american board of surgery

Promoting Surgical
Excellence since 1937

The American Board of Surgery serves patients, society, and the specialty of surgery by providing leadership in surgical education and practice.

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Verify a surgeon's certification status

This website serves as primary source verification of a surgeon’s certification status with The American Board of Surgery. Surgeons may also be certified by other boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). Please check the ABMS Certification Matters website for additional certification statuses. Note that the ABS website is updated in real time, and there may be a delay in certification status updates to the ABMS.

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Not all surgeons are board certified

Board certification by the ABS is a voluntary process that demonstrates a surgeon’s commitment to professionalism, lifelong learning, and quality patient care.

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Our Mission

The American Board of Surgery (ABS) serves patients, society, and the specialty of surgery by providing leadership in surgical education and practice. The ABS ensures excellence through:

News & Dates
Important announcements and upcoming examination deadlines
News
06/18/2024

ABS and ABOHNS Share Exam Blueprint for Adult Complex Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery

The first Adult Complex Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery FPD Examination will be held in spring 2025. The blueprint for this exam is now available for review.
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05/14/2024

Revised Statement on the Importance of Workplace Support for Pregnancy, Parental Leave, and Lactation for Surgical Trainees

The ABS supports the recent statement by the ACS on the importance of pregnancy-related workplace support for surgical trainees.
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05/14/2024

Revised Statement on the Importance of Workplace Support for Pregnancy, Parental Leave, and Lactation for Practicing Surgeons

The ABS supports the recent statement by the ACS on the importance of pregnancy-related workplace support for practicing surgeons.
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05/08/2024

ABS Welcomes Three New Directors

The ABS is pleased to welcome three new directors to the ABS Board of Directors, with three-year terms beginning on July 1, 2024.
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Exam Dates
3/15 - 5/31
2024
General Surgery QE/CE Readmissibility
Location: Pearson VUE testing centers
Fee: TBD
Application Deadline: 2/1/2024
Fee: $450
5/13 - 5/15
2024
Vascular Surgery Certifying Examination
Location: Virtual
Fee: $1,700

Registration available following the release of 2023 VSQE results.

7/18
2024
General Surgery Qualifying Examination
Location: Pearson VUE testing centers
Fee: $1,525
Application Deadline: 5/13/2024
Fee: $550