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American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) – What is Your Doctor’s Specialty? Editor's Pick

Find out what your doctor’s specialty is by checking his/her certification at the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). ABMS is a highly-regarded, not-for-profit organization comprising 24 medical specialty boards, that oversees physician certification in the US. See whether your doctor is board-certified in his/her specialty (such as Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Family Medicine, OB/GYN, Surgery, Orthopedics, Emergency Medicine, Radiology, etc.) and in his/her subspecialty (such as Cardiovascular Disease, Geriatric Medicine, Oncology, Endocrinology, Neonatal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease, etc.) Click on Is Your Doctor Board Certified on the certificationmatters.org page (sponsored by abms.org). Registration (free) is no longer required, but well worth it if required in the future. We encourage visitors to use the site.

AMA Doctor Finder Editor's Pick

American Medical Association (AMA) Doctor Finder site provides information on members of the AMA first, but also lists information on non-member physicians. Site reports over 814,000 physicians listed, and if they are members of the AMA, shows a detailed profile with board certification as well as training. Click on non-members to see full list.  May show whether physician is Board-certified or not.

Bariatric Surgery Centers of Excellence – Locate a Center & Bariatric Surgeon

Locate a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence or bariatric surgeon. Surgical Review Corporation (SRC) has designated hundreds of hospitals and surgeons, as Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Centers of Excellence. Minimum volume is 80 cases per year for a Center of Excellence, and 50 cases per year, and 125 cases in a lifetime, for a Surgeon of Excellence. SRC is a non-profit corporation representing bariatric surgeons. It promotes high standards of care in weight loss surgery. List of centers by state; includes US, UK, Canada, Mexico and 20 other countries.

Find a Doctor at Physician Compare, Care Compare

Find a doctor at Physician Compare, at the Care Compare Federal government website (medicare.gov). This bare-bones site lists many physicians by city and specialty, including podiatry. Not too much information, usually less than you get at a state’s licensing site. Maybe in the future it will contain useful quality comparisons. In addition, not all licensed physicians are included. Some nurse anesthetists, psychologists, social workers, therapists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants & audiologists may be included. Find them by using the Keyword box.

Find an Oncologist American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)

Find an oncologist (cancer specialist) through the American Society of Clinical Oncology (cancer.net) ASCO website. Use the interactive database to help you find a board-certified physician with specialties in the specific type of cancer expertise you’re interested in, or types of oncology, tumors, etc.

Find an Orthopedic Surgeon (Orthopaedist)

Find an orthopedic surgeon (orthopaedist) anywhere in the US. Easy-to-use site, by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). Provides office location address.

Find a Plastic Surgeon (ASAPS)

Use the online directory to find a board-certified plastic surgeon for your plastic surgery such as breast augmentation or breast reduction, eyelid surgery, facelift, botox injection, laser hair removal, liposuction, nonsurgical fat reduction, nose surgery (rhinoplasty) or tummy tuck. Web site by The Aesthetic Society, also known as the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS).

Find a Sleep Medicine Specialist (PhD or MD)

Find a sleep medicine specialist. These are physicians (MDs and DOs) and PhDs who are certified by the American Board of Sleep Medicine (ABSM) have passed the exam, and displayed a comprehensive understanding of the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders. This site lists diplomates by name, but no search function by city

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Affordable Clinics for Primary Care, Mental Health and Dentists (HRSA) Editor's Pick

Find an affordable clinic for primary care, mental health or a dentist. List from HRSA shows federally funded community health centers that provide primary medical care, pregnancy care, physician office visits, immunizations, dental care, mental health and other services, regardless of ability to pay. Search by state, county or zip code. Every state appears to have special clinics for those without insurance. Federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) have sliding fee scales for people up to 200% of poverty level. Perhaps one of the best healthcare programs in the United States, and not that many people know about it. HRSA is the Health Resources and Services Administration.

Arizona Medical Board – Physician License Lookup

Look up the physician license information on your Arizona doctor at the official website of the AZ Medical Board.  Find additional information on his/her Education and Training, whether there are any AZ Board investigations, and Malpractice / Criminal information. Use Doctor Search to find your doctor. Board certification must be checked separately. An additional feature of this site allows you to get a list of physicians in a certain city and specialty. Both MDs and DOs, as well as physician assistant licenses can be checked here. Under Consumer Resources (“For Consumers”) at the site, a link is provided showing Arizona physicians (MDs only) with disciplinary action (in chronological order). Click on “Recent Actions”. Data from azdo.gov.

Glossary – Heart Rhythm Disorders

Glossary of terms related to heart rhythm disorders. Includes Atrial fibrillation (A Fib), Ejection fraction, Electrophysiology (EP) test, ACE inhibitors, Beta-blockers, Bradycardia, Tachycardia, Dyspnea, ICDs, pacemakers and more. From UpBeat.org, the Heart Rhythm Society’s Patient Resource Center. The Heart Rhythm Society represents physicians and scientists in the field of cardiac arrhythmia. Directory of cardiology subspecialists called electrophysiologists can be found under Find a Specialist.

List of Excluded Individuals/Entities (LEIE) – See Who is Excluded from Medicare Editor's Pick

The List of Excluded Individuals and Entities (LEIE) is a Medicare fraud prevention site by the HHS Office of Inspector General. It allows consumer to search for a specific name of a person or business to see if they have been excluded from receiving payment from Medicare and Medicaid, due to license revocation, suspension or surrender; program-related fraud; patient abuse or neglect, and other reasons such as default on Health Education Assistance Loans. Exclusions Database contains physicians, nurses, nurses’ aides, hospital employees, pharmacists, nursing home operators and more. More than 74,000 names on the list as of April 2021.

Virginia Cardiology Physicians – look up specialty details

Look up education, training, and specialties for cardiology physicians in Virginia. Virginia Health Information provides names and background of board-certified cardiologists and other physicians who designate themselves as practicing in cardiac care in VA. Click on all the tabs within a physician’s profile page (such as Education, Specialties). Updated 2021, but the board certification expiration date may not always apply. You should check board certification at the more accurate and up-to-date ABMS site (put ABMS in our search box to find the link).

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