The 2011-12 "Best Doctors in America" database recognizes 316 physicians from University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and University of Iowa Children's Hospital.
Of the 316 UI physicians, all are members of University of Iowa Physicians, the faculty group practice of the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, which provides clinical services at UI Hospitals and Clinics and UI Children's Hospital. The selected UI physicians comprise 60 percent of the 525 individual Iowa physicians on the nationwide database.
Jean Robillard, MD, vice president for medical affairs for University of Iowa Health Care, calls the recognition "well deserved," not only for the UI physicians but for all of the Iowa physicians on the list.
"Not only do our UI physicians account for more than half of the Iowa providers in this database, but UI Health Care has also educated or trained about half of all physicians working in the state," Robillard added.
Paul Rothman, MD, dean of the UI Carver College for Medicine, says the Iowa physicians recognized as "Best Doctors" provide an invaluable service to the state.
"In addition to providing excellent medical care, these physicians also expand and develop new and better treatments through their research, and they train the next generation of physicians," explained Rothman.
Kenneth Kates, CEO of UI Hospitals and Clinics, said the Best Doctors database confirms that Iowans can receive the specialized care they need within the borders of the state.
"The quality of Iowa's health care system is excellent," said Kates. "Iowans can be confident that we will be able to meet their needs in most cases."
"Best Doctors" is a web-based resource that links individuals with serious illness to expert medical specialists for second opinions or treatment. The database, which results from peer review surveys undertaken by Best Doctors Inc., includes some 50,000 doctors worldwide.
To compile the database, doctors who are on the database were asked to rate the clinical abilities of other doctors in their areas of specialization. Only physicians who earned the consensus support of their expert peers were included. The company checks all doctors for licensing and certification requirements, plus nonqualifying disciplinary measures.