Each summer, Portland Monthly invites you to nominate your peers for our annual guide to the Portland area’s Top Doctors, Physician Assistants, and Nurse Practitioners as well as the Top Naturopaths, Complementary Medicine Providers, and Mental Health Professionals

Survey Information

We solicit peer nominations from every licensed doctor, registered nurse, and physician assistant in Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas Counties—more than 20,000 professionals from virtually every specialty—as well as the Portland area’s naturopaths, complementary medicine providers, and mental health professionals. Our MD/PA/NP survey has closed. The naturopath and complementary medicine survey is still open.

The Feature at a Glance

+ The final Top Doctors, NPs, and PAs list will anchor our Winter 2021–2022 issue’s health and medicine coverage, accessed by more than 317,000 readers. (See our 2020–2021 results here.)
+ The final lists of Top Naturopaths, Complementary Medicine Provider, and Mental Health Professionals will also be published in the same issue.
+ Doctors, registered nurses, and physician assistants are eligible to vote for Top Doctors, NPs, and PAs.
+ Our robust online survey system minimizes ballot stuffing and voting errors.
+ All votes are confidential.
+ An independent panel of doctors, NPs, and PAs from Portland-area hospitals, clinics, and private practices will review the final list of Top Doctors, PAs, and Nurses.


For Portland Monthly’s annual Top Doctors and Nurses list—this list in our Winter 2021–2022 will be our 18th—we invite every licensed doctor, physician assistant, and registered nurse in Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas Counties to select as many medical specialties as they wish, and nominate up to four peers within that specialty.

Participants log in using their medical license number to vote, which we obtained from the respective licensing boards. The published list will include MDs, DOs, DPMs, PAs, CRNAs, CNWs, and NPs—however, Registered Nurses are also eligible to vote.

After all the nominations are tallied, Portland Monthly narrows the list to the top 5 to 10 percent of vote getters in each field. We plan to convene an independent, voluntary, and anonymous panel of doctors, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners representing local hospitals and clinics to further assess each finalist. We also will confirm all finalists are currently certified to practice by their respective medical licensing board and have not been subject to recent disciplinary action in Oregon. (Note that someone’s status can change after fact-checking, and medical providers often change locations or employers.) 

Survey Instructions

This doctor-nurse-physician assistant survey is a bit of a bear. Please note that you may take the survey only once, so do not log in unless you have some time cleared and are prepared to complete the survey in that sitting. You will not be able to log in and enter names in additional categories later.

We’ve made some changes in recent years to the way the nominations appear to make it easier to find the name you’re looking for, but it can still be a slog, especially if the medical providers you wish to nominate have the same first or last names as a lot of other colleagues. For the vast majority of doctors, nurses, and PAs, you will be able to type a first and last name and have the person you want to nominate appear in the drop-down list of Oregon-licensed medical professionals. The drop-down menu shows DOs/DPMs/MDs, then PAs, and then nurses. Why? Because nurses are the largest group, so the others are easier to scroll past if you want to get to the last, largest category. 

You may need to confirm the spelling of your nominee’s name. For example, if you think Britney Spears is a great local dermatologist and you want to nominate her, you won’t find her name if you type Brittany Spears or Britney Spiers or Brittnae Speers or Britonee Spheeris. Similarly, if you’re nominating your colleague Deb, it will help to know if her given name is Debbie or Deborah or Debra (or Debi! or Debbi! or Debby!).

License type and some specialty information may also appear to help you identify the person. A middle name or a middle initial may be included here for people with the same first and last name and same licensing, which may be why a name doesn’t appear when you type just a first and last name on their own. If you don’t see the name of your nominee and suspect they may share their first and last name with another person, try typing just the last name and see if they appear in the drop-down menu, or consult the OMB or OSBN website for their middle name, initial, or even city if there's a lot of shared info. The names in the drop-down menu come from those state boards. 

The naturopath–complementary medicine provider–mental health professional survey does not have drop-down lists to choose from, in part due to the many different licensing bodies. Its format may change in future years. Find spaces to enter the names of naturopaths, acupuncturists, chiropractors, touch therapists, physical therapists, and mental health professionals. 

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