Get Excited: Spine Surgeons Are Named ‘Top Doctors’ for 2019

People often think that the same thing happening over and over again is boring and predictable. But for us, repetition can be exciting when it reaffirms our spine surgeons’ long-standing tradition of excellence.

We’re thrilled when our spine surgeons speak at the same national conferences, about the same spine-related topics. Or when they repeat the same mentorship activities with residents each year, like Dr. Neil Feldstein’s annual tribute collage. And we could not be more proud than when they repeatedly earn prestigious distinctions like Top Doctor.

This year we’re pleased to say that several of our spine surgeons at The Spine Hospital at the Neurological Institute of New York were once again named Top Doctor.

The Top Doctor guidebooks, published annually by the research company Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., provide patients with a trusted list of outstanding doctors, both regionally and nationally, across many medical specialties, including neurosurgery.

There is a national guide called America’s Top Doctors, plus regional guides for various areas in the United States, including Top Doctors: New York Metro Area. There is also America’s Top Doctors for Cancer. A doctor can be featured in more than one guide, and several of our spine surgeons are listed in one or more of these Top Doctor guides:

Spine surgeons listed in America’s Top Doctors for 2019:

Spine surgeons listed in America’s Top Doctors for Cancer for 2019:

Spine surgeons listed in Top Doctors: New York Metro Area for 2019:

  • Dr. Paul C. McCormick, MD, MPH, FAANS
  • Dr. Peter D. Angevine, MD, MPH
  • Dr. Neil A. Feldstein, MD, FACS
  • Dr. Christopher E. Mandigo, MD, FAANS
  • Dr. Donald O. Quest, MD, FACS

These trusted guides are created using a robust process. Castle Connolly first asks physicians to nominate fellow physicians they consider the most outstanding in their medical specialty. (Physicians, of course, cannot nominate themselves.) Each year nearly 100,000 doctors are nominated, and those nominees then undergo vigorous vetting.

During the vetting stage, a physician-led team carefully examines the qualifications, accomplishments, training, education and much more for each nominee. Every detail is scrutinized to ensure that only the most outstanding doctors earn the honor. Nominees who pass the vetting process earn the Top Doctor distinction.

It should be noted that although Top Doctor is a prestigious distinction, there are excellent doctors who may not be listed in the guides despite providing compassionate care to patients every day. The lack of a Top Doctor distinction does not suggest a doctor lacks talent, skill or experience. The purpose of the Top Doctor guides is to help patients in their search for the right doctor for them.

As you can see, some things are worth repeating, and earning the Top Doctor distinction is one of them. Congratulations to all our 2019 Top Doctor recipients!

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