2015 Hawai‘i Top Doctors

Our annual doctor listing is popular with readers looking for a good resource for those all-important medical decisions.


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In recent years, our list has been researched by Best Doctors Inc. But this year, we’re doing something different. Instead of publishing the same list as in 2014 (since we couldn’t get a refreshed version in time to meet our deadline), we’ve partnered with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. to bring you a new list of Top Doctors. You’ll notice many of the same names, and a lot of new ones, too: 532 doctors made this list (compared to 419 last year).


If you don’t see your doctor here, that doesn’t mean he or she isn’t a great physician. A lot of factors go into choosing Top Doctors, which you can read about online at castleconnolly.com. As with all our professional series, no one can buy his or her way onto the list.


You will notice some changes from previous years’ lists: Each doctor is listed under just one specialty, even if he or she is board-certified in multiple areas. Anyone with special expertise, such as in cosmetic dermatology or breast cancer, will be marked with a plus sign. You can find out what that expertise is online at honolulumagazine.com/hawaiitopdoctors at the end of September, when we’ll publish a searchable database of all the doctors listed here.


We’ve also done away with the line about whether doctors are accepting new patients or not. This information changes throughout the year, and we wanted this list to contain only the most up-to-date information. Always make sure to call ahead and ask if you’re thinking of switching to a new doctor.


We want to hear from you about this new listing so we can decide which list works best for our readers. We welcome your feedback at submit a letter to the editor.



About Castle Connolly Top Doctors 

Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. is a healthcare 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 nomination survey, research, screening and selection process, under the direction of an M.D., involves many hundreds 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 castleconnolly.com/nominations—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 castleconnolly.com, or in a Castle Connolly Top Doctors® guide, such as America’s Top Doctors® or America’s Top Doctors® for Cancer.


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Honolulu Magazine October 2019