which specialists do doctors turn to for their own care?

Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., a healthcare research and information company, compiled this year’s honorees by asking physicians to recommend someone they would see themselves or suggest to a family member in Central Indiana. Nearly 850 licensed medical professionals in the area, representing 64 specialties and hundreds of expertises, met Castle Connolly’s qualifications. This year’s list for IM considered physicians in Marion, Hamilton, Madison, Boone, Johnson, Hendricks, Hancock, Morgan, and Shelby counties. 

Castle Connolly was founded in 1991 by a former medical college board chair and president to help identify America’s top doctors and hospitals. Its established nomination survey, research, screening, and selection process, under the direction of an MD, involves hundreds of thousands of physicians as well as academic medical centers, specialty hospitals, and regional and community hospitals across the nation. The nomination process is open to all licensed physicians in America. Those doctors are able to nominate physicians in any medical specialty (except fields in which patients rarely have a choice, such as emergency medicine or anesthesiology) and in any part of the country, as well as indicate whether the nominated physicians are, in their opinion, among the best in their region or the nation in their medical specialty. Castle Connolly then carefully screens doctors’ educational and professional experience before making its final selections. Doctors do not and cannot pay to be considered for Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors designation. The result: Castle Connolly identifies the top doctors in America and provides detailed information about their education, training, and special expertise in its paperback guides, “Top Doctors” features in national and regional magazines, and online directories.

The selected physicians may also appear online at, or in conjunction with other Castle Connolly Top Doctors databases online and/or in print. The nomination process can be found at


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