Each year, Portland Monthly invites medical professionals to nominate their peers for an annual guide to the Portland area’s Top Doctors, Physician Assistants, and Nurse Practitioners as well as the Top Naturopaths and Complementary Medicine Providers

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. The surveys for the current year have closed.

The Feature at a Glance

+ The final list Top Medical Professionals , including medical doctors, nurse practitioners, naturopaths, and more, anchors our Winter issue’s health and medicine coverage, accessed by more than 317,000 readers. (See our 2022–2023 results here.)
+ Medical doctors, registered nurses, and physician assistants are eligible to vote for Top Doctors, NPs, and PAs.
+ Naturopathic doctors, acupuncturists, chiropractors, physical therapists, and massage therapists are eligible to vote in a separate survey.
+ All votes are confidential.


For Portland Monthly’s annual Top Doctors and Nurses list—the list in our Winter 2022–2023 is our 19th—we invite every licensed doctor, physician assistant, and registered nurse in Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas Counties to nominate up to three peers within each of more than 70 specialties. This survey is managed by our partners at DataJoe.

The published list will include MDs, DOs, DPMs, PAs, CRNAs, CNMs, and NPs—however, Registered Nurses are also eligible to vote. You may vote for yourself in your discipline, but for a self-nomination to could you must also vote for two other people in the same discipline—i.e., you may not vote only for yourself.

After all the nominations are tallied, the list is narrowed to the top vote getters in each field. Finalists are confirmed to be currently certified to practice by their respective medical licensing board and not 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.) 

The survey for doctors, nurses, and PAs uses a drop-down menu, which will become more tailored as you type more information. For example, if you greatly respect a cardiologist named Anthony Anderson, don't be alarmed if you don't see his name after typing just "Anderson." As you type "Anderson, Anth..." more names will appear that match what you type.

You may need to confirm the spelling of your nominee’s name. 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 "Spears, Brittany" or "Spiers, Britney" or "Speers, Brittnae" or "Spheeris, Britonee." License type (MD, DO, PA, Nurse) 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. For most providers, you can confirm spellings and look up middle initials or names via Oregon Medical Board or Oregon State Board of Nursing license searches.

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 involved. Find spaces to enter the names of naturopaths, acupuncturists, chiropractors, massage therapists, physical therapists, and mental health professionals. 

What About Dentists?

Portland Monthly also publishes an annual list of top dental care providers. That list is provided by USA Top Dentists and will be published in our Spring 2023 issue.

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