Distribution of physicians in the U.S. by specialty and gender 2017

The statistic displays the distribution of active physicians in the United States in 2017, based on specialty and gender. About 81.6 percent of physicians specializing in pain medicine and pain management are male and 18.4 percent are female. The largest number of active physicians are among primary care specialties such as internal medicine and general practice.

Distribution of active physicians in the U.S. in 2017, by specialty and gender

MaleFemale
All specialties64.8%35.2%
Allergy & immunology61.6%38.4%
Anatomic/clinical pathology62.2%37.8%
Anesthesiology74.5%25.5%
Cardiovascular disease85.9%14.1%
Child & adolescent psychiatry47.3%52.7%
Critical care medicine73.9%26.1%
Dermatology51.1%48.9%
Emergency medicine72.4%27.6%
Endocrinology, diabetes & metabolism51%49%
Family medicine/general practice60%40%
Gastroenterology82.4%17.6%
General surgery79.4%20.6%
Geriatric medicine47.4%52.6%
Hematology & oncology66.7%33.3%
Infectious disease58.9%41.1%
Internal medicine62.1%37.9%
Internal medicine/pediatrics47.2%52.8%
Interventional cardiology92.3%7.7%
Neonatal-perinatal medicine48.9%51.1%
Nephrology71.7%28.3%
Neurological surgery91.6%8.4%
Neurology70.6%29.4%
Neuroradiology80.5%19.5%
Obstetrics & gynecology43%57%
Ophthalmology74.7%25.3%
Orthopedic surgery94.7%5.3%
Otolaryngology82.9%17.1%
Pain medicine & pain management81.6%18.4%
Pediatric cardiology64.1%35.9%
Pediatric hematology/oncology46.6%53.4%
Pediatrics36.7%63.3%
Physical medicine & rehabilitation64.7%35.3%
Plastic surgery84%16%
Preventive medicine66.2%33.8%
Psychiatry60.9%39.1%
Pulmonary disease88.2%11.8%
Radiation oncology72.8%27.2%
Radiology & diagnostic radiology74.4%25.6%
Rheumatology55.3%44.7%
Sports medicine (orthopedic surgery)93.4%6.6%
Thoracic surgery93%7%
Urology91.3%8.7%
Vascular & interventional radiology90.5%9.5%
Vascular surgery86.9%13.1%
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Sources

Release date

April 2018

Region

United States

Survey time period

2017

Supplementary notes

* Date released represents the date figures were accessed.
Excludes 1,086 active physicians whose sex is unknown.

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