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Finding and Choosing a Doctor

Questions and Answers | Primary Care Physicians | Osteopaths | Pediatricians | Surgeons | Psychiatrists | Eye Doctors | Physical Medicine | Rehabilitation | Physician Groups in Wisconsin | Free or Low-Cost Medical Care in Wisconsin

Disclaimer: All external hyperlinks are provided for your information and for the benefit of the general public.  The Department of Health Services does not testify to, sponsor, or endorse the accuracy of the information provided on externally linked pages.

Questions and Answers about Doctors

How can I find a doctor anywhere in the United States?
The American Medical Association's AMA DoctorFinder provides information on nearly every licensed doctor in the country.

Is my doctor certified in internal medicine?
Find out with the American Board of Internal Medicine database.  

What about doctors with other specialties?
Find out with the American Board of Medical Specialties database. There is no charge to use this site; however, you will be required to register prior to conducting your first search.

How can I check a doctor's license status, or find out if there are orders  / disciplinary actions pending against him or her?
Contact the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (formerly Regulation and Licensing) to check the doctor's license status or to find out about orders / disciplinary actions.

Does my doctor participate in Medicare?
Find out with the Wisconsin Physicians Service database. You can use the database to locate participating physicians by city or county.  Individual physicians may be listed under the name of their medical group rather than by physician name.

Where else can I go for more information on Wisconsin doctors?
Although it's not specifically for consumers, DRconnection from the Wisconsin Medical Society is one resource. The Society is a non-profit, professional organization that represents many member doctors, residents, and medical school students in Wisconsin.

Doctor Information By Specialty

Primary Care Physicians

Getting Started: Choosing a Doctor You Can Talk To: Information from the federal National Institute on Aging on choosing a doctor.

Osteopathic Doctors

To reach the Wisconsin Osteopathic Physicians Association Referral Service, call 262-567-0520.


Finding a doctor for your new baby: Created by The Nemours Foundation's Center for Children's Health Media.


Considering Surgery? Fundamental information on looking for a surgeon from the National Institute on Aging.

Searching for a Surgeon, from Health Pages, a company that provides commercial-free health care information for consumers.


Mental Health Providers:  Tips on Finding One:  Information from the Mayo Clinic on choosing a mental health care provider.

Choosing a Psychiatrist (PDF, 198 KB):  Helpful information from the American Psychiatric Association, including information on the warning signs of mental illness and what to expect on your first visit.

Eye Doctors

Information from the National Eye Institute about choosing an eye care professional. 

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

What is a Physiatrist? and Why Visit a Rehabilitation Physician? From the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Links to Physician Groups in Wisconsin
These links are provided as a public service and do not signify any endorsement of the physician groups by the Department of Health Services.

Finding Free or Low-Cost Medical Care in Wisconsin

Free or Low-Cost Health Clinics in Wisconsin (lists and maps) - A Web page from Wisconsin ForwardHealth.

Last Revised: March 10, 2014