Who would you turn to if you got sick?
For 15 years, we’ve thought the best people to answer that essential question are Portland’s own medical pros. Every fall, we invite the city’s doctors, physician assistants, and nurses to answer one key question in our annual survey: To whom would they trust the care of their loved ones? (15 years in, we still get asked if this project is paid advertising. Nope. It’s not, never has been.)
The 587 names in the database represent the top 5 percent of vote-getters across 80 medical specialties—from cardiologists to urologists and beyond. According to their peers, they’re the best in their fields that you’ll find in this great city.
METHODOLOGY: Using a secure online survey system, Portland Monthly solicited peer nominations from every licensed doctor, physician assistant, and registered nurse in Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas Counties. Participants logged in with their medical license number and nominated up to four names in each medical specialty; we specifically asked to whom they would entrust their own families’ care. After tallying the votes, Portland Monthly compiled a list of the top vote recipients in each specialty. We then confirmed that all nominees are currently certified to practice in their field by their respective medical licensing board and have not been subject to recent disciplinary action in Oregon. Next, we convened an independent, voluntary, and anonymous panel of doctors, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners representing local hospitals and clinics to assess each finalist by their accomplishments, education, patient satisfaction surveys, and other criteria.
Correction: In our January 2019 Top Doctors guide, Andrea Gepner of OHSU was listed in Hospice & Palliative Care, a practice area for doctors and physician assistants. In fact, Gepner is a nurse practitioner who should have been listed in the Family NP practice area. In addition, we incorrectly listed Dr. Matt Reed of the Portland Clinic as a physician assistant. We regret the errors.