Castle Connolly Top Doctors Guidelines

Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. is a healthcare research and information company founded in 1991 by a former medical college board chairman and president to help guide consumers to America’s top doctors and top hospitals. Its established survey and research process, under the direction of an M.D., involves tens of thousands of top doctors and the medical leadership of leading hospitals.

[sidebar]Castle Connolly’s physician-led team of researchers follows a rigorous screening process to select top doctors on both the national and regional levels. Using mail and telephone surveys and electronic ballots, they ask physicians and the medical leadership of leading hospitals to identify highly skilled, exceptional doctors. Careful screening of doctors’ educational and professional experience is essential before final selection is made among those physicians most highly regarded by their peers.

The result: Castle Connolly identifies the top doctors in America and provides consumers with detailed information about their education, training, and special expertise in its paperback guides, national and regional magazine “Top Doctors” features, and online directories.

Doctors do not and cannot pay to be selected and profiled as Castle Connolly Top Doctors. Physicians selected for inclusion in this magazine’s "Top Doctors" feature may also appear as Regional Top Doctors online at, or in one of Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors guides, such as America’s Top Doctors® or America’s Top Doctors® for Cancer.

This year, in conjunction with Boston magazine, Castle Connolly additionally opened up the nomination survey process to all licensed physicians in the magazine’s markets through a special online site. With the support of the marketing staffs at all the area hospitals, and through extensive print and online promotions through the magazine, the response was excellent. This enabled Castle Connolly to identify many new Castle Connolly Top Doctors in the Boston metro area and add them to the “Top Doctors” feature this year, nearly doubling its size.

  • Ann

    Did anyone do a survey of the MD’s patients? How can you pick an MD who for years had rumours swirling around him as to possible unethical billing practices (Dr D Gendelman).
    And from personal experience having a physician notify you by phone,late on a Friday summer afternoon (leaving me without answers or support for the weekend), that I had a kidney CA that I needed to have removed and to call the office on Mon to make the necessary arrangements. When I questioned a 2nd opinion or co-treatment with the Farber the physician became quite outraged and I was told he treated me solely or not at all! I found out 2 other women of my acquataince also received calls with the same diagnosis. One of the women sought a 2nd opinion and we both found we did not have CA and did not need to have our kidneys removed. The third woman proceeded with the surgery by Dr Tiffany, Winchester MA. How many other patients had unnecessary removal of their kidney(s)?
    I am appalled when I see the names of physicians on a “best” list both of whom in my opinion are so poorly qualified for that distinction!

  • robby

    You know, I looked into these top doctor distinctions and I came to the same conclusion you did through research rather than experience. You actually have to pay the website to be able to locate their “top doctors” and limited information is given about the selection process. It appears it is mostly a nomination be peers… so It would seem those most likely to appear here are those in positions of instruction who will have following. I don’t think the results of these surveys will really say anything conclusive about a doctors skill set under the knife.