When you are preparing for surgery, you have to place the utmost trust in your surgeon. If you've got the slightest suspicion that he's not as qualified as he says he is, or even if you want to do a background check on your doctor before you go under the knife, you can always look into the validity of a surgeon's certification. Here's how you can check the status of a surgeon's medical license.
Request a report by mail. You easily look into the status of your surgeon's medical license using traditional ‘snail mail' methods. Send a letter to the Medical Board or contact agency in your state requesting a status report. You may also want to inquire about any lapses in licensing, disciplinary information or general problems with a surgeon's medical career history.
Call your state's medical board. If you need an answer quicker than letter mail can provide, you can also place a call directly to your state's office medical board. Most states (not all) will allow you to request license and disciplinary information via the telephone free of charge. Many have a toll-free number you can call, while others will charge you a minimal fee for the service.
Follow this link for a complete list of all the state medical boards and their contact information. http://www.liposite.com/infolinks/psresearch/license.htm
Look in an online directory. You can also get a status report on your surgeon's medical license by visiting an online directory. If your state offers it, such a website will give you instant access to the information from the licensing board in your particular state. This information is constantly updated, and can save you the time and expense of sending a letter or making a phone call. Just beware that not every state provides in-depth information about a surgeon's license online. Whereas some states may only verify your surgeon's license, others may give you much more detailed information concerning licensing, any past investigations, and even malpractice judgments. It really just depends on your state's preference for disclosure.
You should check out the AIM DocFinder website when you first begin searching for the status of your surgeon's medical license. It contains information about many doctors in most states in the U.S., and it is a well-known site for providing current information that you can trust. Again, keep in mind that not all states list their doctors using this online website. But you may just get lucky. Surf here to look up your surgeon: http://www.docboard.org/ .
You can also verify your surgeon's certification by going directly to the ABMS (American Board of Medical Specialties) Certified Doctor Verification website. Similar to the website above, it contains certification and licensing information for the doctors and surgeons in most states in the United States. Go here to see if you can find information on your surgeon: www.abms.org/newsearch.asp .
As long as you surf to a trusted website, you can be pretty well assured that the information you receive will be up-to-date. The internet is by far the fastest way that you can check on the status of your surgeon's medical license.