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When it comes to choosing a new doctor, we all want the best. A ranking –like Consumer Reports does for products—would be most welcome! Unfortunately, it does not work like that. Research on physicians requires a little bit of patience and knowing where to look. On our Health Information Center page, we have gathered a list of resources that will help you navigate which doctor might be best for you.

A great place to start is the Ohio State Medical Board. You will see biographical and professional information about MD’s, DO’s, chiropractic physicians, podiatrists, psychologists and other allied health professionals in Ohio, plus any disciplinary action initiated and/or taken.

The American Medical Association DoctorFinder will provide information on MD’s and DO’s from all 50 states. You can search for information either by name/location or by medical specialty/location. Information is available for both AMA members and non-AMA members, but you will get more information about AMA members. You will need to click through more screens to get to the non-members.

Knowing what to look for and what type of specialty you need can be hard to do. PBS’s Nova has a great detailed description of medical specialties or subspecialties that are easy to read. To find out how a doctor becomes board certified check out at the American Board of Medical Specialties website.  The link to the ABM’s directory is only available when in the Main Library. Contact us at 330-643-9075 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to do this search for you.

Looking for quick tips on choosing a doctor? The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion provides you with questions to ask yourself that will narrow down what is most important for you in finding a primary care doctor.

Please contact the Science & Technology Division at 330-643-9075 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for help with these resources.


Kelli Nikola, Librarian
Science & Technology Division at Main Library