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Subject: Number of physicians in the US
Category: Health > Medicine
Asked by: ryanshyper-ga
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Posted: 14 Nov 2005 17:30 PST
Expires: 14 Dec 2005 17:30 PST
Question ID: 592995
The World Health Organization states that there are 1.5 million
physicians in the US
(, yet all my
other sources show that there are @ 800,000, including the Department
of Labor and USA today

One thought I have is that the figure from the WHO may include
chiropractors, oral surgeons, osteopaths, where the others may not.

I need an tangible, citable source for this from someone like the AMA
or equivalent.  It needs to include every type of physician
concievable (again, chiropractors, oral surgeons, osteopaths) and have
a break down of the varying types.

Thank you!
Subject: Re: Number of physicians in the US
Answered By: bobbie7-ga on 14 Nov 2005 19:36 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars

According to the AMA publication ?Physician Characteristics and
Distribution in the U.S. -   2004 Edition? there are 853,187
physicians in the United States.

Table 1.9 gives the total number of physicians by specialty and
activity (182 Specialties).

Download Table 1.9 here:

I hope the information provided is helpful!

Search criteria: 
I searched for statistics at the AMA website.

Best regards,

Request for Answer Clarification by ryanshyper-ga on 17 Nov 2005 14:20 PST

Thank you for the information - it was very much what I was looking
for.  Could you please let me know if you have anything for

Thank you,


Clarification of Answer by bobbie7-ga on 17 Nov 2005 14:50 PST
Hi Ryan!

Estimate of Licensed Chiropractors   2005:  74,000

Estimate of Practicing Chiropractors 2005:  63,000

"In 2001 there were 78,664 active chiropractic licenses in the US
States. Since many chiropractors are licensed to practice in more than
one state (Florida is especially popular), licenses in different
states to the same chiropractor need to be removed. Cheryl Hawk did
this for 2001 and found there were 66,670 non redundant chiropractic
license holders. However, there is some
percentage of licensed chiropractors who do not practice. One estimate is
15%. Using this that would mean there were an estimated 57,000 practicing
DCs in the US in 2001. In 2002, there were 84,836 licenses.  Using the same
percentage of redundant licenses leads to an estimated 72,000 non-redundant
licensed chiropractors. We then removed 15% as an estimate of nonpracticing
chiropractors which leaves 61,000 as actively practicing chiropractors
in 2002. Another estimate is provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor
Statistics (BLS). The BLS, based on a national sample survey,
estimated that there were
49,000 active chiropractors in 2002. Most experts interviewed thought this
number was too low."

See page 25 of publication titled "The Future of Chiropractic
Revisited: 2005 to 2015."

Download here:


"More than 60,000 chiropractors are practicing in the United States
today, and 10,000 students are studying to become doctors of
chiropractic medicine, or DCs."

News Target : June 2005


"Today in America there are over 65,000 practising Chiropractors
treating 20-25 million patients. One in 10 Americans sees a
Chiropractor at least once a year."


"There are some 70,000 practicing chiropractors, legally called
doctors, with 4,000 new graduates every year.

Yale Medicine


From MSN Encarta:

"There are about 80,000 licensed chiropractors in the United States."


I hope this helps!

Best regards,

Request for Answer Clarification by ryanshyper-ga on 17 Nov 2005 15:32 PST

The information is great - I appreciate it very much.  Let me know if
you can get data regarding the number of physicians nationwide
belonging to "Medical Groups", i.e. Physician Hospital Organizations
(PHOs), Medical Service Organizations (MSOs), Independent Practice
Associations (IPAs), and Physician Practice Management Companies
(PPMCs).  I have got some data from the MCIC (Managed Care Information
Center), but unfortunately it's weak.  If you can get these totals, I
will post another question at a better rate - Thanks again!

Clarification of Answer by bobbie7-ga on 17 Nov 2005 16:02 PST

IŽll look into your additional questions tomorrow because I'm a bit
busy right now. If I locate anything, I'll let you know.

I would suggest that you post separate questions for each medical
group and perhaps other researchers will be able locate the figures
you need.


Clarification of Answer by bobbie7-ga on 18 Nov 2005 05:32 PST
Good morning Ryan,

Is this the sort of information you require?


American Counseling Association
  56,000 members -

American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses
  10,000 members -

National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses
  7,000 members -

American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
  4,000 members -

American Medical Technologists
  25,000 members -

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
  65,000 members -

American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
  2,800 members -

American College of Cardiology
  24,000 members -

American College of Chest Physicians
  15,000 members -

American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
  6,000 members -

American College of Physician Executives
  14,000 members -

American Dietetic Association
  70,000 members -

American Gastroenterological Association
  11,000 members -

American Psychiatric Association
  40,000 members -

American Psychiatric Nurses Association
  4,000 members -

American Society for Microbiology
  42,000 members -

American Society of Radiologic Technologists
  105,000 members -

American Society of General Surgeons
  3,500 members -

American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons
  6,000 members -

American Academy of Physician Assistants
  34,000 members -

Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society
  12,000 members -

Medical Group Management Association
  20,000 members -

American College of Preventive Medicine
  2,000 members -

Clarification of Answer by bobbie7-ga on 18 Nov 2005 11:10 PST
Society of Women in Urology 
The SWIU has over 300 members, including most of the nearly 200
board-certified female urologists as well as female urology residents,
fellows, post-residency, pre-board-certified women.

Clarification of Answer by bobbie7-ga on 18 Nov 2005 11:34 PST
Would any of the resources below meet your needs?

The National Directory of Physician Organizations, 
2nd Edition
Price $35

Request for Answer Clarification by ryanshyper-ga on 18 Nov 2005 12:19 PST

The first link is from the MCIC (I mentioned them above) and the data
was weak.  However, the second link may be right on.  I just gave them
a call and left a vm - if it is what I am looking for I will let you
know asap.  Thanks again!

Clarification of Answer by bobbie7-ga on 18 Nov 2005 12:26 PST

Thanks for the update.

I will be looking forward to your next clarification.


Clarification of Answer by bobbie7-ga on 22 Nov 2005 04:20 PST
Hi Ryan!

Any news about the second link I provided?

Regards, Bobbie7
ryanshyper-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Extremely thorough and responsive - Thank you!

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