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 continuous certification of plastic surgeons as specialists and subspecialists.


The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(6) organization.  

Directors of the Board are volunteers who serve without remuneration. Directors must be actively engaged in the practice of plastic surgery.


The American Board of Plastic Surgery's (Board) mission is to advance and represent diversity and inclusion at all levels within the organization regardless of race, culture, ethnicity, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, mental or physical impairments, economic status, membership status, employment type, immigration status and other diverse backgrounds. The Board shall consider diversity in its decision-making, including the make-up of committees, advisory councils, examiners, and representatives to other organizations. The Board shall encourage diversity among medical students, residents, faculty in academic programs and associates in plastic surgery. The Board will promote equity in all aspects of our services. The Board will foster a culture of inclusion as a core component of professionalism which leads to the diversity of high-quality plastic surgical care.


The 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. 

ABMS Board Certification Report Highlights

For more information about ABMS, visit www.abms.org and www.certificationmatters.org.

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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.