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May 2, 2002

Majority of Pittsburgh Magazine's "best docs" are Pitt/UPMC physicians

More than 250 physicians in 34 specialties from Pitt's School of Medicine and UPMC Health System hospitals are included in the list of "best doctors" published in the April issue of Pittsburgh Magazine. This accounts for 75 percent of the total number of physicians named in the list.

The current listing is the result of a survey undertaken by Best Doctors, Inc., of Aiken, S.C., a national provider of information about the best medical care available.

According to Pittsburgh Magazine, more than 30,000 doctors throughout the United States were asked the question, If a loved one needed a doctor in your specialty, to whom would you refer them?

Evaluations of the thousands of doctors named — some of them by hundreds of their peers — are weighed, scored and filtered for bias. Only those physicians who earned the consensus support of their peers were included in the best doctors list.

"This is one more verification of the medical excellence of our physicians," said Jeffrey Romoff, president of UPMC Health System. "Those who reside in western Pennsylvania can be assured that the finest health care available is located right here in their own community."

Specialties in which UPMC physicians are named include allergy and immunology, anesthesiology, cardiovascular disease, clinical pharmacology, colon and rectal surgery, endocrinology and metabolism, family medicine, gastroenterology, geriatric medicine, infectious disease, internal medicine, medical oncology and hematology, nephrology, neurological surgery, neurology, neurology (child), obstetrics and gynecology, ophthalmology, orthopaedic surgery, otolaryngology, pathology, pediatric specialist, pediatrics (general), physical medicine and rehabilitation, plastic surgery, psychiatry, pulmonary and critical care medicine, radiation oncology, radiology, rheumatology, surgery, surgical oncology, thoracic surgery and urology.

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