Top Doctors 2015
WE SURVEYED 3,000 licensed physicians to find out which doctors are the Charlotte area’s best. In this database, you’ll find a list that covers 66 different specialties across the medical field. But first, here’s how we chose them:
How did you pick the doctors?
We didn’t. Area physicians did. We mailed a link to an online survey to approximately 3,000 physicians with active medical licenses in Cabarrus, Gaston, Mecklenburg, and Union counties according to a list from the North Carolina Medical Board. The survey asked: What doctor would you call if you or a loved one needed medical care? Physicians had to input their license numbers to take the survey.
So is this just a big popularity contest, then?
In some ways, yes. Physicians were asked not to vote for themselves and 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 by a completely independent certified public accountant and results were not released before the magazine was printed.
What if my doctor isn’t on the list?
If you feel comfortable with your physician, by all means stick with him or her. This list represents only the top 7 to 10 percent of area doctors in the selected specialties—plenty of great doctors aren’t on it.
I’m a physician, and I’ve never received a survey. Why not?
We diligently try to maintain our database, but we may not have your correct mailing information. We also email the office managers at many practices. Please visit www.charlottemagazine.com to update your practice contact information. Also, the survey postcard may have never reached your inbox for a number of other reasons beyond our control.
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 (ncmedboard.org) 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 designed and administered by specialists in the specific area of medicine. For more information about board certification, visit ncmedboard.org.
*If you were named a 2015 Top Doctor, we are holding an event in your honor Wednesday, June 22. You should receive an invitation in the mail the week of June 29. For more information or questions on the Top Doctors event, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org.