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10th Straight Year With Most Physicians Listed in New York Magazine's "Best Doctors" Issue

NEW YORK (Jun 8, 2010)

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital again has the most physicians listed in New York magazine's "Best Doctors" issue — the 10th straight year as #1.

"Being a good doctor means having the experience and expertise to diagnose and treat complex medical problems, while employing exceptional communication skills and empathy. Most of all, it means caring for and improving the lives of patients and their families as a top priority," says Dr. Herbert Pardes, president and CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. "As faculty members of two leading medical colleges — Columbia University Medical Center and Weill Cornell Medical College — NewYork-Presbyterian physicians are on the forefront of developing effective ways to prevent, diagnose and treat conditions across the medical spectrum."

"New York is fortunate to have some of the very best doctors. We are proud to be part of this impressive list," continues Dr. Pardes. "I want to thank every one of our physicians — all of whom make a difference in patients' lives every day."

The June 14–21 print issue of the magazine lists 186 NewYork-Presbyterian physicians, representing 17 percent of the 1,119 New York City–area doctors listed — an increase of 1 percentage point over last year. The magazine also lists 117 physicians affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System (excluding NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital). Together, NewYork-Presbyterian and System hospitals account for 27 percent of all physicians listed.

Dr. Tomoaki Kato is one of eight physicians highlighted in a series of short articles called "My Toughest Case" published in print and online. Dr. Kato's story tells of his experience performing surgery on an abdominal tumor that involved removing and re-implanting the patient's organs.

For more information, patients may call (866) NYP-NEWS.

Who Picks the "Best Doctors"?

According to New York magazine: "A New York City research and information company, Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., publishes an annual guidebook titled Top Doctors: New York Metro Area, which lists those whom Castle Connolly has determined to be in the top 10 percent of the region's physicians — more than 6,000 in all. For the past 13 years, Castle Connolly has been providing New York magazine with a shorter version of this list for the magazine's "Best Doctors" issue. Space prohibits New York from publishing the full list. Castle Connolly conducts a peer-review survey. The idea is that medical professionals are best qualified to judge other medical professionals (think of your doctor referring you to a specialist) — multiple recommendations are better. To select the doctors, the firm sends out 12,000 nomination forms to medical professionals in New York City, Westchester County, Long Island, and portions of New Jersey and Connecticut." For the complete "Best Doctors" list, visit the magazine's website www.nymag.com/bestdoctors.

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, based in New York City, is the nation's largest not-for-profit, non-sectarian hospital, with 2,353 beds. The Hospital has more than 1 million inpatient and outpatient visits in a year, including more than 220,000 visits to its emergency departments — more than any other area hospital. NewYork-Presbyterian provides state-of-the-art inpatient, ambulatory and preventive care in all areas of medicine at five major centers: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, NewYork-Presbyterian/The Allen Hospital and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Westchester Division. One of the most comprehensive health care institutions in the world, the Hospital is committed to excellence in patient care, research, education and community service. NewYork-Presbyterian is the #1 hospital in the New York metropolitan area and is consistently ranked among the best academic medical institutions in the nation, according to U.S.News & World Report. The Hospital has academic affiliations with two of the nation's leading medical colleges: Weill Cornell Medical College and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. For more information, visit www.nyp.org.

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Kathleen Robinson
Phone: (212) 821-0560.
krobinso@med.cornell.edu
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