This online physician Locator helps you find a perfect match for your medical needs
DoctorFinder provides you with basic professional information on virtually every licensed
physician in the United States. This includes more than 814,000 doctors.
AMA DoctorFinder provides comprehensive information on individual physicians from
which you can select a physician or verify the credentials of a known physician.
AMA DoctorFinder includes more than 814,000 AMA member and non-member doctors of
medicine (MD) and doctors of osteopathy or osteopathic medicine (DO). AMA DoctorFinder
does not include other licensed health care professionals such as dentists, optometrists,
chiropractors, nurses, or allied health personnel.
Q. I searched for my physician by name and didn't find him/her. Maybe I
am doing something wrong when I enter the information. Do you have any suggestions on how to use
the Search function effectively?
Physicians are listed in AMA DoctorFinder by the proper spelling of their full name. Nicknames or
shortened first names are not included. Use the last name and the state in which the physician resides
to search by name. If your search produced too many results, try again, adding his or her first name.
Use the "*" (the asterisk symbol, which acts as a "wildcard") when adding the first initial of the first
name: L* Smith. It will search on all "Smiths" that begin with "L". You may also want to perform a
"sounds-like" search, by checking the box provided on the search page, if you are unsure of the exact
spelling of a name or city.
Q. How do I search for a physician by name or medical specialty if I am
not sure in which state he/she practices?
AMA DoctorFinder requires that users know the state in which a physician is located when conducting a the search.
After you have
found the state in which the physician is located, use AMA DoctorFinder to complete your search.
Q. Why are AMA members and non-member physicians' listings in AMA DoctorFinder displayed
The comprehensive listings for AMA member physicians are one the benefits of membership in the AMA. In many
instances, the members' listings provide you with more than twice the practice information you would receive
when viewing a nonmember page. Added information includes office hours, a map to their office location, health
plans accepted by the physician, and much more.
Q. I searched for my physician and found that the city on his/her listing is not the city
where his/her office is located. Can you please explain?
Physician addresses included in AMA DoctorFinder reflect either an office or residential location. Your physician's
office address may not have been available when the listing was most recently updated, and his/her city of residence
may have been used instead. Consult a local telephone directory or call directory assistance to verify or obtain your
physician's office location
Q. I am looking for a physician in training (a resident) but can't find him/her. Are residents
not included in the AMA DoctorFinder database?
AMA DoctorFinder lists only licensed physicians with full and unrestricted licenses. Many residents are not licensed
until after completing at least one full year of residency training. He/she will be listed in AMA DoctorFinder after
receiving licensure in one or more of the U.S. licensing jurisdictions.
Q. My doctor recently moved and AMA DoctorFinder does not provide his new office location. How
does the AMA DoctorFinder information get updated?
Q. I need to find a specialist. What is the best way to search by specialty?
Select from one of the specialty categories listed, or click the "search from an expanded list of medical practice specialties" link
for more choices. Choose a specialty and provide as much additional information as you can in the "State," "City," and "Zip Code" search
Q. What can I do if I think my physician may have committed an ethical violation?
Q. My physician holds an AMA Physician's Recognition Award (AMA PRA). What is the significance of this award?
The AMA PRA recognizes those physicians who have annually completed and documented 50 or more hours of formal and personal
continuing medical education (CME) activities and who have sought AMA recognition. Only CME activities that have been presented
by organizations accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education are eligible for recognition.
Q. I have a specific medical condition. How can I find out more about it?
The AMA cannot give medical advice over the Internet. We strongly encourage you to call your personal physician. If you would
like to search for information about this subject on your own, please visit the online
Medem's Medical Library, a trusted source for credible,
comprehensive health information.
DoctorFinder works best, and has been tested most thoroughly, with
versions 4 and newer of Netscape and Microsoft's Web browsers. It is also
known to work well with AOL versions 4 and newer, WebTV, and, for text-only
terminal users, Lynx versions 2.7 and newer. Generally, any browser that
supports HTML level 3 should suffice.
I don't see any "Search" button. What do I do after entering
You should see a red button labeled "Quick search." Be sure you have the browser set to "Auto Load Images."
I see the other images but no red buttons.
You may need to upgrade your browser. Our buttons use standard HTML level
2 coding, but some older browsers don't interpret it correctly. The newest
versions of the more popular browsers (Netscape Navigator, Mosaic, etc.)
I'm using a text-only browser.
The application does work with Lynx versions 2.4.2 and better. Use the
first [IMAGE]-Submit link below the search form to search. If your version
is older, ask your system administrator to upgrade.
message: "Session Time-Out"
When you use DoctorFinder a "program session" is started. Sessions will end or "time out" if there is no activity within a
ten-minute period. Activity is considered once you accept the usage terms within the DoctorFinder application. Restart
DoctorFinder by going to the AMA home page and click on the "DoctorFinder" link in the top right navigation bar. Using an
page that has been bookmarked within the DoctorFinder application, will likely produce a page that will point you to the
starting point of DoctorFinder.
message: "System Error"
If you get a "System error" message, restart DoctorFinder from the beginning of the application. If the error message persists,
please send an e-mail with a brief description of the problem you encountered to: