Representatives of the American Board of Surgery are elected for a single six-year term through a competency-based open nomination process. Most directors, all council members, and all specialty board directors are surgeons in active practice, currently certified by the ABS, and participating in the ABS Continuous Certification Program. They receive no remuneration for their service.
The ABS Board of Directors oversees the fiduciary responsibility and authority of the organization. This groups determines and advances the ABS mission, strategy, and policies, and ensures the value of ABS certification.
The Council of the ABS, through the Council Committees, establishes and pursues the continuous improvement of ABS program standards, policies and procedures overseeing surgical training, assessment, certification, and research priorities. The Council is where issues that affect physicians across the ABS specialty areas are decided upon so that the Specialty Boards can constructively approach them in a discipline-specific way.
Committees of the Council are subcommittees of the ABS that address a specific phase of the certification process. These committees make recommendations to the full Council and, when appropriate, to the Board of Directors, regarding their area of concern.
The Specialty Boards of the ABS provide additional expertise in specific specialty areas. They consist of directors nominated by colleagues, organizations representative of the specialty, or self-nomination, as well as ABS Council members previously elected from within the specialty.
The specialty boards define and oversee all certification and examination processes in their respective specialties.
The ABS leadership team supports the work of the ABS Board of Directors, Council, specialty boards and the ABS mission.