Super Doctor Rising Stars Award

Dr. Todd S. Harris was awarded the 2014-2018 Southern California Super Doctors Rising Stars Award. While approximately 5 percent of the physicians within Southern California are named to Super Doctors, no more than 2.5 percent are named to the Rising Stars list!

Dr. Harris is the only fibroid surgeon to have received the Rising Stars award or Super Doctors award for 2014-2018. Rising Stars is awarded to outstanding physicians who have been fully licensed to practice medicine in their respective specialty for approximately 10 years or less. Physicians are leaders in their field and are rising through the ranks of the medical field in Southern California and nationwide.

The Rising Stars list is published in January of 2018 in a special advertising section in the Los Angeles Times. Physicians are awarded this honor based on numerous criteria (see below) and do not pay for this recognition.

Criteria for Super Doctors Rising Stars Award

In selecting physicians for Super Doctors, Key Professional Media employs a rigorous multi-step process designed to identify physicians who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Super Doctors is a selective yet diverse listing of outstanding doctors, representing consumer-oriented medical specialties.

First, we create a pool of candidates. Each year Key Professional Media invites doctors to nominate colleagues they know to be exceptional in their specified field. Physicians are asked to consider the following question: “If you needed medical care in one of the following specialties, which doctor would you choose?” Numerous safeguards are in place to prevent ballot manipulation and doctors may not self-nominate.

Our research staff also contributes to the pool of candidates by searching medical databases, online sources, and publications for doctors who have attained certain credentials, honors or professional achievements – what we term ‘Star Search Credentials.’ This process also includes physicians in less visible or highly specialized medical treatment areas.

We evaluate candidates on 10 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement.

  • Years of experience
  • Hospital appointments
  • Fellowships
  • Professional activities
  • Leadership positions
  • Academic achievements/positions
  • Board certifications
  • Publications, lectures & presentations
  • Honors and awards
  • Other outstanding achievement

Nominees are then grouped into specialties. Doctors, in each area, who have the highest scores from the nomination and evaluation steps are invited to serve on a “blue ribbon panel.” Each panelist is asked to review and evaluate a list of nominees from his/her area of focus.

The last step is to total the points received from nominations, research, and blue ribbon panel review. Only the highest-scoring doctors are included on the Super Doctors list. The Super Doctors list is approximately 5% of the physicians within the respective state or region.

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