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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Just 46 Percent of Metro Employees Are Vaccinated Against the Coronavirus

Improving that statistic and totally rethinking customer service are just two of the challenges facing the transit agency's new CEO, Stephanie Wiggins
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California Has the Country’s Lowest COVID Positivity Rate and Case Rate

After a terrible winter and a Delta-induced spike, things are looking up for the Golden State
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More Than 500 L.A. Firefighters File Suit Over the City’s COVID Vaccine Mandate

LAFD employees are the latest to challenge the city's vaccine requirement, calling the shot "experimental"
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Why Health Officials Are Imposing New COVID Measures Despite Improving Conditions

“This is a reasonable path forward that will position us to be better able to break the cycle of surges,” public health director Barbara Ferrer says
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In L.A. County, Opioid Deaths Spiked During Stay-at-Home in One Particular Demographic

A new study found that opioid-related deaths increased among less-educated white people between March and April 2020
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California Moves Out of the Highest COVID Transmission Risk Tier

The Golden State and Puerto Rico are the only places in the country where the risk of COVID-19 transmission is "substantial" rather than "high"
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Want to Go Out Drinking in L.A. County? It’s Time to Get Vaccinated

A new health order coming down the pike is set to mandate proof of vax at bars, wineries, breweries, and more
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LAPD Officers File Suit Over the City’s COVID Vaccine Ordinance

Six L.A. cops say the city’s mandate for employees violates their constitutional rights
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Mu Who? What You Need to Know About the Latest ‘Variant of Interest’

Dr. Anthony Fauci says officials are paying close attention to the Mu variant, but “don’t consider it an immediate threat right now"
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Ahead of Labor Day Weekend, Health Officials Want Angelenos to Be ‘Super Careful’

With a long holiday weekend comes the fear that revelry will lead to an uptick in COVID-19 cases in L.A. County

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