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 on this website.  The ABPS online verification system 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 by clicking on the “Is your physician certified?” button on the homepage (click here), and then click on the “Look up a Provider” link under Public Inquiries. Then, the patient should input the physician’s last and first names into the appropriate fields. If the first name is not available, or they’re unsure of the exact spelling, a partial name 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 list of all current ABPS board certifications.

The ABPS public confirmation database contains only physicians with unexpired, active ABPS board certifications. 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 been recently updated (you may see a message to contact ABPS for more information).
  • The physician is not an active Diplomate of the ABPS.

Representatives of healthcare organizations and agencies who seek written verification of board certification credentials will need to 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.

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
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