The American Board of Plastic Surgery, Inc. was organized in June 1937 by
representatives of various groups interested in this type of surgery and
received recognition as a subsidiary of the American Board of Surgery in May
1938. The American Board of Plastic Surgery, Inc. was given the status of a
major specialty board in May 1941 by action of the Advisory Board for Medical
Specialties as approved by the Council on Medical Education of the American
Medical Association, which has designated certain specialty fields as being
suitable to be represented by specialty boards.
The Board is organized under the laws of the state of Illinois for
charitable, scientific, and educational purposes. No part of its net earnings
shall inure to the benefit of any private member, director, officer, or other
individual, nor shall the Board ever declare or make to any such persons any
dividend or other distribution. Nothing herein, however, shall prevent the
payment of reasonable compensation for services rendered or the reimbursement
of reasonable expenses incurred in connection with the Board's affairs.
Plastic surgeons certified by the Board are listed in the Official ABMS
Directory of Board Certified Medical Specialists published by Elsevier in
cooperation with the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS).
The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) is one of 24 medical specialty
boards that make up the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). Through
ABMS, the boards work together to establish common standards for physicians to
achieve and maintain board certification. The boards were founded by their
respective specialties to protect the public by assessing and certifying
doctors who meet specific educational, training and professional requirements.
The ABPS is an independent, non-profit organization. For more information about
ABMS, visit www.abms.org.
ABMS and the specialty boards are accountable both to the public and the
medical profession through:
Helping Patients by providing information about the board certification process
and identifying which doctors are board certified.
Supporting Physicians by creating programs that assist doctors to stay current
in their field and improve their practice.
Collaborating with Healthcare Leaders to foster initiatives for the promotion
and monitoring of healthcare quality.
Transforming Healthcare by increasing awareness of the importance of board
certification and lifelong learning in assuring quality care.
ABPS Mission Statement
The mission of The American Board of Plastic Surgery, Inc. is to promote
safe, ethical, efficacious plastic surgery to the public by maintaining high
standards for the education, examination, certification, and maintenance of
certification of plastic surgeons as specialists and subspecialists.