Boston-based Best Doctors Inc. lists the state's best doctors by specialty.

clientuploads/Archive_Images/2012/11/Best-Doctors.gifThe Best Doctors in America list includes the nation’s most respected specialists and primary-care physicians and is the result of more than two decades of work conducting the largest continuous and independent survey of the medical profession. Best Doctors' team of researchers conduct an annual poll using the methodology that mimics the informal peer-to-peer process doctors themselves use to identify the right specialists for their patients. Using an accredited polling method and balloting software, they gather the insight and experience of tens of thousands of leading specialists all over the country, while confirming their credentials and specific areas of expertise. The result is the Best Doctors in America list, which represents the top 5% of doctors in the country; a list with more than 45,000 doctors in over 400 specialties and subspecialties. These are the doctors that other doctors recognize as the best in their fields. They cannot pay a fee and are not paid to be listed and cannot nominate or vote for themselves.

Founded in 1989 by Harvard Medical School professors, Boston-based Best Doctors Inc. works to transform and improve health care. The  company serves more than 30 million members in every major region of the world. It works with the best 5% of doctors to find the right diagnoses and right treatments, and seamlessly integrates its services with employers’ other health-related benefits. More than a traditional second opinion, Best Doctors delivers a comprehensive evaluation of a patient’s medical condition – providing value to both patients and treating physicians. By utilizing Best Doctors, members have access to the brightest minds in medicine to ensure the right diagnosis and treatment plan. The service also helps patients learn about their best treatment options, and includes their treating physician in the process as well, providing members the peace of mind and the confidence that comes with knowing they are making well-informed decisions with world-renowned experts in their corner. In 2011 Best Doctors corrected or refined diagnoses in 29%  of cases in the U.S. and corrected or improved treatment in nearly 60% of cases — resulting in considerably improved patient outcomes, cost savings and saved lives.

The full list of the Best Doctors is no longer available online.

Excerpted from The Best Doctors in America 2013 database, which includes more than 45,000 doctors in more than 40 medical specialties. It is compiled and maintained by Best Doctors Inc. For more information, visit www.bestdoctors.com, call 800-675-1199 or email research@bestdoctors.com. Lists of doctors are not available on the Best Doctors website. Best Doctors Inc. has used its best efforts in assembling material for this list but does not warrant that the information contained herein is complete or accurate and does not assume, and hereby disclaims, any liability to any person or other party for any loss or damage caused by errors or omissions herein, whether such errors or omissions result from negligence, accident or any other cause. Copyright 2012, Best Doctors Inc. Used under license, all rights reserved.  This list, or any parts thereof, must not be reproduced in any form without written permission from Best Doctors Inc. No commercial use of the information in this list may be made without the permission of Best Doctors Inc. No fees may be charged, directly or indirectly, for the use of the information in this list without permission. “Best Doctors,” “The Best Doctors in America” and the Best Doctors star-in-cross logo are trademarks of Best Doctors Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries and are used under license.

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