D.C. Loves the Doctors That America Hates

A new study finds that D.C.’s favorite physicians are the least-popular nationally.

National Journal
Clara Ritger
Feb. 17, 2014, 12:15 a.m.

D.C. loves its shrinks.

When Vi­tals — a doc­tor re­view and rat­ing site with more than 3 mil­lion re­views of some 860,000 doc­tors — ana­lyzed its 2013 data by med­ic­al spe­cialty, it found that psy­chi­at­rists have the highest av­er­age rat­ings in Wash­ing­ton.

With­in the dis­trict, they av­er­aged 3.14 out of 4 stars. But on na­tion­ally, psy­chi­at­rists came in dead last in the rank­ings of Vi­tals‘ sur­vey, with an av­er­age of 2.87 stars.

“Giv­en the state of na­tion­al polit­ics, I think it’s self-ex­plan­at­ory why psy­chi­at­rists are the highest-rated spe­cial­ists in DC!” said Vi­tals CEO Mitch Roth­schild in an email.

Vi­tals ana­lyzed 108,000 total rat­ings in 2013, 5,500 of which were in Wash­ing­ton, and 1,035 of which were for D.C. psy­chi­at­rists spe­cific­ally. Na­tion­wide, the site found that car­di­olo­gists have the highest av­er­age rat­ing at 3.40, with plastic sur­geons and al­ler­gists fall­ing close be­hind at 3.37 and 3.35 re­spect­ively.

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