North Carolina
Health Professions Data System




About the HPDS

The North Carolina Health Professions Data System (HPDS) collects and disseminates descriptive data on selected licensed health professionals in North Carolina. With annual files dating back to 1979, the HPDS is the oldest continuous state health workforce data system in the country.

The HPDS is maintained by the Program on Health Workforce Research and Policy at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, in collaboration with the North Carolina Area Health Education Centers Program (AHEC), and the state’s independent health professional licensing boards. Ongoing financial support is provided by the NC AHEC Program Office and the Office of the Provost at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Although the NC HPDS maintains the data system, the data remain the property of their respective licensing board.

Data include active, licensed health professionals practicing in North Carolina as of October 31 of each data year. County counts are based on primary practice location. Some providers may practice in additional locations not shown in primary practice location counts.

Note on Underrepresented Minorities

Underrepresented minorities include health professionals that self-identify as African-American/Black, American Indian or Alaskan Native, and/or Hispanic. Health professionals that self-identify as Asian are not included in this category. Both state1 and national2 data have shown that compared to the general population, Asians tend to be more represented in many (although not all) health professions, particularly those requiring a doctoral degree.

  1. Spero JC. Does North Carolina’s health care workforce reflect the diversity of the state’s population? NC Med J. 2016; 77(2):141-145.
  2. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, National Center for Health Workforce Analysis. Sex, Race, and Ethnic Diversity of U.S. Health Occupations (2010-2012), Rockville, Maryland; 2015.
HPDS Physician and Physician Assistant Primary Area of Practice Information
What is a Primary Area of Practice?

The NCMB annual licensure/reregistration forms request self-selected primary area of practice, defined as “What you primarily do as a physician.” The forms note that “Primary area of practice may correspond to an ABMS/AOA certification or a generally recognized area of work, such as ‘hospitalist’ or ‘administrative medicine.’”

Why doesn’t the data visualization tool have Primary Area of Practice data prior to 2011?

The NCMB began to collect data on physician and PA primary area of practice in 2011. Data on primary area of practice are not available prior to 2011.

How are Primary Areas of Practice grouped in the data visualization tool?

The HPDS area of practice categories used in the data visualization tool group physicians and PAs by what they primarily do, not by how they trained. For example, adolescent medicine is categorized as general pediatrics, no matter whether the branch specialty was pediatrics, family medicine, or internal medicine.

The “Primary Care Physician” and “Generalist Physician” groups include counts of physicians from multiple areas of practice are not exclusive groups. For example, a physician who selects a primary area of practice of “pediatrics” is included in the Primary Care Physician, Generalist Physician, and General Pediatrics groups. General Pediatrics is an exclusive group, meaning that the physician is excluded from all other area of practice groups.

HPDS Primary Area of Practice Categories
HPDS Physician Group Primary Areas of Practice Included
Primary Care Physician
(not exclusive category)Adolescent Medicine (FM)
Adolescent Medicine (IM)
Adolescent Medicine (Peds)
Family Medicine
General Practice
Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine-Pediatrics
Obstetrics/Gynecology
Pediatrics
Generalist Physician
(not exclusive category)Family Medicine
Adolescent Medicine (FM)
Adolescent Medicine (IM)
Adolescent Medicine (Peds)
General Practice
Hospitalist
Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine-Pediatrics
Obstetrics/Gynecology
Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
Pediatrics
Urgent Care Medicine
Geriatric Medicine (FM)
Critical Care Medicine (Internal Medicine)
Internal Medicine – Family Medicine
Internal Medicine – Geriatrics
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
Medicine-OBGYN
Integrative Medicine
Student Health
Family Medicine
Family Medicine, Family Practice
General Practice
Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
General Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine – Family Medicine
General Pediatrics
Pediatrics
Adolescent Medicine (FM)
Adolescent Medicine (IM)
Adolescent Medicine (Peds)
IM-Peds
Internal Medicine-Pediatrics
General Obstetrics & Gynecology
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Gynecology
Obstetrics
Medicine-OBGYN
General Psychiatry
Psychiatry
Forensic Psychiatry
Geriatric Psychiatry
Internal Medicine - Psychiatry
Psychiatry - Family Practice
Psychoanalysis
Psychosomatic Medicine
Hypnosis
General Surgery
General Surgery
Abdominal Surgery
Geriatrics
Geriatric Medicine (FM)
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
Administrative Medicine
Legal Medicine
Medical Management
Allergy & Immunology
Allergy
Allergy and Immunology
Immunology
Clinical and Laboratory Immunology (Allergy & Immunology)
Clinical and Laboratory Immunology (Internal Medicine)
Clinical and Laboratory Immunology (Pediatrics)
Clinical and Laboratory Dermatological Immunology
Anesthesiology
Anesthesiology
Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology (Anesthesiology)
Critical Care Medicine - Anesthesiology
Obstetric Anesthesiology (Anesthesiology)
Pediatric Anesthesiology (Anesthesiology)
Cardiology
Cardiovascular Disease
Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology
Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology
Interventional Cardiology
Vascular Medicine
General Critical Care Medicine
Critical Care Medicine (Internal Medicine)
Dermatology
Dermatology
Dermatologic Surgery
MOHS Micrographic Surgery
Micrographic Surgery
Internal Medicine - Dermatology
Procedural Dermatology
Emergency Medicine
Emergency Medicine
Critical Care Medicine (Emergency Medicine)
Emergency Medical Services
Emergency Medicine/Family Medicine
Internal Med/Emergency Med/Critical Care Med
Internal Medicine - Emergency Medicine
Medical Toxicology (Emergency Medicine)
Sports Medicine (Emergency Medicine)
Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine (Emergency Medicine)
Endocrinology
Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism
Diabetes
Gastroenterology
Gastroenterology
Hepatology
Transplant Hepatology (Internal Medicine)
Specialty General Surgery
Colon and Rectal Surgery
Proctology
Surgical Critical Care (Surgery)
Transplant Surgery
Trauma Surgery
Infectious Disease
Infectious Disease
Hematology/Oncology
Hematology/Oncology
Hematology
Hematology (Internal Medicine)
Hematology (Pathology)
Oncology
Medical Oncology
Neoplastic Disease
Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Hospice & Palliative Care (OBGYN)
Hospice & Palliative Medicine (Anesthesiology)
Hospice & Palliative Medicine (Emergency Medicine)
Hospice & Palliative Medicine (Family Medicine)
Hospice & Palliative Medicine (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation)
Hospice & Palliative Medicine (Psychiatry & Neurology)
Hospice & Palliative Medicine (Radiology)
Hospice & Palliative Medicine (Surgery)
Hospice and Palliative Medicine (Internal Medicine)
Palliative Medicine
Hospitalist
Hospitalist
Nephrology
Nephrology
Neurology
Neurology
Brain Injury Medicine (Neurology)
Brain Injury Medicine (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation)
Clinical Neurophysiology
Epilepsy
Internal Medicine - Neurology
Movement Disorders
Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (Psychiatry & Neurology)
Neurology (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation)
Neurology/Nuclear Medicine
Neurology/Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Neuromuscular Medicine (Neurology)
Neuromuscular Medicine (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation)
Spinal Cord Injury/ Physical Medicine and Rehab
Electrodiagnostics
Neuropathology
Neuropsychiatry
Psychiatry - Neurology
Vascular Neurology
Neurological Surgery
Neurological Surgery
Endovascular Surgical Neuroradiology (Neurological Surgery)
Endovascular Surgical Neuroradiology (Neurology)
Endovascular Surgical Neuroradiology (Radiology)
Spinal Cord Injury Medicine
Neurological Critical Care
OBGYN Subspecialty
Critical Care Medicine (OBGYN)
Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery (OBGYN)*
Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery (Urology)*
Gynecological Oncology
Maternal and Fetal Medicine
Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
Ophthalmology
Ophthalmology
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Orthopedic Surgery
Orthopedic Surgery
Adult Reconstructive Orthopedics
Foot and Ankle Orthopedics
Musculoskeletal Oncology
Orthopedic Trauma
Orthopedic Surgery Of The Spine
Sports Medicine (Orthopedic Surgery)
Otolaryngology
Otolaryngology
Head and Neck Surgery
Neurotology (Otolaryngology)
Otoneurotology
Otology
Otorhinolaryngology
Rhinology
Laryngology
Bronchoesophagology
Plastic Surgery Within The Head & Neck (Otolaryngology)
Pain Medicine
Pain Medicine
Pain Management
Pain Medicine (Anesthesiology)
Pain Medicine (Neurology)
Pain Medicine (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation)
Pain Medicine (Psychiatry)
Pathology
Anatomic/Clinical Pathology
Anatomic Pathology
Laboratory Medicine
Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine
Chemical Pathology
Clinical Biochemical Genetics
Clinical Cytogenetics
Clinical Genetics
Clinical Informatics (Pathology)
Clinical Molecular Genetics
Clinical Pathology
Cytopathology
Dermatopathology (Pathology)
Forensic Pathology
Internal Medicine-Medical Genetics
Medical Biochemical Genetics
Medical Genetics
Medical Microbiology
Molecular Genetic Pathology (Medical Genetics)
Molecular Genetic Pathology (Pathology)
Pediatric Pathology
Phlebology
Radioisotopic Pathology
Selective Pathology
Pediatric Non-Surgical Specialties
Child Abuse Pediatrics
Child Neurology
Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
Hospice & Palliative Medicine (Pediatrics)
Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (Pediatrics)
Pediatric Allergy
Pediatric Cardiology
Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Pediatric Dermatology
Pediatric Emergency Medicine (Emergency Medicine)
Pediatric Emergency Medicine (Pediatrics)
Pediatric Endocrinology
Pediatric Gastroenterology
Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Pediatric Medical Toxicology
Pediatric Nephrology
Pediatric Pulmonology
Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine
Pediatric Rheumatology
Pediatrics – Sports Medicine
Pediatric Transplant Hepatology
Pediatrics - Medical Genetics
Pediatrics/ Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Pediatrics/Dermatology
Pediatrics/Emergency Medicine
Sleep Medicine (Pediatrics)
Pediatric Psychiatry
Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
Pediatric Surgical Specialties
Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery
Pediatric Neurological Surgery
Pediatric Ophthalmology
Pediatric Orthopedics
Pediatric Otolaryngology
Pediatric Surgery
Pediatric Urology
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Physiatry
Internal Medicine - Physical Medicine And Rehabilitation
Sports Medicine (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation)
Plastic Surgery
Plastic Surgery
Cosmetic Surgery
Craniofacial Surgery
Facial Plastic Surgery
Hand Surgery
Hand Surgery (Orthopedics)
Hand Surgery (Surgery)
Hand Surgery (Plastic Surgery)
Ophthalmic Plastic And Reconstructive Surgery
Plastic Surgery - Integrated
Plastic Surgery Within The Head & Neck
Plastic Surgery Within The Head & Neck (Otolaryngology)
Plastic Surgery Within The Head & Neck (Plastic Surgery)
Preventive Medicine
General Preventive Medicine
Aerospace Medicine
Clinical Informatics (Preventive Medicine)
Epidemiology
Family Medicine/Preventive Medicine
Internal Medicine/Preventive Medicine
Medical Toxicology (Preventive Medicine)
Nutrition
Occupational Medicine
Industrial Medicine
Public Health and General Preventive Medicine
Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine (Preventive Medicine)
Psychiatry Addiction Specialty
Addiction Medicine
Addiction Psychiatry
Radiology
Radiology
Abdominal Radiology
Cardiothoracic Radiology
Diagnostic Radiology
Body Imaging
Diagnostic Ultrasound
Diagnostic Roentgenology
Internal Medicine/Nuclear Medicine
Musculoskeletal Radiology
Neuroradiology
Neurology/Diagnostic Radiology/Neuroradiology
Nuclear Cardiology
Nuclear Medicine
Nuclear Radiology
Pediatric Radiology
Radiation Oncology
Radiological Physics
Therapeutic Radiology
Vascular & Interventional Radiology
Sleep Medicine
Sleep Medicine
Sleep Medicine (Anesthesiology)
Sleep Medicine (Internal Medicine)
Sleep Medicine (Otolaryngology)
Sleep Medicine (Psychiatry & Neurology)
Sports Medicine
Sports Medicine (FM)
Internal Medicine – Sports Medicine
Surgical Oncology
Surgical Oncology
Advanced Surgical Oncology
Pulmonology
Pulmonary Disease
Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine
Rheumatology
Rheumatology
Rheumatology
Thoracic Surgery
Thoracic Surgery
Congenital Cardiac Surgery (Thoracic Surgery)
Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
Cardiovascular Surgery
Thoracic Surgery - Integrated
Urgent Care Medicine
Urgent Care Medicine
Urology
Urology
Urological Surgery
Endourology
Vascular Surgery
Vascular Surgery
Vascular Surgery - Integrated
Other Specialty
Other Specialty
Bariatric Medicine
Clinical Pharmacology
Global Health
Integrative Medicine
Pharmaceutical Medicine
Student Health
Unspecified
Unspecified
Biomedical
Clinical Research
Transitional Year
Fellowship