How Charlotte magazine’s Top Doctors list works:

Top Doctors is a project in our area where we ask doctors to vote for other doctors who exemplify excellence in various specialties. The list is intended to allow patrons to see and celebrate their doctors who make the list. It also gives those seeking medical services a place to find doctors who are most nominated by their participating peers.

How did you pick the doctors? 
We didn’t. Area physicians did. To create the list, Charlotte magazine hosted an online peer-voting process. Our team of editors and fact-checkers verified and confirmed that each winner in the final list submitted had, at the time of our review, a current, active license status with the appropriate state regulatory board. We asked doctors to vote for doctors who exemplify excellence in their specialties.

So is this just a big popularity contest, then? 
In some ways, yes. Physicians couldn’t vote for themselves, and were asked to make their selections without regard to hospital, clinic, or health plan affiliations. The number of responses helps eliminate favoritism or bias.

If doctors buy ads, do they get on the list? 
No. The survey and its tallying were conducted completely independently from advertising.

What if my doctor isn’t on the list? 
If you feel comfortable with your physician, then by all means stick with him or her. Although the categories are broad, they are intended to reflect relevant practices in the region. We recognize that there are many specialty categories and we cannot accommodate them all. If there is a strong and consistent request for additional practice areas, they may be considered in next year’s nominations.

I’m a physician, and I’ve never received a survey. Why not? 
Doctors who want to ensure they are in the system should send an email to

Are these doctors accepting new patients? 
Some are; some aren’t. Because that status can change from month to month, we didn’t include that information.

How do I know if a doctor on the list is board certified? 
The NC Medical Board ( has a list of all board-certified medical doctors practicing in North Carolina (and some in South Carolina).

What does it mean to be board certified? 
According to the American Board of Medical Specialties, certification by an ABMS Member Board involves a rigorous process of testing and peer evaluation that is designed and administered by specialists in the specific area of medicine. For more information about board certification visit