Patients Can Check and Confirm Physician Board Certification of American Board of Physician Specialties® Diplomates

Every patient would like to assume that their physicians are experts in their field who are more than capable of providing safe and effective medical treatment. But assumptions often don’t lead to the best health decisions. One of the most important decisions we can make as patients is choosing which specialist will treat us. But how can a patient gauge a doctor’s expertise? For many years, board certification has been the most trusted indicator of a physician’s skills. With its notably stringent eligibility requirements and tough exams, the certification process ensures that only the most highly qualified physicians are able to earn the distinction of being board certified.

The American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS) is one of three nationally recognized organizations that oversees physician board certification and recertification in the United States. Patients can rest assured that any ABPS-certified physician is eminently qualified to provide world-class medical care. That’s because every one of our Diplomates has completed an accredited residency and earned a medical license in the state in which that individual practices. Our Diplomates have also completed medical ethics training as we are the only physician certification body that requires ethics training for certification.

The ABPS is pleased to offer a complimentary online verification system that allows patients to obtain confirmation of ABPS board certification in a matter of minutes. To use the system, click here. Under Public Inquiries, click the “Look up a Provider” link. Enter the physician’s last and first names into the appropriate fields. If the first name is not available, or if you’re unsure of the spelling, typing in a partial name will provide you with a list of matching physicians. Clicking on a physician’s name will reveal that physician’s current ABPS board certifications.

Please note that this confirmation database contains only physicians with unexpired, active ABPS board certifications.

Representatives of healthcare organizations and agencies who seek written verification of board certification credentials can click here for the ABPS Online Verification Database and register as a new CVO user, then login using the new account to access a full certification profile for the provider.



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Medical organizations throughout North America understand that our rigorous certification standards prove that ABPS Diplomates are capable of delivering the best patient care possible.

I feel truly blessed and grateful to be an internal medicine board-certified diplomate with the American Board of Physician Specialties. Their ongoing, steadfast commitment to physician board(s) enhancement, forward focused vision, and tenacity is second to none. ABPS has become a recognized choice in Physician Board Certification.

Adam Rench, MD
Internal Medicine
To be the best, you must measure yourself against the best. Achieving Board Certification in Emergency Medicine by the ABPS gave me the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of the art of EM in an objective way. The high bar that ABPS sets for candidates to be allowed to take both the written and oral exam is a testament to ABPS's rigorous vetting of one's ability to practice Emergency Medicine at a high level. By maintaining these credentials, I've been able to instill confidence in my abilities at the department/employer level and ultimately with the patients that choose to seek emergency care at the facilities at which I practice.

Royce Mathew Joseph, MD
Emergency Medicine
The American Board of Physician Specialties has supported the entire field of Integrative Medicine in sponsoring our board. It has been so validating of the importance of prevention-oriented and holistic approaches to care while emphasizing the scientific basis of this specialty to have it recognized by ABPS. I am proud to have been one of the first groups to be board certified by ABPS in Integrative Medicine, leading the way for others committed to training in this specialty.

Myles Spar, MD
Integrative Medicine