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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