Special Report & Graphics by Lucy Aaron

Top Cancer Doctors: The top ten states with the highest amount of award-winning doctors, as well as the ten states with the lowest amount.

The Castle Connolly Medical LTD has compiled a list of the Top Cancer Doctors of 2015 categorized into various fields and specialties. Each year, the Castle Connolly medical team receives over 100,000 nominations. These doctors were chosen based off of extensive research that has been collected over the course of two decades. The graphic shown above illustrates the top ten states with the highest amount of award-winning doctors from the Castle Connolly Medical LTD compilation, as well as the ten states with the lowest amount.

According to Newsweek’s Top Cancer Doctors of 2015 list, the state with the most award- winning doctors was New York, coming in with 366 medical professionals. These doctors mainly practice at the NewYork Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and the Mount Sinai Hospital.

James Lugg MDIn Contrast, the state with the lowest amount of award-winning doctors was Wyoming, with only one doctor from the list. This doctor was James Lugg MD (pictured) who specializes in Incontinence-Female Laparoscopic Surgery, prostate cancer, and urology. Lugg is based in Cheyenne, Wyoming and practices at the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center.

Not surprisingly, there is a direct correlation between the state population and the amount of award-winning doctors location. New York, California, Texas, Illinois, and Florida are the most populated states in the U.S. all with populations over 12,000,000; and all of them are in the top ten of the highest amount of award-winning doctors. Similarly, Wyoming, which has the lowest amount of award winning doctors, is the least populated state with a population of 580 thousand residents.

Cancer is a prevalent issue not only in the U.S. but throughout the world. In 2015 the NIH/National Cancer Institute estimated that over 1.6 million new cases of cancer would be diagnosed in the United States alone with 589,430 of those cases resulting in death. Doctors are continuing to better their practices, knowledge, and expertise about this disease.

Statistics via Newsweek