People can find the names, office addresses and specialties of physicians on the Internet through searchable databases from the American Medical Association, Healthgrades and WebMD. Users input a search or browse by certain categories to find physicians anywhere in the United States.
DoctorFinder contains credentials and basic professional information on every licensed physician and doctor of osteopathy in the United States, according to the American Medical Association. The best way to find a physician starts with a last name and a state, as the directory's FAQ section explains. The database lists doctors by their full and proper names as opposed to nicknames. DoctorFinder includes more than 814,000 doctors in its directory as of March 2015.
To access Healthgrades' physician directory, users input a doctor's name, specialty, condition treated or procedure in the search bar. A location setting is on the right side of the search bar. Patients may also browse through doctors with specialties in areas such as cardiology, dermatology and neurology. The site's users can look through conditions treated by the doctors, including fibromyalgia, arthritis and dementia, and they also have the option to browse procedures performed by the health professionals, including knee replacement, spinal nerve block and hysterectomy.
People locate doctors by name or specialty along with a location by using WebMD's physician directory. Patients first browse a list of specialties, and then they select a state and city to view a list of doctors with that specialty in that area.