Consumers' Checkbook releases online ranking of best, worst physicians by surgical outcomes

Healthcare consumers can now see which U.S. surgeons are ranked best and worst for patient outcomes, thanks to a report by the nonprofit Consumers' Checkbook.

To develop the list, which is available at, Consumers' Checkbook used federal government records to analyze more than 5 million major surgeries completed by more than 50,000 physicians. Consumers' Checkbook compared surgeons based on the outcomes of 12 types of surgery, including heart valve, vascular and spine operations.

Consumers' Checkbook focused its analysis on how often patients died, had serious complications or needed to be readmitted with 90 days of hospital discharge. The organization identified differences among surgical outcomes, even after taking into account how sick their patients were.

"With this new installment of data, we are even more confident that we will be able to help many thousands of patients avoid unnecessary deaths and other bad outcomes and the information will help doctors improve," said Robert Krughoff, president of Consumers' Checkbook. "The website has extensive advice for patients on how to make decisions and how to do their part in getting quality care."

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