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Who would you want to have looking out for your family’s health? To whom would you turn if you got sick? For 16 years, we’ve thought the best people to answer those questions are Portland’s own medical pros.

In our annual survey, we ask the city’s doctors, nurses, physician assistants to answer one key question: to whom would they trust the care of their loved ones? The 685 names in this year’s listings represent the top 5 to 10 percent of vote-getters across 75 medical specialties, from dermatologists to bariatric surgeons to experts in transgender care. You’re unlikely to pick your own trauma surgeon or pathologist, of course, but we included extra slots in some categories where people are most likely to get to make a leisurely choice, like pediatricians and urologists. A companion survey asked acupuncturists, chiropractors, massage therapists, naturopaths, and physical therapists the same question for those fields.

Every year we get asked if this project is paid advertising. It’s not, and never has been. Our survey isn’t perfect: people who work for large organizations where lots of coworkers are familiar with their work definitely have an edge, for example. But the names here are a great starting point for when you find yourself asking that same question: who do you want to have taking care of you and your family?

Our list of Top Dentists is chosen by a survey of their peers. Click here to learn more about our methodology.

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