Physicians achieving this recognition have been rated by the patients they see on a range of factors, including bedside manner, time spent with patients, courtesy of doctor’s staff and office follow-up. While many physicians receive positive reviews from their patients, few receive sufficiently high accolades to qualify for this award.
“Being recognized by patients is a great honor, since their health and well-being is our highest priority,” Dr. Thomas Wright commented in response to the award. “All of us here at Laser Lipo and Vein Center are proud to hear that our patients appreciate their visits with us. We work very hard to ensure their best possible care and happiness.”
Dr. Wright is the Medical Director of the Laser Lipo and Vein Center in St Louis, Missouri. His practice specializes in vein treatment and cosmetic medicine, including liposuction, cosmetic surgery, body sculpting and treatment and diagnosis of vein disease. Dr. Wright was one of the first two-hundred-plus surgeons in the United States to become board certified in Phlebology by the American Board of Phlebology. Dr. Wright received his undergraduate degree from Duke University in Durham, NC and completed his medical training at the University of Missouri at Columbia. He completed his residency at the University of Alabama Birmingham. He is also a registered medical sonographer, credentialed by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography, a Fellow of the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery, and a former Howard Hughes Research Fellow. Dr. Wright is a board-certified surgeon who has been performing cosmetic procedures for over ten years. He was trained in liposuction by the inventor of tumescent liposuction, Dr. Jeffrey Klein.
In addition to the Compassionate Doctor Award, Dr. Wright has been accorded many other honors during his medical career. Some of these awards include election to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, the American Medical Association Physician Recognition Award, and appointment as a Howard Hughes Research Fellow. In 2009, Dr. Wright was selected as one of St Louis Magazine’s TOP DOCS. TOP DOCS are chosen by physicians that have been previously honored. The selection represents the endorsement of the St. Louis medical community.
Patient’s Choice, the organization granting this award, is committed to recognizing excellence in patient care and medical expertise among physicians nationwide. Awards are based on patient reviews, and include hundreds of thousands of opinions throughout the year. Only those who receive the highest possible ratings are recognized through the Compassionate Doctor certification. In addition to naming Compassionate Doctor Award winners, the organization also bestows Patients’ Choice Award, which Dr. Wright has won in 2010 and 2011.
Approximately 100 million patients access websites like Patient’s Choice to offer feedback about the care they received from their own doctors. Those physicians who achieve nearly perfect scores in bedside manner and overall care are selected for the prestigious Compassionate Doctor award. This year, the honor was only granted to nearly three percent of the country’s 720,000 physicians in active practice.