The Patients' Choice Award is based on patient-provided online ratings.
HOUSTON, Aug. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Only a small percentage of the nation's physicians are ever honored with a Patients' Choice Award. But Houston Neurological Surgeon Dr. Gary Kraus 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. Gary Kraus'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. Gary Kraus 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 Gary Kraus: a short profile by and about the honoree:
Dr. Kraus is Director of Neurosciences and Gamma Knife at West Houston Medical Center, and is the past Chairman of Neurosurgery at Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital. He is Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Kraus is board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery, and is a Fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. He has been listed in "Best Doctors in America," and featured in Newsweek among "Best Neurosurgeons in Texas" and "Neurosurgery Leaders in the United States."
For more information on this Patients' Choice Award Five Year Honoree, please visit Dr. Gary Kraus's profile on Vitals.com.
A plaque has been designed to recognize the Patients' Choice Award Five Year Honorees, including Houston Neurological Surgeon Dr. Gary Kraus. The doctor's award plaque is shown here.
For more information on Dr. Gary Kraus, call 281-870-9292, or visit www.spinehealth.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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