Looking for a doctor? The resources below will hopefully be of assistance…
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American Thyroid Associationhttp://www.thyroid.org/
On the ATA site, click on “Public & Patients” (towards the top center of the screen) and then click on “Find a Specialist (towards the top right-hand corner of the screen).”
American Association of Clinical Endocrinologistshttp://www.aace.com/
On the AACE site, click on “Find an Endocrinologist” link on the right-hand side of the screen. (You might have to scroll down a bit to see it). Be sure to select the specialty “thyroid dysfunction”.
The Hormone Foundationhttp://www.hormone.org/
On the Hormone Foundation site, the “Find an Endocrinologist” options is on the left-hand side of the screen, in a shaded box.
There has been an unfortunate trend in recent months of chiropractors claiming to practice “functional endocrinology”. Many patients have literally paid thousands of dollars for treatment, believing that these practitioners are endocrinologists, when they are not. This was one of the more publicized cases: http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/28731977/detail.html
Not sure about a particular doctor? The American Board of Medical Specialties certifies doctors in various specialities; you can check on a doctor at www.abms.org
to see if they are board certified in endocrinology. (Registration is required, but it’s free). Your own state’s Medical Board can also provide information regarding licensing status.Eye Surgeons:
A good source for connecting with eye doctors is www.asoprs.org
. The “Find a Surgeon” option is on the blue header towards the top of the screen. This organization is the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, and these doctors are usually more familiar with Graves' complications than other eye docs. You can search by city, state, or zip code.Endocrine Surgeons:
The American Association of Endocrine Surgeons has a great patient education site that also includes a “Find An Experienced Surgeon” option, which is located at the bottom of the page. http://www.endocrinediseases.org/
[endocrinediseases.org] GDATF Physician Registry:
The GDATF has also just launched a physician registry of specialists (endocrinologists, ophthalmologists, endocrine surgeons) who have told us they have particular expertise in Graves’. To access the registry, go to the home page at www.gdatf.org
and click on “physician registry” in the box on the top right-hand side of the screen. (Registration is required, but it is free; if you are already a regular forum user, your regular user ID and password will give you access to the registry). Because the registry is fairly new, we might not yet have a lot of listings in your part of the country. Also, please note that the Foundation has not had personal contact with every doctor listed on the registry; these are physicians who have reported to the GDATF that they have expertise in Graves’. If you have a great doc that you think should be included, please contact the Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org
(Edited 12/19/12, as the instructions for accessing the ATA site changed slightly.