USC physicians continued to make impressive gains this year in an annual ranking of doctors in the San Gabriel Valley.

In all, 345 USC physicians have been included in Pasadena Magazine’s 2013 roster of “Top Doctors,” up from 273 last year and 170 in 2011. The doctors represent 34 different specialties, including oncology, radiology, neurology, orthopaedic surgery, ophthalmology and cardiology. They comprise nearly one-third of the magazine’s entire roster.

“This recognition proves what we’ve long known: Our continuing efforts to provide great patient care with the best doctors shows real results,” said Tom Jackiewicz, MPH,  senior vice president and CEO for USC Health. “We’re proud of our doctors and happy that their accomplishments are being recognized in the community.”

The list includes 227 Keck Medicine of USC physicians, and 118 USC faculty physicians who practice at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and LAC+USC Medical Center. An additional 21 physicians who practice at the new USC Verdugo Hills Hospital were also recognized, representing specialties such as dermatology, obstetrics and gynecology, and internal medicine.

To be considered for inclusion in the list, physicians in the San Gabriel Valley and Los Angeles area were nominated and then voted on by their peers, who submitted confidential ballots. Doctors cannot pay to be included on the list.

“Congratulations to each and every physician who was included in this year’s roster,” said Carmen A. Puliafito, MD, MBA, dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC. “Their outstanding work is a testament to our growing reputation as a leader in academic medicine. We couldn’t make the gains we’re making without their dedication.”

Pasadena Magazine serves the greater San Gabriel Valley area. It has published the list since June 2008.