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FAQ for Physicians

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions from physicians who are looking to work with Best Doctors.
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What is a Best Doctor?

A Best Doctors physician is selected by his/her peers through a proprietary polling process. Only currently listed Best Doctors are eligible to nominate and vote in the Best Doctors poll. Best Doctors are among the world’s most renowned medical providers.
Learn more about the Best Doctors poll here.

How does Best Doctors, Inc. determine who to include in the Best Doctors proprietary database?

Since 1989, Best Doctors has conducted one of the largest, ongoing peer-to-peer polls in health care to identify the physicians other physicians trust most. Voting physicians are asked “If you or a loved one needed a physician in your specialty, to whom would you refer?”
Learn more about the Best Doctors poll here.

What is the process for a physician to be included in the Best Doctors database?

A physician must be nominated by a current listed physician to be considered for inclusion. A nomination means that the physician has been recommended for consideration and then must go through the evaluation process of the poll. During the evaluation process, currently listed Best Doctors confidentially evaluate candidates in their own and related medical specialties. Once consensus of peer support is achieved, the physicians are subject to additional qualifying criteria, including verification of clinical activity, accessibility to existing and/or new patients and an active medical license with no disqualifying disciplinary actions.

How does Best Doctors, Inc. decide which physicians to poll?

Only currently listed Best Doctors physicians are eligible to submit nominations and vote in the poll. Best Doctors does not survey the medical community randomly or in its entirety.

Once a Best Doctor is selected, does he or she remain on the list forever?

No, the peer review process requires that every listed Best Doctor be re-evaluated by their peers in each poll.

How does Best Doctors avoid reflecting bias in the database?

Enough physicians participate in the polling process to eliminate commercial, financial and other biases. Each physician votes a custom ballot, generated to include a mix of candidates at their own and other area medical facilities and practices. Some of the most critical evaluations come from physicians evaluating others within their own facility.

Best Doctors has developed proprietary software that analyses the votes and provides an aggregate score for each physician candidate. This yields a preliminary set of physicians who meet the initial criteria for inclusion. Only physicians who earn consensus of their peers and meet all additional criteria are selected to the database.

What are the clinical requirements for a Best Doctors physician?

In addition to receiving consensus of peer support, all physicians are evaluated on clinical activity. Listed Best Doctors must be accessible to existing and/or new patients in order to qualify for inclusion. In addition, physicians must have a current medical license free from any disqualifying disciplinary actions.

How many physicians are in the Best Doctors proprietary, global database?

There currently are more than 50,000 physicians in over 450 specialties and subspecialties, including nearly 1,200 Canadian physicians.

What benefits are available to a Canadian physician included in the Best Doctors proprietary database?

These exclusive benefits are available to listed physicians upon request:

  • Access the Best Doctors database for personal or professional use.
  • Promote your medical practice. Upon request, Best Doctors will send a website seal announcing the physician’s inclusion and a press release template to communicate the physician’s listing distinction to local press outlets.
  • Physician name and contact information may be provided to Members who are seeking care from someone in a specific medical specialty in the Member’s geographic area.


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