Seattle Magazine's Top Doctors 2014

437 of the best physicians in the Puget Sound region, as chosen by their peers

More than 1 million Washingtonians have acquired health insurance or enrolled in Medicaid since last fall, making our state a national leader for getting its citizens insured under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). But that’s not the only area in which we are at the forefront—Washington, and the Seattle region in particular, are on the cutting edge of research, interventions and treatment—as well as leading the way in innovations to make health care more affordable, effective and accessible. It is in this dynamic time that we launched our 14th annual Top Doctors survey.

We asked thousands of local doctors this question: To whom would you send a loved one for medical care? And more than 1,300 doctors participated, with nearly 13,000 nominations, to create this list of 437 physicians judged to be at the top in their field. This year, we expanded our list of providers to include doctor-nominated nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Always critical members of any health care team, these practitioners are playing an ever more critical and expanding role as hospitals and clinics are stretched by demand—especially for primary and preventive care.

Along with the Top Doctors list, we take this opportunity to celebrate physicians who are transforming health care at a more grassroots level with our Community Service Awards. This year’s nine honorees include doctors who volunteer, staff clinics, launch programs and more to reach underserved populations. Their efforts, like those of our Top Doctors, save lives—and all of their stories inspire.

Finally, we check in on the changing face of health care in Seattle, four years after Congress passed the ACA. Discover how your relationship with your doctor is fundamentally shifting, get a preview of the 21st-century checkup and learn the fate of your personal health record. Read how we conduct our annual Top Doctors Survey here. Want to learn more about the four doctors featured on the July 2014 cover? Go here to read their Q&As.

Spotlight on Four Doctors Who are Making a Difference:
Lindsay Leeder, ARNP
Kathleen Leppig, MD
Jim Walsh, MD
Julie Gralow, MD

HOW TO READ THE 2014 TOP DOCTORS LIST
Doctors are listed alphabetically by the specialty in which they received the majority of nominations.

CREDENTIALS

A number of initials are used in this list to indicate medical and professional degrees. Here’s what they stand for:
D.C.     Doctor of Chiropractic
D.O.    Doctor of Osteopathy
DPM    Doctor of Podiatric Medicine
LAc       Licensed Acupuncturist
M.D.      Doctor of Medicine
MHA    Master of Health Administration
MPH    Master of Public Health
N.D.    Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine
N.P.    Nurse Practitioner
OMD    Oriental Medicine Doctor
PA-C    Physician Assistant
Ph.D.    Doctor of Philosophy (doctorate)

Addiction medicine  
Adolescent medicine 
 
Allergy & immunology
  
Anesthesiology
  
Autism
  
Bariatric medicine  

Cardiology

Colon & rectal surgery
Critical care 
Dermatology
Emergency medicine 
Endocrinology/metabolism

Family medicine
Fertility
Gastroenterology
Genetics  
Geriatrics 
  
Gynecology  
Hand surgery
   
Hematology
Hospital medicine
Infectious disease
Integrative medicine   
Internal medicine   
Maternal & fetal medicine   
Nephrology   
Neurology   
Neurosurgery   
Obstetrics   
Occupational medicine   
Ophthalmology   
Orthopedics   
Otolaryngology   
Pain medicine   
Pathology   
Pediatric medicine   
(Pediatric specialists listed by specialty)
Physical medicine & rehabilitation   
Plastic/cosmetic surgery   
Plastic/reconstructive surgery   
Podiatry   
Psychiatry   
Pulmonary medicine   
Radiology, diagnostic   
Radiology, interventional   
Rheumatology   
Sleep medicine   
Sports medicine   
Surgery   
Thoracic surgery   
Transplantation   
Urology & urologic surgery   
Vascular surgery   

CANCER SPECIALISTS

Oncology   
Breast cancer (medical & surgical)   
Breast cancer (surgical)   
Colorectal cancer (medical)   
Colorectal cancer (surgical)   
Gynecological (medical & surgical)   
Lung   
Pediatric   
Radiation   

Nurse practitioners   

Physician assistants   

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE

Acupuncture   
Chiropractic medicine   
Naturopathy   

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