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ABMS welcomes your inquiry and makes every attempt to answer all inquiries in a timely manner. If you have a specific question, please call us or use our convenient online form below.

American Board of Medical Specialties
353 North Clark Street
Suite 1400
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 436-2600

Inquiries for Certification Verification Information 

If you represent a professional organization and need verification information or have questions regarding products or services for ABMS certification verification products, contact ABMS Solutions.

In addition to the more comprehensive online products and services through ABMS Solutions, there are several ways for individuals to verify personal physician board certification through the American Board of Medical Specialties:

  • Check online with Certification Matters: As part of its public service mission, access to the ABMS Medical Specialists Online certification verification service is available to the public free of charge for individual physician verification. This self-serve resource allows a search by physician name, specialty, or location.
  • Call the toll-free ABMS Certification Verification Service at 1-866-ASK-ABMS (275-2267). Please note: Agents can only provide certification verification. They cannot provide detailed biographical or residency training information, help you locate a physician or register complaints against a physician.

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Each ABMS Member Board has different requirements for certification. Most doctors begin the certification process at some point during their residency training. Check with the specific ABMS Member Board for requirement details.

Certification information contained on Certification Matters is officially recognized ABMS data. Individuals listed are currently certified in the areas of specialization and sub-specialization as noted. Commercial use of such data, as for example to satisfy NCQA and JCAHO requirements, generally requires, not only verification of certification, but also the dates of certification. If you require more information then what our website provides, please contact our Business Development Department at products@abms.org. In order to do a search, click on the Register link on Certification Matters. Once you have clicked on this link, the registration screen will appear and require you to enter your email address and name. After the required information is successfully filled out, the website will send you an email with your password. To login, simply go back to Certification Matters and enter your username and password. Once you have logged on to the site, you can search by physician name and location, or location and specialty.

Please specify the publication you are inquiring about in the "Question" field below. An ABMS representative will get back to you shortly.

For verification display clarification and other Primary Source Verification inquiries, please see our Board Eligibility Policy. Questions can also be referred to Gina Montino at (312) 436-2687 or gmontino@abms.org

ABMS does not have physicians on staff who can answer questions about medical conditions. We recommend you consult your family physician.

Doctor referral is not a service provided by ABMS.
Some possible resources are your insurance company or the doctor referral service at your local medical center. There are a number of commercial toll-free numbers you can call. To confirm that a physician is certified by an ABMS Member Board, go to Certification Matters. You will be asked to register for the service by typing in some basic information. This is a free service. You can also call our toll-free service at 866-ASK-ABMS (275-2267) to verify a physician's certification.

ABMS does not process complaints about physicians, nor does it retain any information about a doctor other than certification information.

To file a complaint against your doctor, you'll need to contact your state medical board. You can find out about disciplinary actions against a physician either through a state medical board or through the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) DocInfo service which will provide you with professional information on physicians and physician assistants licensed in the United States, including information on disciplinary sanctions, education, medical specialty, licensure history and locations.

Changes to a physician's record will affect all ABMS media and can only be submitted by the physician him/herself. All changes must be submitted in writing, on your physician letterhead. Please see more information about keeping your professional profile up-to-date on ABMS.org.