The Doctor's (and other health care practitioners) Names List
(subheadings: peculiar, weird, strange, PG-13 and funny)

Many thanks to MEDLIB-L, our contributors and
especially our artist, Jeff Middleton

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Research into nominative determinism:

Balestra DJ. Dr Doctor calls back. [letter; comment]. JAMA. 269(13):1637, 1993 Apr 7.
Bennett HJ. A piece of my mind. Calling Dr Doctor. [see comments]. JAMA. 268(21):3060, 1992 Dec 2.
Casler L. Put the Blame on Name. PSYCHOL REP 36 (2): 467-472 1975
Christenfeld N, Phillips DP, Glynn LM. What's in a name: Mortality and the power of symbols. J PSYCHOSOM RES 47 (3): 241-254 SEP 1999
Cole C. Is work calling your name? George Street Journal vol 25, Feb. 9, 2001. e-journal.
Hug Hr. Dr Doctor calls back. JAMA. 269(13):1637, 1993 Apr 7.
Joubert CE. Factors Related To Individuals Attitudes Toward Their Names. Psychological Reports 57 (3): 983-986 1985
Jung C. Synchronicity; An Acausal Connecting Principle. Cited in Science Frontiers
Luscri G, Mohr PB. Surname effects in judgments of mock jurors PSYCHOL REP 82 (3): 1023-1026 Part 1 JUN 1998
Murphy, WF. A Note on the Significance of Names. The Psychoanalytic Quarterly 1957; 26:91-106.
New Scientist - Letters from 1994 (search for Hunt) -- present (search for "nominative determinism" OR aptonym* OR aptronym* ). This page
Nuessel F. The Study of Names, Greenwood Press, 1994.
Slovenko R. The Destiny Of A Name. J Psychiat Law 11 (2): 227-270 1983
Slovenko R.On naming. Am J Psychother. 1980 Apr;34(2):208-19.
Strumpfer DJW. Relationship Between Attitudes Toward Ones Names And Self-Esteem. Psychological Reports 43 (3): 699-702 1978

JCAHO surveyor Humble; Administration
Dr Aikenhead Allergy
Dr Mistry; Dr Brick Wall.; Dr Ether.; Dr Tranquilli (veterinary), Dr Comfort Anesthesiology
Dr Truluck, Dr Love; Dr Fix; Dr Hart, Dr Valentine, Dr Everhart, Dr Safety R. First Cardiologists
Dr Gentle, Dr Popwell; Dr Wack; Dr Handler; The Drs. Mash, Dr Bonebrake, Dr Butcher, Dr Bones, Dr Bender Chiropractors
B. Odor Colon Hydrotherpist
Jeff Middleton, c2000
Dr Pain at Work
Dr Pullen; Dr Fillmore, Dr Mangle, Dr Ken Hurt, Dr B. Sick, Dr Watamaniuk (what a maniac), Dr Lipp; Dr Carey, Dr Nervo, Dr Pulley.; Dr Hurt, Dr Brilliant; Dr Ohno, Dr Sweet, Dr Crownover, Dr Yankum, Dr Mantooth, Dr Les Plack, Dr J.A.W.; Dr Swallow, Dr Fang, the 3 Drs. Dent (Trident).; Dr De Kay, Dr Holler, Dr Au, Dr Chew, Dr Hurtt, Drs. Toothman, Dr Borer; Dr Lips, Dr Cudd, Dr Pick, Dr Pullman, Dr Filler, Dr Fear, Dr Rensch (pronounced wrench), Dr Pick, Dr Tusk, Dr Drewel (pronounced "drool"), Dr Tucek (2thChk), Dr Chu, Dr Shugar, Dr Pic, Dr Pang, Dr Butcher, Dr Harm, Dr Hurter, Dr Toothaker, Dr Lynch, Dr Root, Dr Nasti, Dr Paine/Payne/Pain (15 entries but notably Dr Daryl B Payne = "There Will Be Pain"), Dr Smiley (2), Dr Schotz, Dr Hale (pronounced "hell" in southern), Dr Bliss, Dr Lancit, Dr Gager, Dr Eke Dentists, Endodontists and Orthodontists
Dr Spot; Dr Rash, Dr Cheek; Dr Frye (burn specialist), Dr Tanner, Dr Pitts, Dr Skinner, Dr Whitehead Dermatologists
Dr Klotz (Clots); Dr Wax Ear, Nose and Throat
Dr Pulse, Dr Borer; Dr Cure, Dr Gore Emergency Medicine
Dr Samkoff (pronounced "cough"), Dr Nurse Epidemiologist/Infections
Dr Kwak; Dr Killer, Dr Yau ("yeow"); Dr Blood, Dr Coffin, Dr Patient, Dr Payne, Dr Slaughter, Dr Superdock (2), Dr Organist, Dr B. Sick, Dr V. Boddy (pronounced body, "bawdy"), Dr Stasick (pronouced stay sick); Dr A. Sickman, Dr Grossman, Dr Deadman, Dr Will Griever, Dr Pulse; Dr.Ill (ill), Dr Uhren, Dr Doctor, Dr Kilgore, Dr Pepper, Dr Howard Hertz (pronounced HOW-it HERtZ), Dr Gutman Family Practice, Internists
Dr Trepman Foot and Ankle Specialist
Dr Ram, Dr Grunt; Dr Heine, Dr Puppala (pronounced Poop-a-la), Dr Butt, Dr Brown Gastroenterologists
Dr Hand; Dr Palmer, Dr Nalebuff, Dr Watchmaker Hand Surgeons
Rita Book Medical librarian
Dr Johnathan Treat Paine; Dr Foley; Dr Megahead; Dr Brain, Dr Head Neurologist
Nurse Good; Nurse Hacker, Nurse Splean; Nurse Payne, Nurse Nurse Nurses
More nursing humor
Dr Wiwi; Dr Blessing (FP with OB sideline), Dr Ono; Dr Risk, Dr Fear, Dr Yell, Dr Lecher, Dr Dibble, Dr Fillerup (as in fill-her-up), Dr Hyman, Dr C. Surgeon, Dr Risk, Dr Beavers, Dr Polke, Dr Jamm, Dr Boddy (pronounced body, "bawdy"); Dr Dildy; Dr Cherry, Dr Love (many Loves, especially the partnership Drs. Love and Nerness), Dr B. Savage, Dr Dickman, Dr Pillow, Dr Fear; Dr Fingerhut.; Dr Popp, Dr Spoon, Dr Hyman, Dr Bush, Dr Kuntz, Dr Pap, Dr Storck, Dr Kum, Dr Semen, Dr In Hur, Dr Hatch.; Dr Heinie.; Dr Bunn, Dr Wiwi, Dr Dick, Dr Grab, Dr Catching, Dr Gass, Dr Handwerker, Dr Born, Dr Angel, Dr Sunshine, Dr Fagnant, Dr Hatcher, Dr Hooker, Dr Finger, Dr Cocks, Dr Nippel, Dr Lipps, Dr Payne, Dr Beaver (3), Dr Biggerstaff OB/Gyn
Jeff Middleton, c2000
Dr Bones takes a look
Dr Lukes (Leukemia specialist); Dr Groth, Dr Needles Oncologist
Dr Finger, Dr T. C. Moore.; Dr Peek; Dr Glass, Dr See, Dr Seymour Landa Optometrist
Dr Plaster, Dr Crick, Dr Strain; Dr Joyner, Dr Bone (2), Dr Hand, Dr Lachinet (pronounced Lock- knee), Dr Doctor Orthopedics
Dr Neupane, Dr Pain, Dr Ow Pain Management
Dr Donald Duckles, Dr B. Softness; Dr Luke Whitesell (Pediatric hematology/oncology).; Dr Childs, Dr Jelley; Dr Small, Dr Jolly; Dr Smart, Dr Blatter, Dr Bunny, Dr Tickles, Dr Elfman, Dr Sno White, Dr Toy, Dr Kidd (4 so far) Pediatricians
Dr Shouey, Dr Hopper; Dr Shu, Dr Splettstoesser (pronounced Splits-toesser), Dr Korn; Dr Foote, Dr Cornfield, Dr Shoemaker, Dr Smellsey, Dr Tozzi (toe-sie), Dr Toback (Toe-back), Dr Footer Podiatrists
Dr Polymeropoulos Polymorphism
Dr Alter, Dr Reckless, Dr Bjerk; Dr Brain, Dr Strange, Dr Savage, Dr Wisdom; Dr Dippy, Dr Moodie, Dr Nutter, Dr Nutt; Dr Bummer, Dr Looney, Dr Crabb, Dr Dement, Dr Weiner Jeff Middleton, c2000
Dr Strange enjoys his work
Psychiatrists/Psychologists/Mental health
Dr Kaufman; Dr Bonebrake Pulmonary Medicine
Dr Myracle; Dr Albright, Dr Call, Dr Hunter.; Dr Vu Radiologist
Dr Pipe, Dr Breidin Respiratory and Smoking Medicine
Dr Hackman, Dr Blades, Dr Klutts; Dr Gore, Dr Gutman; Dr Bour, Dr Truluck, Dr Stopp (specialist in vasectomy), Dr Posthuma, Dr Seo (pronounced, "sew"), Dr Creasman (plastic surgeon), Dr Hacker; Dr Tackett, Dr Knott, Dr Payne, Dr Killam, Dr Organ, Dr Graves, Dr Cutts, Dr Slaughter (3), Dr Kutteroff, Dr Doctor, Dr Butcher, Dr.Hurt, Dr Mes, Dr Rush Surgeons
Dr Weiner, Dr P.P. Porch, Mr. Waterfall (British urological surgeon); Dr Stoneburner, Dr Cockett, Dr Blank (specialist in infertility), Dr Peter Poor, Dr Manzone; Dr Swallow, Dr Streem, Dr Waterhouse, Dr Newman, Dr Insoft; Dr Alter (plastic surgeon and urolgist) Dr Slocum, Dr Peter Fischer; Dr Rainwater, Dr Headstream, Dr Cockburn, Dr Peters, Dr Dick (2), Dr Spear, Dr Liquornik, Dr Butts, Dr Dick Chopp, Dr Dick Tapper, Dr Dick Finder, Dr Waters, Dr Hurt, Dr Gehrkin, Dr P. Philip (P.P.), Dr Splatt, Dr.Wong, Dr Whang, Dr Stone Urologists / Proctologists
Dr Fish, Dr Pett; Dr Doolittle, Dr Shepard; Dr Cooney (veterinarian with MS in raccoon parasitology), Dr Butcher, Dr Render, Dr Basset, Dr Katz (2), Dr Hogg, Dr Fox, Dr Parrott, Dr Barksdale; Dr Bowser (submitted 8 times!), Dr Howell, Dr Woof, Dr Leash, Dr Barker, Dr Wagy (waggy), Dr Nay, Dr Wolff, Dr Lyons Veterinarians


Here are examples of nominative determinism (also onomastic determinism), aptonyms, aptronyms (from Franklin P. Adams), Perfect Fit Last Names (PFLNs), Jobonymns (copyright C. M. Laird), psychonymics, comiconnomenclaturists and classically nomen omen or onoma ornis.

Collected from the Medical Libraries Discussion List, February-April 1998,
with additions from the public:
May-September 1998, October 1998-March 1999, April 1999-August 1999, August 1999-January 2000, February-April 2000, May-August 2000; September 2000-April 2001.

HTML coding and maintenance by Mari Stoddard - Educational Services
Arizona Health Sciences Library, University of Arizona, Tucson

Original list from MEDLIB-L Compiled by Kathy Tacke - Library Manager/Telecommunications Coordinator
Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County, Rock Springs, Wyoming

For more on medical names, see Alycia L Bencloski-Brashear's "Doctors With Funny Names"

For more humor, see the Med-Psych Network

Canadian Aptonyms