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General Information / Helpful Hints: Consumers can use these links to find information about physician licensure, training, and disciplinary history. Many state medical and osteopathic boards make disciplinary actions available online to the public without charge. Many of these public access databases tend to hold only the most recent board orders, usually those orders finalized within the last two to ten years. All boards provide information for ordering copies of disciplinary actions. Boards may charge a small fee to cover postage and duplication. A number of commercial organizations sell reports on physician disciplinary actions: search for physician discipline with Google or other internet search engines if you're interested in this service.

Since not all boards post disciplinary orders online, it's often helpful to search for physicians in each in state in which they are licensed. Synopses of older disciplinary actions or disciplinary actions not otherwise available online can often be found in medical board newsletters.

If you aren't sure in which state or states a physician is licensed search for her name in the NPI Registry.

The NPI Registry is available at: https://nppes.cms.hhs.gov/NPPES/NPIRegistryHome.do

If a physician never participated in the Medicare program, his or her name will not appear in the NPI Registry. In this case, try:

  1. AIM DocFinder Combined Search (note not all state boards participate): http://www.docboard.org/docfinder.html
  2. Search Google using First Name Last Name to find practice addresses / states: http://www.google.com/
  3. Intellius People Search (free to locate individuals in states; charges apply for additional information): http://find.intelius.com/search-name.php?ReportType=1&

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General maintains a database of physicians excluded from federally-funded health care programs:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General Exclusions Database search: http://exclusions.oig.hhs.gov/
About the OIG Exclusion Program: http://oig.hhs.gov/fraud/exclusions/aboutexclusions.html
Exclusions by Exclusion Type (= specific violation): http://exclusions.oig.hhs.gov/ExclusionTypeCounts.aspx
Exclusions by General Classification (= type of provider or entity): http://exclusions.oig.hhs.gov/ClassificationCounts.aspx

Information about physician specialty board certification is available from the American Board of Medical Specialties:

American Board of Medical Specialties: http://www.abms.org/
American Board of Medical Specialties Free Search Registration (required to search; non-commercial (= free) users limited to five searches per 24 hour period): http://www.abms.org/registration.asp
American Board of Medical Specialties Physician Board Certification Search: http://www.abms.org/login.asp
American Board of Medical Specialties, Publications (why board certification is important): http://www.abms.org/publications.asp
American Board of Medical Specialties Member Boards (verify that certifying boards are members of the American Board of Medical Specialties – some physicians advertise board certification granted by non-member boards, meaning the value of such board certification is uncertain): http://www.abms.org/member.asp

Also helpful is the American Medical Association Doctor Finder for Patients (you must know the state in which the physician practices): http://webapps.ama-assn.org/doctorfinder/html/patient.html

In the United Kingdom information about physician credentials and discipline can be obtained from the General Medical Council:

General Medical Council: http://www.gmc-uk.org/index.asp
General Medical Council List of Registered Medical Practitioners search (hint: Surname = Last Name): http://www.gmc-uk.org/register/search/index.asp
General Medical Council Fitness to Practice Decisions and Interim Orders Database search: http://www.gmc-uk.org/concerns/hearings_and_decisions/fitness_to_practise_decisions.asp

In New Zealand information about physician registration can be obtained from the Medical Council of New Zealand :

Medical Council of New Zealand (select Find a Registered Doctor): http://www.mcnz.org.nz/

Information about physician discipline, including interim and final decisions, can be obtained from the Medical Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal (2006 and earlier) and the New Zealand Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal, which is currently being phased in:

Medical Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal (2006 and earlier; being phased out): http://www.mpdt.org.nz/
New Zealand Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal (being phased in): http://www.hpdt.org.nz/Default.aspx?tabid=1

Licensing boards for other health professionals as well as physicans and health professionals in Canada: The Council on Licensure, Regulation and Enforcement (CLEAR) maintains an extensive collection titled North American Directory of Regulatory Boards and Colleges.

The CLEAR directory is available at: http://www.clearhq.org/Default.aspx?pageId=481248

2005-09-23: We've begun identifying boards that post meeting minutes and board orders online. Follow this link to find the Key to Abbreviations

Alaska State Medical Board
Leslie A. Gallant, Executive Administrator
550 West Seventh Ave., Suite 1500
Anchorage, AK 99501
(907) 269-8163 / Fax: (907) 269-8196
Alaska State Medical Board: http://www.dced.state.ak.us/occ/pmed.htm

Alabama State Board of Medical Examiners [O, M] (7)
Larry D. Dixon, Executive Administrator
P.O. Box 946
Montgomery, AL 36101-0946
(street address: 848 Washington Ave.)
(334) 242-4116 / Fax: (334) 242-4155
(800) 227-2606
Alabama State Board of Medical Examiners: http://www.albme.org/
Alabama State Board of Medical Examiners Physician and PA Search (includes links to public board orders): http://www.albme.org//index.cfm?fuseaction=app.displayPage&pageID=2
Alabama State Board of Medical Examiners Recent Actions: http://www.albme.org//index.cfm?fuseaction=app.displayPage&pageID=12
Alabama State Board of Medical Examiners Board Meeting Agendas and Public Minutes (2007-): http://www.albme.org//index.cfm?fuseaction=app.displayPage&pageID=9

Arkansas State Medical Board
Peggy P. Cryer, Executive Secretary
2100 Riverfront Dr.
Little Rock, AR 72202-1793
(501) 296-1802 / Fax: (501) 603-3555
Arkansas State Medical Board (IE 5.0 or higher only): http://www.armedicalboard.org/

Arizona Medical Board [O, M] (8)
Barry A. Cassidy, PhD, PA-C, Executive Director
9545 East Doubletree Ranch Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85258-5514
(480) 551-2700 / Fax: (480) 551-2704
Arizona Medical Board: http://www.azmd.gov/
Arizona Medical Board Doctor search: http://www.azmd.gov/glsuiteweb/clients/azbom/public/WebVerificationSearch.aspx
Arizona Medical Board meeting agendas and minutes (2002 - ): http://www.azmd.gov/Minutes/Agenda-Minutes.aspx
Arizona Medical Board Recent Actions (public orders issued within last 24 months): http://www.azmd.gov/glsuiteweb/clients/azbom/public/MD_RecentActionsHome.aspx

Arizona Board of Osteopathic Examiners in Medicine and Surgery [O, M] (8)
Elaine LeTarte, Executive Director
9535 East Doubletree Ranch Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85258-5539
(480) 657-7703 / Fax: (480) 657-7715
Arizona Board of Osteopathic Examiners in Medicine and Surgery: http://www.azdo.gov/
Arizona Board of Osteopathic Examiners in Medicine and Surgery meeting agendas and minutes (2002 - ): http://www.azdo.gov/ForThePublic/Agenda-Minutes.aspx
Arizona Board of Osteopathic Examiners in Medicine and Surgery Recent Public Actions (previous 24 months): http://www.azdo.gov//glsuiteweb/clients/azbom/public/DO_RecentActionsHome.aspx

Medical Board of California [O, M] (4)
Barb Johnston, Executive Director
1426 Howe Ave., Suite 54
Sacramento, CA 95825-3236
(916) 263-2389 / Fax: (916) 263-2387
(800) 633-2322
Medical Board of California: http://www.mbc.ca.gov/
Medical Board of California Physician License Lookup: https://www.breeze.ca.gov/datamart/selSearchTypeCADCA.do?from=loginPage
Medical Board of California Public Document Search (find medical board orders online): http://www.mbc.ca.gov/Enforcement/Public_Document_Search.aspx
Medical Board of California Meeting Minutes (2007- ): http://www.medbd.ca.gov/board/meetings/Index.html
MBC Newsletter (formerly Action Reports): http://www.mbc.ca.gov/Publications/Newsletters/

Osteopathic Medical Board of California (5)
Donald J. Krpan, D.O., Executive Director
1300 National Drive, Suite 150
Sacramento, CA 95834-1991
(916) 928-8390 / Fax: (916) 928-8392
Email: osteopathic@dca.ca.gov
Osteopathic Medical Board of California: http://www.ombc.ca.gov/
Osteopathic Medical Board of California Physician License Lookup: http://www2.dca.ca.gov/pls/wllpub/wllqryna$lcev2.startup?p_qte_code=GEN&p_qte_pgm_code=8510
Osteopathic Medical Board of California Enforcement Actions (brief summaries: http://www.ombc.ca.gov/consumers/enforce_action.shtml

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Colorado Board of Medical Examiners [O, M] (9)
Susan Miller, Program Administrator
1560 Broadway, Suite 1300
Denver, CO 80202-5140
(303) 894-7690 / Fax: (303) 894-7692
Colorado Board of Medical Examiners: http://www.dora.state.co.us/medical
Colorado Automated Licensure Information System Online (includes links to recent board actions): https://www.doradls.state.co.us/alison.php
Colorado Board of Medical Examiners Public Notices (including links to board meeting agendas and meeting packets): http://www.dora.state.co.us/medical/publicnotices.htm
Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies Board Order / Document search: https://doraimage.state.co.us/LibertyIMS::/sidsL2Atr2BgoRkEpdj/Cmd%3D%24%2411232DelXSbXMoXt9%3BZTiefcD%3Do5yyV5x%2ELPU

Connecticut Medical Examining Board [M, O] (1, 6)
Jeff Kardys, Board Liaison
P.O. Box 340308
Hartford, CT 06134-0308
(street address: 410 Capitol Ave., MS13PHO)
(860) 509-7648 / Fax: (860) 509-7553
Licensing Information: (860) 509-7563
Connecticut Medical Examining Board (including links to medical board meeting agendas and minutes): http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?a=3143&q=388902
Connecticut Department of Public Health Physician Profile Search: http://www.physicians.dph.state.ct.us/web_public/web_public.show#47505
Connecticut Department of Public Health Health Care Professional's License Status Search (includes inactive licenses): http://www.dir.ct.gov/dph/Scripts/hlthprof.asp
Connecticut Medical Examining Board Monthly Disciplinary Physician/Physician Assistant Disciplinary Actions: http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?a=3143&q=388904&dphNav_GID=1830
Connecticut Department of Public Health Health Care Quality Final Disciplinary Orders (how to: use either of the search links for Physician Profile or License Status above to find the physician license number; write down the license number; add the appropriate three digit prefix [e.g., 001 for physicians] to the license number and use the pull-down menu to locate the order): http://www.dir.ct.gov/dph/hcquality/Physician/license.asp

District of Columbia Board of Medicine [O] (11)
James R. Granger, Jr., Executive Director
825 North Capital Street, NE, 2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 442-9200 / Fax: (202) 442-9431
District of Columbia Health Professional Licensing Administration / Board of Medicine: http://hpla.doh.dc.gov/hpla/cwp/view,A,1195,Q,488575,hplaNav,|30661|,.asp
District of Columbia Health Professional Licensing Administration Online Professional License search (including links to board orders, available either through physician profiles (by name or license number), or by setting the search to Medicine in the Professions pull-down menu and selecting Revoked or Suspended in the Status pull-down menu): http://app.hpla.doh.dc.gov/weblookup/

Delaware Board of Medical Practice [M] (10)
Gayle Franzolino, Executive Director
P.O. Box 1401
Dover, DE 19903
(street address: 861 Silver Lake Blvd., Cannon Building, Suite 203, 19904)
(302) 739-4522 / Fax: (302) 739-2711
Delaware Board of Medical Practice: http://www.dpr.delaware.gov/boards/medicalpractice/index.shtml
Delaware Division of Professional Regulation Online License Verification Service: https://dpronline.delaware.gov/mylicense%20weblookup/Search.aspx
Delaware Board of Medical Practice List of Public Disciplinary Actions: http://www.dpr.delaware.gov/boards/medicalpractice/documents/dispaction.pdf
Delaware Statewide Calendar of Meetings and Events (includes links to Delaware Board of Medical Practice Meeting Minutes): http://www.delaware.gov/egov/calendar.nsf/FutureMeetings/ByDivision?openview&Agency=Professional%20Regulation

Florida Board of Medicine [O, M] (3)
Larry McPherson, Esq., Executive Director
Department of Health
4052 Bald Cypress Way, BIN #C03
Tallahassee, FL 32399-3253
(850) 245-4131 / Fax: (850) 488-9325
Florida Board of Medicine (including links to medical board meeting minutes): http://www.doh.state.fl.us/mqa/medical/index.html
Florida Licensee Search Screen (includes links to recent board orders): http://ww2.doh.state.fl.us/irm00praes/praslist.asp
Agency Action Reports (board orders 2002 - July, 2006): http://www.doh.state.fl.us/mqa/enforcement/discipline_reports.html
Final Order and Emergency Action Search Screen (board orders July, 2006 and later): http://ww2.doh.state.fl.us/finalordernet/

Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine [O, M] (2, 3)
Pamela King, Executive Director
4052 Bald Cypress Way, BIN C06
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1753
(850) 245-4161 / Fax: (850) 487-9874
Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine (including links to osteopathic board meeting minutes): http://www.doh.state.fl.us/mqa/osteopath/
Florida Licensee Search Screen (includes links to recent board orders): http://ww2.doh.state.fl.us/irm00praes/praslist.asp
Agency Action Reports (board orders 2002 - July, 2006): http://www.doh.state.fl.us/mqa/enforcement/discipline_reports.html
Final Order and Emergency Action Search Screen (board orders July, 2006 and later): http://ww2.doh.state.fl.us/finalordernet/

Detailed information about state licensing actions against health professionals in Florida may also be available through the Florida Division of Administrative Hearings: http://www.doah.state.fl.us/internet/search/
Enter the last name of the professional in the Respondent field of the search form or use the full text search. Final orders issued from the 1980s onwards are published online. Hearing documents may be available online from recent cases. Select the Docket link at the top of the case summary page.

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Georgia Composite State Board of Medical Examiners [O, M] (12)
LaSharn Hughes, Executive Director
2 Peachtree Street, NW, 36th Floor
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 656-3913 / Fax: (404) 656-9723
Georgia Composite State Board of Medical Examiners: http://medicalboard.georgia.gov/portal/site/GCMB/
Georgia Composite State Board of Medical Examiners Licensee Database search (includes links to recent board orders): http://services.georgia.gov/dch/mebs/

Guam Board of Medical Examiners (13)
Chalsea Torres, Acting Administrator
Health Professionals Licensing Office
651 Legacy Square Commercial Complex
South Route 10, Suite 9
Margilao, GU 96913
(011) 671-735-7406-8 / Fax: (011) 671-735-7413
Guam Deparment of Health and Social Services Health Professional Licensing Office: http://www.dphss.govguam.net/hplo.htm

Source: Federation of State Medical Boards, Member Boards. Accessed 2008-07-23 at: http://www.fsmb.org/directory_smb.html, with changes, additions, and updates of URLs. See the Notes below. Any errors are mine and should not be attributed to the Federation of State Medical Boards (CIRCARE web master).


Key To Abbreviations:

O = Orders. Board orders available online.
M = Minutes. Minutes of medical and osteopathic board meetings available online.

Notes

1. 2005-10-09: URL updated. 2006-01-22: Updated to indicate public board orders now available online.

2. 2005-10-10: URL for Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine web site updated.

3. 2006-09-17: URL for Florida Board of Medicine web site updated; URL for Final Order and Emergency Action Search Screen added.

4. 2006-09-17: URLs for Medical Board of California Physician License Lookup and Medical Board of California Public Document Search added.

5. 2006-09-17: URL for Osteopathic Medical Board of California corrected; URL for Osteopathic Medical Board of California Physician License Lookup added.

6. 2006-09-17: URL for Connecticut Department of Public Health Health Care Quality Final Disciplinary Orders database added. 2009-02-09: corrected URLs for the Connecticut Medical Examining Board, Physician Profile Search, Health Care Professional's License Status Search, Monthly Disciplinary Orders, Final Disciplinary Orders database.

7. 2006-09-17: Updated to indicate public board orders now available online through the Alabama State Board of Medical Examiners Physician and PA Search. 2010-10-13: corrected URLs for licensee search and recent disciplinary actions; added URL for board meeting agendas and public minutes.

8. 2010-02-24: Updated URL to Arizona Board of Osteopathic Examiners in Medicine and Surgery recent public actions and board meeting minutes.

9. 2006-09-17: Updated to add URLs to the index of the Colorado Board of Medical Examiners Public Notices (which pass for board meeting minutes) and the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies Board Order / Document search, where older board orders not linked to physician license information can be retrieved … albeit with difficulty.

10. 2006-09-17: Updated to indicate Delaware Board of Medical Practice meeting minutes are available online; added URL to index of Delaware Statewide Calendar of Meetings and Events.
2007-11-06: updated URLs for Delaware Board of Medical Practice and Delaware Board of Medical Practice List of Public Disciplinary Action; added URL for Delaware Division of Professional Regulation Online License Verification Service.

11. 2006-09-17: Updated to indicate board orders are available online; URL to the District of Columbia Board of Medicine corrected; URL to the District of Columbia Health Professional Licensing Administration Online Professional License search added.

12. 2010-02-24: Updated to add URL to Georgia Composite State Board of Medical Examiners home page; see link on home page for meeting minutes.

13. 2006-09-17: Updated to add URL to the Guam Deparment of Health and Social Services Health Professional Licensing Office.


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