Tuesday, June 25, 2019


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The physicians of the San Diego County Medical Society are dedicated to the health and wellbeing of our patients and of the communities where we live and work. If you would like to suggest a further patient resource to add to our website, please email us at SDCMS@SDCMS.org.

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What Is SDCMS?

The San Diego County Medical Society (SDCMS) is a professional association of San Diego County physicians and medical students.

  • SDCMS Is Not a Part of the Government
  • SDCMS Is Not County Medical Services
  • SDCMS Is Not a Medical Clinic
  • There Are No Physicians at SDCMS
  • There Are No Employees at SDCMS With Any Medical Training
  • SDCMS Is Not a Health Plan
  • SDCMS Does Not Provide Health Insurance or Any Healthcare Services


Who Should I Call With a Question?

  • To reach the SDCMS Foundation or its Project Access San Diego, please call (858) 300-2777.
  • To find a physician, please use the Find a Doctor tool on our homepage.
  • To file a complaint against a physician, please click here.


Lodge an Official Complaint About Your Health Plan


Community Resources


Helpful Websites


Dispute Resolution Process

SDCMS's Professional Conduct Committee is a peer review committee of physicians of various specialties that meet on an as-needed basis to review complaints against SDCMS member physicians licensed and practicing within San Diego County. While this particular committee assists complainants (including both patients and physicians) in mediating disputes, SDCMS has no authority to require a physician to follow its recommendations or to take action against a physician’s license.

The Medical Board of California is the only authority in the state that may take disciplinary action against the license of the physician(s) to whom your complaint relates. The toll-free number of the Medical Board is 1 (800) 633-2322, and the Medical Board is located at 1426 Howe Avenue, Suite 54, Sacramento, CA 95825-3236.

Before SDCMS accepts an official complaint, a consent and authorization form must be completed and signed by the complainant and/or the patient, by a parent if the patient is a minor, by the conservator or power of attorney of the patient if applicable, and by the executor/trix if the patient is deceased. As a complainant, you are responsible to provide any and all bills, letters, documents, etc. that pertain to your complaint.

Most disputes are the result of poor communication between individuals. Have you tried to discuss the problem with the physician? If not, we urge you to do so before filing a formal complaint. If you have and find there is still a problem, please complete a complaint form and send it with a written account detailing the specific nature of your complaint to the San Diego County Medical Society, Professional Conduct Committee, 5575 Ruffin Road, Suite 250, San Diego, CA 92123.

As quickly as a complaint is received and logged, the member physician is asked to provide a written response to the Professional Conduct Committee. When all information concerning the problem is received from both parties, the complaint goes before the next meeting of the committee for review. When the committee has concluded its deliberations, both parties are notified of the decision in writing. 

SDCMS employees are not medically trained and are not qualified to discuss aspects of any medical problem.  SDCMS staff is assigned to process the paperwork on your complaint as quickly as possible and in a confidential manner. The process of evaluating your case may take from 90 to 180 days to complete.


Champions for Health

Champions for Health (formerly, the SDCMS Foundation) was formed in 2005 as a separate 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization by the San Diego County Medical Society (SDCMS), with the mission of addressing unmet San Diego healthcare needs of all patients and physicians through innovation, education, and service. Champions for Health's programs and services are focused on increasing access to healthcare services, improving health outcomes, and building the future healthcare system. Click here to visit the Champions for Health website.



Project Access San Diego

Champions for Health's Project Access San Diego helps low-income, uninsured individuals receive the specialty and surgical care they need but cannot afford by leveraging community-based medical volunteerism. Project Access is dedicated to restoring patients’ ability to work, support loved ones, and enjoy healthy lives while preventing the development of more serious medical conditions. The donated consultations, surgeries, and procedures provided through the SDCMS Foundation and Project Access also help reduce the strain on emergency rooms, where most Project Access patients would otherwise turn for care. Click Here for More Information


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