Public Information

Bulk Data

Public information in bulk is available from the Medical Board of California regarding physicians and surgeons as well as outpatient surgery settings. The Board has developed a free public database in Microsoft Access 2007+ format, which is available to interested parties.

The data is in a relational table format allowing you to build your own queries. The physician and surgeon database is refreshed every Tuesday morning while the outpatient surgery setting database is refreshed the first day of each month. To view an example of the public information available for each group, see the below. Please Note: The licensee’s email address and telephone number are deemed confidential and are not publicly disclosed by the Board.

A user account and password issued by the Board is required to access and download each database through File Transfer Protocol (FTP) software (FileZilla Client recommended). A compression software to open the .zip file is also required.

To request a user account to either database, provide the following information via email to webmaster@mbc.ca.gov:

  • Complete name
  • Organization/business name requesting access
  • Email address
  • Indicate Physician and Surgeon or Outpatient Surgery Settings Database Access is being requested

Public License Data Application Programmer Interface (API):

Public information is also available through an API which is coordinated by the Board with the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA). The API provides the same public license information available through the DCA Search system in real-time. It lets users query the data in a license by license record process, thus, it works best when using a “known list” of license numbers to retrieve data about. Currently, the documentation is minimal on how to use the API, thus, a demonstration of how it works is required. After the API account is created by DCA, a one-hour demonstration of the database with Board staff and the requestor will be scheduled as soon as possible. To request access to the API, provide the following information via email to webmaster@mbc.ca.gov:

  • Complete name
  • Organization/business name requesting access
  • Email address
  • Indicate API Access is being requested