How to Choose the Right Medical Specialist

Why it's important to ask the right questions, check credentials.

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You’d think people would put as much time and energy (if not more) into finding the right specialist as they devote to buying a new car or choosing a vacation destination. But few folks do, says John Connolly, a cofounder of Castle Connolly Medical, a physician-screening company that also publishes America’s Top Doctors. “They just look for doctors in their plan and pick one.” But it only takes a little work to find a specialist who has the best shot at producing the results you want.

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Nellie S. Huang
Senior Associate Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Nellie joined Kiplinger in August 2011 after a seven-year stint in Hong Kong. There, she worked for the Wall Street Journal Asia, where as lifestyle editor, she launched and edited Scene Asia, an online guide to food, wine, entertainment and the arts in Asia. Prior to that, she was an editor at Weekend Journal, the Friday lifestyle section of the Wall Street Journal Asia. Kiplinger isn't Nellie's first foray into personal finance: She has also worked at SmartMoney (rising from fact-checker to senior writer), and she was a senior editor at Money.