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February 27, 2012

There are 24,517 active physicians in New Jersey, according to, a website sponsored by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

Of that total, only 47 percent (11,531) are primary care physicians, while 53 percent (12,986) are specialists of some kind. That is close, but a bit less, than the national average. And despite the fact that New Jersey's health officials continually cite a primary physician shortage, according to the federal government and U.S. Census, only 0.3 percent of the state's population lives in an area underserved by physicians, while 11.2 percent of the national population has this problem.

In New Jersey, 26 percent of the doctors are female. And when looking at a breakdown of primary care physicians, the database indicates about 49 percent practice internal medicine; 18 percent have family or general practices; 12 percent practice obstetrics/gynecology; and 12 percent are pediatricians.

The largest number of specialists in New Jersey seems to be anesthesiologists (11.2 percent), psychiatrists (10.9 percent), surgeons (9.3 percent), cardiologists (8 percent), emergency medicine (7.6 percent), oncologists (3.1 percent), and endocrinologists (1.7 percent). All other specialists add up to 48.3 percent of doctors.

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