NEW YORK (July 24, 2008) – Of the 1,434 physicians and surgeons named to New York magazine’s list of the Best Doctors 2008, 22 percent are affiliated with Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC). Doctors on the list include 192 faculty members, 110 house staff alumni, who did their residencies at Columbia/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, and 123 College of Physicians and Surgeons alumni.
CUMC faculty are highlighted in two of the four “Best Doctors” feature articles. Brian Fallon, M.D., and Michael McKee, Ph.D., are featured in a story about treating hypochondria, and Columbia’s Huntington’s Disease Society of America Center for Excellence is included in a story about genetic testing for Huntington’s disease. Some of the key clinical departments that have several physicians on the list include orthopedic surgery, otolaryngology, pediatrics, psychiatry, surgery, and urology.
List of Columbia-affiliated physicians and surgeons in the June 16, 2008 New York magazine issue.
For the past 11 years, Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., a research and information company, has been providing New York magazine with a shorter version of their annual guidebook, titled Top Doctors: New York Metro Area, for the magazine’s “Best Doctors” issue. These doctors in the magazine represent about a quarter of the top 10 percent of New York–area physicians, as determined by Castle Connolly.
To select the doctors, Castle Connolly sends out 12,000 nomination forms to medical professionals in New York City, Westchester County, Long Island, and portions of New Jersey and Connecticut. The forms ask recipients to nominate those doctors who, in their judgment, are the best in their field and related fields—especially those to whom they would refer their own patients and family members.
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Columbia University Medical Center provides international leadership in basic, pre-clinical and clinical research, in medical and health sciences education, and in patient care. The medical center trains future leaders and includes the dedicated work of many physicians, scientists, public health professionals, dentists, and nurses at the College of Physicians & Surgeons, the Mailman School of Public Health, the College of Dental Medicine, the School of Nursing, the biomedical departments of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and allied research centers and institutions. Established in 1767, Columbia’s College of Physicians & Surgeons was the first institution in the country to grant the M.D. degree and is among the most selective medical schools in the country. Columbia University Medical Center is home to the largest medical research enterprise in New York City and state, and one of the largest in the United States. For more information, please visit www.cumc.columbia.edu.