I am going to let you in on my hottest tips for finding good doctors, based on what I’ve learned since the onset of my husband’s illness. Yes, the hardest thing of all was finding a good ED doc! So I am going to put special emphasis on sniffing out the “sexperts”.
Note that this list is very idiosyncratic, and also that resources vary from state to state. Comments welcome, also your own tips.
* For Erectile Dysfunction (ED) doctors: look at sexhealthmatters.org., the website of a nat’l association which specializes in “Sexual Medicine”. Includes US and Canada.
* Ask for recommendations from people in online forums (best bet for ED = ones related to “impotence”, etc.,) and from people you know. If you have a personal physician you trust absolutely, ask him or her for some names.
* Check local PC advocacy or support groups. Ask if they know any docs.
* Look at online “Find a Doctor” sites for Urology. There is Urologyhealth.org (approved by Amer. Urol. Assoc.) and Urologychannel.com. On these sites you can search by proximity (zip code) and *practice details.* Look for a doctor whose primary or secondary interest is ED, impotence, sexual medicine, genitorurinary surgery, PC.
* Look up your State’s Urological Society. Some, like Indiana’s, have good info for patients.
* Check Castle Connolly’s “America’s Best Doctors” and “America’s Best Doctors for Cancer”. Easy to search by index of subspeciaties. Cancer book came out recently. It is the best thing since sliced bread. Lists 2,000 cancer docs in 16 sub-specialties. Go to castleconnolly.com or you can find it in the library. Metro areas available for NY and Chicago.
* I really like Consumer’s Union, a nonprofit group which publishes books of recommended doctors, hospitals and health plans. Have made extensive use of their “Top Doctors” book. Website: checkbook.org. (Info also available online for a fee).
* Also, sometimes local magazines or newspapers will publish doctor reviews. Here, NY Mag. does a yearly feature on this. Search “best” or “top” + doctors” and your area. I just came across such a list from kcmag.
* For general info about a doctor you can do a basic google search. Personal details can make a difference. For info about a doctor’s scholarly output, try googlescholar.com.
* Hospital. Find a good teaching hospital, i.e., one affiliated with a medical school. Be wary of small, for-profit community hospitals. Google “teaching hospitals” and