Find retired doctors by checking with the medical society in a particular state. Some states, such as Rhode Island, provide a list of out-of-state, retired and non-practicing doctors registered and licensed in the state's Department of Health.
See if the medical board of a particular state allows online users to verify if the doctor has a retired license from that particular state. The Medical Board of California encourages retired physicians to acquire a retired license that exempts the doctors from paying the license renewal fees and complying with the continuing medical education requirements. A physician with a retired license may not engage in medical practices.
The local medical society may be able to provide information on what happened to a particular doctor's practice or, if the reason for finding retired doctors is to acquire previous medical records, where his old records are kept, as stated by the American Medical Association. If the physician is retiring or departing from a certain group, his patients should be notified about the retirement or of the physician's new address. Similarly, the retiring or leaving physician may also offer his patients the opportunity to turn over their medical records to the physician of their choice.