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Diplomate Totals

Current Totals

A total of approximately 33,500 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: 31,507
  • Vascular Surgery: 3,668
  • Pediatric Surgery: 1,117
  • Surgical Critical Care: 4,090
  • Complex General Surgical Oncology: 352
  • Hand Surgery: 193

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: 69,093 through December 2021
  • Year certification began: 1937
Vascular Surgery
  • Surgeons certified: 4,573 through December 2021
  • Year certification began: 1982; became a primary specialty 2006
Pediatric Surgery
  • Surgeons certified: 1,601 through December 2021
  • Year certification began: 1974
Surgical Critical Care
  • Surgeons certified: 5,200 through December 2021
  • Year certification began: 1986
Complex General Surgical Oncology
  • Surgeons certified: 352 through December 2021
  • Year certification began: 2015
Hand Surgery
  • Surgeons certified: 346 through December 2021
  • Year certification began: 1989

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