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.

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The First U.S. COVID Omicron Case Has Been Detected in California

Little is known about the latest COVID variant, but the World Health Organization says it poses a “very high” risk—and now it’s here

Op-Ed: Top Cops Fighting COVID Vaccine Mandates Are A Public Health Crisis

Los Angeles County Sheriff candidate Cecil Rhambo takes Sheriff Alex Villanueva to task over his stance on COVID
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Here’s Who Is Being Sued Over COVID Vaccination Mandates (So Far)

Parents, county workers, police officers, firefighters, and other organizations have filed lawsuits to contest local COVID ordinances

Why This In-N-Out Burger Was Shut Down by Health Department

Health officials temporarily shut down the beloved burger joint because employees weren't checking the vaccination status of all patrons

COVID Shock Study: Survivors At Risk for Heart Failure, Blood Clots

"Governments and health systems must wake up to the reality that Covid will cast a tall shadow in the form of long Covid," Ziyad Al-Aly says
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Why a Noted Celebrity Fitness Trainer Shifted Her Focus to Treating Trauma

Rebecca Kordecki was known for helping people get their bodies in shape with her Booty Slide program. Now she's treating "traumas, triggers, and pains" with breathwork
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Sheriff Villanueva Says He Won’t Enforce the Vax Mandate for Deputies

”I don’t want to be in a position to lose 5 [to] 10 percent of my workforce overnight on a vaccine mandate,” L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said this week
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I Lost My Sense of Smell During a COVID Breakthrough Infection. This Is What I Learned

Losing your sense of smell—even temporarily—might sound like a trivial side effect of a deadly virus, but an expert explains how it can have a big impact on everything from mental health to dating
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As Pandemic Conditions Improve, Will L.A. County Lift Its Mask Mandate?

Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer discussed the possibility on Tuesday, but didn't lay out a timeline
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Double Vaccinated ‘Bridgerton’ Emmy Winner Passes Away from COVID

Hair and makeup artist Marc Pilcher, who died at 53, was reportedly double vaccinated against the virus

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