HOW THE LIST CAME TOGETHER

With great sprawl comes, among other things, a great deal of choice: You happen to live in a region loaded with cutting-edge medical institutions and highly skilled doctors. But finding those doctors in the sea of options can involve a lot of trial and error.

This list of L.A.’s top doctors should help. This is the first time Los Angeles magazine has undertaken such a project, but it’s a staple for city magazines around the country. Given the enormity of the task, we, like most of the other publications, relied on a firm that specializes in the process—in this case Professional Research Services of Troy, Michigan—to conduct a peer-to-peer survey, asking practicing physicians throughout Los Angeles County to identify the doctors they consider to be at the top of their game.

The process isn’t scientific, but it is logical: The idea is to tap into the wisdom of professionals who know medicine and know the people working within it. The names of those who received the most nominations were crosschecked with the California Medical Board’s license profile database and the Department of Consumer A airs to look for any major complaints or infractions, and their individual practices were contacted as well. Not every nominee wound up making it onto the final list, which begins on the next page. You don’t have to be a patient right now to benefit from the survey, but you do need patience: It’s a big list mixed with some fascinating reads that capture moments from the medical frontier—which happens to be right here in L.A.

Top Docs

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Hosts Kate Berlant and Jacqueline Novak are flipping the GOOP mentality on its head
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Coronavirus cases have dropped low enough to move to the state's least-restrictive tier–assuming they don't go back up
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What a Bout of COVID-19 Made Me Realize About My Bond with My Grandmother

For the past 90 years, my Grammy Rita has led a life packed with glamorous highs and dramatic dips. But it wasn’t until she fell ill last year that I appreciated the starring role she’s played in my own life
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L.A. to Resume Administering Johnson & Johnson Shots After Pause

An investigation has determined the J&J vaccine is likely safe for most patients
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California’s Patchwork Approach to ‘Vaccine Passports’

The state has adopted no official protocol, but that won't stop institutions from schools to stadiums for asking to see proof of vaccines
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Fans returning to the beloved DTLA arena should brace themselves for a lot of rules—including an unpopular bag ban
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Here’s What You Need to Know About When and How to Get a COVID Vaccination in L.A.

An updated primer on who’s eligible, how to make an appointment, and more
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Disneyland Is Reopening, but Some Attractions Will Still Be Closed

After a long pandemic closure, the park throws open its gates—but some rides aren't quite ready for visitors
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California Likely to ‘Fully Reopen’ in June, Gov. Newsom Announces

Bars that don't serve food can reopen for outdoor service, and more
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California’s ‘Army’ of Contact Tracers Never Quite Panned Out

The state set what was perhaps an overly ambitious goal to hire and train virus sleuths

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