Mark V. Sauer, MD, has been named to the New York Super Doctors 2015 list. He is the program director for the Center for Women’s Reproductive Care (CWRC), and vice chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at CUMC.

In selecting physicians for Super Doctors, a rigorous multi-step process is designed to identify doctors who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Super Doctors is a selective, yet diverse, listing of outstanding doctors, representing consumer-oriented medical specialties.

In being chosen for this recognition, Dr. Sauer says, “I consider it an honor to be recognized by my peers and patients as an exemplary physician.”

According to the website, doctors nominate colleagues they know to be exceptional in their specified field. Physicians are asked to consider the following question: “If you needed medical care in one of the following specialties, which doctor would you choose?” Numerous safeguards are in place to prevent ballot manipulation, and doctors may not self-nominate.

In being chosen for this recognition, Dr. Sauer says, “I consider it an honor to be recognized by my peers and patients as an exemplary physician.”

A research staff also contributes to the pool of candidates by searching medical databases, online sources, and publications for doctors who have attained certain credentials, honors, or professional achievements. This process also includes physicians in less visible or highly specialized medical treatment areas.

Indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement are: years of experience; hospital appointments; fellowships; professional activities; leadership positions; academic achievements/positions; board certifications; publications, lectures, and presentations; honors and awards; and other outstanding achievements.

Nominees are then grouped into specialties. Doctors in each area who have the highest scores from the nomination and evaluation steps are invited to serve on a “blue ribbon panel.” Each panelist is asked to review and evaluate a list of nominees from his/her area of focus.

The last step is to total the points received from nominations, research, and the blue ribbon panel review. Only the highest-scoring doctors are included on the Super Doctors list, which only includes approximately 5 percent of the physicians within the respective state or region.

Dr. Sauer’s name will appear in the May 10, 2015 issue of The New York Times Sunday Magazine and online at www.superdoctors.com.