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The approved Member Boards of ABMS certify specialists in more than 145 specialties and subspecialties. The primary function of each of these boards is to evaluate candidates in its primary specialty and subspecialty areas who voluntarily appear for review and to certify those qualified as “diplomates” or “subspecialists” of that board. This is accomplished through a comprehensive process involving educational requirements, professional peer evaluation and examination.

The Member Boards also work in collaboration with other professional organizations and agencies to elevate the standards of graduate medical school education. Accreditation review for the approval of residency training programs in each specialty however, is conducted by a Residency Review Committee (RRC) through the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

The governing body of each individual specialty board comprises specialists qualified in the particular field represented by that board. Members of the governing bodies include representatives from among the national specialty organizations in related fields.

Since 1933, specialty boards have been approved jointly by action of ABMS and the American Medical Association Council on Medical Education (AMA/CME). This determination begins with a review by the Liaison Committee for Specialty Boards (LCSB), an organization sponsored by ABMS and AMA/CME. The function of LCSB is to receive and evaluate applications for approval of new specialty boards according to standards and procedures agreed upon by both ABMS and AMA.

The 24 Member Boards of ABMS, including current contact information and Web site addresses, are:

The American Board of
Allergy and Immunology
111 S. Independence Mall East, Suite 701
Philadelphia, PA 19106
phone: (215) 592-9466
toll-free: (866) 264-5568
fax: (215) 592-9411
online: www.abai.org
The American Board of
Anesthesiology
4208 Six Forks Road, Suite 1500
Raleigh, NC 27609-5735
phone: (919) 745-2200
fax: (919) 745-2201
online: www.theaba.org

 
The American Board of
Colon and Rectal Surgery
20600 Eureka Road, Suite 600
Taylor, MI 48180
phone: (734) 282-9400
fax: (734) 282-9402
online: www.abcrs.org
The American Board of
Dermatology
Henry Ford Health System
1 Ford Place
Detroit, MI 48202
phone: (313) 874-1088
fax: (313) 872-3221
online: www.abderm.org
 
The American Board of
Emergency Medicine
3000 Coolidge Road
East Lansing, MI 48823
phone: (517) 332-4800
fax: (517) 332-2234
online: www.abem.org
The American Board of
Family Medicine
1648 McGrathiana Parkway, Suite 550
Lexington, KY 40511
phone: (859) 269-5626
toll-free: (888) 995-5700
fax: (859) 335-7501
online: www.theabfm.org
 
The American Board of
Internal Medicine
510 Walnut Street, Suite 1700
Philadelphia, PA 19106
phone: (215) 446-3500 or
toll-free: (800) 441-2246
fax: (215) 446-3473 or (215) 446-3590
online: www.abim.org
The American Board of
Medical Genetics
9650 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20814
phone: (301) 634-7315
fax: (301) 634-7320
online: www.abmg.org
 
The American Board of
Neurological Surgery
245 Amity Road, Suite 208
Woodbridge, CT 06525
phone: (203) 397-2267
fax: (203) 392-0400
online: www.abns.org
The American Board of
Nuclear Medicine
4555 Forest Park Boulevard, Suite 119
St. Louis, MO 63108
phone: (314) 367-2225
fax: (314) 362-2806
online: www.abnm.org
 
The American Board of
Obstetrics and Gynecology
2915 Vine Street
Dallas, TX 75204
phone: (214) 871-1619
fax: (214) 871-1943
online: www.abog.org
The American Board of
Ophthalmology
111 Presidential Blvd., Ste. 241
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
phone: (610) 664-1175
fax: (610) 664-6503
online: www.abop.org
 
The American Board of
Orthopaedic Surgery
400 Silver Cedar Court
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
phone: (919) 929-7103
fax: (919) 942-8988
online: www.abos.org
The American Board of
Otolaryngology
5615 Kirby Drive, Suite 600
Houston, TX 77005
phone: (713) 850-0399
fax: (713) 850-1104
online: www.aboto.org
 
The American Board of
Pathology
4830 Kennedy Blvd., Suite 690
Tampa, FL 33609
or
P.O. Box 25915
Tampa, FL 33622
phone: (813) 286-2444
fax: (813) 289-5279
online: www.abpath.org
The American Board of
Pediatrics
111 Silver Cedar Court
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
phone: (919) 929-0461
fax: (919) 929-9255
online: www.abp.org
 
The American Board of
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
3015 Allegro Park Lane SW
Rochester, MN 55902
phone: (507) 282-1776
fax: (507) 282-9242
online: www.abpmr.org
The American Board of
Plastic Surgery
Seven Penn Center, Suite 400
1635 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
phone: (215) 587-9322
fax: (215) 587-9622
online: www.abplsurg.org
 
The American Board of
Preventive Medicine
111 West Jackson, Suite 1110
Chicago, Illinois 60604
phone: (312) 939-2276
fax: (312) 939-2218
www.theabpm.org

The American Board of
Psychiatry and Neurology
2150 E. Lake Cook Road, Suite 900
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
phone: (847) 229-6500
fax: (847)229-6600
online: www.abpn.com

 
The American Board of
Radiology
5441 East Williams Blvd., Ste. 200
Tucson, AZ 85711
phone: (520) 790-2900
fax: (520) 790-3200
online: www.theabr.org
The American Board of
Surgery
1617 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, Suite 860
Philadelphia, PA 19103
phone: (215) 568-4000
fax: (215) 563-5718
online: www.absurgery.org
 
The American Board of
Thoracic Surgery
633 N. St. Clair Street, Suite 2320
Chicago, IL 60611
phone: (312) 202-5900
fax: (312) 202-5960
online: www.abts.org
The American Board of
Urology
600 Peter Jefferson Parkway, Suite 150
Charlottesville, VA 22911
phone: (434) 979-0059
fax: (434) 979-0266
online: www.abu.org