If you need a doctor and don’t have one—whether it’s for a routine checkup or a life-threatening disease—where would you start to look? Sure, you might solicit opinions from friends and family, but would you really leave this decision up to crowdsourcing? That’s why, for our 17th annual report on the Puget Sound area’s most trusted physicians, we went straight to the experts—with the help of health care research firm Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.—and asked Seattle-area doctors to recommend their peers.
But this year, we also stepped behind the medical curtain and the doctors, profiled in more depth on the following pages, to tell us what they think patients should look for in a physician. You’ll notice a common theme in their responses. It turns out that communication is really important. So, when you find that new doctor—or have an appointment with the one you already see—be sure to talk to them, and listen (and if they’re worth their Top Docs weight, they will, too). Communication may not cure all that ails you, but it’s a good place to start.
Top Doctors Index
Allergy & Immunology
Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Colon & Rectal Surgery
Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism
Hospice & Palliative Medicine
Maternal & Fetal Medicine
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
Pediatric Infectious Disease
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Thoracic & Cardiac Surgery
Urogynecology/Female Pelvic Medicine
Vascular & Interventional Radiology
For more, see our featured Q&As with these Top Docs:
Frederick Matsen, M.D., "Healing Through Joint Replacement"
Uma Malhotra, M.D., "Helping to Keep Bugs at Bay"
Francis Geissler, M.D., Ph.D., "Keeping Patients in Sight"
Gunjan Tykodi, M.D., "Body in Balance"
Edward Slosberg, M.D., "Checking Health from the Inside Out"
Ellyn Lee, M.D., "Improving Life as It Ebbs"
And check out these other highlights from our 2017 Top Doctor package:
This cancer therapy targets the disease with the help of the patient’s own immune system
New Seattle Clinic Provides Care to Transgender Youths
A new Gender clinic at Seattle Children's Hospital helps fill the need for adequate health care for transgender youths
At These Retail Locations, Getting Health Care Is Easy
The next time you sprain an ankle or catch a bad cold, you may just want to walk in to your neighborhood drugstore for care
Two new procedures advance the less-is-more approach
Bigger and Better
New outpatient facility saves time and money for patients and staff
A Better Bedside Manner
Can a survey improve how patients experience health care?
Crowdsourcing Cardiac Help
CPR help may be just a phone alert away