Dr. Spellman Named for the 3rd Time Top Doctor In Illinois

Feb 2014

Dr. Adriana Spellman named for the 3rd Time by Chicago Magazine as Top Doctor in Illinois

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Over the years, you’ve asked many excellent questions about how the list gets put together. (Like medicine itself, the process is complex.)

Read on for the key info you’ll need to make the most of the list. To your health!

How are the doctors’ names organized?

Within each section of specialties, doctors are listed alphabetically by specialty, including their areas of special interest as well as primary hospital affiliations.

How did you pick the doctors listed in this story?

Chicago turned to Castle Connolly Medical, a health care research and information company in New York City. Many city magazines, including New York, Boston, andPhiladelphia, use Castle Connolly to put together similar lists.

OK, so how did Castle Connolly pick the doctors?

“We believe that physicians are the best judges of other physicians’ clinical excellence,” says Bill Liss-Levinson, the company’s chief strategy and operations officer. So the firm makes an annual survey available to all licensed physicians nationwide, asking them to nominate up to 10 doctors they view as the best in their own specialty and up to three MDs in other specialties. They are instructed to take into account such factors as education, hospital appointment, board certifications, and bedside manner. Doctors cannot nominate themselves. Castle Connolly got more than 100,000 nominations in 2013.

Researchers tracked which doctors received the most nominations and reviewed each physician’s education, training, hospital affiliations, and professional activities, verifying that all were licensed and board certified and that their disciplinary records were clean. To achieve a fair balance across specialties, they eliminated some doctors in fields for which they had a high number of nominees and added some in less-represented fields. The result: a list of 6,800 people—less than one percent of the nation’s doctors in clinical practice. Their names appear in the new 13th edition of America’s Top Doctors ($34.95, castleconnolly.com). Of those 6,800, 400 practice in the six-county Chicago area.

More on selection process

Source: Chicago Magazine



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