WEBTREATS: How to find a Women's Health Care Physician on the World Wide Web

This list, prepared by the College Resource Center Librarians from other sources, is provided for information only.  Referral to these sites does not imply the endorsement of The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of either the organization or their contents, expressed views, programs, or political activities.   Further, the College does not endorse any commercial products that may be advertised or available from these organizations or on these websites. This list is not meant to be comprehensive; the exclusion of a site does not reflect the quality of that site.  Please note that sites and URLs are subject to change without warning.

General directories and resources:

Administrators in Medicine (AIM): Association for State Medical Board Executive Directors - DocFinder
This website has links to individual state medical boards. State medical boards have directories of physicians to verify licensure. Some state boards also allow the user to search for the name of a doctor and identify any disciplinary actions.

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
This is the national professional organization for obstetrician-gynecologists.
Click the “find an ob-gyn” button on the right side of the screen. To search by state, click “search by state” on the left, then click on the state of interest, and a list of cities will be displayed.  Click on the city of interest, and a list of physicians will be displayed (50 per page).  You can also search by physician name or zip code.  You can also enter a partial zip code to find a broader selection of physicians. The green bullet to the left of a physician's name identifies that they have a practice page with contact information and hours of operation.

American Board of Medical Specialties
The ABMS is the organization that represents the 24 approved medical specialty boards in the United States (i.e. for the American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology).
You can use this website to verify if a physician is board certified or to find board certified physicians in your area. You can search by physician name, location (city, state, zip code), specialty, or any combination of those. When you click “search,” you will have to either log in or register on the site to continue the search. Registration is free. Once you’ve logged in, click “continue.” A list of physicians will then be displayed. When you click on a physician’s name, more information will be displayed.

American Medical Association
The AMA is the professional organization for doctors in the United States.
Click on DoctorFinder on the right side of the page.  Enter the characters shown in the box and click “submit.” Click the “for Patients” box. Click “DoctorFinder.”  Review the disclaimer and if it is acceptable, click accept to advance to the search system. To search by a physician's name, type in the physician's last name and the state and click “quick search.”  Click on the name of the physician, and general information about the physician will be displayed. If the physician is not an AMA member, there will be no results at first; to see the list of physicians, click “view nonmember physicians” then “list non-members” on the next screen. The physician's name will appear in a table. To search by specialty, choose a state, city (and a zip code if you need one, i.e. for New York City), and select the specialty of choice (i.e. obstetrics and gynecology).  A list of physicians will be displayed. The web site will also tell you if the physician is a member of the AMA.  The physician members can also personalize their information pages with practice information such as the insurance coverage they accept, if they accept new patients, and their office hours.

American Medical Association – links to state medical boards
This website provides links to state medical boards and national organizations involved in medical licensing.

American Medical Association – state medical societies
This website provides a list of state medical associations with links to their websites.

MedlinePlus Directories
MedlinePlus provides links to directories to help patients find health professionals, services, and facilities. Organizations with an online directory are grouped by category (“Doctors and Dentists – General,” “Hospitals and Clinics – General,” etc.). Click on the name of the organization of interest to go to that organization’s provider directory.

Ob-Gyn Subspecialty and Related Societies

American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists
AAGL is the professional organization dedicated to gynecologic endoscopic surgery.
Click the physician finder button near the top of the screen. You can search by location (city, state, zip code, or radius in miles from a particular zip code) and specialty. To search, enter your criteria, check the box to accept the terms of service for using the AAGL physician finder, then click “search physician directory.” A list of physicians will then be displayed.

American Society for Reproductive Medicine
ASRM is the professional organization for those who are interested in reproductive medicine and biology, including reproductive endocrinology and infertility.
Click “Find a Healthcare Professional” on the right side of the screen. On the search screen, fill in one or more of the boxes – you can search by name and/or location, and can narrow your search by checking any of the boxes under “Practice Description,” “Find Member by Affiliated Society,” or “Find Member by Professional or Special Interest Group.” After you click the search button, a list of providers fitting your criteria will be displayed. Click on a provider’s name for more information.

American Urogynecologic Society
AUGS is the professional organization for obstetrician/gynecologists who have an interest in urogynecology, including pelvic floor dysfunction and urinary tract disorders.
Click “Discover Now” under “Find a Provider,” near the center of the screen. Select either “Search for any criteria” or “Search for exact criteria,” and enter any combination of information about the physician you wish to find in the boxes – such as name, city, state, zip code, and/or facility. Click “search” for a list of physicians.

Society of Gynecologic Oncology
SGO is the professional organization for obstetrician/gynecologists who are also board certified sub-specialists in gynecologic oncology (cancer).
For a physician in the United States, enter your state or zip code for a list of physicians in your area; you can also search by physician name. Searching by state alone will give you a more comprehensive list.

Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine
SMFM is the professional organization for obstetrician/gynecologists who are also board certified sub-specialists in maternal-fetal medicine (high-risk pregnancy).
Click the purple “find an MFM” tab near the top of the screen.  You can search by a physician’s last name or by city and state, or state alone by entering the appropriate information in the boxes on the right side of the screen.


mash/jer last revised 3/27/14

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