Hawaii's Best Doctors
Doctors Recommending Doctors — The list everyone’s been waiting for.
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Choosing a doctor for your needs is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make. Selecting a physician may even be a life-or-death choice, if you’re seriously ill. That’s why HONOLULU Magazine has always looked for ways to help its readers find the best doctor for their care.
In the past 11 years, this is the sixth time we have published some form of a Best Doctors feature. In June ’92, we conducted our own survey, asking doctors statewide about which specialists they would use. In 2000, we provided a self-help guide called “Finding the Best Doctor for You,” where readers could learn how to conduct their own research. But among these articles, readers have most often sought out the ones which included a list of the best doctors compiled by Best Doctors in America, which we are pleased to present again this year.
Best Doctors was founded in 1992 by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith, after Smith’s own struggle to find a doctor able to treat his inoperable brain tumor in 1986. Having been told he only had a few months to live, Smith was determined to get a second opinion. And a second opinion is more than what he got. Smith got a second chance at life and now, he has a company that assists others in finding the right doctors.
Best Doctors Inc. distributes an extensive annual peer review survey to more than 35,000 doctors in the United States and Canada. It includes such questions as, “If you or a loved one needed a doctor in your specialty, to whom would you refer them?” After reviewing and compiling the information, Best Doctors releases its list for certain geographical areas to selected magazines.
Over the years, some folks have had reservations about publishing a list of the “best” doctors in Hawai‘i. One concern in particular leads us to a word of caution as you study this, perhaps looking to see if your current doctor appears among the best: The list is slightly biased towards physicians at larger hospitals, and those doctors who have a larger number of complex cases, due to the referral method used in the survey. If you’re happy with your current physician, we’d be the first to encourage you to keep seeing him or her. However, if you are searching for a new doctor, or one in a particular specialty, this is a good place to begin.
Christopher S. Miura
obstetrics and gynecology
Dr. Christopher Miura actually studied to be a veterinarian before a volunteer stint at Tripler Army Medical Center changed his mind. “I realized that obstetrics was really one of the positive fields of medicine,” says Miura. “Your patients go home with a baby. A lot of other doctors have to deal with surgery or illness.”
Of course, Miura’s job at Kaiser Permanente involves some of that stuff, too. Half the time, he sees patients for run-of-the-mill annual exams, family planning, menopause issues and so on. He spends the rest of his time performing minimally invasive surgeries, such as removing small ovarian and uterine tumors, and performing diagnostic ultrasounds of pregnant women.
As a resident, Miura once delivered 23 babies in 24 hours. These days, he averages about 15 deliveries a month. “I like the variety in my job,” says Miura. “It’s not overwhelming for me, just very interesting.”