Consumers: Avoid "Watch List" Doctors in NY and Across the U.S. With Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.

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The medical research and information company responds to a recent report about New York doctors on the state medical board watch list. It names two ways to screen for quality doctors, the first one being to use the free Castle Connolly Doctor Disciplinary Index -- http://www.castleconnolly.com/ddi. The 2nd is to purchase its book of independent expert research, "Top Doctors: New York Metro Area."

A report issued in April by the Federation of State Medical Boards found that more than 2 percent of all doctors practicing in New York last year ended up on the state medical board's watch list for substance abuse, behavior problems or mental health issues.

Consumers who want to know if their doctors have been formally reprimanded can get plenty of information from one source: Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., online at http://www.castleconnolly.com. Castle Connolly offers easy access to New York State's public medical board data on problematic doctor behavior.

Castle Connolly also connects consumers to free medical board data offered by other states. When people want to know if their current or potential doctor has been disciplined by a state medical board, Castle Connolly's doctor disciplinary search page connects them to all the U.S. states which make this information available at no charge to the public.

The free doctor disciplinary search page can be viewed at: http://www.castleconnolly.com/ddi

"These statistics about physician problems are no laughing matter," said healthcare expert, Dr. John J. Connolly, President and CEO of Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., and the former president of New York Medical College.

"It is important for consumers to know if their doctors have abused drugs or displayed anger management problems, let alone made multiple serious medical mistakes. Our doctor disciplinary search -- http://www.castleconnolly.com/ddi -- makes finding these documented doctor problems easier than ever, whether you live in New York or other states around the country. Avoiding the worst doctors is second only to finding the top doctors for you and your family," advised Dr. Connolly.

For those who want greater detail about how to find the top doctors in New York, Castle Connolly also publishes the book, "Top Doctors: New York Metro Area." Currently in its 11th edition, "Top Doctors: New York" is the authoritative guide to finding the top primary care and specialty care physicians in the tri-state metropolitan New York area, with profiles of more than 6,000 doctors in a twenty-county area spanning three states -- New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

These 6,000 doctors represent the top 10% of doctors in the area in more than 65 medical specialties and subspecialties for the care and treatment of more than 2,100 diseases and medical conditions. The book also has detailed information regarding many of the leading medical centers, hospitals and specialty hospitals in the New York Metro area.

"Our 'Top Doctors: New York' guide does all of the ground work so a person can simply pick up the book and find a top doctor in New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut," said Dr. Connolly. "This way, concerned consumers can easily avoid the 2 percent on the watch list."

The guide is available here:
http://www.castleconnolly.com/books/book.cfm?bookID=NY-11

The book can also be found via Castle Connolly's toll-free number 1-800-399-D8O*C*S (3627), and at all major book sellers, including Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

About Castle Connolly
Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. is America's trusted source for identifying top doctors. Founded in 1991 by John K. Castle (Chairman) and John J. Connolly, Ed.D. (President and CEO), who served as board chairman and president, respectively, of New York Medical College, its mission is to help consumers find the best healthcare. It achieves that mission through its consumer books such as "America's Top Doctors ®," "America's Top Doctors® for Cancer" and "Top Doctors: New York Metro Area," as well as through various consumer- and business-oriented print and online partnerships. The company also offers access to its top doctors' database to large corporations, organizations and associations through its Corporate Membership Program, and personalized assistance in finding a top doctor through its Doctor-Patient Advisor Service

For further information, contact:
William Liss-Levinson, PhD., Chief Strategy & Operations Officer
(212) 367-8400 ext. 14

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