Find a Doctor
To locate a physician in your area, contact your nearest chapter of the Lupus Foundation of America. They can provide a list of physicians in their service area who diagnose and treat lupus.
- Review our list of LFA Chapters to locate the one nearest you
- Contact your local County Medical Society (listed in your phone book) and ask for a list of physicians in your area.
Who is the specialist for lupus?
Although lupus can be diagnosed and treated by family practitioners, internists and general practitioners, people often ask, "Who is the specialist for lupus?"
The dermatologist is recognized as the specialist in diagnosing and treating cutaneous (skin) lupus.
The rheumatologist is recognized as the specialist in diagnosing and treating systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).
Online Physician Directories
Electronic directories for rheumatologists and dermatologists are available at the following Web sites.
The National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health offer an extensive online directory including links to professional organizations where you can search for general doctors, specialists, dentists and hospitals in your area.
MEDLINEplus - Health Information - Scroll down and click on "Directories"
Choosing a Doctor
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, (AHCPR) provides helpful information on choosing a doctor in their publication: Your Guide to Choosing Quality Health Care: Choosing a Doctor.
How Specialized is Your Physician?
Knowing the specialty area of the doctor managing your care, as well as the training and credentials they have, can help you assess the depth of experience they can offer.
How To Prepare For A Doctor's Appointment
If your expectation is that all you have to do is show up for an appointment and the doctor will do the rest, your visit is likely to be a frustrating one, and you may put yourself at risk for misdiagnosis.