These organizational Web sites and phone numbers may be useful for finding potential diabetes care team members. Keep in mind, however, that your choices may be limited by your health insurance plan. Also, your primary-care provider, if you have one, will usually recommend other health-care professionals if you need a specialist. Many insurance plans require a referral from a primary-care physician to see a specialist.
American Association of Diabetes Educators
Call or search this Web site to find Certified Diabetes Educators (CDEs) in your area. CDEs may be doctors, nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, exercise physiologists, or other health-care specialists. Which you seek out will depend on the services you need.
American Diabetes Association
The American Diabetes Association recognizes education programs and physicians that deliver high-quality diabetes education and care. To find a program or physician in your area, enter your ZIP code under “Get Local Information,” then click on either “Find a Recognized Education Program” or “Find a Physician.”
National Committee for Quality Assurance Recognized Physician Directory
Visit this Web site to find a physician who has been recognized for meeting certain standards of patient care, or call (888) 275-7585 to have a representative help you locate a physician.
General Physician Resources
American Academy of Family Physicians
To find a family physician in your area, click on “Find a doctor” under “Health Tools.”
American College of Physicians
Use this Web site to learn more about doctors of internal medicine (internists) and the conditions they treat.
American Medical Association
Click on “DoctorFinder” to locate licensed physicians in the United States.
American Osteopathic Association
Use the “Find a D.O.” tool on the home page to find an osteopathic physician.
The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists
Scroll down to “Public,” then click on “Find an endocrinologist.”
Other Health-Care Professionals
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Click on “Find an Ob-Gyn” on the home page.
American Dietetic Association
(800) 366-1655 (press 5 to locate a nutrition professional)
Call or use the “Find a Nutrition Professional” tool on the home page to find a dietitian in your area.
American Physical Therapy Association
Click on “Find a PT” to locate a physical therapist in your area.
American Podiatric Medical Association
Use the “Find a Podiatrist” tool to find a practicing podiatrist in your area.