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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LAUSD Will Require Weekly COVID Testing for All Students and Staff—Even If They’re Vaxxed

As the pandemic outlook evolves, the nation's second-largest school district is taking extra precautions
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L.A. Band Grateful Shred Linked to a Santa Cruz COVID Outbreak

Members of the Grateful Dead tribute act "nearly all" tested positive, along with some crew members and fans, after a series of live shows
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Los Angeles Will Require City Employees to Get Vaxxed or Submit to Testing

In the wake of a similar announcement at the state level, top city officials say they're working on a plan
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An Error in Judgement in the Operating Room, a Life Changed Forever

In an excerpt from his recently released book, an L.A. brain surgeon recalls the time he didn’t trust his gut and the tragedy that ensued
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A New Study Says L.A. Is the Third Worst City in the U.S. for Lung Health

The results aren't exactly a breath of fresh air for Californians
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Inside the Downfall of an Accused COVID Con

Keith Middlebrook lived a life of red carpets, luxury cars, and celebrity clients. But when he claimed to have invented a COVID-19 vaccine, he became the pandemic’s first federal defendant.
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COVID Closures and Cancelations Feel Like a Flashback to 2020

Restaurants shuttering. Parties canceled. Our vaxxed and relaxed summer isn't shaping up quite the way anyone hoped it would
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As COVID Explodes Among the Unvaccinated, the Unhoused Are Being Left Behind

With a vaccination rate that lags more than 20 percent behind the rest of the population, the county's homeless residents could be on a crash course with disaster as the Delta variant wreaks havoc
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Masking Indoors Will Once Again Be Required in L.A. County

Details are still emerging, but public health officer Dr. Muntu Davis announced the renewed health order on Thursday
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Officials Lay Into ‘Selfish’ Unvaccinated as the Delta Variant Fuels a Spike

As L.A. County sees five consecutive days of 1,000-plus cases, local leaders are stressing that getting jabbed will put a damper on the Delta variant

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