American Board of Medical Specialties


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. 


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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.


For 80 years, the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) has been the leading organization overseeing physician certification in the United States. Currently, more than 800,000 physicians are certified in one or more of 150 specialties and subspecialties. ABMS serves the public and medical profession by improving the quality of health care through setting professional standards for lifelong certification in partnership with its 24 Member Boards.

ABMS is recognized by the key health care credentialing accreditation entities as a primary equivalent source of certification data for medical specialists.

Patients can visit or call toll-free (866) ASK-ABMS to find out if their physician is certified by an ABMS Member Board. For more information about ABMS, visit or call (312) 436-2600.

The 24 Member Boards that comprise the ABMS Board community include the American Board of Allergy and Immunology, American Board of Anesthesiology, American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery, American Board of Dermatology, American Board of Emergency Medicine, American Board of Family Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine, American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics, American Board of Neurological Surgery, American Board of Nuclear Medicine, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, American Board of Ophthalmology, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, American Board of Otolaryngology, American Board of Pathology, American Board of Pediatrics, American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, American Board of Plastic Surgery, American Board of Preventive Medicine, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, American Board of Radiology, American Board of Surgery, American Board of Thoracic Surgery and American Board of Urology.