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News Release: ABMS Announces New Dual Primary Certificate in Interventional Radiology and Diagnostic Radiology

ABMS Media Contact:
Lori Boukas
(312) 436-2626

See complete list of specialty and subspecialty certificates

ABMS Announces New Dual Primary Certificate in
Interventional Radiology and Diagnostic Radiology

CHICAGO - December 5, 2012 - The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) announces the creation of a new dual primary certificate in Interventional Radiology and Diagnostic Radiology (IR/DR). At its September 11, 2012 meeting, the ABMS Board of Directors and the ABMS Reserved Powers Board approved the certificate, which will be offered by the American Board of Radiology (ABR).

“The range of diseases to which interventional methods are applied, the responsibility of the practitioner to provide peri-procedural care in both inpatient and outpatient settings, the technical complexity of the interventions and the range of imaging methods used for procedures have all grown significantly in the past two decades,” noted Gary J. Becker, MD, ABR Executive Director. “The dual primary training and certification in IR/DR represents the culmination of this shift,” he added.

Physicians who become Board Certified in IR/DR will have:

  • Competency in diagnostic imaging to ensure the appropriate, safe and efficacious guidance of current interventional procedures for a wide variety of patients
  • Competency in the technical aspects of interventional procedures
  • The clinical judgment and skills to participate as team members in the peri-procedural care of patients undergoing interventional radiological procedures

The addition of the IR/DR certification brings the number of specialty and subspecialty certificates to 160 offered through the ABMS’ 24 Member Boards. The 24 ABMS Member Boards oversee the certification of physician specialists in the United States. Nearly 800,000 physicians are Board Certified by an ABMS Member Board(s).


About ABMS
For more than 75 years, the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) has been the medical organization overseeing physician certification in the United States. It assists its 24 Member Boards in their efforts to develop and implement educational and professional standards for the evaluation and certification of physician specialists. ABMS Member Boards provide physician certification information to ABMS for its certification verification service programs. ABMS is recognized by the key health care credentialing accreditation entities as a primary equivalent source of Board Certification data for medical specialists. Patients can visit or call toll-free (866) ASK-ABMS to see if their physician is Board Certified by an ABMS Member Board. For more information about ABMS, visit or call (312) 436-2600.

The 24 Member Boards that comprise the ABMS Board Enterprise and certify nearly 800,000 physicians include the: American Board of Allergy and Immunology, American Board of Anesthesiology, American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery, American Board of Dermatology, American Board of Emergency Medicine, American Board of Family Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine, American Board of Medical Genetics, American Board of Neurological Surgery, American Board of Nuclear Medicine, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, American Board of Ophthalmology, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, American Board of Otolaryngology, American Board of Pathology, American Board of Pediatrics, American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, American Board of Plastic Surgery, American Board of Preventive Medicine, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, American Board of Radiology, American Board of Surgery, American Board of Thoracic Surgery and American Board of Urology.