Awards & Recognitions

Each year doctors receive positive patient ratings and win awards, but only a select few consistently receive rave reviews from patients. The following awards have been given to Dr. Rivas for his excellence of care. Also read our patient testimonials to find out why he has been elected a Patients’ Choice Award recipient since 2008.

Dr. Paul Rivas M.D: Winner Compassionate Doctor Award

(Letter to Dr. Rivas from The American Registry)


Patients Ratings

Ease of Appointment 3.8/4
Promptness 3.7/4
Courteous Staff 3.8/4
Accurate Diagnosis 3.8/4
Bedside Manner 3.8/4
Spends Time With Me 3.8/4
Follow Up 4/4

Dr. Paul Rivas M.D: Health Grades Top Rated Physician


Glen Burnie Top Internists 5/5
Ellicott City Top Internists 5/5
Towson Top Internists 5/5
Abingdon Top Internists 5/5

Health Grades Top Rated Physician

Perfect Scores (Currently 5 of 5 stars)  5STAR

  • Ellicott City Top Internists
  • Towson Top Internists
  • Abingdon Top Internists
  • Glen Burnie Top Internists

13 Awards of Excellence in Medicine

  • Compassionate Doctor Recognition, 2012 
  • On-Time Doctor Award, 2009 
  • Patients’ Choice Award, 2013
  • Compassionate Doctor Recognition, 2009 – 2011
  • Patients Choice 5th Anniversary Award, 2012
  • Patients’ Choice Award, 2008 – 2012
  • Top Ten Doctors, 2012


Dr. Paul Rivas M.D: Winner Top 10 Doctor


Top 10 Doctors are chosen by patients who visit Vitals, totaling 120 million people each year. Vitals visitors also leave ratings and reviews for their current doctors on various components of care: bedside manner, follow-up care, ease of appointment setting, courtesy of office staff, and overall appointment experience.

Vitals analyzed these patient-provided ratings in order to identify those physicians within a certain specialty who are consistently rated highly.

Only about 20,000 doctors – less than 3 percent of all doctors nationally – met the criteria for Top 10 Doctor honors in 2012. The winners represent 39 specialties and more than 2,500 neighborhoods across the US.

Patients who see the Top 10 Doctor icon on a doctor’s Vitals profile can feel confident that doctor has been vetted through the experiences of their fellow patients and neighbors, whose testimonials attest to the doctor’s superior care.

Top 10 Doctor is part of a suite of awards given by Vitals each year, including Patients’ Choice and Compassionate Doctor.


Criteria for Top 10 Doctor Recognition

To be honored as a Top 10 Doctor, a doctor must:

  • Be among a significant number of highly-rated physicians practicing the same specialty within a neighborhood
  • Rank in the top ten among eligible physicians practicing the same specialty within a neighborhood
  • Have no sanctions
  • Have an active medical license


Dr. Paul Rivas M.D: Winner Patients Choice 2008-2013

What is the Patients’ Choice Award?

Patients’ Choice recognition reflects the difference doctors make in the lives of their patients. The honor is bestowed on physicians and dentists who have received near perfect scores, as voted by their patients.PatientAward2

Every month, more than 200,000 patients across the U.S. provide online feedback about their experiences with their physicians and dentists. They provide overall opinions and rate various components of care, such as bedside manner, doctor-patient face time, degree of follow-up, and courtesy of office staff.

While many doctors may receive positive reviews from their patients, only a select few receive uniformly rave reviews worthy of a Patients’ Choice acknowledgement. In fact, of the nation’s 830,000 active doctors, only 5% were accorded this honor by their patients in 2012. is a resource for patients looking for quality care. Updated annually, the site only features physicians and dentists who’ve been named Patients’ Choice winners.

To qualify as a Patients’ Choice recipient, a physician or dentist must have:

  • An active medical or dental license
  • Consistently high patient ratings provided during the year of the award
  • No sanctions


UCompare Healthcare Reviews

Dr. Paul Rivas has an average rating of 5 stars (out of 5) with a rating of Excellent

  • Strongly Agree It was easy to get an appointment.
  • Agree The wait time was short during my visit.
  • Strongly Agree The staff was professional and friendly.
  • Strongly Agree My problem was accurately diagnosed.
  • Strongly Agree The doctor spent enough time with me.
  • Strongly Agree There was appropriate follow up after my visit.

Excellent Doctor

What People Recommend.

  • The Rave Reviews Says it All!
  • He is awesome, his program changed my life!
  • Great!
  • Do it, Don’t Wait.
  • Should have done this sooner!
  • This changed my life, thank you.
  • I don’t hate the mirror anymore.

VITALS: Doctor Reviews and Ratings

Amazing Doctor

by Megan S. on Oct 4th, 2013

I just wish I hadn’t hesitated to try this program before now, Dr. Rivas helped me get my life back on track. I felt really bad about myself before, I hated looking in the mirror. Now I feel like I have another chance. It’s taken some work but it is so worth it and I am so proud of myself

Best money I’ve ever spent,

Aug 9th, 2013

I tried everything to lose weight, nothing worked for me. It made me feel like something was wrong with me, and that I was a failure. After my first appointment with dr Rivas, I felt hopeful again. He assured me that it wasn’t my fault and that nearly all his patients saw at least some results. Well, so far I’ve lost 80 lbs, I never would have believed I could do that! I feel amazing and just wish I would have done this sooner!!

Great Doctor 

Jul 13th, 2011

Dr. Rivas is very wise and is always able to give a straight and honest answer to any questions I have. He obviously takes time to research many new areas of healthcare and is on the cutting edge of medical ideas. I highly recommend him!

First weight loss program that actually worked  

Oct 27th, 2009

I have been dieting, exercising, taking every over-the-counter weight loss pills out there, for years. All of it did nothing. Then I saw Dr. Rivas because I needed professional, medical help to lose the weight. In a matter of months my life was changed. Not only was I so much healthier but as an added bonus, I had self esteem for the first time in my life. I cannot thank Dr. Rivas enough. He changed my life around. I am the smallest size I have ever been in my life!

Don’t understand why I didn’t try this approach sooner  

by Sandi on Apr 15th, 2009

My cravings had gotten totally out of control. Dr. Rivas and his course of action I would recommend to everyone that needs some help. 3 of my friends have since started with Dr. Rivas.

I have lost 30 lbs. since September, & I NEVER thought I could do it.

Other Awards & Recognitions


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