If you have a lung condition, having a pulmonologist, a specialist in lung and respiratory diseases and conditions, can help you with managing your lung disease. How do you find the one that’s right for you?alpha-1

  • Ask your primary care physician who they would recommend for you.
  • Let your friends and family know you’re looking for a pulmonologist and see if they have any recommendations.
  • Your insurance company can provide you with a list of pulmonologists that accept your insurance, as much of your decision will be based on insurance and which pulmonologists are covered by your plan or accept your insurance.
  • Websites such as the American Board of Medical Specialties and the American Board of Internal Medicine will be able to help you find board certified doctors in your area.
  • Check online review sites to see what current and former patients have to say about specific doctors, but take them with a grain of salt – not everyone prioritizes the same things in a doctor.
  • If at all possible, meet with multiple pulmonologists to decide which one is right for you. Otherwise, try one that is close by, accepts your insurance and is willing to work with you to find the best treatment plan for you. Lung disease management takes time and patience so try and stick with one for a time before opting to look elsewhere.

Do you have any other tips for people searching for a pulmonologist?