Each year, D Magazine publishes a list of the area’s top physicians, as determined by their peers. This year’s roster includes 704 doctors in 43 specialties—including 149 physicians who are new to the list. Here are some frequently asked questions about how the program works.
How does D Magazine determine which doctors make the list?
Best Doctors is a peer-review voting process. We rely on the doctors’ expertise to determine who deserves to be on the list, just like a doctor would recommend a patient to a specialist. This year, we mailed a letter to 7,913 local doctors from our online directory inviting them to vote using a ballot on our website. They could vote for up to three doctors in 43 categories. The nomination form asked them to cast a vote bearing in mind the following question: which Dallas doctors would you trust with the care of a loved one? This year, 2,012 doctors voted. We vetted each voter’s Texas medical license number to ensure they were valid. We then sent the results to an outside marketing firm to tally the votes. We presented the tallied list to an anonymous panel of esteemed physicians. The panel and D staff reviewed the tallied results and decided the finalists based on the number of votes in each category. Once the list was finalized, D confirmed each doctor’s Texas medical license status and board certification and investigated his disciplinary status.
How do you pick the categories?
The list is designed with the patient in mind. We do not include specialties in which the patient has little or no say, such as anesthesiology or pathology. We also do not include pediatrics, which is vast enough to warrant its own list.
Do doctors have to pay to be on the list?
No, a doctor cannot pay to be on the list. After the editorial staff finalizes the list, it is given to our sales department, which invites doctors to buy profiles. These profiles appear elsewhere in the magazine, labeled as paid advertising. But whether the doctors advertise has no bearings on this list. The editorial department does not know who purchased a profile until the magazine is in the final stages of production.