Big Love

Craig OuthierMarch 3, 2022
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The word “literally” is frequently misused by today’s generation of emerging English-users, who seem fond of deploying it to express the opposite, figurative meaning, e.g. “Oh my God, I’m literally dying of thirst.” 

I point this out only so we’re clear: This is literally the biggest issue of PHOENIX magazine we’ve published in the title’s 56-year history. And because of that, I’ll try to keep things brief in my little front-of-the-book
missive here. 

Brevity is a sound policy in this case for two reasons. For one, I’m kind of pooped, as is my lean, mean staff of two editors and two art directors, each of whom labored mightily over the last six weeks to bring you this 432-page behemoth. Not that we’re complaining. It truly is a privilege and thrill to edit and design Top Doctors, which we on good authority know to be the most-read and most comprehensive annual issue of its kind in the greater family of U.S. city magazines.

Still, it was a spot of work, as they say.

With 2022 Top Doc Kara Asbury; Photo by Steve Craft
With 2022 Top Doc Kara Asbury; Photo by Steve Craft

“This year, in our perennial pursuit of a more perfect Top Docs, we’ve expanded our peer-voted list of Valley doctors by three specialties… and created a new, easy-reference format that groups the specialties more logically.

Another good reason to make haste: You’ve got a lot of reading to do. This year, in our perennial pursuit of a more perfect Top Docs, we’ve expanded our peer-voted list of Valley doctors by three specialties (neonatology, preventive medicine and surgical oncology) and created a new, easy-reference format that groups the specialties more logically. (So you can find your gynecologic oncologist next to your obstetrician instead of buried under a bunch of gastroenterologists, for instance.)

Reflecting the Valley’s post-pandemic resurgence, we’ve beefed up other sections in the magazine, too, including two new pages in our Eat Beat dining section and… oh, dear. Look at me. Droning on and already reneging on my less-is-more promise.

Just dive in. It’s literally not brain surgery.

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