LOOK UP DOCTORS
We are pleased to suggest other sites which may be useful to people interested in medical malpractice issues. We are not affiliated with any of these other sites and thus are not responsible for their content.
Licensing and Disciplinary Information:
We begin a Georgia doctor search by visiting the website of the Composite State Board of Medical Examiners (also known simply is the "Medical Board"). That site allows us to verify the name, address, specialty and license status, such as active or suspended. If the Board has previously taken disciplinary or some other public action against the physician, it will indicate that with a "yes". Click on the "yes" to learn whether the order is available online in downloadable pdf format. The Medical Board is attempting to post copies of public board orders online for those Georgia practitioners disciplined by the Medical Board in the past ten (10) years. This is an ongoing project and if the public order you want to see for a particular physician is not available online you will need to call or write to the Board to request a copy. Here is contact information for the Board:
Composite State Board of Medical Examiners
Attn: Ms. Sharon Cloud, Public Records Unit
2 Peachtree Street, N.W., 36th Floor
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
PH: (404) 657-6494
FX: (404) 656-9723
The Medical Board requires a written, signed and dated request for certified public documents.
To look up licensing information of many other types of professionals in Georgia, you should visit the website of the Georgia Secretary of State.
Law Suit Information:
Open and ongoing lawsuits, or lawsuits resulting in judgments against physicians which are now closed can usually only be reliably found by going to the individual Court locations in each county where the physician may have been sued. This of course is extremely time consuming. Small counties may give you some of this information over the phone, but most are too busy, and will invite you to come in and attempt to look it up yourself. Very few malpractice cases are in federal court (usually only VA related cases).
Other Sources of Doctor Information
To get some very basic information about any physician, no matter what state she is in, we go to the American Medical Association Physician Select site. This site claims to provide information on virtually every licensed physician in the United States and its territories, including more than 650,000 doctors of medicine (MD) and doctors of osteopathy or osteopathic medicine (DO). Searches can be done by physician name or by medical specialty. Results include generic information like address, specialty, medical school and residency programs attended, and whether or not board certified. It does not include any of the negative stuff, like malpractice suits or payments, or discipline history.
We sometimes will visit the site of the American Board of Medical Specialties to check on board certification. This is also a good place to learn about board certification requirements.
When physicians work for hospitals, sometimes we find information about them by looking up hospital web sites. Here is a link to a site that will help you do that for Georgia hospitals (will open in new window).
Don't forget to "Google" the Doctor
One growing source of information that should never be overlooked is simply to do a general Internet search on the doctor using one or more of the popular Internet search engines, like Google.
We sometimes perform a free Medline search at the site of the National Library of Medicine to see if the doctor has published any articles.
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