Getting to know your Georgia Composite Medical Board
The Georgia Composite Medical Board was established by Title 43, Chapter 34, Article 1 of the Georgia Code to protect the health of Georgians through the proper licensing of physicians and certain members of the healing arts and through the objective enforcement of the Medical Practice Act.
Fast Facts about the GA Medical Board
- The GCMB issues licenses to physicians, physician assistants, respiratory care professionals, perfusionists, acupuncturists, orthotists, prosthetists, auricular (ear) detoxification specialists, residency training permits, cosmetic laser practitioners, pain management clinics, and medical geneticists.
- The GCMB promulgates rules and regulations governing the practice of medicine in Georgia and also investigates complaints and is responsible for disciplining medical professionals who violate the Medical Practice Act or other professional rules and regulations.
- The Board currently licenses more than 53,000 health care professionals.
- The Board consists of 15 members appointed by the Governor, including thirteen physician members (11 MDs and 2 Dos), two members representing the general public and one physician assistant.
- The Medical Board is a public agency that serves the people of Georgia. The Board’s entire operating budget comes from the general assembly.
- The full Board meets every month, usually the first Thursday of the month. Disciplinary hearings are held during the meetings, as needed.
- Board meetings and disciplinary hearings are open to the public, though certain committee meetings and other types of proceedings are conducted in closed session.
- Consumers may look up physicians, physician assistants and other medical professionals at https://medicalboard.georgia.gov/ The “Look Up a Licensee” tool allows patients to find information about education, training, licensure history and disciplinary record, if any.
- Consumers who have had problems with a licensee may file a complaint with the Board. The Board reviews complaints about individual practitioners, not about hospitals, clinics or other health care institutions.
- Information about the Board and its work, and other consumer resources can be found on the Board’s website. Simply visit https://medicalboard.georgia.gov/
Georgia Composite Medical Board
2 Peachtree Street NW, 6th Floor, Atlanta, GA, 30303-3465