Want to Check Your Doctor’s Background? Start Here

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In order to make it easier for our readers to look up their own doctors, we have created a list of state medical boards’ websites. Some state boards have come a long way over the past 5 years in simplifying the information ‘search’ procedure – others leave much to be desired. Many boards appear to do all in their power to obscure criminal or unethical behaviors. A few appear to actually remember what their stated mission is supposed to be: public safety.

One important note: no state medical board that we are aware of, will inform you of doctor-crimes currently under investigation, and none of them – so far as we know – report medical malpractice cases. The best you can hope for is that serious misbehavior might be listed, and that your doctor at least has a valid medical license.

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan 
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey  • Disciplinary Actions
New Mexico
New York • Disciplinary Actions
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
PennsylvaniaDisciplinary Actions
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
Washington DC
West Virginia / Osteopathic Doctors
Wisconsin
Wyoming

One final note of interest: 6 years ago we wrote a humorous – but totally accurate – book called “America’s Dumbest Doctors.” The book included the names of over 400 physicians who had committed serious misbehavior and/or crimes. Very, very few of those physicians’ negative histories were listed in any state medical board data base.

That fact partially explains why we walk around with steam coming out of our ears most of the time.

Have a terrific – and safe – week.

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