Top Doctors 2009: Defining Health Care

This year, Denver's best physicians help you wade through what has become the issue du jour: health-care reform. PLUS: Our annual, must-have list of 283 docs in 83 categories.

October 2009

We know what you're thinking, because we've been pondering the same thing: What the heck is going on with health care in this country? Soaring costs, maddening bureaucracies, poor medical outcomes, frivolous lawsuits—they're all part of the hot-button issue du jour. It's, tragically, like a real-life farce performed by players sent straight from central casting: angry Joe Sixpacks shouting down their elected representatives at town hall meetings; thoughtful, dignified—and endlessly frustrated—doctors pleading their respective cases; Beltway lobbyists plying their slippery trade; and, of course, cable news talking heads filling the airwaves with so many technical terms and so much misinformation—whew! It's enough to make your head ache (which could, conceivably, require a checkup from a good doctor—provided you have health insurance...and can get an appointment).

And so we took it upon ourselves to wade through this medical mess in order to give you an admittedly incomplete yet practical, realistic, and useful primer on What It All Means. To do so, we turned to some of the experts at the center of this hullabaloo: our 2009 Top Doctors. We selected nine of this year's 283 docs (the most we've ever had!) to help us sort through the topics and terminology so that you—whether you're a concerned mother, a caring husband, or simply a responsible citizen—can understand the issues in this complex and game-changing debate just a little bit better.

Doctor Q&A
Denver's Top Docs talk health-care reform.

Who Decides?
Frequently asked questions about the Top Doctors selection process.

Specialties A-G
Addiction Psychiatry, Adolescent Medicine, Allergy & Immunology, Anesthesiology, Cardiovascular Disease, Child Abuse Pediatrics, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology, Colon & Rectal Surgery, Critical Care Medicine, Dermatology, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, Diagnostic Radiology, Emergency Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism, Family Medicine, Gastroenterology, Geriatric Medicine, Geriatric Psychiatry, Gynecologic Oncology

Specialties H-N
Hematology, Hospice & Palliative Care Medicine, Infectious Disease, Internal Medicine, Interventional Cardiology, Maternal & Fetal Medicine, Medical Genetics, Medical Oncology, Medical Toxicology, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Nephrology, Neurodevelopmental Disabilities, Neurological Surgery, Neurology, Neurology (special qualifications in child neurology), Neuromuscular Medicine, Neuroradiology

Specialties O-P
Obstetrics & Gynecology, Occupational Medicine, Ophthalmology, Orthopedic Sports Medicine, Orthopedic Surgery, Otolaryngology, Pain Medicine, Pathology, Pediatric Cardiology, Pediatric Critical Care, Pediatric Dermatology, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Pediatric Endocrinology, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Pediatric Infectious Disease, Pediatric Nephrology, Pediatric Otolaryngology, Pediatric Pathology, Pediatric Pulmonology, Pediatric Radiology, Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine, Pediatric Rheumatology, Pediatric Surgery, Pediatric Transplant Hepatology, Pediatric Urology, Pediatrics, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Plastic Surgery, Plastic Surgery (within the head and neck), Psychiatry, Pulmonary Disease

Specialties R-V
Radiation Oncology, Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility, Rheumatology, Sleep Medicine, Spinal Cord Injury Medicine, Sports Medicine, Surgery, Surgery of the Hand, Surgical Critical Care, Thoracic Surgery, Transplant Hepatology, Urology, Vascular & Interventional Radiology, Vascular Surgery