Get treatment from an expert

Special health circumstances call for a special kind of doctor.


A specialist is a doctor who focuses on one area of medicine. They can help you get specialized care when medical issues go beyond the scope of your primary care physician (PCP). Except for OBGYN services for women, seeing a specialist will usually require a referral from your PCP. Please work with your PCP to obtain any needed referrals, and to find the best fit for your specialty needs.


Types of specialty care

We’re proud of all of our specialty areas. Below are just a few highlights.

  • Addiction
  • Cardiovascular surgery
  • Dermatology
  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Oncology/hematology

Do I need a referral?

In most cases, your PCP will refer you to a specialist when needed. Be sure to let your doctor know if you have particular needs or preferences.

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Log in to your account to see plan coverage details

Coverage varies depending on your benefit plan. Log in to your Sharp Health Plan online account for specific details on your plan, including copayments and specialist visits.

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Find a specialist who’s right for you.

Once you have a referral, you can pick a specialist. If you’re seeing a specialist and for some reason aren’t satisfied with your care, you can pick a new one.


Scheduling an appointment

With a referral, you can contact the specialist’s office directly to schedule an appointment. Check with your specialist — some may offer video and phone visits.


Additional resources

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What to expect at your first oncology visit

Dr. Marilyn Norton, an oncologist at Sharp Chula Vista’s Barnhart Cancer Center, shares her advice for making the most of a first oncology appointment.

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