Seen pulling into the hospital parking lot this morning, a cardiologist with a vanity license plate on his car. The vanity plate read:


(For nonphysicians who may not be aware of the significance of the above, “lub-dub” is the way the two parts of the heart sound with each beat are usually represented in medical texts, as in lub-dub, lub-dub, lub-dub, lub-dub.”)

That’s got to be about the best physician vanity plate I’ve ever seen.


  1. #1 Stuart Coleman
    November 1, 2006

    The best physicist vanity plate I’ve ever seen was “QVANTUM”. It was on a BMW Z4 too. I guess there’s good money in quantum mechanics.

  2. #2 Harald Hanche-Olsen
    November 1, 2006

    A mathematics professor I know used to drive a car with a plate reading “MATRIX”. Of course, that was before the movie. I don’t know if he still uses it.

  3. #3 Mustafa Mond, FCD
    November 1, 2006

    In a place I formerly worked, there was a PV-NRT. I don’t know if the equal sign was not available, or if the plate owner was a real zero.

  4. #4 Troublesome Frog
    November 1, 2006

    Personally, I liked the Audi with the license plate “OLOGIST.” You’ll never guess what the owner’s specialty was.

  5. #5 HCN
    November 1, 2006

    In the hospital’s parking garage I used to see a little sporty convertable with a plate that said “LUV2CUT”.

  6. #6 Adam Vandenberg
    November 1, 2006
    “NC #1 MD”, and modest about it.

  7. #7 jess
    November 1, 2006

    A car in the lot nearest the bio and chem buildings at school had the plate “NFIXER.” It belonged to the plant phys prof, who specializes in–guess?–nitrogen fixation.

  8. #8 Joel Bass
    November 1, 2006

    I bet some people are gonna think the doc loves Dubya.

  9. #9 Qalmlea
    November 1, 2006

    There’s a “MS EMF” that I presume belongs to a physicist ’round here.

  10. #10 William the Coroner
    November 1, 2006

    I wish I had the Ohio plate that reads 4n6doc.

  11. #11 bad Jim
    November 1, 2006

    I used to see a plate that read “ONE2DNC”. I thought it belonged to a gynecologist until I got close enough to read the frame: “It takes two to tango”.

  12. #12 Charles
    November 1, 2006

    Best license plate I ever saw was YXBALAM. Mayan Yax Balam means Black Jaguar, which of course it was. I almost sat on the car waiting for the owner to congratulate them on their plates.

  13. #13 knobody
    November 1, 2006

    and not quite as geeky is my husband’s former coworker whose plate simply said “RISING”. the car was a geo storm. color: red.

  14. #14 Peter Barber
    November 1, 2006

    ONE2DNC? That’s a very brave thing to have on your numberplate in the United States.

    Over in UK, on an infectious diseases doctor’s car: SFL1S. The plate was bought for her by her father!

    @ knobody: Grooaan! 😀

  15. #15 Robster
    November 2, 2006

    A local HS biology teacher’s husband bought her a vanity plate in honor of her profession. I do not joke.


    I have no idea how it made it past the censors.

    The students loved it. She was stuck with it for some time.

  16. #16 coturnix
    November 2, 2006

    Well, I know a prof whose plate reads ‘PHEROMON’ and another whose is simply ‘RNA’.

  17. #17 Graculus
    November 2, 2006

    Best license plate I ever saw was YXBALAM. Mayan Yax Balam means Black Jaguar, which of course it was. I almost sat on the car waiting for the owner to congratulate them on their plates.

    I saw this one many years ago: HIHOAG.

    Yep, light grey ‘stang.

  18. #18 msprint
    November 2, 2006

    A doctor I know recently bought a new Fiat. His plate: FIASCO (possibly unwise in this climate of litigation). Anyway, he says the choice was obvious – loves Fiats but holds no illusions about them.

  19. #19 Jim Anderson
    November 2, 2006

    Okay, so it’s slightly off topic, but this customized Ford Escort is perhaps the worst in existence.

  20. #20 TheProbe
    November 3, 2006

    Two plates:

    HEADFXR – a psychiatrist

    C THRU – a radiologist

    However, in the era before vanity plates, my favorite all time name/profession:

    Address : ORANGEBURG NY
    Profession : MEDICINE
    License No: 030597
    Date of Licensure : 06/27/35
    Additional Qualification :
    Registered through last day of :
    Medical School: Not on file Degree Date : Not on file

    Dr. Pleasure was chief of a state psychiatric hospital that specialized in…..

    sexual predators, etc.

  21. #21 dznts
    November 3, 2006

    i always liked the one on a gastroenterologists car:

    1BM QD

  22. #22 Jeff Johnson
    November 3, 2006

    My urologist neighbor in NM – CME2P

  23. #23 Jen.
    November 3, 2006

    B HCG on a Green BMW in Chicago, seen on the Kennedy in the late 1990’s.

    Also seen on Lake Shore Drive in the late 1990’s in Chi-town was a red Mitsubishi 3000T with “artery” and its companion blue Mitsubishi 3000T reading “vein” just behind. I kid you not. Best laugh I had for awhile.

  24. #24 Damn Yankee
    November 4, 2006

    There was a gynecologist where I live who had “2OT DOC” on his plates.

  25. #25 Claire
    November 4, 2006

    Similar to the one Jeff posted, I saw a urologist’s porsche with the plate NOPCME (No pee, see me). Loved it!

  26. #26 Julia
    November 26, 2006

    My uncle John had vanity plates reading GOITER. 🙂

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