Sample Letter: Physician Discontinuing Practice

Sample Letter for Physician Discontinuing Practice


Dear Patients:

It is with mixed emotions that I announce my retirement from active practice, effective (date). It has been a great pleasure providing for your health care needs over the years, and it is not easy for me to give it up.

As of (date), Dr. Robert Smith will take over my practice. I am pleased that you have the opportunity to have him as your physician. Dr. Smith is a well-trained graduate of State University Medical School. He served his internship at Capital Memorial Hospital in Capital City and completed his residency at Jefferson University. I am glad to leave my patients in his capable hands.

Of course, you may seek medical care from another doctor if you like. If you choose to do so, I recommend looking for a new physician as soon as possible. Ms. Carla Johnson at the Capital County Medical Society can help you begin your search by providing the names of doctors in the area who are accepting new patients.

Your medical records are confidential, and a copy can be transferred to another doctor or released to you or to another person you designate only with your permission. If you plan to continue with this office, you can sign an authorization to release your files to Dr. Smith on your next visit. If you choose to see a different physician, please sign the enclosed authorization and return it to my office as quickly as possible so we may transfer your records to your new doctor. Your records will continue to be on file at my former office.

I have valued our relationship greatly. Thank you for your loyalty and friendship over the years.

Best wishes for your future health.


Jane X. Doe, MD


This sample has been taken from TMA's Closing or Selling Your Medical Practice: Legal and Financial Considerations. This publication offers guidance from TMA's Office of General Counsel on the host of areas a physician must consider when making a practice change. It is available to TMA Members for free. Order Closing or Selling Your Medical Practice.


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Last Updated On

September 24, 2021

Originally Published On

March 23, 2010

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