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.

The American Board of Physician Specialties has provided me with the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of internal medicine through board certification. As a hospitalist, board certification is an expected credential, and hospitals recognize the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) as one of the three standard credentialling bodies for Internal Medicine. Additionally, the ABPS has helped me develop leadership skills as a Board member and Committee Chairperson. ABPS has also helped me sharpen critical thinking skills as a test question developer and reviewer. The Allopathic (MD) and Osteopathic (DO) physicians in the ABPS are lifelong learners and frequently pursue multiple board certifications. I enjoy the camaraderie of my peers in ABPS.

Loren Jay Chassels, DO
Internal Medicine
When I think historically, advancement in medicine and patient safety and care has been driven by the diversity of people and scientific thought. That’s what I found at the ABPS and more. For over 60 years that is just who we are. I found a physician certifying body that provides a choice and voice to all physicians ensuring that patients are always placed first.

Jerry Allison, MD
Emergency Medicine
When I decided to pursue a full time role as a physician executive it was important to me to obtain additional professional training, education and work experience. Board certification through the ABPS in Administrative Medicine is validation of my efforts and a demonstration of dedication to professional development. We need more physicians to become full time health care executives, knowing there is a board certification option in Administrative Medicine encourages physicians to take the leap from full time clinical practice to healthcare organizational leadership.

Richard Paula, MD
Administrative Medicine