This Top Docs issue is the 20th such edition published by PHOENIX magazine – that’s two decades of telling readers “who local M.D.s pick when they need a doctor,” as we phrased it in our 1995 inaugural edition. Since then, Top Docs has become something of an institution in the Valley, selling roughly twice as many copies as any other PHOENIX magazine issue in a given year – and for good reason. When it comes to making informed decisions about their health, people usually have no problem spending $4.99 – or $2.50, as they did in 1995.
Many of the doctors featured in that very first Top Docs issue continue to provide excellent health care to this day. “It blew me away,” says plastic surgeon William Leighton about his 1995 peer-voted selection. “It gave me gratification for all the hard work I did.”
Another selection from 1995, internist Jay Friedman, went on to make numerous Top Docs lists between 1996 and 2013. Making the list is always an honor, Friedman says, but he recommends that patients also talk to nurses and medical staff to find the best doctor for them.
Ophthalmologist Robert H. Bullington Jr. was voted to the list in 1995 alongside his fellow eye doctor and sister, Ann Bullington. “It’s been great working with my sister,” Robert Bullington says. “We both have each other’s best interests at heart, and we’re a lot alike in our approach toward patients.” Evidently, their peers have taken note: On the pages of Top Docs, the Drs. Bullington rarely leave each other’s side.
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