Certificates issued prior to 1986 do not expire. Certificates issued since 1986 are valid for 10 years and require recertification and participating in Maintenance of Certification (MOC) to remain valid.
To verify the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Board Certification status of an orthopaedic surgeon (diplomate), please complete the form above. Orthopaedic surgeons certified since 1986 must maintain their certification by completing continuing medical education activities and practice-improvement activities in a process known as MOC. Prior to taking their recertification examination an ABOS diplomate must submit a list of surgeries performed within a set period of time and participate in a stringent peer-review process in order to assure the public that they are respected by their peers and practicing ethical orthopaedic surgery. For ABOS diplomates initially certified prior to 1986, the MOC process is not required, yet many of these diplomates are voluntarily participating in the MOC program. The ABOS does not issue certificate numbers.
Note: You must enter a last name or state to search the directory. If you search by name and state and you do not see the orthopaedic surgeon you are looking for, then try searching by name only.
There are several reasons why an orthopaedic surgeon may not show up in the search results.
- The orthopaedic surgeon was recently certified and the online records have not yet been updated.
- The orthopaedic surgeon is not certified.
- The orthopaedic surgeon was previously certified but did not recertify.
- The orthopaedic surgeon is retired.
- The orthopaedic surgeon’s certification was revoked by ABOS.
If you would like to search for an orthopaedic surgeon in your area, please visit the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
If you wish to learn whether a board certified orthopaedic surgeon is currently performing surgery, please contact the orthopaedic surgeon’s office. For more information, click here.