Diplomate Totals

Current Totals

A total of approximately 31,000 surgeons (known as diplomates) are currently board certified by the ABS. See below for the current totals by specialty. Note that some surgeons are certified in more than one specialty.

  • General Surgery: 29,453
  • Vascular Surgery: 3,301
  • Pediatric Surgery: 1,057
  • Surgical Critical Care: 3,221
  • Complex General Surgical Oncology: 202
  • Hand Surgery: 210
  • Hospice and Palliative Medicine: 72

Cumulative Totals

The following totals reflect the number of surgeons who have been certified or recertified in the specialty since the certificate was instituted.

General Surgery
  • Surgeons certified: 65,053 through June 2018
  • Surgeons recertified: 25,042 through January 2018
  • Year certification began: 1937
Vascular Surgery
  • Surgeons certified: 4,067 through June 2018
  • Surgeons recertified: 2,463 through January 2018
  • Year certification began: 1982; became a primary specialty 2006
Pediatric Surgery
  • Surgeons certified: 1,471 through June 2018
  • Surgeons recertified: 916 through January 2018
  • Year certification began: 1974
Surgical Critical Care
  • Surgeons certified: 4,195 through June 2018
  • Surgeons recertified: 1,823 through January 2018
  • Year certification began: 1986
Complex General Surgical Oncology
  • Surgeons certified: 202 through June 2018
  • Year certification began: 2015
Hand Surgery
  • Surgeons certified: 330 through June 2018
  • Surgeons recertified: 166 through January 2018
  • Year certification began: 1989
Hospice and Palliative Medicine
  • Surgeons certified: 72 through December 2016
  • Surgeons recertified: 1 through December 2016
  • Year certification began: 2008
 

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