How to Find an Awesome Diabetes Doctor (Like Me)

how to find an awesome diabetes doctor

Dear Dr. Edelman, 

How do I find a good diabetes doctor in my area? I don’t know anyone else with diabetes, and I want to find a doctor who knows as much about diabetes as you do.

Dr. Edelman: Finding a good doctor who is right for you is extremely important for long-term success. If your healthcare professional (HCP) is not listening to you, not giving you enough time, not answering your questions, etc., then it is time to dump him or her and find a better one.

The type of diabetes you have (T1D, T2D, Gestational DM) will make a big difference in your search. Here are some tips and ideas on how to find a good provider in your area:

Ask Around

Talk to family, friends, coworkers, your pharmacist, your mailman, your vet…ask them if they know anyone with diabetes. Word of mouth is the way to go.

Ask Your Other HCPs

Ask your eye doctor, podiatrist, nurses, dietitians, etc. This is a great tip since they know who is the best.

Check with Pharmaceutical Reps

By chance if you know any pharmaceutical representatives in your area in the diabetes space, they know who the good doctors are for sure. I know the CGM representatives have educators who are allowed to talk to “patients” and they will tell you behind closed doors which HCPs are duds and which ones are excellent.

Utilize Pump Trainers

If you are on a Tandem, Omnipod, or Eversense pump, ask the pump trainers. Once again, they will know the good HCPs for sure, and remember they work with doctors who have experience in the diabetes space.

Attend a  TCOYD Virtual Conference

Post in the chats in the network lounge or during the sessions to see if anyone has a referral in your area.

Look for a CDCES

Look for a CDCES (Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist) in your area who might know good HCPs in town.

Explore Your Own Healthcare System

Some healthcare systems have background info, listings of specific areas of medical interest, video interviews, and ratings of their HCPs. This may be helpful but don’t bet the life of your first-born child that the doctor is as good as they sound. Gosh I hate to say that, but it is true.

Put Social Media to Work

Post in diabetes Facebook groups and community forums with your location and see if anyone has a recommendation. Here are a few options, but there are many others:

Type 1:

Type 2:

Post on Nextdoor.com

Nextdoor.com is a popular neighborhood/community forum that’s not diabetes-related, but people may have recommendations for good doctors.

Look on Yelp

You can also try looking on Yelp, but I am a little wary of reviews on Yelp and other sites like this because I have seen ads directed to HCPs to improve their ratings if they have bad ones.

Email Us

Email us at tcoyd@tcoyd.org with your name, U.S. city, state, and your type of diabetes, and if I know of any good diabetes HCPs in your area I will let you know.

Post in the Comments Below

Leave a comment if you want to give a shout-out to your diabetes doc (be sure to list their name and town), or if you are looking for one in your area.

What to Do When You Find Someone

When you find an HCP you’d like to meet with, set up a consultation and bring a prepared short list of questions that pertain to your diabetes, and see how he or she addresses them. You will know in an instant!

Finding a good doctor that fits your personality and needs is not easy, but it’s worth the effort. Do not rely on only one of the tips above. If the same HCP keeps coming up as recommended, then he or she is the one to try out. If you’re not happy with your HCP, fire his or her ass!!!!

Find a good doctor…like ME!!

 

Additional Resources:

How to Prepare for Your First Appointment with a New Diabetes Doctor

10 Tips on How to Make Your Doctor’s Appointment a Success

5 Secrets for Successful Doctor’s Visits

13 Comments
  1. I would have to move to a new location to have more than one or maybe two endocrinologists with offices within a hundred mile radius. So all of the asking around friend of a friend networking is not a good place to start. But neither is health care system self promotion either.

  2. RE: using social media: if you do find a good HCP – please post about it. And while you are at it, mention helath plan info. With the network system here in the US, it is very difficult to switch HCP’s.

  3. Looking for new endo

    Good evening…After searching with many challenges I found a wonderful Endocrinologist who just left the practice, I saw him for 17 years. I am emotionally devastated. I have had type 1 for 57 years and live in New Jersey, 08826. I usually drive 80 miles round trip for most of my medical care.

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  5. Don’t forget that sometimes the best “diabetes doctor” in your community may be a nurse practitioner! I have been a CDCES for 22 years, worked in endocrinology for several years and have a large contingent of patients with type 1, type 2, gestational diabetes and lots of fun sub-types of diabetes.

    • Yes, you are right! 🙂

    • Indeed I had a great NP-CDE here in Portland OR. But she retired and moved to Arizona! Damn! SHe was very supportive of my aggressive TD mgt, understood that I deserved non-diabetic labs if I was willing and able (which I was and am) to do the works of lying, having someone else’s arm submitted for lab draws etc. It took my hard copies of my Dexcom readings to prove that I (and others) could do it.

      • Hi Kristina, I don’t understand your post.
        Did I miss something?🤷🏻‍♀️

        • I see what happened. A large part of a sentence got deleted. I was (trying to say) saying that the new Endo told me that I didn’t have the mental abilities to manage so well. It was as though he believed that anyone Dx’d with any type of D had to be Dx’d with major stupidity, laziness and a propensity to lie. Hew even thought that perhaps I had a friend or family member provide their arm for the blood draws.

  6. I’m looking for a good nephrologist who will work with me instead of always advocating dialysis.
    My last lab test shows egfr 5.8. I’m 66 years old. I’m type 2 diabetic. I don’t like to go on a dialysis. I’m scared of any foreign objects around my belly . Please help. I lived in Palm Springs, CA
    I’m anemic with 8.9 hemoglobin.

    • I think it would be worth your while to make an appointment at UCSD and drive down to San Diego to see a highly educated nephrologist, Dr. Bethany Karl. Sounds like you’re still functioning with a very low eGFR, but it’s always good to know your options if you get worse.

  7. Here’s an idea: maybe setting up a table with listing of the states (so yah, there will be 50 places to enter info) where people with good Endo practices could ener the name(s) of great HCP’s. By having some sort o9f organized listing, PWD’s wouldn’t have to read through many responses, but could go to the state listing they need.

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