Research Medical Center July 28, 2011

Daniel Murillo, MDU.S. News Media Group recently announced U.S. News Top Doctors, a free searchable directory available at that lists nearly 30,000 peer-nominated physicians across the country. Daniel Murillo, MD, and Gregory Starks, MD, were among those recognized in U.S. News Top Doctors.

U.S. News Top Doctors was created in collaboration with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., publisher of America’s Top Doctors and other consumer health guides. It draws from Castle Connolly’s database of Top Doctors, all recommended for their clinical skills by other doctors and individually vetted by a physician-led research team. Consumers can search for a Top Doctor by location, hospital affiliation, and a full range of specialties and subspecialties.

U.S. News Top Doctors builds on the Best Hospitals rankings, which U.S. News updated last week. Health consumers can now see which Top Doctors practice at the 700-plus hospitals in the 22nd annual rankings by visiting

“For decades, the Best Hospitals rankings have helped guide patients who need an especially high level of care to hospitals that excel in providing it,” said Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings Editor. “Top Doctors has a similar mission. We want to help consumers find the doctors in their area who come highly recommended by other physicians.”

Castle Connolly assembled the roster of Top Doctors by soliciting nominations from physicians in academic medical centers, specialty hospitals, and regional hospitals and physicians in private practice. Its research team then reviewed each nominee’s training, achievements, and appointments, among other credentials.

Gregory Starks, MD“We believe this brings important information on excellent physicians directly into the hands of consumers,” said Dr. John J. Connolly, President and CEO of Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. “Given the unsettled future of the delivery and financing of healthcare and the changing nature of physician practices, it is critical that consumers have trusted sources of high-quality information about both doctors and hospitals.”

Daniel Murillo, MD, has served as medical director of the kidney and pancreas transplant program at Research Medical Center since 2003. He also serves as assistant clinical professor in the surgery department at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He received his bachelor’s degree in biology at the University of California-Irvine and his medical degree at the University of Wisconsin Medical School. Dr. Murillo served his fellowship training in general and transplant surgery at Indiana University Medical Center and the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Gregory Starks, MD, is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a member of the Society of Reproductive Technology. He is an OB/GYN professor in the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and director of the OB/GYN resident education program and in-vitro fertilization/ART program at Research Medical Center. He co-founded the Midwest Fertility Foundation and Laboratory.