Patients can find medical specialists through their primary care physician or through their insurance companies, according to CVS Pharmacy. Many organizations such as the American Medical Association, Medicare and the American Board of Medical Specialties offer directories of medical and surgical specialists, their websites show.
A patient's primary care physician typically makes a recommendation for a specialist, states CVS Pharmacy. Health care insurance companies supply lists of specialists covered under a patient's specific plan. Patients also may check with patient referral services at a local hospital, medical society, public library or the phone book. Learning about a doctor's background, training and education is helpful before making a decision, CVS Pharmacy suggests.