What are the best Web sites for finding a doctor?

Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery
The internet is a great way to find just about anything, if you know where to look. Finding a doctor online however, can be very dangerous. Browse the web for Board Certified specialist that you may need and make at least three consultations with the physicians. Bring a list of question and check lists with you on these appointments. Online evaluate the physician for board certification, hospital affiliations, photos of surgical procedure (especially plastic surgeons), awards and distinguishing features. Remember, not everything on the internet is as it appears in real life, therefore ask many questions during your consultation.
Dr. John J. Connolly
Healthcare Insurance & Policy
CastleConnolly.com lists doctors who have been recommended by other doctors and screened by our physician-led research team. A portion of the website is free and a portion requires a membership fee. Vitals.com offers extensive information on doctors, but they are not screened. The site is free. Healthgrades offers detailed reports on a doctor’s training and for a fee. ABMS.org offers information on a doctor’s board certification.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
The Internet is the fastest, easiest modern medium for finding the needle-in-a-haystack doctor who's a perfect match for you. These sites are good choices, though some cater to certain specialties. Finding a particular doctor listed on two or more is a good sign.
  1. Sharecare! Use the Find a Doctor tool
  2. American Medical Association
  3. CertiFACTS Online
  4. Diabetes Physician Recognition Program (DPRP)
  5. Family Doctor
  6. Healthfinder
  7. Heart/Stroke Physician Recognition Program (HSRP)
  8. Medline Plus
  9. Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.

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