Q. How does a doctor get on the list?
A. To compile the list, New Jersey
Monthly commissioned a survey by Leflein
Associates, a research firm in Ringwood.
The complete methodology appears on
page 60, but here it is in a nutshell. Leflein
Associates mailed a questionnaire to
every doctor licensed in New Jersey for at
least five years. The doctors were asked
to vote for physicians they would choose
to treat their own family members. This
balloting is the basis for the list.
Q. Is there any professional oversight
of the process?
A. We receive assistance each year
from the Medical Society of New Jersey.
Additionally, the members of our professional advisory board provide input
on the final list (see page 62).
Q. How many votes does a doctor
need to appear on the list?
A. It depends. Most categories have a
standard threshold based on the overall
number of doctors. The threshold is
lowered for certain pediatric and surgi-
cal specialties, and in certain counties
where the universe of practitioners is
Q. Are doctors included in the list
because they buy ads in this issue?
A. Absolutely not. Only after the list
has been finalized are doctors notified. At that point they can choose to
purchase advertising to promote the
FAQ: What You Need to Know
Our expanded 2013 list of the state’s top medical practitioners,
as chosen by their peers. These 974 doctors are the best of the
best in 68 specialties. Is your doctor on the list?
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