How Are Kaiser Permanente Doctors Rated?


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Kaiser Permanente physicians are ranked on the “Top Doctors” list, available in a searchable database from U.S. News and World Report, as of 2011. Criteria for ranking includes education, training and hospital appointments, as well as negative factors, such as malpractice and disciplinary actions.

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Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. conducts research for ranking top physicians by soliciting nominations from those physicians who already appear on the list, as well as peers of the nominees. Doctors qualify for the top rankings when they are among the top 1 percent of successful physicians in their specialty, either considered among the best in their region or in the nation. Successful candidates submit a comprehensive professional biography form, a key component in the selection process, according to Kaiser Permanente.

After peer nominations, physicians are vetted by the research team, which is led by a team of physicians. Using information regarding professional conduct, the final rankings are determined by editors, research staff and the Chief Medical and Research Officer.

Physicians excluded from the Castle Connolly list during database updates experience changes in their qualifications, such as retirement, a change in practice, malpractice or disciplinary action. Other disqualifying factors, such as professional demeanor, unavailability to patients, negative physician or patient feedback also cause removal from the database.

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