Specialty care in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C.

What is specialty care?

Specialty care is care from doctors with extensive training in specific areas of medicine. It includes treatment of injuries and ongoing conditions of all types. Examples include:

  • Dermatology
  • Allergy
  • Oncology
  • Cardiology
  • Obstetrics-gynecology
  • Orthopedics
  • Gastroenterology

And at many locations, you can see your primary care doctors, consult with your specialist, get lab services, and visit the pharmacy all under one roof.

Choose how to get specialty care

Here’s a look at the appointment types available for specialty care:

How to schedule appointments

Many types of specialty care don’t require a referral, including:

  • Adult primary care
  • Pediatrics
  • Obstetrics-gynecology
  • Optometry
  • Mental health
  • Substance abuse

To make an appointment with your doctor, or a specialty care appointment that doesn’t require a referral:

To find a doctor or location near you, use our doctor and facility finder.

Your doctor

You can rest assured that you’re getting the quality care you deserve. Kaiser Permanente physicians1 are board certifiedand rigorously screened to make sure they’re all:

  • Up to date on all licenses and certifications
  • Well-trained in communication and bedside manner
  • Re-credentialed every 2 to 3 years, according to specialty requirements

We recruit highly rated physicians from top medical schools and private practices across the nation.

Kaiser Permanente offers doctors a better way to practice medicine through our integrated care system. Because our care model reduces administrative hassles, insurance claim forms, and other paperwork for Kaiser Permanente doctors, they’re free to focus on what they do best — delivering great care that’s right for you.

Easy access to coordinated care

When you seek care at a Kaiser Permanente facility, your health record is readily available for your medical team’s review.3 This saves you the stress of transferring your records from one doctor to another, and helps protect you from having to repeat tests and procedures unnecessarily.

Since our primary care doctors are electronically connected to other departments, they can often schedule your specialist consultation while you wait.  You can usually see a specialist within a week, but you may be able to schedule a visit as soon as the next day.

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