Burnout. Fatigue. Frustration. That’s what we’re hearing about from exhausted members of the medical profession. So we felt a little sheepish when we added to their workload over the summer, asking them to take some of their downtime to log into our annual peer survey and answer a burning question: who are the people they turn to when their families need care, or when they themselves got sick?

One question, multiplied across 80-some practice areas and specialties for medical doctors, osteopaths, nurse practitioners, physical therapists, naturopaths, physician assistants (in the same categories as MDs and DOs, but identified as PAs), massage therapists, and more, from addiction medicine to wound care. The resulting answers were tallied up, and what’s here represents those who garnered roughly the top 5 to 10 percent of votes. We also keep extra slots for some some of the most commonly called-upon categories, like gastroenterologists and ob-gyns. (Looking for dentists, orthodontists, or oral surgeons? Find a local list prepared by the firm USA Top Dentists here.)

We've been doing this for 18 years, and while we're always honing it our survey is far from perfect: people who work for large medical groups where lots of coworkers are familiar with their work definitely have an edge, for example, and our list of specialties doesn’t capture everyone. But the names here are a great starting point for when you find yourself asking who you want to have looking after your family.

Find providers by category here


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