Dr. Fitzgerald was named by his peers to the 2013 Super Dentists® list in Texas Monthly. The list is limited to the top 10 percent of dentists in the state and allows health care consumers to find a dentist who is one “of the best and brightest in their field.” In order to find the best of the best, Super Dentists uses a rigorous, multi-step process that involves peer nomination, peer evaluation, and independent research and examination.
The first step asks dentists to nominate colleagues they believe to be exceptional in their fields, and then the research committee evaluates the nominees using indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. The criteria include:
- Years of experience
- Professional activities
- Leadership positions
- Academic achievements/positions
- Board certifications
- Publications, lectures & presentations
- Honors and awards
- Other outstanding achievement
Once the list is narrowed, it goes back to the dentists who have the highest scores in each area. The “blue ribbon panel” reviews and evaluates other nominees from their areas of focus. The dentists with the highest total of points received from the different stages of review are then contacted and notified about being a Super Dentist featured in Texas Monthly.