Top Docs 2007: The Specialists

Boston may be a medical mecca, but with some of the country's longest waits for appointments, it sure doesn't always feel that way. After talking to local healthcare experts to single out the specialties seeing the greatest demand, we rounded up a list of M.D.s who stand out to their peers as the best in their fields. We can't guarantee you'll get in to see our picks tomorrow. But when you do, you'll know you're in great hands.

About the List

Our list of top-ranked doctors was created by the Boston-based company Best Doctors (, founded in 1989 by Harvard Medical School–affiliated physicians. Every two years, Best Doctors polls the medical profession, asking, “If you or a loved one needed a doctor in your specialty, who would you choose?” Only physicians identified by their peers in previous years as “best doctors” receive the Best Doctors in America survey.

Note: Some of the specialists on this list are accepting patients only by referral, or only patients with certain conditions. Be sure to call ahead and check the doctor’s availability with his or her staff before making any changes in your healthcare.

Click on any specialty to see a list of local physicians that have been identified by their peers in previous years as “best doctors.”


Addiction Medicine
Allergy and Immunology
Allergy and Immunology, Pediatric
Anesthesiology, Pediatric


Cardiac Surgery, Pediatric
Cardiology, Pediatric
Cardiovascular Anesthesia, Pediatric
Clinical Pharmacology
Colon and Rectal Surgery
Critical Care Medicine, Pediatric


Dermatology, Pediatric
Eating Disorders
Emergency Medicine
Emergency Medicine, Pediatric
Endocrinology and Metabolism
Endocrinology, Pediatric
Family Medicine


Gastroenterology, Pediatric
Geriatric Medicine
Gynecology, Pediatric and Adolescent
Hand Surgery
Infectious Disease
Infectious Disease, Pediatric
Internal Medicine (General)


Medical Genetics
Medical Oncology and Hematology
Medical Oncology and Hematology, Pediatric
Medical Toxicology, Pediatric
Metabolic Diseases, Pediatric


Nephrology, Pediatric
Neurological Surgery
Neurological Surgery, Pediatric
Neurology, Pediatric
Nuclear Medicine
Nuclear Medicine, Pediatric
Nutrition, Pediatric


Obstetrics and Gynecology
Ophthalmology, Pediatric
Orthopaedic Surgery, Pediatric
Orthopedic Surgery
Otolaryngology, Pediatric


Pediatric Developmental and Behavioral Problems
Pediatrics (General)
Pediatric Specialist: Abused Children
Pediatric Specialist: Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine
Pediatric Specialist: Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Plastic Surgery
Plastic Surgery, Pediatric
Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent
Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Pulmonology, Pediatric


Radiation Oncology
Radiation Oncology, Pediatric
Radiology, Pediatric
Rheumatology, Pediatric
Sleep Medicine
Surgery, Pediatric
Surgical Oncology
Thoracic Surgery
Urology, Pediatric

Disclaimer: This list is excerpted from The Best Doctors in America database, which includes approximately 41,000 doctors in more than 40 specialties. (Note: Lists of doctors are not available on the Best Doctors website.) If you have questions about the methodology used to compile this list, please call Beverly Jackson at 800-675-1199 x315.

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