The following are answers to several frequently asked questions about U.S. News Doctor Finder.
Q: What is the purpose of Doctor Finder?
A: Doctor Finder exists to help consumers find and research doctors who are licensed to practice in the United States. Its directory will soon include profiles of more than 700,000 doctors. Users can search for doctors by specialty, location, gender, name or a combination of these attributes, and they can find specific information about each doctor’s education, training, publications, clinical interests and more.
Q: I can’t find a doctor whom I know is in practice. Why?
A: We haven’t yet published a profile for every doctor. We’ll be publishing more profiles in the coming weeks and months until we have profiles for nearly all actively licensed doctors in the country. You do not need to contact us about a doctor you do not see in the directory.
Q: I am a doctor and I am not in the directory at the moment. How do I get listed?
A: There is no need to contact us directly; doctors are added automatically in large batches in the coming weeks. You can check that your information is correct by going to our data partner Doximity.com, finding your profile, and authenticating / registering yourself there.
Q: Where did U.S. News get information about each doctor?
A: We announced in June that U.S. News is collaborating with Doximity, a leading professional network for doctors, which powers the U.S. News doctor profiles. By maintaining an up-to-date profile on doximity.com, which involve no fee, any doctor can ensure that visitors to usnews.com know which hospitals he or she admits patients to, for example, and which insurance plans he or she accepts. Doximity's free networking service also lets licensed physicians interact with their referral networks, exchange and sign HIPAA-compliant communications via smartphone and collaborate on cases.
Q: U.S. News used to identify doctors who were “Top Doctors.” Has this changed?
A: Yes. In the past, U.S. News has collaborated with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. to profile only physicians who are Castle Connolly Top Doctors on usnews.com. Castle Connolly continues to publish its profiles of Top Doctors and America’s Top Doctors at http://www.castleconnolly.com. However, since U.S. News Doctor Finder will include all licensed U.S. physicians, a doctor's inclusion in U.S. News Doctor Finder does not imply that U.S. News considers this doctor to be "top."
Q: What if I have a question that is not answered here?
A: You may email the U.S. News editorial team behind Doctor Finder at doctors (at) usnews.com. Due to volume of inquiries, please expect that response time may exceed two days.
See also About U.S. News Doctor Finder.