American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

2915 Vine Street
Dallas, TX 75204
Phone: (214) 871-1619 www.abog.org

Obstetrics and Gynecology

An obstetrician/gynecologist focuses on the health of women before, during and after childbearing years, diagnosing and treating conditions of the reproductive system and associated disorders.

Specialty training required prior to board certification: Four years.

Subspecialties

Certification in one of the following subspecialties requires additional training and assessment as specified by the board.

  • Critical Care Medicine
    An obstetrician/gynecologist who specializes in Critical Care Medicine has expertise in the diagnosis, treatment and support of critically ill and injured patients, particularly trauma victims and patients with multiple organ dysfunction.
  • Complex Family Planning
    A subspecialist in Complex Family Planning is a physician who diagnoses and treats women with medically- and surgically-complex conditions. These physicians consult with obstetrics and gynecology specialists and other clinicians to provide an advanced level of care for improving the reproductive health of women facing medically challenging situations.
  • Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
    This subspecialist provides consultation and comprehensive management in cases involving complex benign pelvic conditions, lower urinary tract disorders, and pelvic floor dysfunction. Comprehensive management includes those diagnostic and therapeutic procedures necessary for the total care of the patient with these conditions and complications resulting from them.
  • Gynecologic Oncology
    A gynecologic oncologist is a subspecialist who provides consultation and comprehensive case management for patients with gynecologic cancer, including overseeing diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, and any resulting complications.
  • Hospice and Palliative Medicine
    A specialist in Hospice and Palliative Medicine has special knowledge and skills to prevent and relieve the suffering experienced by patients with life-limiting illnesses. This specialist works with an interdisciplinary hospice or palliative care team to optimize quality of life while addressing the physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs of both patient and family.
  • Maternal–Fetal Medicine
    This subspecialist provides consultation and comprehensive case management expertise for patients with pregnancy complications, including the effects of those complications on both the mother and the fetus.
  • Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
    These subspecialists also are trained to evaluate and treat hormonal dysfunctions in females outside of infertility.