The Global Summits Institute has named the 2021 class of its annual Doctor-to-Doctor World’s Top 100, which focuses on dentists and includes leaders in optometry, pharmacy, chiropractic services, surgery, and other medical specialties.
According to the organization, these practitioners exemplify clinical excellence, innovation, research, organizational leaders, and entrepreneurship in serving humanity and advancing the global healthcare industry.
“We consider it as an innovative doctor-to-doctor movement from a three-pronged approach—academic, administrative, and financial—versus simply a conventional recognition list,” said Kinor Shah, DMD, MBA, founder and chairman of the Global Summits Institute.
The members of the Top 100 were nominated by their peers and selected by a committee of their colleagues. Renowned clinicians, experts, key opinion leaders, surgeons, researchers, executives, innovators, and specialists from all inhabited continents were represented, the Global Summits Institute said.
“Any nominee’s level of continuing education, research efforts, publications, degrees, fellowships, past awards, innovations, use of technology and cutting-edge techniques, leadership roles, moral fiber, humanitarian efforts, notable contributions to the profession, and/or a combination of such qualities are considered by the Regents,” Shah said.
“I am very honored and humbled to be among the outstanding international doctors in this esteemed group,” said Michael W. Davis, DDS, a practicing dentist and frequent contributor to Dentistry Today who writes about many controversial issues in dentistry.
“The fact that I have been recognized by Global Summit is not about me. This truly represents an international professional healthcare organization’s support for strengthening the doctor/patient relationship or contract and blocking third-party intervention,” Davis said.
“It signifies guardianship of patient welfare, opposed to shearing patients like sheep, as Wall Street and private equity might do. It denotes support for junior colleagues with workplace protections and mentoring, versus working them like a sharecropper’s mule and stripping them of all ethics and dignity,” Davis said.
“I am honored to receive this recognition,” said Lou Shuman, DMD, president and CEO of Cellerant Consulting Group and a member of the 2021 class.
“I am touched by the reactions and comments from LinkedIn and Facebook. Hearing from those way back from high school through my career journey to today. Family, friends, mentors, peers,” Shuman said.
“So many of you have supported me, taught me, challenged me, been there through the good times and the hard times. I can’t thank you enough. This recognition would never have happened if not for you,” Shuman said.
The members of the Class of 2021 are now preparing the next Global Podinar Series, which will combine educational seminars, peer-to-peer learning, and podcasts with a video format, scheduled to begin in May.
“The members of the Class of 2020 planned and executed the 2020 Doctor-to-Doctor Global Interdisciplinary Summit, which reached well over 2 million of our peers with quality complimentary continuing education. They are now better equipped to provide quality care to their patients,” Shah said.
Next year, the Global Summits Institute plans on expanding into five other vertical markets with a total of 500 doctors.
“Each year, our goal is to do something of great value for healthcare professionals to move our industry in the right direction,” Shah said.
“Medical doctors, pharmacists, optometrists, chiropractors, and dentists face common problems. There are a lot of complaints about similar topics, but no viable solutions are being offered,” he said.
“We believe that the one sustainable path for the global healthcare industry is for doctors to unite through peer-to-peer mechanisms and systems in reducing third-party influence. This way, we can maintain the patient-doctor relationship as sacred and exercise autonomy in our own industry,” Shah said.
“This far, 22 projects have developed from existing Top 100 Docs for the benefit of other doctors,” Shah said. “We just need to duplicate what we have demonstrated in dentistry to all the others, and progress is being made on all fronts,” Shah said.