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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How Doctors and Patients Alike Came Around to Ketamine

The psychoactive drug was once a last resort for people seeking relief from depression, but it's becoming a more common therapy in Los Angeles and beyond
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California’s State of Emergency Will Continue After the Big Reopening. What Does It Mean?

Gov. Gavin Newsom's critics are painting it as a power grab, but keeping a state of emergency in effect isn't necessarily out of the ordinary
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Does Being Vaccinated Get You More Dating Matches?

Dating apps are giving singles incentive to get their shots
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Here’s What to Expect When California Reopens on June 15

On Friday, the state outlined what it will look like when things (mostly) go back to normal
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In L.A. County, Getting COVID After Being Fully Vaccinated Is Extremely Rare

Data suggests that just 0.03 percent of fully vaxxed county residents later tested positive for the coronavirus
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Do Movie Theaters Need to Do More to Get People Back in Seats?

Some experts say big promotions could get Angelenos back off their couches, but it just might take the right films
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Trans During a Plague: The Pitfalls and Unexpected Positives of Pandemic Life

For some in L.A.’s trans and gender-nonconforming community, the COVID-19 pandemic presented an opportunity. For others, it complicated an already fraught experience
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California Will Keep Its Mask Guidelines in Place Until June 15

At least one L.A. County official urged the state to align with the CDC’s relaxed guidance, but the nation’s largest nurses’ union called for caution
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The CDC Says Fully Vaxxed People Can Ditch Their Masks—but Are They Ready?

The adjusted mask guidelines are getting mixed reviews from a wary populace
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The ‘Wellness’ Podcast POOG Is Making Our Existential Dread Funny

Hosts Kate Berlant and Jacqueline Novak are flipping the GOOP mentality on its head

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