American Board of
Surgery (ABS)



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The American Board of Surgery (ABS) is an independent, nonprofit organization founded in 1937 to certify individuals who have met a defined standard of education, training and knowledge in the field of surgery.  The ABS also seeks to improve and broaden the opportunities for the graduate education and training of surgeons. Surgeons certified by the ABS have completed at least five years of training following medical school, met all ABS training requirements, and successfully completed the ABS examination process.

The American Board of Surgery serves the public and the specialty of surgery by providing leadership in surgical education and practice, by promoting excellence through rigorous evaluation and examination, and by promoting the highest standards for professionalism, lifelong learning, and the continuous certification of surgeons in practice.

The ABS offers board certification in general surgery, vascular surgery, pediatric surgery, surgical critical care, surgery of the hand, hospice and palliative medicine, and complex general surgical oncology.  Currently, there are approximately 30,000 surgeons practicing in the U.S. and internationally who are certified by the ABS.

The American Board of Surgery holds the opinion that the most pressing unmet surgical need is access to safe surgical care.  In addressing this need the role of education and both terminal and ongoing assessment is crucial.  These issues lie squarely in the ABS wheelhouse.