Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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How Can I Find a Local Thyroid Specialist?

By    |   Thursday, 30 May 2013 04:31 PM

Question: What’s the best way to a local doctor who’s able to treat thyroid issues?

Dr. Hibberd’s answer:
 
A family doctor or general practitioner can treat most basic thyroid issues. Occasionally, an endocrinologist consultation is necessary for unusual cases, but 90 percent of the time a primary-care physician is all you need.
 
If a referral is needed, ask your PCP for one. If you don’t have a regular physician, there are some ways to make a wise choice. Sometimes the best way of selecting a PCP is by visiting the offices of a prospective doctor and talking with his or her staff. You will quickly identify the doctors who provide personalized care.
 
Look for society memberships and fellowships; they are a good sign of ongoing dedication. You can also call doctors’ groups for a list of physicians they recommend. Avoid doctors without medical memberships or affiliations, but understand many are not joining such groups because they are hospital-affiliated “hospitalist” physicians.
 
Make sure you check the license and malpractice history of a prospective doctor on your state’s licensing website. Don’t forget to call the office after hours to be sure the access provided is suitable for you.

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