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Detailed Doctor Database Soon To Be Available Online

Detailed information regarding doctors, including malpractice judgments and settlements, will soon be available online as part of the Patient Right to Know Act, which was signed into law by Governor Pat Quinn in August 2011.  The law reinstates a popular internet tool that had been in available in Illinois for two years before Illinois was forced to remove the website following a Supreme Court decision in 2010 that declared a medical malpractice reform law unconstitutional.  The online database is expected to go live in mid-October, following a 60-day period in which doctors, are allowed to review the information to be available their profiles.

With the passage of the law, the online database found at will allow users to find information on more than 46,000 licensed, practicing doctors.   Each doctor’s profile will include the following information:

  • Doctor’s name

  • A description of any criminal convictions for felonies and Class A misdemeanors within the past five years

  • A description of any disciplinary actions in the previous five years

  • A description of revocation or involuntary restriction of hospital privileges for reasons related to competence or character

  • All medical malpractice judgments, arbitration awards or settlements within the previous five years (If a doctor is appealing a court judgment, his or her profile will indicate so.)

  • Information on medical school attended

  • Any specialty board certification

  • Number of years in practice

  • Names of hospitals where doctor has privileges

  • Information on medical school faculty appointments, peer-reviewed publications, and professional/community service awards

  • Indication of whether doctor participates in the Medicaid program and whether the doctor’s  practice offers translation services

Brent Adams, head of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations, the agency that administers the database, said the tool had been "extremely popular," drawing more than 150,000 hits each week.  Other states, including California, Florida, Idaho, Massachusetts, Oregon, Rhode Island and Washington, have similar website databases.

The Chicago medical malpractice attorneys at Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish are dedicated to protecting victims of personal injury, medical malpractice and product liability claims.  If you would like more information on the doctor database or medical malpractice, contact one of our skilled Illinois personal injury attorneys at (800) 784-0150.

Steinberg Goodman & Kalish  ( is dedicated to protecting victims and their families.  We handle medical malpractice, product liability, personal injury, wrongful death, auto accidents, professional negligence, birth trauma, and railroad law matters. Contact us at (800) 784-0150 or (312) 782-1386.

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