What does it mean to be selected as a Super Doctor? It’s not a simple process. As the organization states themselves, the selection process for Super Doctors is rigorous. It goes through several steps to identify doctors who have a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Super Doctors is a selective listing of outstanding doctors, representing consumer-oriented medical specialties. In the case of Dr. Sigari, it’s as an ENT doctor, or officially, otolaryngologist.
They go through a multi-step evaluation. Here’s how they describe it:
- Survey of doctors
First, we create a pool of candidates. Each year Super Doctors invites physicians to nominate colleagues they know to be exceptional in their specified field. Physicians are asked to consider the following question: “If you needed medical care in one of the following specialties, which doctor would you choose?” Numerous safeguards are in place to prevent ballot manipulation and doctors may not self-nominate.
- Candidate Search
Our research staff also contributes to the pool of candidates by searching medical databases, online sources, and publications for doctors who have attained certain credentials, honors or professional achievements – what we term ‘Star Search Credentials.’ This process also includes physicians in less visible or highly specialized medical treatment areas.
We evaluate candidates on 10 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement.
- Years of experience
- Hospital appointments
- Professional activities
- Leadership positions
- Academic achievements/positions
- Board certifications
- Publications, lectures & presentations
- Honors and awards
- Other outstanding achievement
- Blue Ribbon Panel Review
Nominees are then grouped into specialties. Doctors, in each area, who have the highest scores from the nomination and evaluation steps are invited to serve on a “blue ribbon panel.” Each panelist is asked to review and evaluate a list of nominees from his/her area of focus.
- The Final Selection
The last step is to total the points received from nominations, research, and blue ribbon panel review. Only the highest-scoring doctors are included on the Super Doctors list. The Super Doctors list is approximately 5% of the physicians within the respective state or region.
Of course, this is just one recognition of many that Dr. Sigari and the Del Rey Sinus & Allergy Institute have received. What’s most important to us is the experience of our patients. Check out the Yelp! reviews, where Dr. Sigari has more than 95 five-star reviews and counting!