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 value my ABPS certification very highly because it is one-of-a-kind certification in Urgent Care Medicine under the auspices of a larger, reputable organization. I really enjoy the professional and personal relationships I have formed with other individuals in the development of this new board and appreciate the great lengths that ABPS goes to ensure and enhance the recognition of it's component boards.
Joseph D. Toscano, MD
Urgent Care Medicine
ABPS provides a guarantee of a high level of competency. Not only has this been good for my professional development but it has assured my patients that the clinicians they see are trained to the highest degree.

Mimi Guarneri, MD, FACC
Integrative Medicine
ABPS gives its members unique opportunities to learn and develop professionally. I have been practicing Emergency Medicine for over 27 years and have been privileged to be a member of this fabulous organization. Through ABPS I have developed tremendously in my professional career becoming a consummate practitioner of my trade, a physician leader locally at my hospital, in my region , at the state level, and a published clinical researcher.
Leslie Mukau, MD, FAAEP, FACEP
Emergency Medicine