Is your Surgeon Certified?


Search below to verify if your surgeon is certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). Please note that certification is a voluntary credential. By choosing a plastic surgeon certified by the ABPS, you can be assured that the surgeon has completed the appropriate training and passed comprehensive written and oral examinations covering all plastic surgery procedures.

For questions contact the Board Office: or 215-587-9322.

Continuous Certification

Certification includes continuous self-assessment and Practice Improvement throughout the certification period(s). Certificates issued since 1995 are valid for 10 years and all requirements must be met in order to continue certification for an additional 10 year period.

Certification in specialties other than Plastic Surgery

Physicians may also be certified by a board other than ABPS. Visit (The American Board of Medical Specialties- ABMS) for an online directory. ABMS represents 24 recognized medical specialty boards and assists the individual boards in the development and use of standards in ongoing evaluation and certification of physicians. ABMS member board certification, such as ABPS certification in plastic surgery, is recognized as the “gold standard” in physician certification.

Licensure and Complaints

For State Medical License information, including “active, unrestricted” license status verification and the process for formal patient complaints, visit the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) for an online directory and contact your individual state medical board:

If the ABPS is notified of a state medical board action in the primary state where the diplomate practices, an alert to “See FSMB” will appear in the certification status column. Additional information may be obtained from the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) by following the link provided. Certification may be suspended or revoked based on a suspended or revoked medical license. An active, unrestricted license is a requirement for certification.

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The online verification function contains data from the ABPS database maintained by the ABPS staff at its offices in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The American Board of Plastic Surgery is not the primary source of verification for American Board of Surgery and American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery for Hand Surgery certification, but this information is listed as a courtesy for our diplomates and the consumer.