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How Patients Can Confirm a Physician has Achieved ABPS Board Certification

Internal MedicineIf you are a physician who has received a request from a patient to confirm board certification in a particular specialty, or if you are a patient who would like to do so independently, the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) is pleased to provide complimentary online verification for patients. At a separate location on this website, the ABPS also provides the opportunity to request written verification of a physician’s board certification for medical professionals, managed care organizations, hospitals, and health care agencies.

In order for a patient to confirm a physician’s board certification credentials using our online system, a patient must access the form (click here to access form). Then, the patient must input the physician’s first and last name into the appropriate fields. If the first name is not available, or if a name is misspelled, partial names will return a matching list of physicians, from which the patient may choose the correct result. Clicking on a physician’s name will reveal that physician’s education background and a list of all current ABPS board certifications.

The ABPS public confirmation database contains only physicians with unexpired, active ABPS board certifications. The information is updated monthly.

If you are unable to confirm board certification for your physician, or if the name you seek is not on the list, the reason could be:

  • The physician’s board certification was achieved through another multi-specialty certifying body.
  • The physician’s ABPS certification has expired, and the physician has not sought recertification.
  • The physician’s status has changed within the past 30 days.
  • The physician is not an active Diplomate of the ABPS.

Patients who wish to confirm ABPS board certification for a physician can enter the online confirmation database here. Representatives of healthcare organizations and agencies who seek written verification of board certification credentials can click here for the ABPS Online Verification Database.