How can I find a medical specialist?

For special health problems, such as heart disease, your family doctor may send you to a specialist. You need a referral from your family doctor to see a specialist.

Usually your family doctor can make the appointment for you.

Some examples of medical specialists are:

  • Oncologist – Treats cancer patients
  • Gynecologist – Treats women’s health problems
  • Obstetrician – Treats pregnant women and delivers babies
  • Cardiologist – Treats heart diseases
  • Hematologist – Treats diseases of the blood
  • Gastroenterologist – Treats diseases of the gastrointestinal tract

If you have children, you should have a pediatrician. Pediatricians specialize in the health of babies, children and youth. You can find a pediatrician in the same ways you can find a family doctor.

For More Information

  • Doctor Search - An online database that allows you to search for a doctor in your area who speaks your language or who specializes in an area of medicine. It is run by the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Ontario.
  • Health Care Connect - This program refers you to a local family health care provider that is accepting new patients. You need to have OHIP to use this service. It is run by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
Last updated: November 4, 2015 4001222