We’ve all seen them on newsstands: magazines touting the “Top Doctors,” “Best Doctors,” and similar accolades for physicians in countless different specialties. But what do they really mean? And more importantly, do they matter?

Absolutely, says SMpls St. Paul Magazine Rising Starsteven Koop, M.D., medical director and orthopedic surgeon at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare. “Physicians included on top doctors lists are selected based on a peer-nomination process,” he explains. “Many publications do additional research into things like professional achievements and patient satisfaction.”

But that’s not to say that only ‘the best of the best’ are included on any given list. “Families shouldn’t be concerned if their child’s physician isn’t named on a top doctors list,” says Koop. “Any physician’s recognition should be seen as a reflection of an entire hospital’s expertise.”

With that in mind, we’re honored to announce the inclusion of Gillette physician in not one, but two recently-published lists. Congratulations to the following doctors—and to ALL of the talented physicians, nurses and care providers who keep our patients moving forward.  

Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine’s Rising Stars List

Neurological Surgery
Debbie Song, M.D.

Timothy Feyma, M.D.
Nicole Williams Doonan, M.D.

Orthopedic Surgery
Tenner Guillaume, M.D.

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Nanette Aldahondo, M.D.

Minnesota Monthly Best Doctors 2015

Minnesota Monthly’s 2015 Best Doctors 

Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
Kim McConnell, M.D.

Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Scott Schwantes, M.D.

Timothy Feyma, M.D.
Beverly Wical, M.D.

Michael Healy, M.D.
Steven Koop, M.D.
Tom Novacheck, M.D.
Stephen Sundberg, M.D.


Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Mark Gormley, M.D.
Angela Sinner, D.O.
Marshall Taniguchi, M.D.
Marcie Ward, M.D.

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Paul Lim, M.D.

Sleep Disorders
John Garcia, M.D.

David Vandersteen, M.D.

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