Hundreds of the nation’s top physicians who practice at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Health System are included in the latest edition of the Best Doctors in America. The 2011-12 list recognizes 291 UAB physicians in 55 specialties who are among the top 5 percent of clinicians in the United States, as voted by their peers.
Best Doctors is an independent, knowledge-based, medical referral service located in Aiken, S.C. Its surveys ask peer physicians, “If you or a loved one needed a doctor in your specialty or a related specialty, to whom would you refer them?” The list contains the names of more than 45,000 physicians.
Nominations for the list are anonymous, and doctors’ evaluations are confidential, according to the company. The system of review, based on methodology invented in 1992, includes a method of catching and correcting bias for or against particular physicians or groups of physicians. Listings cannot be purchased.