August 30, 2015
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The Gulfshore's Top Doctors

We’re fortunate to live in a region that includes some of the best, most innovative physicians and surgeons of the times. Doctors in Southwest Florida stand ready to guide you to the healthiest lifestyle or to help you solve your health challenges with the most up-to-date techniques and skills, such as those practicing minimally invasive heart and lung surgery and others in specialty niches.

A list of 259 of the top doctors in Southwest Florida follows. They are all excellent physicians who have been peer-nominated and carefully researched by Castle Connolly Medical, a national medical research firm. Castle Connolly assures that each medical practitioner has maintained his or her professional accreditations; other methodology for compiling the list is on Page 46. Castle Connolly’s book, America’s Top Doctors, is available through or (800) 399-3627. Use Gulfshore Life’s Health as a starting point for finding a doctor in our region. But keep in mind that your personal path to connect with a physician who meets your needs may lead you to others not on this list. Many local physicians may offer the excellent care that you require.

The Process

Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. is a health care research and information company founded in 1991 by a former medical college board chairman and president to help guide consumers to America’s top doctors and top hospitals. Castle Connolly’s established survey and research process, under the direction of an MD, involves many tens of thousands of physicians as well as academic medical centers, specialty hospitals and regional and community hospitals all across the nation.

Castle Connolly’s physician-led team of researchers follows a rigorous screening process to select top doctors on both the national and regional levels. Its online nominations process—located at—is open to all licensed physicians in America who are able to nominate physicians in any medical specialty and in any part of the country, as well as indicate whether the nominated physicians is, in their opinion, among the best in their region in their medical specialty or among the best in the nation in their medical specialty. Careful screening of doctors’ educational and professional experience is essential before final selection is made among those physicians most highly regarded by their peers. The result—we identify the top doctors in America and provide you, the consumer, with detailed information about their education, training and special expertise in our paperback guides, national and regional magazine “Top Doctors” features and online directories.

Doctors do not and cannot pay to be selected and profiled as Castle Connolly Top Doctors.

Physicians selected for inclusion in this magazine’s “Top Doctors” feature may also appear as Regional Top Doctors online at, or in one of Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors™ guides, such as America’s Top Doctors® or America’s Top Doctors® for Cancer.

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