The mission of The American Board of Plastic Surgery is to promote
safe, ethical, efficacious plastic surgery to the public by maintaining
high standards for the education, examination, certification and
recertification of plastic surgeons as specialists and subspecialists.
Established in 1937 and officially recognized in 1941 as the board
responsible for certifying physicians in the specialty of plastic
surgery by action of the American Board of Medical Specialties and
as approved by the Council on Medical Education of the American
The essential purposes of the American Board of Plastic Surgery
1. To establish requirements for the qualifications
of applicants who request a certificate of their ability in the
field of plastic surgery in its broadest sense.
2. To conduct examinations of approved candidates
who seek certification by the Board.
3. To issue certificates to those who meet the Board's
requirements and pass the respective examinations.
4. To do and engage in any and all lawful activities
that may be incidental or reasonably related to any of the foregoing
- Graduation from an accredited medical school
- Completion of either at least three years of general surgery residency
training or a complete residency in neurological surgery, orthopaedic
surgery, otolaryngology or urology
- Completion of plastic surgery residency training of at least two
- Passing comprehensive oral and written exams
You can learn more about the ABPS and find board-certified
surgeons at www.abplsurg.org.