Nearly 6,300 doctors in the Portland metropolitan area were considered in our new and improved survey, the ?result of a partnership between Portland Monthly and Avvo, a Seattle-based company that has been rating medical professionals since 2007. Avvo rates and profiles 90 percent of doctors in the US, including all medical doctors* in Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, and Clark Counties. The doctors on the pages that follow represent the top 5 percent of practitioners in their fields.

Avvo proprietary algorithm rates all doctors on a 10-point scale, factoring in peer endorsements as well as experience, education, training, research, and awards. These dynamic ratings are regularly refreshed based on new information gleaned from doctors as well as from certifying and licensing boards. As of press time, all the practitioners on our list were certified to practice in their fields by their respective medical licensing board.

While the list in the pages that follow is a wide-ranging and carefully researched, many good doctors don’t appear on the list, especially those not actively engaged in research. This reference is best used as just one step in the careful journey toward finding the doctor who is right for you.

*While we fully recognize that acupuncturists, naturopaths, chiropractors, and other practitioners are vital to many Portlanders’ health, for this survey we defined “doctor” as a licensed medical doctor (MD) or a doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO). Certain specialties, like emergency medicine and trauma surgery, were also omitted because patients do not typically choose their own doctors in those fields, or because of low sample size. Doctors can appear twice on the list if they split their time equally between two fields.