NEW YORK, June 10, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Only a small percentage of the nation's physicians are ever honored with a Patients' Choice Award. But New York spine & sports medicine physician Dr. Andre Panagos belongs to an even more selective group of doctors who are being honored this year as five-time Patients' Choice honorees, marking the award's fifth anniversary.
Of the nearly 900,000 active doctors and dentists in the U.S., just five percent earned the consistently high patient ratings on Vitals, UCompareHealthCare, and other sites in 2012 needed to qualify for the Patients' Choice Award. Even fewer U.S. doctors - only one percent - earned Dr. Andre Panagos's achievement: award-worthy patient praise for five consecutive years (2008 through 2012).
Each year, millions of patients rate their doctors on various critical aspects of their care, including: diagnosis accuracy, time spent with the doctor, bedside manner, and follow-up. Vitals analyzes these ratings annually, along with other quality measures, to identify Patients Choice Award winners.
Dr. Andre Panagos commented on the recognition: "I'm grateful that so many patients have gone out of their way throughout the past five years to rate my care - and rate it so highly! It's wonderful to be recognized in this particular way. Thank you."
About Andre Panagos: a short profile by and about the honoree:
Andre Panagos M.D. has an international reputation as an expert in physical medicine and rehabilitation as well as spine and sports medicine and is the recipient of multiple awards. As a broadly published author, Dr. Panagos has contributed to several specialty groups including the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, where he acts in the capacity of chairman of the continuing medical education committee and as a member of the medical education committee. He is currently a clinical assistant professor of rehabilitation medicine at New York University School of Medicine.
For more information on this Patients' Choice Award Five Year Honoree, please visit Dr. Andre Panagos's profile on Vitals.com.
A plaque has been designed to recognize the Patients. Choice Award Five Year Honorees, including New York spine & sports medicine physician Dr. Andre Panagos. The doctor's award plaque is shown here.
For more information on Dr. Andre Panagos, call 212-682-6970, or visit ssmny.com.
About the Vitals Patients' Choice Award:
Now in its fifth consecutive year, Vitals' Patients Choice Award is presented to every doctor in the US that maintains a 3.5 or higher aggregate rating for an entire calendar year. Visitors to Vitals.com use the same four-star rating system to make informed, confident choices about their healthcare every day. Patients' Choice is just one award in a suite of annual honors for the medical community bestowed by Vitals' users, including Compassionate Doctor and specialty-specific Top 10 Doctor awards.
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